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AIBS Education Report, Volume 2, Issue 3, May/June 2005

  • AIBS, BSCS, NESCent to Hold Evolution Symposium at 2005 NABT Meeting
  • AIBS 2006 Annual Meeting Scheduled
  • Kenneth R. Miller's Evolution Education Update
  • Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology: Third Volume Published
  • The Corpus Callosum Project: Seeking Artist/Scientists
  • Broadening Participation: National Science Board Report
  • Support for Faculty: Early Career Development
  • Review of NSF Instructional Materials Development Program
  • Student Parasitology Research Fund
  • Parasitology Workshop for K-12 Teachers
  • Outstanding Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentors Recognized
  • Upcoming Conferences

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AIBS, BSCS, NESCENT TO HOLD EVOLUTION SYMPOSIUM AT 2005 NABT MEETING

Following up on the success of the 2004 symposium--the book from which, Evolutionary Science and Society: Educating a New Generation, is now in production for publication later this year--AIBS and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) are collaborating to convene an evolution symposium at the 2005 National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) annual meeting. The theme of the symposium, to be held October 7, 2005, in Milwaukee, WI, is "Evolution and the Environment." AIBS and BSCS will be joined by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in cosponsoring the event, and another BSCS book is planned. Please follow www.aibs.org/events/special-symposia/ for program updates; register for the NABT meeting at www.nabt.org.

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AIBS 2006 ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULED

The 2006 AIBS annual meeting has been scheduled for May 23-24, 2006, in Washington, DC. The working title is "Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy." Plenary speakers, breakout sessions, and a poster session are planned. Please follow www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting for updates and registration, when open. The annual meeting will be preceded, on May 22-23, by an AIBS business meeting for the general membership, combined with a meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations.

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KENNETH R. MILLER'S EVOLUTION EDUCATION UPDATE

The recipient of the 2005 AIBS President's Citation Award was Kenneth R. Miller, Brown University, RI, for his tireless commitment to evolution education. The slides from his PowerPoint presentation, "Evolution Education Update, as of May 7th," are now available online in PDF format at: www.aibs.org/events/council-news/resources/05-miller_acceptance.pdf (3.7 MB PDF). Author's permission required for reuse.

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TEACHING ISSUES AND EXPERIMENTS IN ECOLOGY: THIRD VOLUME PUBLISHED

The third volume of Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE) has been published (tiee.ecoed.net/). TIEE is supported by NSF funding and by the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Volume 3 demonstrates a high level of ongoing support by scientists and educators for TIEE. It includes three new data sets from the North Temperate Lakes, Arctic, and Konza LTER sites; a Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment issue concerning fire ecology; and four new experiments. The collection continues to grow and diversify. Because TIEE evolved from the Education Section and the Education and Human Resources Committee of ESA and ecologists are authors, reviewers, and users, it is very much a community effort. Submissions for volume 4 are due July 1, 2005. Contact the Managing Editor at TIEESubmissions@esa.org if you are interested in participating as an author or a reviewer, or if you have suggestions or questions.

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THE CORPUS CALLOSUM PROJECT: SEEKING ARTIST/SCIENTISTS

Si Baker-Goodwin, a former psychologist and ex-publishing professional, is looking for other scientists who also engage in some form of artistic activity for interviews about their subjective experience of creativity in science and in art. She anticipates eventual publication in print of a collection of such interviews. A larger online project, currently in the planning stages, will include related information and be intended to foster contact between like-minded persons. All interested individuals are invited to contact her by email for further information and details at bakergss@earthlink.net. Please put "The Corpus Callosum Project" in the subject line.

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BROADENING PARTICIPATION: NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD REPORT ON SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FACULTY DIVERSITY

The National Science Board (NSB) issued a report on October 14, 2004, entitled Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering Research and Education. NSB identified the low participation of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering faculty--far lower than the enrollment share of underrepresented minorities in the student body--as a critical problem in achieving diversity in the nation's science and engineering S&E workforce. To obtain the report, go to www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsb0441.
For the NSB workshop proceedings of August 12, 2003, visit www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsb0472.

