Denver! NABT Professional Development Conference: November 11-14: Sheraton Denver: Denver, Colorado.
Article Type: Calendar
Subject: Education conferences (Calendars)
Pub Date: 04/01/2009
Publication: Name: The American Biology Teacher Publisher: National Association of Biology Teachers Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences; Education Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 National Association of Biology Teachers ISSN: 0002-7685
Issue: Date: April, 2009 Source Volume: 71 Source Issue: 4
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 246348878
Full Text: Destination Denver!

Make Denver your destination this November. New sessions, symposiums, and speakers are being added to the Conference every day. Like ...

... the Stem Cell Summit on Saturday, November 14, with Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi, Distinguised Professor of Human Genetics and Biology at the University of Utah School of Medicine

... Nobel Laureate Tom Cech, President of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado

... Philip Danielson, Director at the Institute for Forensic Genetics, University of Denver

... Cheryl Charles, CEO and President of Children & Nature Network

Don't wait ... The Early Bird Registration deadline is right around the corner--May 31.


Special Workshops

The following in-depth short courses arc presented in addition to the regular program offerings. These events require advance registration; on-site registration is based on space availability.

Wednesday, November 11

1. Adventures in Science Through Reading and Writing

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cost: 560 * Limit: 24

CDs containing several pieces of written science material will be provided The CDs include: Matt Ridley's Genome Autobiography of the Species in 23 Chapters, Simon Mawer's Mendel's Dwarf, David Bainbridge's The X In Sex, Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map, Gary Larson's There's A Hair In My Dirt, Ricki Lewis' Stem Cell Symphony, and Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Harmon's New York Times series "The DNA Age." Each of these learning experiences emphasizes autonomous learning and both critical and creative thinking, as well as an opportunity for students to explore personal connections to science and its influence on our daily lives. Above all, this genre of learning is a terrific contributor to the quest for science literacy across student populations. Quantitative and qualitative evidence of student learning will be presented through assessments using rubrics, concept-mapping, and written/oral presentations. Much of the session will be spent eliciting audience ideas and suggestions for future learning experiences.

- Sandra Latourelle, 5UNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY; Michelle Snyder, Clinton Community College, Plattsburgh, NY; Susan Holt, University of Rochester Life Sciences Learning Center, Rochester, NY; Ricki Lewis, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical Center, Scotia, NY

2. Reinventing PCR as a New Two-Step Biology Activity

9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Cost: 580 * Limit: 24

The workshop includes a hands-on PCR experiment designed to stimulate student participation and discovery. This new, two-step PCR DNA amplification will be performed from start to finish by all participants and is designed to be a fast, easy, and affordable classroom activity that brings cutting edge technology to biology. Participants will amplify a DNA target using the new EdvoCycler[TM] (researched with NIH SBIR grants) and will determine the size of the product by electrophoresis. During the PCR amplification, a PowerPoint presentation will demonstrate how PCR can be used to determine the presence of genetically modified soybean or corn in off-the-shelf foods and to differentiate GM plants from their natural counterparts. Participants will be provided with a detailed PCR protocol and a discount coupon for the purchase of the new two-step PCR experiment or any other Edvotek experiment.

--Jack Chirikjian, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Khuyen Mai, Edvotek, Bethesda, MD

3. Dispelling the Myth of Effectively Teaching Biology Fully Online Yes, It's


10:30 AM-12:00 Noon

Cost: $20 * Limit: 40

This workshop is a combination of PowerPoint, laboratory experimentation, and a Q & A session. The workshop will focus on three primary areas: (1) The importance of institutions to offer biology and other lab science courses tully online to meet a fast growing demographic of both traditional and non-traditional students. These students are dependent on online courses and programs to meet their educational and professional needs.

(2) Present real concrete examples of how online lab science courses enable the instructor to teach complex thinking skills beyond that of what can be taught in a traditional face-to-face course. Presenters will share data reflecting how their online students' learning outcomes and grades compare to those of their face-to-face students.

(3) Attendees will perform a real "wet" biology experiment and learn firsthand how labs are performed by students and the critical thinking skills associated with the labs.

