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Education Report for March/April 2009

The AIBS Education Office provides analysis and communication for the AIBS Board, Headquarters Office, and Education Committee on issues of import to the AIBS membership and the larger scientific community. Reports are broadly disseminated by email every few months to AIBS membership leaders and contacts. Special reports are sent more frequently as needed. We have archived these reports here for your information and attention. Read about each report's contents below, then click to read the complete text.

How Can We Improve the AIBS Education Report?

AIBS's Education Office is in the process of evaluating the impact of the Education Report. As a recipient of these Reports, your input is invaluable in helping staff determine future content and delivery. Please visit www.aibs.org/education/survey.html to take a quick five-question survey. If you are interested in providing email comments directly to AIBS staff, contact Susan Musante at smus...@aibs.org.

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Education Sessions at the AIBS Annual Meeting in May

Join us at the upcoming AIBS annual meeting, May 18-19, in Arlington, VA, on sustainable agriculture and public understanding of science. Sessions specifically for educators include the keynote address by Bruce Alberts, University of California-San Francisco molecular biologist and editor in chief of Science, on "Why Redefining Science Education Is the Key to Enhancing the Public Understanding of Science," and a discussion session led by Adam Fagen, senior program officer for the National Academies' Board on Life Sciences, on the recently published NAS report on agriculture and undergraduate science education. There are also two workshops for educators: "Fuels for the Future? Helping Students Use a Systems Approach to Analyze Biofuel Production" and "Professional Science Masters: Connecting to the Business Side of Science." For more information about the AIBS annual meeting, including registration and poster submission details, go to www.aibs.org/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2009.html.

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A New Volume of Resources to Teach Ecology Now Available

The sixth volume of Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE), published by the Ecological Society of America, is now available online (http://tiee.ecoed.net/vol/v6/toc.html). This volume includes five new experiments and figure sets to engage students in ecological topics and provide a deeper understanding of the science. There are also four papers on science education research written by TIEE research practitioners who have been investigating their own teaching and its impacts on student learning. Finally, there is an editorial by Charlene D'Avanzo, "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Ecology."

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Biology Educator Leadership Scholarship (BELS) Program

The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) has established a Biology Educator Leadership Scholarship (BELS) program "to encourage and support teachers who want to further their education in the life sciences or life science education." To learn more about BELS and find out about eligibility and award requirements, go to the NABT website, www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=492, or contact Bob Melton at bmelton@sbcglobal.net. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 6th, 2009.

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Society of Wetland Scientists Student Associations

The Society of Wetland Science (SWS) invites graduate and undergraduate students to form student associations affiliated with their local SWS chapter. Student association members can be from a single university or from a group of colleges and universities within a certain area. All that is required to form an association is three enthusiastic student members of SWS and a faculty advisor who is an SWS member. There are currently four student associations with a combined membership of 80 students at the University of Florida, Duke University, Michigan Tech University, and Louisiana State University. Interested students may contact SWS Secretary-General William Conner at wconner@clemson.edu for more information about forming a student association at their university.

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Seeking Nominees to Set National Science Standards

The National Assessment Governing Board and ACT invite nominations of science educators and professionals to assist in the process of establishing science achievement levels for grades 4, 8, and 12. Those selected will "participate in one of two standard setting meetings tentatively scheduled for October 7-11, 2009, and January 27-31, 2010. These studies are an essential part of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Achievement Level Setting project." The nomination deadline is March 31, 2009, for the October meeting and September 1, 2009, for the January meeting. Visit www.act.org/naepscience or call 800-525-6930 to speak with the NAEP science standard setting project staff at ACT.

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Competition Open for Fulbright Scholars

The application process is now open for faculty and professionals interested in becoming a Fulbright Scholar. "The Fulbright Scholar Program offers 53 grants in lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research awards in the biological sciences, including two Fulbright Distinguished Chairs, the African Regional Research Program, and the Middle East and the North Africa Regional Research Program." Deadline for applications is August 1, 2009. For further information, visit www.cies.org or email scholars@cies.iie.org to request application materials.

