Dan Grunspan

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Graduate Student
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Office Phone: 
(210) 488-5828
Academic Information
Research Summary: 
My research aims to understand nuances of human cultural transmission through an evolutionary lens. Specifically, I am interested in social learning biases, their impact on effective transmission, and potential genetic underpinnings to learning strategies. I use a mix of longitudinal social network analysis and genetic analysis within large undergraduate classrooms to answer these broad questions. I am also involved with biology education research. I use social network analysis to understand various aspects of student experiences in introductory biology. Current research projects include understanding how study networks form, the importance of peer networks to student learning outcomes, and gender inequity.
<p>Past teaching experience:<br /> Instructor - BioA 201<br /> Course coordinator - Biology 200<br /> TA - Biol - 200<br /> TA - Biol - 400<br /> TA - BioA - 355<br /> TA - BioA 206<br /> TA - BioA 201</p>
Biocultural Anthropology
Selected Publications
<p>Grunspan DZ, Eddy SL, Brownell SE, Wiggins BL, Crowe AJ, Goodreau SM (2016) Males Under-Estimate Academic Performance of Their Female Peers in Undergraduate Biology Classrooms. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0148405. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148405</p>
<p>Daniel Z. Grunspan, Benjamin L. Wiggins, and Steven M. Goodreau Understanding Classrooms through Social Network Analysis: A Primer for Social Network Analysis in Education Research CBE Life Sci Educ June 2, 2014 13:167-178; doi:10.1187/cbe.13-08-0162</p>