--Kate Lormand, Colorado Community Colleges Online and Red Rocks Community College, Denver, CO; Marge Vorndam, Colorado Colleges Online, Denver, CO; Laszlo Vass, Monarch H.S., Colorado State Science Commission and Colorado Colleges Online, Denver, CO

4. Incorporating Biotechnology Experiments in Environmental Sciences

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Cost: $80 * Limit: 24

New approaches that link biotechnology to environmental sciences will be demonstrated and discussed with an emphasis of how best to incorporate and link traditional ecology to cutting edge environmental science. Experiments will include water testing using chromogenic reagents to detect bacterial pollution, PCR experiments for predicting a rapid identifier of polluting organisms, DNA damage caused by exposure to short wave (260 ran) UV light, and toxicity detection of pollutants in freshwater using Daphnia as a bio-indicator. Discussion and PowerPoint demonstration will include bioremediation by oil-eating microbes. Participants will take home experiment protocols and a discount coupon for the purchase of an environmental experiment. Sample reagents for use as classroom demonstrations will also be provided.

--Jack Chirikjian, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Khuyen Mai, Edvotek, Bethesda, MD

5. Engaging Students Using Live and Virtual Sea Urchin Embryology Labs

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cost: 565 * Limit: 35

Sea urchins provide a fascinating model for investigating core biological principles and applying the scientific method. Use of this material is simplified since it is now possible to order gametes for live classroom tabs, eliminating the need to obtain and maintain live sea urchins. Biologists at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station will present a sea urchin developmental biology lab in which participants observe live fertilization of eggs and development of embryos. Inquiry-based labs using sea urchins will be introduced during the session that will make use of current research. The team will also demonstrate a Web-based project of virtual labs that supports understanding of central biology concepts and promotes development of lab skills. Inquiry-based lab experiences that may be difficult to conduct within the typical classroom setting become possible in this virtual setting. The Virtual Urchin NSF project (posted at virtualurchin. complements the first Stanford Sea Urchin Embryology project ( Urchin) and applies recent advances in educational technology to create an interactive Web site liar classroom and independent lab experiences. Teachers will leave this workshop with experience and instructional materials to help them conduct the hands-on, inquiry-based wet labs and virtual labs and will be prepared to coordinate these activities with state and national science standards.

--David Epel, Pam Miller, and Jason Hodin, Stanford University-Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA

6. DNA Profiling: A Whooping Crane Paternity Test

8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Cost: 555 * Limit: 24

During this session participants will explore conservation biology through molecular biology techniques, using the Whooping Crane as the model organism.

- Rose Seltzer, FOTODYNE. Inc., Hartland, WI

7. Lecture-Free Teaching: A Learning Partnership of Science Educators and Their


8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Cost: 555 * Limit: 30

Each participant will receive a copy of Bonnie Wood's newly-published book, Lecture-Free Teaching: A Learning Partnership of Science Educators and their Students (NSTA Press, 2009) that will be used as a workbook during the session. During the first half of the workshop, participants will assume the role of students during a simulation of a typical class meeting of a college biology course. Wood will demonstrate the interplay of student preparation before class, cooperative learning, and classroom assessment techniques to achieve course content identical to that of a lecture-based course. During the second half of the workshop, participants will discuss and follow steps to lecture-free teaching to plan their own course revision or design a new course. Emphasizing inquiry-based learning and the application of the scientific method, Wood teaches all of her college science courses using lecture-free pedagog),. In addition, she erased the boundaries between "lecture" and laboratory portions of her sections of both introductory and upper level courses. Rather than teaching them at separate times and locations, she interweaves two traditional parts of a college science course into two three-hour participative class meetings each week. For educators uncomfortable with a completely lecture-free format, she will describe how to incorporate these methods on a more limited basis by alternating ten- or fifteen-minute lectures with a variety of active learning and peer instruction exercises and by using inquiry-based laboratory exercises.

