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AIBS Education Report, Volume 3, Issue 1, January/February 2006

  • New Guidelines for AIBS Student Chapter Program
  • 2006 AIBS Annual Meeting: Registration and Call for Posters
  • Presentations Now Available from 2005 NABT Symposium "Evolution and the Environment"
  • Evolution Clearinghouse
  • New Education Resources in ActionBioscience.org
  • Hutton Summer Internships for High School Students
  • DC Teaching Fellows Program
  • 2006 Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program
  • Search for NSF Division Directors
  • Upcoming Conferences

The AIBS Education Report is distributed broadly by email six times a year to AIBS membership leaders and contacts, including the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Director, AIBS Council Representative, Journal Editor, Newsletter Editor, Public Policy Committee Chair, Public Policy Representative, and Education Committee Chair of all AIBS member societies and organizations. All material from these reports may be reproduced or forwarded. Please mention AIBS as the source; office staff appreciates receiving copies of materials used.

Any interested party may self-subscribe to receive these free reports by email. Go to www.aibs.org and click on Education Reports on the opening page, then follow the text links to complete the subscription form. If you would like to share information about your organization's education initiatives with the AIBS community, please contact the AIBS Education and Outreach Program Manager, Susan Musante (smus...@aibs.org; 703-674-2500 x311).
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NEW GUIDELINES FOR AIBS STUDENT CHAPTER PROGRAM

The guidelines for the AIBS Student Chapter program have been revised to more effectively meet student chapter needs and to help them become strong representatives of AIBS on their campuses. The new guidelines outline AIBS's goals for the program and require all existing and new chapters to affirm that they will abide by the AIBS mission, goals, and code of ethics. The updated benefits and requirements are accompanied by additional information that will be helpful to individuals starting or maintaining their chapter's activities. All of the revised information is available online in the AIBS Student Chapter Handbook.

Biology clubs and other student organizations on college campuses that serve to further the intellectual and professional interests of students in the biological sciences are encouraged to apply for the AIBS Student Chapter program. Contact the AIBS Education and Outreach Program Manager, Susan Musante smus...@aibs.org or 703-674-2500 x311, for further information, or visit the program website: http://www.aibs.org/students/.

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2006 AIBS ANNUAL MEETING: REGISTRATION AND CALL FOR POSTERS

"Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy" is the theme for this year's meeting, taking place May 24-25 in Washington DC. Plenary talks, discussion sessions, award presentations, and poster and exhibit sessions will allow participants to explore linkages among the economic, scientific, and public policy perspectives of biodiversity.

Attendees interested in working toward expanding career, professional development, and service opportunities for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in the biological sciences are welcome to register for the AIBS Diversity Luncheon on May 25th. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the AIBS leadership, interact with members of the AIBS Human Resources Committee, and network with others interested in creating a more diverse scientific community.

Immediately prior to the annual meeting, May 23-24, an AIBS business meeting for the general membership, combined with a meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations, will provide updates on AIBS activities and discuss AIBS plans and priorities.

To register or learn more information, visit www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2006.html or contact Sue Burk at sbu...@aibs.org.

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PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FROM 2005 NABT SYMPOSIUM "EVOLUTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT"

The website for the Special Symposium on "Evolution and the Environment," presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers, has been updated. The site now includes downloadable .pdf versions of the speakers' slide presentations (author's permission required for reuse) and suggested classroom resources and activities. The symposium was co-sponsored by AIBS, The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study. To access the site, please visit www.aibs.org/events/special-symposia/2005-nabt.html.

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EVOLUTION CLEARINGHOUSE

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) has developed a website for educators and others (eog.nescent.org) with a variety of resources, including evolution based curricula (eog.nescent.org/CurriculumResources.htm), weekly articles on evolution in the news (eog.nescent.org/News.htm), and state standards for evolution education (eog.nescent.org/EducationStandards.htm). The newly launched site includes information on scientific activities at NESCent, trends in evolutionary science, and information about the Education and Outreach Group at NESCent. Comments and suggestions are welcome at eog@nescent.org.

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NEW EDUCATION RESOURCES IN ACTIONBIOSCIENCE.ORG

New genomics resources are available on AIBS's education website, ActionBioscience.org. An article, "Environmental Metabolomics: The Study of Disease and Toxicity in Wildlife," written by Mark R. Viant, explains how naturally occurring small molecules are used to improve human and wildlife health and monitor the environment. The article is available at www.actionbioscience.org/genomic/viant.html. A new lesson, called "From Genomes of Species," was written by R. Brian Watts to accompany the article "Species: Comparing Their Genome," adapted from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute report (www.actionbioscience.org/genomic/hhmi.html). Visit ActionBioscience.org for more bioscience articles and lessons.

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HUTTON SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a summer mentoring program for high school students sponsored by American Fisheries Society (AFS). Its principal goal is to stimulate interest in fisheries science and management careers among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women. The program is open to all current sophomore, junior, and senior high school students regardless of race, creed, or gender, but because the program seeks to increase diversity within the fisheries professions, preference is given to qualified women and minority applicants. Accepted students are matched with fisheries biologists as their mentors and enjoy an eight-week, hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting. Assignments are made with participating organizations within reasonable commuting distance from the students. During the summer, students work alongside their mentors in the field and the lab, collecting samples and assisting with analyzing data. A scholarship is provided to students accepted into the program. Applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2006. For more information, visit the AFS website, www.fisheries.org, and click on "Hutton Program" on the left-hand navigational bar.

