Professor of Plant Biology
David Ross Boyd Professor of Botany
Room136 or 151 George Lynn Cross Hall
770 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019
B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1973
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1979
Research Areas: Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Science Education
I was trained as a plant reproductive biologist studying plant-pollinator interactions, and my interests still lie there, however, I have always been concerned about the quality of science education and the level of scientific/biological literacy in the United States. I am currently the PI on a large, NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant called the Introductory Biology Project (IBP), which involves the interaction among hundreds of faculty across the U.S. engaged in the first college biology course (see ibp.ou.edu). In addition, for several years, I have worked with the College Board (CB) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to revise the Advanced Placement (AP) Biology course and develop the new AP Biology exams. I also continue to work with the Botanical Society of America (BSA) to develop inquiry-based instructional materials and to advance BSA educational programs, with the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) in faculty professional development workshops, and with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) on the “Evolution Across the Curriculum (EVAC)” project. Finally, I continue to investigate the barriers and issues related to increased biological and scientific literacy among college students.
2013. G. E. Uno, M.D. Sundberg, and C. A. Hemingway. Inquiring About Plants: a practical guide to engaging science practices. Botanical Society of America.
2012. College Board. Advanced Placement Investigative Labs: an inquiry-based approach. Student and Teacher manuals. Editor (entire manuals) and Author.
2011. College Board. Advanced Placement Biology Curriculum Framework 2012- 2013. Member of Curriculum Development Committee (authoring committee).
2010. Uno, G. E., Handbook on Teaching Undergraduate Science Courses: a survival training manual. McGraw-Hill, Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA.
2009. Uno, Gordon E. Botanical literacy: what and how should students know about plants? American Journal of Botany 96 (10): 1-7.