Nancy Pelaez Publications


Kong, Y., A. Thawani, T.R. Anderson, and N. Pelaez (2017). A Model of the Use of Evolutionary Trees (MUET) to Inform K-14 Biology Education. The American Biology Teacher (in press for the Theme and Focus Issue on Evolution, 2/1/2017).

Kong, Y., T.R. Anderson, and N. Pelaez (2016). How to Identify and Interpret Evolutionary Tree Diagrams. Journal of Biological Education 50 (4): 395-406. (12/1/2016) (doi:10.1080/00219266.2015.1117514)

Pelaez, N.J (2016). Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year Award Essay on Education. The Physiologist 59(5): 225, 231-234. (9/1/2016)

Trujillo, C., T.R. Anderson, and N. Pelaez (2016). Exploring the MACH model’s Potential as a Metacognitive Tool to Help Undergraduate Students Monitor their Explanations of Biological Mechanisms. CBE Life Sciences Education 15(2). (6/1/2016) (doi:10.1187/cbe.15-03-0051)

Trujillo, C., T.R. Anderson, and N. Pelaez (2016). An Instructional Design Process Based on Expert Knowledge for Teaching Students How Mechanisms are Explained. Advances in Physiology Education 40(2): 265–73.  (6/1/2016) 

Dasgupta, A. P., T.R. Anderson, and N. Pelaez (2016). Development of the 'Neuron Assessment' for Measuring Biology Students’ Use of Experimental Design Concepts and Representations. CBE Life Sciences Education 15(2) (6/1/2016) (doi:10.1187/cbe.15-03-0077)

Fish, D., S. Allie, N. Pelaez and T. Anderson (2016). A Cross-cultural Comparison of High-School Student Responses to a Science Centre Show on the Physics of Sound in South Africa. Public Understanding of Science (4/25/2016) (doi: 10.1177/0963662516642725)

Trujillo, C., T.R. Anderson, and N. Pelaez (2015). A Model of How Different Biology Experts Explain Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms. CBE Life Sciences Education 14 (2) (6/1/2015) (doi: 10.1187/cbe.14-12-0229)

Pelaez, Nancy, Trevor Anderson, and Samuel Postlethwait (2015). A Vision for Change in Bioscience Education: Building on Knowledge from the Past. BioScience 65 (1): 90-100. (11/26/2014)

Bush, S.D., N.J. Pelaez, J. A. Rudd, M. T. Stevens, K.D. Tanner, and K S. Williams (2015). Misalignments: Challenges in Cultivating Science Faculty with Education Specialties in Your Department. BioScience 65(1): 81-89. (11/26/2014)

Dasgupta, A. P., Anderson, T.R., and Pelaez, N. (2014). Development and Validation of a Rubric for Diagnosing Students' Experimental Design Knowledge and Difficulties. CBE Life Sciences Education 13: 265-284. (06/02/2014) (doi:10.1187/cbe.13-09-0192).

Auchincloss, L.C., S.L. Laursen, J.L. Branchaw, K. Eagan, M. Graham, D. I. Hanauer, G. Lawrie, C.M. McLinn, N. Pelaez, S. Rowland, M. Towns, N.M. Trautmann, P. Varma-Nelson, T.J. Weston, and E.L. Dolan (2014). Assessment of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences: A Meeting Report. CBE Life Sciences Education 13 (1):29-40. (03/03/2014)

Brewe, E., Pelaez, N. J., & Cooke, T. J. (2013) From vision to change: educational initiatives and research at the intersection of physics and biology. CBE Life Sciences Education 12(2): 117-9. (06/03/2013)

Bush, SD, NJ Pelaez, JA Rudd, MT Stevens,  KD Tanner, and KS Williams, (2013) Widespread distribution and unexpected variation among science faculty with education specialties (SFES) across the United States. PNAS  110 (18): 7170–7175.

D’Avanzo, C., C. W. Anderson, L. M. Hartley, and N. Pelaez. 2012. A Faculty-Development Model for Transforming Introductory Biology and Ecology Courses. BioScience 62(4): 416-427.

Weiner, A.S., N. Pelaez, K. Chang, & J. Weiner. 2012. Biology and Nursing Students’ Perceptions of a Web-Based Information Literacy Tutorial. Communications in Information Literacy 5(2): 187-201.

Bush, SD, Pelaez, NJ, Rudd, JA, Stevens, MT, Tanner, KD, Williams, KS. 2011. Investigation of Science Faculty with Education Specialities within the Largest University System in the United States. CBE Life Sci Educ. 10: 25-42.

Clase, KL, Gundlach, E, Pelaez, NJ. 2010 . Calibrated Peer Review for Computer-Assisted Learning for Biological Research Competencies. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. 38(5) : 290-295.