--Bonnie Wood, University of Maine at Presque Isle, Presque Isle, ME

8. Using the Process of Biological Research To Develop Critical Thinking and

Presentation Skills

8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Cost: $30 * Limit: 45

Who can benefit front an understanding of the scientific endeavor? Whether a student is headed for a career outside of science or in the biological sciences, he/she can benefit front an understanding of the process of science. The skills that one develops to be a good scientist are applicable to many fields: critical thinking skills, information gathering skills, presentation and communication skills, an understanding of ethical issues, and others. Since these skills are critical in all areas of biology, the presenter developed a course that teaches students about the process of biological research while developing these skills and concepts. In the course, students select a topic of their choice front the recent literature that becomes their theme for the semester. They gather background information, select and analyze primary research articles, and complete the semester by presenting one of the research articles in a poster format to their peers and the science faculty. This workshop will present some of the activities used with the students as well as the framework for the course that can be tailored to your own needs. The activities are modular in nature such that you can use them to develop a unit or seminar based on the materials used in this one semester course. The materials are applicable for students (1) to develop skills that are generally" applicable to many fields, (2) to prepare to do undergraduate research, (3) to prepare for graduate school, or (4) to give upper-level high school students a glimpse of the research process to see if it piques their interest.

--Karen Guzman, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

9. Building DNA Models

9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Cost: $30 * Limit: 24

--Julia Smith and Ken Nettlebeck, Big Bear Lake HS, Big Bear Lake, CA

10. Food, Fuel, and Fitness: The Potential for Biotechnology

9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Cost: 580 * Limit: 100

This workshop will engage teachers in hands-on, low cost biotechnology activities, demonstrate electronic resources available to teachers through the Biology Information Network (BEN) portal, and describe the national and local programs that the Biotechnology Institute conducts with industry members.

- Paul Hanle and Thomas Keller, The Biotechnology Institute, Arlington, VA

11. Celebrate the National Year of Science: Strategies for Evolution in the


9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Cost: 520 * Limit: 40

Improve your understanding of how science works, examine the evidence, practice classroom activities, and gain resources and strategies that enable you to effectively deal with the challenges around teaching evolution.

--Pamela Harman, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA; Louise Mead, National Center for Science Education, Oakland, CA

12. Analysis of Plants with Altered Genes for Biofuel Production: An RT-PCR


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Cost: 535 * Limit: 24

Come learn about molecular techniques used in the search for sustainable alternative fuels. In this session, participants will use hands-on techniques in order to choose a genetically altered plant that could be best used in the production of cellulosic ethanol.

--Rose Seltzer, FOTODYNE. Inc., Hartland,

13. Teaching Science Concepts and Inquiry Through Outdoor Studies

1:30 PM - 4:.30 PM

Cost: 580 * Limit: 50

A wealth of more than 150 labs, projects, and inquiry activities utilizing organisms common to most environments (flies, ants, dandelions, beetles, spiders, grasses, etc.) will be presented in this special workshop. Teachers see how easily they can use the inquiry process in studying natural science and incorporate it with their science curriculum. Also presented is the study of common crops: corn, wheat, peanuts, cotton, and rice. The study of common organisms in a life science course typically leads to questions about the organisms. Students then find answers to their questions through further guided inquiry and the use of technology, including digital microscopes, digital cameras, and computers. These investigations may be recorded for later review or used to communicate information gathered. Participants receive a CD and over 600 pages of materials for their classroom use including labs, teaching strategies, and alternative methods of assessment all designed to aid teachers and students in meeting science standards and school improvement plans.

--Bill Klein, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA

14. Natural Selection: Identifying and Acting on Students" Prior Ideas

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Cost: $45 * Limit: 30

Natural selection is the unifying theme of biology, yet is commonly misunderstood by middle and high school students. In this session, you will learn about students' common misunderstandings of natural selection and be provided with instructional approaches to find out what your own students think, as well as teaching strategies to help students develop more scientific understandings.

--Erin Marie Furtak, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

15. Utilizing Scientific Teaching with Inquiry Instruction in Biology

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $50 * Limit: 36

"Scientific Teaching in Biology" describes instructing students by challenging them to discover information (as real science is done) rather than by memorizing it (as science teaching is often done). The teaching methods utilized in this workshop focus on student-centered inquiry and not teacher-centered lecture.

--Thomas Lord, Indiana University of PA, Indiana, PA; Teddie Phillipson Mower, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY; Kerry Cheesman, Capital University, Columbus, OH
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