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2012 ASCB Annual Meeting


Saturday, December 15

Undergraduate Program
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Being Interested in What You Don’t Know Ensures That You Will Always Have a Goal
Enrique M. De La Cruz, Yale University

In this presentation geared toward undergraduates, De La Cruz will communicate practical aspects associated with pursuing a professional research career, focusing on lessons he learned throughout his. He will emphasize strategies for staying motivated, including interdisciplinary research and scientific collaboration. He will also discuss recent research activities from his laboratory on actin filament fragmentation by regulatory proteins. Time will be allotted for Q&A.

Sunday, December 16

K–12 Science Education Workshop
12:00 Noon-2:00 pm 

Blood, Genes, and Proteins: The Saga of Sickle Cell Disease
Karen Kalumuck, Exploratorium

This workshop will feature interactive and hands-on, inquiry-based activities to explore the cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, and evolution of sickle cell disease. These classroom-tested explorations, which are aligned with the new Framework for K-12 Science Education, will weave strands of science, technology, health, and ethics into an engaging story that can be accessed by students from middle school through high school and beyond. 

San Francisco Bay area high school teachers are invited to attend this program. Free registration is available for high school teachers.

Education Minisymposium: Integrated Research and Teaching and Its Benefits to Faculty and Students
4:30 pm-6:35 pm 
Chaired by David Botstein, Princeton University, and Karen Kalumuck, Exploratorium

Robust scientific research and effective teaching are considered by some to be mutually exclusive pursuits. The speakers in this symposium will present their experiences and evidence-based conclusions that reveal how incorporating research into teaching can enrich the experience and be productive for students, postdocs, teachers, and researchers. Speakers will be invited as well as chosen from submitted Science Education abstracts.

Monday, December 17

Education Initiative Forum
9:45 am-10:15 am
Teaching in Concert: A Novel Approach to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project-Based Instruction
Anya L. Goodman, California Polytechnic State University

Can we teach future biologists computational thinking without teaching them to program? Can we teach computer science students to solve biological problems without requiring a course in biology? We developed and piloted a novel approach to interdisciplinary instruction, enabling undergraduate students in life sciences to work “in concert” with computer science students to solve problems in genomics. Our approach relies on well-defined interdependent roles for biology and computer science students in a project-based laboratory, keeping learning objectives and lectures separate for each discipline. We believe that this approach can be adapted to a wide range of interdisciplinary project/course combinations and seek collaboration with other faculty to test this idea.

Tuesday, December 18

Education Initiative Forum
9:45 am-10:15 am
Early Engagement of Diverse Students in Undergraduate Research: Lessons from Central Michigan University’s BUMP Program
Cynthia K. Damer, Central Michigan University

The goal of Central Michigan University’s Biology Undergraduate Mentoring Program (BUMP), funded by the National Science Foundation, is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate study in the biological sciences. BUMP is different from many undergraduate research programs, in that students begin closely mentored research experiences in their first or second year and they sustain this involvement over a two-year period, including two summers. We will share practical lessons learned from the design and implementation of our program and what we are learning about the impact of our program from ongoing assessment of student outcomes.

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