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From CRISPR to 23-and Me: Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Biology Speaker: Ken Miller

From CRISPR to 23-and Me: Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Biology Speaker: Ken Miller

New techniques such as CRISPR gene editing, mitochondrial transformation, and gene drives are changing the ways in which living organisms are studied and modified. I will review these techniques, and introduce students to a series of activities that will enable them to confront the social, moral, and ethical issues raised by the new human genetics.

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Pandemics Triggered by Climate Change Speaker: Michael Wysession

Pandemics Triggered by Climate Change Speaker: Michael Wysession

Pandemics have (literally) plagued humans throughout history. Before there was airplane travel, it usually took a major environmental disruption to create the necessary conditions to allow for a global spread, and that disruption was often provided by a rapid change in climate. We will examine the environmental factors that helped trigger pandemics such as the 1918 Spanish Flu (La Nina), the 1820 Cholera outbreak (eruption of Mt. Tambora), and the 14th-century bubonic plague (start of the Little Ice Age).

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Biosphere II: What makes a scientific failure?: Speaker: Obie Martin

Biosphere II: What makes a scientific failure?: Speaker: Obie Martin

Learn about our Biosphere I – The Earth – while engaging in the interesting tale of Biosphere II. Biosphere II didn’t meet the goals it set out to achieve, but was it a failure? Well, yes. But also, no! In this workshop, you’ll use hands-on learning, digital explorations, data analysis, and print resources to gather evidence and apply learning to form your own conclusions.

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Science Denial: What can you do about it? Speaker: Joseph Levine

Science Denial: What can you do about it? Speaker: Joseph Levine

Science matters! Scientific data and perspectives should help inform economic decisions, guide government policy, and improve health and security. Yet denial and politicization of science is everywhere. Coronavirus. Evolution. Climate change. Vaccination. GMOs. We will briefly review what science is and how it works, analyze the causes of science denial, and discuss what you can do about it.

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How Does Soap “Destroy” Coronaviruses?: Modeling Lipid Bilayers Speaker: Christopher Moore

How Does Soap “Destroy” Coronaviruses?: Modeling Lipid Bilayers Speaker: Christopher Moore

Just like the cells that make up our bodies, coronaviruses are surrounded by a membrane made up of phospholipid bilayers. This membrane is similar to a soap bubble, which consists of water sandwiched between little polar soap molecules. Using a bubble as a model, we’ll learn how washing your hands with soap and the alcohol from hand sanitizer can disrupt a coronavirus, essentially popping its “bubble”.

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Intermolecular Attractions: Not As Romantic As It Sounds Speaker: Obie Martin

Intermolecular Attractions: Not As Romantic As It Sounds Speaker: Obie Martin

Let’s explore the intermolecular forces between covalent bonded molecules! It’ll be more fun than it sounds with hands-on and digital experiences to bring the subject to life. In the end, we’ll apply what we’ve learned to everyone’s favorite molecule, H20!

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Developing STEM Lessons with the W.H.E.R.E. Model

Developing STEM Lessons with the W.H.E.R.E. Model

Michael Comer and Joanne Vasquez, authors of STEM Lesson Essentials and STEM Lesson Guideposts, presents Developing STEM Lessons with the W.H.E.R.E. Model

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Journey Through Google Expeditions

Journey Through Google Expeditions

How can you shift from presenting topics in isolation to creating learning experiences that integrate STEM education? COVID 19 has placed an emphasis on the ‘Why’ behind the need for STEM education. By integrating STEM, students gain understanding of topics as they figure out why something is happening or create a solution to a problem such as the current pandemic. The focus of learning needs to shift from the end product to the actual process of learning.

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Problem Solving, Inquiry, and Scientific Thinking in Science

Problem Solving, Inquiry, and Scientific Thinking in Science

Michael Padilla, author Elevate Science, presents Problem Solving, Inquiry, and Scientific Thinking in Science: Problem solving, inquiry and scientific practices continue to be a central element of science teaching. With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, it is even more critical that teachers develop ways to get students to use scientific practices to problem solve and inquire. This session focuses on Next Gen practices and will outline teaching strategies you can use to develop these important skills.