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Education Report for September/October 2012

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.

Take the Undergraduate Biology Department Leaders Survey

AIBS is exploring the feasibility of developing an initiative that would support biology/life sciences department leaders. Inform AIBS by taking the 10-question online Undergraduate Biology Department Leadership Survey found at [http://www.aibs.org/education/education_leadership_survey.html.](http://www.aibs.org/education/education_leadership_survey.html) Your responses will allow us to determine what would be most effective to meet the needs and challenges facing those leading change efforts. The deadline for all responses is October 26th, 2012.

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Vision and Change Leadership Fellows Selected

Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) has selected 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows. PULSE is a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institutes of Health/NIGMS (NIH/NIGMS). Over the next year, these selected Leadership Fellows will produce an implementation framework describing strategies for change within academic departments. To learn more about the initiative, interact with the Leadership Fellows team, and engage with the growing online PULSE community, go to [www.pulsecommunity.org](http://www.pulsecommunity.org).

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Join Us at NABT for the 9th Annual Evolution Symposium

AIBS, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), and BEACON - Center for Evolution in Action will cosponsor the ninth annual evolution symposium and workshop: “Evolutionary Transformations: The legacies of two influential scientists on evolutionary thought.” The events will take place at the 2012 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference. Get complete details at [http://www.nescent.org/media/NABTSymposium2012.php](http://www.nescent.org/media/NABTSymposium2012.php) and to register go to the NABT conference site: [http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=10](http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=10).

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Learn About Community Colleges' Response to the PCAST Report

Over the coming decade, our country will need one million more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals than was originally projected. That is the conclusion of a February 2012 report, *Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics *([www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-engage-to-excel-final_2-25-12.pdf](http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-engage-to-excel-final_2-25-12.pdf)), presented to President Obama by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Read more at [http://www.aibs.org/eye-on-education/eye_on_education_2012_07.htm](http://www.aibs.org/eye-on-education/eye_on_education_2012_07.htm)l.

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ASM/NSF Biology Scholars Program Announces 2013 Schedule

Residency programs for faculty at all stages in their scholarly journey, including:

  • Assessment Residency: Measuring Student Learning Participants examine the role of learning objectives in course design and explore a wide range of techniques and tools that effectively assess student learning. Institute: June 12-15, 2013 | Washington, DC
  • Research Residency: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Participants trained in effective teaching strategies develop the skills to create, design, and implement studies to inquire about learning science. Institute: July 17-20, 2013 | Washington, DC
  • Transitions Residency: From Science Education Research to Publication Participants evaluate the results of their classroom learning research, share preliminary results, and prepare for publication. Institute: June 24-26, 2013 | Washington, DC

Application deadline: February 1, 2013. For complete details, visit www.biologyscholars.org.

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Read "Next Steps for Vision and Change: Moving from Setting the Vision to Change"

Erin L. Dolan, Editor-In-Chief of CBE Life Sciences Education describes the initiatives currently underway to move the community forward after the 2009 Vision and Change report. Read the full article at http://www.lifescied.org/content/11/3/201.full.

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Upcoming Biology Education Conferences

  • ACUBE: Association of College Undergraduate Biology Educators. October 19th-20th, 2012 at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI http://www.acube.org/meetings/
  • National Association of Biology Teachers. October 30-November 3, 2012, Dallas, TX. http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=10
  • BioQUEST’s Quantitative Inquiry in AP Biology Conference. January 3-6, 2013 at the UTK NIMBioS Knoxville, TN. http://bioquest.org/nimbiosap2013/
  • LIFE DISCOVERY - DOING SCIENCE, Exploring Biology for a Changing World, March 15-16, 2013 - St. Paul, Minnesota. http://www.esa.org/ldc/
  • ASMCUE 2013, Blending science and education, the conference showcases prominent researchers, scholars, curriculum leaders, textbook publishers and funding agencies. May 16-19, 2013 | Denver, CO www.asmcue.org
  • Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) Annual Meeting 2013, June 25-28, 2013 at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. http://www.ableweb.org/conf/able2013

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