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DC TEACHING FELLOWS PROGRAM

For over five years in Washington DC, professionals from all walks of life have made the decision to teach in DC Public Schools through the DC Teaching Fellows program (DCTF). Through DCTF, fellows receive a pathway into the classroom, along with benefits such as subsided tuition and ongoing professional development. Fellows also benefit from a full teacher's salary, medical and dental benefits, and the support of administrative program staff. DCTF recruits a range of diverse applicants who have shown a record of commitment and achievement in their past endeavors. The program looks for creative-minded, patient, and flexible candidates who understand the level of dedication it takes to improve a system one classroom at a time. Applications for the 2006 cohort of fellows are currently being accepted. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit their website (www.dcteachingfellows.org) for detailed information on DCTF. All applications must be completed online. Contact DCTF at 202-442-5022 or info@dcteachingfellows.org.

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2006 CANON NATIONAL PARKS SCIENCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program is pleased to announce its 2006 competition. The program is a collaboration among Canon U.S.A., Inc., the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the US National Park Service. Thanks to a generous commitment by Canon U.S.A., Inc., the program will be awarding eight US$80,000 scholarships to Ph.D. students throughout the Americas to conduct research critical to conserving the national parks of the region. Research projects in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences are eligible, as well as projects in a new category: technology innovation in support of conservation science. Applications must be received by 3 May 2006. For information about The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program and a copy of the application guide, please visit the website at www.nature.nps.gov/canonscholarships. Contact Dr. Gary E. Machlis, Director, The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, 208-885-7054, gmachlis@uidaho.edu.

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SEARCH FOR NSF DIVISION DIRECTORS

There are two open positions at the National Science Foundation that may be of interest to biology faculty members. Both the Divisions of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) and Research, Evaluation, and Communication (REC), in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, are searching for division directors. The full descriptions of these positions are available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2006/s20060040/s20060040ipa.txt and http://nsf.gov/pubs/2006/s20060041/s20060041ipa.txt. In addition, while not listed presently, it is expected that ESIE will also have program director positions open during the year. Robert D. (Bob) Sherwood is currently a program director in ESIE and is available to answer questions from anyone interested. Contact him at 703-292-5115 or rsherwoo@nsf.gov.

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES

- AAAS Annual Meeting: Grand Challenges, Great Opportunities. February 16-20, 2006, St. Louis, MO.
There will be three events that focus on challenges to teaching evolution in science courses at the AAAS annual meeting. On Friday, February 17, there will be two events: a symposium titled "Teaching and Learning about Science: Challenges and Opportunities Concerning Evolution," and a workshop on "Teaching and Learning about Science: Addressing Challenges Collaboratively." On Saturday, February 18, there will be a topical lecture by Donald Kennedy, editor-in-chief of Science, on "Teaching and Learning about Science: Challenges and Opportunities." For more information, visit www.aaas.org/meetings/Annual_Meeting/.

- Enriching the Academic Experience of College Science Students. May 17-19, 2006, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
The conference will provide a gathering place for a diverse group of educators, including learning center professionals, program directors, faculty members, and others who are committed to supporting undergraduate science students outside of the formal classroom. Educators from all types of colleges and universities, including two-year community colleges and four-year comprehensive, liberal arts, and research institutions, are invited. The conference will include presentations on a diverse range of topics that highlight new and innovative programs, connections between current theory and practice, and discussions about the important questions facing science educators. More information is available at www.umich.edu/~slc/conf/homeslc.htm.

- AIBS 2006 Annual Meeting: Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy. May 24-25, 2006, Washington DC.
Plenary speakers, breakout sessions, and a poster session are planned. Visit www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting/ for program updates and registration. The annual meeting will be preceded by an AIBS business meeting for the general membership, combined with a meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations.

- Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) 26th Annual Conference. June 6-10, 2006, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
The focus of ABLE is to improve the undergraduate biology laboratory experience by promoting the development and dissemination of interesting, innovative, and reliable laboratory exercises. Each ABLE conference brings together a group of selected presenters with about 140 participants from university and college biology departments throughout Canada and the United States. In three very full days, the participants are actively involved in four 3-hour hands-on workshops and several shorter workshops. The workshop presenters provide all of the essential information and experiences that the potential user of the laboratory needs to take it home and use the exercise in his/her own teaching program. The workshops are published in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, the conference proceedings published by ABLE. More information is available at www.zoo.utoronto.ca/able/conf/able2006/index.html.

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- REGISTER NOW. CALL FOR POSTERS. 2006 AIBS ANNUAL MEETING, 24-25 May, Washington DC. The theme is "Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy." See www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2006.html for registration, posters, and program.

- REGISTER NOW. AIBS business meeting for the general membership, combined with a meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations, to receive updates on AIBS activities and discuss AIBS plans and priorities. Held 23-24 May in Washington DC. Register at www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2006.html.

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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