January 1, 2009
AIBS and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent; www.nescent.org) cosponsored the fifth annual evolution symposium and educator workshop in October 2008 at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT; www.nabt.org) professional development conference. Douglas J. Futuyma, an AIBS past-president, invited four researchers to provide scientific updates to the NABT conference attendees and describe how evolution has informed and impacted their research. The speakers were Joram Piatigorsky, of the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute; Robert Blankenship, of Washington University in St. Louis; Patricia Wittkopp, of the University of Michigan; and Georg Striedter, of the University of California, Irvine. A workshop that took place the following day provided hands-on classroom activities to teach about phylogenetic–based whaling conservation efforts, and information about ways in which systematics has been used to select biocontrol agents. For more information about the 2008 symposium and workshop, including a link to educator resources to teach these topics, visit http://www.aibs.org/events/special-symposia/illuminating_biology.html.