Bush, SD, Pelaez, NJ, Rudd, JA, Stevens, MT, Tanner, KD, Williams, KS, Wood, WB. 2010. A role for postdocs in undergraduate education. Science. 327: 522-523.6.

Hoover, Mildred A., Pelaez, Nancy J. 2008. Blood circulation laboratory investigations with video are less investigative than instructional blood circulation laboratories with live organisms. Adv Physiol Educ. 32: 55-60.

Clase, K. L., Hein, P. W., Pelaez, N. J.. 2008. Demand for interdisciplinary laboratories for physiology research by undergraduate students in biosciences and biomedical engineering. Adv Physiol Educ. 32: 256-260.

Bush SD, Pelaez NJ, Rudd JA., Stevens MT, Tanner KD, Williams KS. (2008). Science Faculty with Education Specialties. Science. 322: 1795-1796. (12/19/2008)

Carroll, Robert G., Matyas, Marsha L., Atwater, Anne E., Doze, Van, Faircloth, Richard, Finkenstadt, Patricia, Goodman, Barbara, Henriksen, Erik J., Horwitz, Barbara, Looft-Wilson, Robin, Madsen, Bob, Mody, Javanika, Pelaez, Nancy, Pressley, Thomas A. 2007. APS undergraduate brainstorming summit report. Adv Physiol Educ. 31: 380-386.

Goodman, Barbara E., Eisenhart, Margaret, DeHaan, Robert L., Kemm, Robert E., Rodenbaugh, David W., Pelaez, Nancy. 2007. Scientific principles of education research: Experimental Biology 2007. Adv Physiol Educ. 31: 374-376.

Packer, C. Subah, Pelaez, Nancy J. 2007. Point:Counterpoint "Release of an endothelium-derived vasoconstrictor and RhoA/Rho kinase-mediated calcium sensitization of smooth muscle cell contraction are/are not the main effectors for full and sustained hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction". J Appl Physiol. 102: 2078-2079 discussion 2080.

Bush, S. D., Pelaez, N. J., Rudd, J. A., Stevens, M. T., Williams, K. S., Allen, D. E., Tanner, K. D. 2006. On hiring science faculty with education specialties for your science (not education) department. CBE Life Sci Educ. 5: 297-305.

Pelaez, N. J., Boyd, D. D., Rojas, J. B., Hoover, M. A. 2005. Prevalence of blood circulation misconceptions among prospective elementary teachers. Advances in Physiology Education. 29: 172-181.

Packer, C. Subah, Pelaez, Nancy J., Johnson, Tomalyn C. 2002. Gender dichotomy in reactivity to the vasoactive oxidant hydrogen peroxide in spontaneously hypertensive rats. J Gend Specif Med. 5: 17-23.

Pelaez, N. J. 2002. Problem-based writing with peer review improves academic performance in physiology. Advances in Physiology Education. 26: 174-184.

Pelaez, N. J., Gonzalez, B. L. 2002. Sharing science: Characteristics of effective scientist-teacher interactions. Advances in Physiology Education. 26: 158-167.

Packer, C. S., Pelaez, N. J., Kramer, J. A. 2001. Estrogen protects against hypertension in the spontaneously hypertensive rat, but its protective mechanism is unrelated to impaired arterial muscle relaxation. J Gend Specif Med. 4: 20-27.

Russell, M. J., Pelaez, N. J., Packer, C. S., Forster, M. E., Olson, K. R. 2001. Intracellular and extracellular calcium utilization during hypoxic vasoconstriction of cyclostome aortas. 281: R1506-R1513.

Pelaez, N. J., Braun, T. R., Paul, R. J., Meiss, R. A., Packer, C. S. (2000). H2O2 mediates Ca2+- and MLC20 phosphorylation- independent contraction in intact and permeabilized vascular muscle. 279: H1185-H1193.

Pelaez, N. J., Osterhaus, S. L., Mak, A. S., Zhao, Y., Davis, H. W., Packer, C. S. (2000). MAPK and PKC activity are not required for H2O2-induced arterial muscle contraction. 279: H1194-H1200.

Packer, C. S., Pelaez, N. J. (1998). Scientists should become active in education. Scientist. 12: 9-9.


Vision and Change: A Call to Action. Washington, DC: AAAS. (Contributing Author and “Assessing Student Learning” working group leader) [accessed 20 May 2012].


America’s Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science. (Contributing Author and Member, Committee on High School Science Laboratories: Role and Vision) S.R. Singer, M.L. Hilton, and H.A. Schweingruber, Editors. Board on Science Education, Center for Education. Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. [accessed 20 May 2012].


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