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New in BioScience: "The Professional Science Masters: The MBA for Science"

The latest Eye on Education column appears in the April issue of BioScience (www.aibs.org/bioscience). In this column, Susan Musante, AIBS Education Programs Manager, writes about the Professional Science Masters (PSM) program, a growing pathway for students interested in a career in biology outside of academia. Musante shares one student's success story in the program, describes how institutions work closely with industry to develop PSMs as new needs arise, and highlights the need for more institutions to offer such programs. To read the full column for free online, visit www.aibs.org/eye-on-education/.

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Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

May 18-19, 2009--AIBS Annual Meeting, "Sustainable Agriculture: Greening the Global Food Supply," Washington, DC. The AIBS annual meeting will feature presentations on such topics as biotechnology and pest resistance management, sustainable practices for food production, ecosystem services, food-borne disease, food supply, and global hunger. In the context of the Year of Science 2009, the meeting will also provide opportunities to engage in discussions on agriculture, food supply, genetically modified foods, biofuels, and the public understanding of these issues, and to participate in an educator workshop sponsored by NABT and BSCS. Visit the AIBS annual meeting website for details: www.aibs.org/annual-meeting//annual_meeting_2009.

May 23-28, 2009--HAPS Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. The Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) is specifically dedicated to supporting those who are striving for excellence in college level anatomy and physiology teaching. Its annual conference program includes seminars to update participants in the science and workshops at a local community college to help participants improve teaching and learning. For more information, visit www.hapsweb.org/displayconvention.cfm?conventionnbr=5673.

May 28-31, 2009--16th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. The American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) is an interactive event providing scientific updates and effective teaching strategies. The conference will feature plenary lectures, poster sessions, nuts and bolts sessions, and special interest groups. For more information, visit www.asmcue.org.

June 2009-May 2010--BSCS Science Institutes, Colorado Springs, CO, and online. The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) is offering six week-long, inquiry-based science institutes starting in June for elementary and secondary science teachers. Institute topics include "Scientific Inquiry," "Literacy and Science," and "Content Deepening Series for Elementary Teachers." All institutes will immerse participants in both indoor and outdoor activities, and the learning experience continues past the end of the face-to-face institute. Each participant will have online access to a continuing education program and support during the school year, which will provide opportunities to reflect with other participants on the integration of the institute content and approaches and review student work, practices, and interactions. For details about the institutes' topics and dates, please visit www.bscs.org/si or contact Sam Spiegel at sspiegel@bscs.orgs.

June 9-13, 2009--Association for Biology Laboratory Education Conference, Newark, DE. The 31st annual Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) conference will take place at the University of Delaware. The conferences attendees participate in hands-on workshops that prepare them to use laboratory exercises with their own students. For more information, visit www.ableweb.org/conf/conferences.htm.

July and August, 2009--BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium Events. Multiple BioQUEST events will be taking place this summer. A workshop, "Creating Case Based Curriculum at the Intersection of Biology and Mathematics," will be held at Emory University Center for Science Education, Atlanta, GA, July 13-17. A PEER workshop, "Using Bioinformatics in Biological Problem Solving," will be at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, August 3-7. And the "Faculty Quantitative Institute" will take place at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, August 10-11. For more information, visit the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium's website at http://bioquest.org.

October 8-10, 2009--ACUBE's 53rd Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO. The Association of College and University Biology Educators annual meeting will take place at Rockhurst University. The meeting provides an opportunity for those who teach biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels to share ideas and best practices through presentations, workshops, and informal networking. Details will soon be available at www.acube.org.

November 11-14, 2009--National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Denver, CO. Join others who teach biology in middle and high school as well as at two and four year institutions for NABT's 2009 professional development conference. In addition to the many concurrent sessions, workshops, plenaries, and social events, AIBS and NESCent will once again cosponsor a symposium on evolution, and there will be a session on ActionBioscience.org. More information is available at www.nabt2009.org.

 

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