Wienhausen has devoted 26 years of scholarship to UC San Diego, first as a visiting scholar and research scientist, then as a faculty member in the Division of Biological Sciences and founding provost of Sixth College. As provost, Wienhausen helped define the college's theme of "culture, art and technology" and piloted several educational programs to promote interdisciplinary thinking and prepare students for a future that demands creativity, imagination and ethical integrity. These programs include the Sixth College Honors Seminar, the Transfer Student Seminar and the Sixth College Practicum, an upper-division, general education requirement that integrates theory learned in the classroom with hands-on community service experience.
Currently, as associate dean for education in the Division of Biological Sciences, she provides leadership and innovation to the educational mission of the division, including undergraduate and graduate education, experiential learning programs for students and outreach programs for executives, K-12 students and the general public. She also serves as the principal investigator for the Pacific Rim Experience for Undergraduate Summer Research (PRIME), an international summer program offering hands-on research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students.
Gabriele Wienhausen received her Ph.D. from the Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat, Munster, Germany. She is currently the co-Principal Investigator of the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Science Enrichment Program and co-Director of the doctoral program in Mathematics and Science Education offered jointly by UCSD and SDSU.
gwienhausen [at] ucsd.edu