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Education Report for September/October 2013

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.

From AIBS

  • Are you leading transformations to the undergraduate biology program at your institution? If so, tell AIBS about your role, experiences with leadership development, and further needs by taking the Faculty Leadership Development Survey before November 5th.

  • Do you work with graduate student teaching assistants? Read the latest “Eye on Education” column in BioScience to learn about a new network focused on improving graduate teaching assistants’ professional development and how you can become a part of the network.

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Teaching Resources

  • Do you want to teach about the process of science? Check out the new iTunes “How Science Works” course available now for the iPad. UCMP partnered with the California Academy of Sciences to produce an iTunes U course based on content from the Understanding Science website that provides a dynamic and interactive approach to increase understanding of the nature and process of science.

  • Do you teach plant science? PlantingScience, a collaborative outreach program of 14 scientific organizations led by the Botanical Society of America, has new resources on this growing website, including a downloadable “Plant Investigation Toolkit” with help on topics ranging from “Using Math” to “Plant Care” to “Imaging Technology.” Students, teachers, and mentors now each have a new extensive “Roadmap through an Investigation.” If you haven’t visited www.plantingscience.org lately, please stop by!

  • Do you teach genetics? The Genetics Society of America is actively soliciting submissions for a repository of excellent genetics education resources. GSA Peer-Reviewed Educational Resource Portal (GSA PREP). In addition, the GSA’s journal, Genetics introduced a new type of article called Primers in 2012, designed to make it easy to bring primary research literature into the classroom.

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Professional Opportunities

  • Interested in bringing cutting-edge evolutionary science to your school and community? Apply to be a stop on NESCent’s 2014 Darwin Day Roadshow. For more information, please visit roadshow.nescent.org or contact Jory Weintraub (jory at nescent dot org). Deadline is Friday, November 27th.

  • Interested in increasing knowledge and appreciation about insects? The Entomological Society of America and the Entomological Foundation are looking for scientists to help with their free workshop for teachers and an Insect Rodeo in conjunction with their annual meeting November 10-13, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

  • Improve your ability to assess course effectiveness, teaching effectiveness or publish your scholarly work! The Biology Scholars Program mission is to empower biologists to be leaders and catalyze professional societies to reform undergraduate science education. The Program sponsors three yearlong residencies that include learning activities, face-to-face training institutes, and community building. Deadline is February 1, 2014. Travel grants are available.

  • Do you teach students who are underrepresented in the sciences and interested in physiology? If so, take a look at the American Physiological Society’s diversity programs. APS offers a plethora of student opportunities including Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships, Minority Travel Fellowships and the Porter Physiology Development Fellowship. For more information, contact Brooke Bruthers.

  • Do you work with undergraduate students involved in research? Or know someone who does? The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Goldwater Scholars program to support a yearly award to an outstanding faculty undergraduate research mentor. The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2013.

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Upcoming Events

Project Kaleidoscope’s Transforming STEM Education: Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion, and Evidence, Network for Academic Renewal Conference. October 31 - November 2, 2013. San Diego, California.

National Association of Biology Teachers 2013 Professional Development Conference, November 20-23, 2013. Atlanta, Georgia

Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference. June 28-July 1st, 2014, Washington, DC. “Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All.” Session proposals due November 15th, 2013.

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