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SUPPORT FOR FACULTY: EARLY CAREER DEVELOPMENT

The NSF has released guidelines for those seeking to apply to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program. This program provides support to faculty members and other professionals who are at an early stage in their careers and aim to integrate sound scientific research and education. Visit www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05027 to view the guidelines, which contain eligibility, deadline, and proposal preparation information.

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REVIEW OF NSF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

NSF has completed an external review of its Instructional Materials Development Program, focusing on issues related to the development, use, and impact of all materials related to math, science, and technology education created with NSF support. The review recognizes the program as an effective way to develop educational materials, outlining its strengths and areas needing improvement, as well as the role of secondary school teachers in the development of these materials. The full report is available online at www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=NSF0071.

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STUDENT PARASITOLOGY RESEARCH FUND

The American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) has initiated a small grant program for student members who work in labs where funding is limited. It is a competition for both undergraduate and graduate level students. At this time, the ASP can fund one graduate student ($1000) and one undergraduate student ($500) doing research in the field of parasitology. For details, deadlines, and application information, visit the society's awards web page: asp.unl.edu/awards/.

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PARASITOLOGY WORKSHOP FOR K-12 TEACHERS

The American Society of Parasitologists will be hosting a workshop for K-12 teachers at their 2005 annual meeting at the Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL, from July 8-11. The workshop will illustrate how parasites can be used as models to teach many aspects of biology. It will involve hands-on activities designed to let teachers work with three model systems that are economical, of great utility, and deemed to be extremely safe. These systems are designed for solving a real-life problem using the scientific method and a minimum of lab equipment. For more information on the annual meeting, including registration information, go to asp.unl.edu/meetings/.

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OUTSTANDING SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS, AND ENGINEERING MENTORS RECOGNIZED

The 2004 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring were announced on May 16th, 2005. With these awards, the White House and National Science Foundation honor outstanding individuals and institutions that have made strong commitments to the mentoring of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups in science and math-related fields. Current recipients include university professors, professional scientific societies, and a science museum, among others. For more information, and a full list of recipients, please go to www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=pr05078.

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) Conference, www.zoo.utoronto.ca/able/, June 21-25, 2005, Blacksburg, VA. The 27th ABLE Annual Conference will be held at Virginia Tech University.

2005 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, www.issotl.indiana.edu, October 14-16, 2005, Vancouver, BC. The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers, developers, and practitioners to discuss research issues and experience in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference will feature invited talks, panel discussions, poster presentations, workshop demonstrations, and roundtable discussions. Abstracts are being accepted for single paper, organized panel, workshop, roundtable, and poster presentations.

Council on Undergraduate Research Institutes, www.cur.org/institutes.html, The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is hosting a series of institutes in 2005:
- Mentorship, Collaboration and Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities, July 22-24, 2005, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA
- Proposal Writing Institute, July 16-20, 2005, Colorado State University - Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
- Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research, October 21-23, 2005, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Beyond Tolerance: Diversity and the Challenge of Pedagogy in American Higher Education, www.nefdc.org/conferences/proposals.htm, November 4, 2005, Westford, MA. The 2005 New England Faculty Development Consortium's fall conference features Gail Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY. The conference, which attracts 200 to 400 faculty members, administrators, and faculty development professionals from the New England region and beyond, will focus on teaching and learning for diverse populations, best practices, supporting diverse student populations, creating a diverse community on campus, and increasing diversity through institutional collaborations.

Diversity Here and Now: Holistic and Sustainable Approaches to Multicultural Learning, www.collab.org, November 18-19, 2005, Bloomington, MN. The conference, hosted by the Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning, will address the impacts of increasingly diverse student populations on campuses and ways to educate all to live and work in a world of differences.

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The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society. Founded in 1947 as a part of the National Academy of Sciences, AIBS became an independent, member-governed organization in the 1950s. Today, with headquarters in Washington, DC, and a staff of approximately 50, AIBS is sustained by a robust membership of some 5,000 biologists and 200 professional societies and scientific organizations; the combined individual membership of the latter exceeds 250,000. AIBS advances its mission through coalition activities in research, education, and public policy; publishing the peer-reviewed journal BioScience and the education website ActionBioscience.org; providing scientific peer review and advisory services to government agencies and other clients; convening meetings; and managing scientific programs. Website: www.aibs.org.


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