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AIBS Education Report, Volume 2, Issue 4, August 2005

  • Speakers Confirmed for AIBS/BSCS/NESCent Evolution Symposium at NABT 2005
  • Bio2010 Report Survey Results Now Available
  • New Report from NSF, Evidence: An Essential Tool
  • ASEE Accepting Nominations for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Panelists
  • Upcoming Conferences

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SPEAKERS CONFIRMED FOR AIBS/BSCS/NESCENT EVOLUTION SYMPOSIUM AT NABT 2005

AIBS and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study are collaborating to convene an all-day evolution symposium at the 2005 NABT annual meeting. The theme of the symposium is "Evolution and the Environment." AIBS and BSCS will be joined by NESCent, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (www.nescent.org), as a sponsor of the event. Speakers will provide updates in evolution research and education, with a focus on the causal connections between evolution and environmental health and change. The scientists speaking in the symposium are Anthony Barnosky, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California-Berkeley; Andrew Blaustein, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University; Jonathan Losos, Department of Biology, Washington University; Stephen Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University; Barbara Schaal, Department of Biology, Washington University; Pamela Soltis, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. The science presentations will be followed by an afternoon workshop organized by BSCS (www.bscs.org). Visit www.aibs.org/special-symposia for program updates; register for the NABT meeting at www.nabt.org.

BIO2010 REPORT SURVEY RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE

The results from the fall 2004 survey are now online. Over 300 responses were analyzed to determine the influence of the Bio2010 report on undergraduate biology education. The community is invited to comment on the results of the survey and share their suggestions for next steps through an online discussion forum. To read the results and participate in the discussion, visit www.aibs.org/education/bio2010_survey.html.

NEW REPORT FROM NSF, EVIDENCE: AN ESSENTIAL TOOL

A report prepared by the Consortium for Building Evaluation Capacity for the National Science Foundation is now out. Evidence: An Essential Tool--Planning for and Gathering Evidence Using the Design-Implementation-Outcomes (DIO) Cycle of Evidence can be accessed at www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf0531
The report, which provides frameworks for designing and conducting evaluation of large-scale education initiatives, arose from a need for consistent project-level evaluation of the programs generated by participants of the Math and Science Partnership Program.

ASEE ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM PANELISTS

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is seeking panelists to evaluate applications for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). NSF awards approximately 1,000 fellowships annually to outstanding students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. ASEE is recruiting experts to serve on the life sciences panel, particularly in the evolutionary biology and molecular biology disciplines. NSF seeks diverse panels composed of outstanding researchers from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and backgrounds. Potential panelists should be knowledgeable of NSF's Merit Review Criteria and capable of evaluating interdisciplinary proposals. (For a detailed categorization of all NSF-supported fields, please refer to the program announcement at www.nsf.gov/grfp). For more information, and to register as a panelist, please go to www.nsfgradfellows.org/panelist. Registrations must be received by early September 2005 for consideration for the 2006 evaluation panels. For additional information, please contact ASEE at 1-866-673-4737 or panelist@nsfgradfellows.org.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Success through Mentoring: A Workshop on Mentoring Research and Practice, September 29, 2005, Denver, Colorado.
Presented by MentorNet (www.MentorNet.net), the leader in e-mentoring programs in engineering and science, and held in collaboration with the 2005 SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) National Conference (www2.sacnas.org/confNew/confClient/), this workshop promises to be a lively and informative event of special interest to anyone providing support for women and people of color in university settings. Speakers, including author and mentoring expert Lois J. Zachary, mentoring scholars Stacy J. Blake-Beard and Ellen Ensher, and MentorNet founder and CEO Carol B. Muller, will share state-of-the art research and practice on the design and implementation of effective mentoring programs. Register at www.mentornet.net/workshops/sacnas.aspx.

2005 PKAL National Colloquium: Translating How People Learn into a Roadmap for Institutional Transformation, September 30-October 2, 2005, Kansas City, Missouri.
PKAL announces a national colloquium for leaders responsible for strengthening undergraduate student learning in STEM fields. It provides an opportunity for faculty, administrators, design professionals, and others with interest and expertise in transforming the undergraduate STEM learning environment to envision the college/university of the future. The objective is to consider how, where, and by whom students are taught when institutions commit to translating research on how people learn into policies and practices that ensure robust learning in STEM fields for the students on that campus. For information, visit the PKAL website: www.pkal.org/template2.cfm?c_id=1525.

National Center for Technology Innovation Conference: Creating Solutions through Collaborations, November 17, 2005, Washington, DC.
The November NCTI meeting has a special session on Universal Design and NIMAS for Learning and Innovation from 2:00 to 3:45 pm. Universal Design refers to goals, methods, materials, and assessment that increase educational opportunities for all by recognizing and accommodating different learning styles. A new development in materials for students with learning disabilities, NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard) provides a common format for digital textbooks so they can be readily used by students with different needs, such as Braille, voice, and so on (see nimas.cast.org/about/index.html). NIMAS is expected to be implemented by 2007, but there are currently no provisions for math and science. Register online at www.nationaltechcenter.org/conferences/2005/default.asp
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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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