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Education Report for July/August 2011

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.

Upcoming Conferences

  • *National Association of Biology Teachers’ 2011 Professional Development Conference. *October 12-15, 2011 in Anaheim, Calif. Featuring four days of renowned speakers, hands-on workshops, informative sessions and special events. [http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=10](http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=10)
  • *National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)* third annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology. Oct. 21-22, 2011, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Registration deadline: Oct. 7. Deadline to request funding for registration and lodging is Sept. 7. [http://www.nimbios.org/education/undergrad_conf2011](http://www.nimbios.org/education/undergrad_conf2011)
  • *Association of College & University Biology Educators’ 55th Annual Meeting. *October 27th-29th at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. [http://www.acube.org/meetings/](http://www.acube.org/meetings/)

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Call for Applications: 2011 BiosciEdNet (BEN) Scholars Program

The National STEM Education Distributed Learning (NSDL) Biological Sciences Pathway, BiosciEdNet (BEN), invites undergraduate biology faculty to apply to become BEN Scholars. The BEN Scholars Program is one of the grassroots outreach activities of the BEN Collaborative, which includes more than 20 life sciences professional societies.

The goal of the BEN Scholars Program is to promote the use of digital library resources and student-centered teaching and learning methods in higher education, specifically in biological sciences lecture and laboratory courses, and in research training programs. BEN Scholars will receive recognition, travel support, and a small stipend for completion of all fellowship activities. BEN Scholars must be available to participate in the NSDL BEN National Leadership Training Institute, which is scheduled for January 25-28, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Applications are due by Thursday, September 22, 2011, midnight EST. For complete details, go to [http://www.biosciednet.org/portal/about/benScholars.php?nav=main](http://www.biosciednet.org/portal/about/benScholars.php?nav=main) and scroll to “Application Forms” to access the application guidelines and form.

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Latest Eye on Education Columns in BioScience

  • January 2011:[ Forging a 21st Century Model for Undergraduate Research](http://www.aibs.org/eye-on-education/eye_on_education_2011_01.html). Describes a Howard Hughes Medical Institute program for undergraduate students, who become bacteriophage “hunters” and sample their local environments for novel bacteriophage species.
  • April 2011: [Expanding the Understanding of Evolution](http://www.aibs.org/eye-on-education/eye_on_education_2011_04.html). After a year of hard work, the Understanding Evolution team has unveiled an expanded and enhanced Web site that now includes a wide variety of undergraduate teaching materials.
  • July 2011: [Upgrading Undergraduate Biology Education](http://www.aibs.org/eye-on-education/eye_on_education_2011_07.html). Discusses three new initiatives for improving the undergraduate biology experience for students, each targeting different segments along the education-system continuum.

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Join Us October 14th at the AIBS/NESCent Evolution Symposium

AIBS and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) will cosponsor the eighth annual evolution symposium and teaching workshop at the 2011 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference. The symposium will take place on Friday October 14th and will feature scientists whose research in human evolution adds to our growing understanding of human origins. Speakers will address the dynamic interplay between the ecological forces that shaped the distinctive traits that make us human and human actions that are changing the environment around us. A workshop on teaching about human evolution in a changing environment will take place on Saturday October 15th in the morning. For complete details, including a list of speakers and descriptions of their presentations, visit [http://www.aibs.org/events/special-symposia/changing_humans.html](http://www.aibs.org/events/special-symposia/changing_humans.html)

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Dr. Muriel Poston Appointed Chair of AIBS Education Committee

Dr. Muriel Poston, Dean of the Faculty at Skidmore College, has been appointed chair of the AIBS Education Committee for a three-year term. Other committee members appointed in 2011 are Drs. Teresa C. Balser (University of Florida), Cynthia M. Bauerle (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), James M. Gentile (Research Corporation), Jay B. Labov (National Academy of Sciences), Joan F. Lorden (University of North Carolina-Charlotte), Julio R. Ramirez (Davidson College), and Brad Williamson (University of Kansas). The Education Committee will be working this fall on identifying the niche that AIBS is best positioned to fill in advancing biology education and making a recommendation to the AIBS Board of Directors in December. A complete list of Committee members is found at: [http://www.aibs.org/about-aibs/committee_education.html](http://www.aibs.org/about-aibs/committee_education.html).

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