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Indiana University Bloomington

Lamp Faculty

José Bonner

L216 Faculty

Phone: (812) 855-7074
Office Hours: TBA


One of the most significant problems in the US today is the continuing decline in science literacy. As part of a program to address this problem, I have begun teaching biology to non-majors. This not only offers a small step in improving scientific understanding among non-scientists, but it also provides a student-learning laboratory in which to investigate the issues that prove difficult for students, and to identify methods to overcome these difficulties. I have specifically chosen to publish many of my findings in the National Science Teachersí Associationís (NSTA) publication, The Science Teacher, which is widely read by K-12 teachers.

I am also developing the Office of Science Outreach for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in an effort to strengthen the universityís role in, and impact on, science teaching at K-16 levels. This includes establishing partnerships with local school systems and with museums, and developing innovative methods for making science more interesting and accessible to students (for example, partnering with the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Laboratory, to bring forensics methods into classrooms).

The most significant impacts have come from:

An urgent need, both in outreach and in classroom innovation, is effective research methodologies to determine which methods are effective, and which are not. Only effective methods should be pursued and propagated. For both research, and implementation of research findings, it is essential to form close collaborations not only with fellow scientists, but also with our colleagues in the School of Education. There are many research opportunities for students interested in student learning.

Representative Publications:

The Heat Shock System

Bonner, J. J., Chen, D., Storey, K., Tushan, M., and Lea, K. 2000. Structural analysis of yeast HSF by site-specific crosslinking. J. Mol. Biol. 302: 581-591.

Bonner, J. J., Carlson, T., Fackenthal, D. L., Paddock, D., Storey, K., and Lea, K. 2000. Complex regulation of the yeast heat shock transcription factor. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 11: 1739-1751.

Lee, S., Carlson, T., Christian, N., Lea, K., Kedzie, J., Reilly, J. P., and Bonner, J. J. 2000. The yeast heat shock transcription factor changes conformation in response to superoxide and temperature. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 11: 1753-1764.

Torres, PA.G. and J.J.Bonner. 1995. Genetic identification of the site of DNA contact of the yeast heat shock transcription factor. Mol. Cell. Biol. 15:5063-5070

Student Learning

Lotter, C., Harwood, W.S., and Bonner, J.J. (2007) The Influence of Core Teaching Conceptions on Teachers’ Use of Inquiry Teaching Practices. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. In Press

Lotter, C., Harwood, W.S., and Bonner, J.J. (2006) Overcoming a Learning Bottleneck: Inquiry Professional Development for Secondary Science Teachers. Journal of Science Teacher Education. 17: 185-216.

Bonner, J. J. (2004) The Biology of Food. The Science Teacher. Oct. 2004: 30-34.

Bonner, J. J., Lotter, C., and Harwood, W. S. (2004) Improving Student Learning, One Bottleneck at a Time. The Science Teacher. Dec. 2004: 26-29.