August 30, 2017
In this Issue:
  • Deadline Reminder: NABT Posters Are Due August 31st
  • We Have Just the Ticket for Adding Your Tickets to NABT2017
  • ICYMI: NABT is Looking for Your "Alt Facts" Resources
  • SPACE AVAILABLE: REIL-Biology at NABT in St. Louis
  • Do Your High School Students See Themselves In Future Health/Science Careers?
  • Spotlight on Sponsors: About OpenStax
Deadline Reminder:
NABT Posters Are Due August 31st

The Four-Year College & University Section and Two-Year College Section of NABT invite you and your students to present your work in research and teaching at the  NABT Biology Poster Session . The deadline for submission was extended until midnight on August 31st and there is still time to submit.

Complete details about the different categories and student competitions are available at  2017 Call for Posters .
We Have Just the Ticket for Adding Your Tickets to NABT2017

The NABT Professional Development Conference is not just hundreds of great sessions or high profile speakers. It's about having a great time with a great community.

One way to enhance your conference experience is to add tickets for special workshops , field trips , meal functions , and special events to your conference registration. Even though many of these events are FREE, space is limited.

Adding tickets is easy but the process is different now that NABT has a new website. Instructions are below:

To add sessions to your existing conference registration:

  • Log in to www.NABT.org.
  • Click on ‘My Events’ from the member portal.
  • Click on ‘Add Sessions’ to the right of the event name (you can search by date/start time, track, type, name or keyword).
  • Click on the session title to open a pop-up window with the session description.
  • Hint: Be sure to view both pages of events before clicking the ‘next’ button.
  • Proceed with purchase to complete the transaction.

To view your current agenda:

  • Log in to www.NABT.org.
  • Click on ‘My Events’ from the member portal.
  • Click on ‘Add Sessions’ to the right of the event name.
  • Click on the tab labeled ‘My Agenda’ above the program search fields.

Please note:   If you wish to purchase more than 1 ticket for any "ticketed event" listed below, increase the quantity in your shopping cart during checkout.
More conference updates will be released in the coming weeks so make sure to check online at  2017 NABT Conference  for the latest news or contact NABT at  conference@nabt.org  and (888) 501-NABT.
ICYMI: NABT is Looking for Your "Alt Facts" Resources

The August issue of The American Biology Teacher featured a message from the Board of Directors addressing teaching in an age of "alternative facts." You can download the article here .

NABT invites you to share your lessons countering “alternative science” with NABT using the online form found at https://nabt.org/Resources-Teaching-Bio-in-Age-of-Alt . All entries will be reviewed for appropriateness and innovation, and authors of novel submissions will be entered to win a complimentary registration to the 2018 Professional Development Conference in San Diego and a guaranteed session in the program so you can demonstrate how to use your lesson in the classroom.
SPACE AVAILABLE:
REIL-Biology at NABT in St. Louis

Travel funds are still available for teams of research and education faculty to develop intro bio lab class modules at the 2017 NABT Conference . S upported by NSF RCN-UBE, the REIL-Biology project will support the costs of your team’s travel to a pre-conference workshop and the following session during the 2017 NABT Conference . Slots in the workshop are limited, so apply today at  http://rcn.ableweb.org/workshop-nabt/ .

Why course-based research?  Students gain when they experience real research in intro bio lab classes.
  • Meet the challenge of Vision and Change to expose all students to research
  • High impact pedagogy increases student interest in science careers
  • Create course-based research experiences in introductory Biology laboratory classes 
 
Why apply?  Get support for developing lab modules using your research.
  • Faculty needs time and support to develop new lab class modules
  • Collaboration of research + education faculty from one institution can address specific needs and opportunities
  • Apply at http://rcn.ableweb.org/workshop-nabt/ for travel funds to conference-associated workshop

When?  Thursday, November 9 at the beginning of the NABT Professional Development Conference.
 
What?  At the workshop, participants will work with faculty who have experience in course-based research to:
  • hear about the benefits of course-based research experiences for students and faculty,
  • discuss the components of a course-based research experience,
  • describe barriers to incorporating course-based research experiences in introductory biology at their institution,
  • learn about strategies for overcoming barriers to implementing course-based research experiences,
  • work in institutional teams to begin to develop research modules for their introductory biology courses,
  • discuss approaches to assessing course-based research experiences

How?  If you would like to collaborate with a faculty member at your institution to develop a research module for your introductory biology lab, we will support the costs of your team’s travel to St. Louis. Register today at  http://rcn.ableweb.org/workshop-nabt/ .

Do Your High School Students See Themselves In Future Health/Science Careers?

There are nothing but opportunities for those students thinking about futures in health and science fields. These fields continue to shift, just as student perceptions about these areas do. That is why the National Association of Biology Teachers , SkillsUSA , and the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) have collaborated on a survey research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of health and science careers. The Student Research Foundation works closely with the Research Consortium to analyze and present these data.

Many NABT members participated in the initial pilot survey, and early data suggest that the majority of students (51%) in science/health classes feel their science studies will be “extremely or very important” to their future career pursuits. In addition, over half of these students (54%) say they have considered pursuing a Health Career. Other initial findings can be found at Health Careers Survey . Research looking at student interest in Teaching Careers  is also available.

The ultimate objective of this important research project is to stimulate a dialogue on college and career pathways among parents, teachers, and students. By including your students in this project, you can help them:

  • further consider their strengths, interests, and the career options open to them;
  • receive information from colleges, universities, career and technical schools, and other postsecondary institutions seeking to recruit students with their specific interests, talents, skill sets, and career goals; and
  • gain more access to postsecondary scholarship opportunities through ERCA’s partners and sponsors.  

Please watch your in-box during the back-to-school season for a package from The Research Consortium on Health/Science Careers . If you want to make sure you receive this package, please fill out a simple on-line form or email the Consortium at info@studentresearch.org to make sure you’re on the list! 

Thank you for participating!
 
National Kick-off of
“Beyond Doom and Gloom: Engage in Climate and Energy Solutions”
 
Are you or your students worried about climate change? Are you or your students interested in a cleaner energy future? Are you connecting your students to high impact solutions? Organized by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) , Beyond Doom and Gloom: Climate Solutions is a new initiative to empower students, educators, and the public to advocate for climate solutions. We seek to direct the frustration and worry about climate change into increased knowledge and productive actions. This initiative uses expert, easy-to-use materials that involve students in important civic engagement solutions (a high impact learning practice). They can be used in any course and in campus activities.

Visit the educators’ page , the students’ page (including a motivating two-minute video), and the webinar to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress and applied learning.

NABT is a proud member of the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability.
Spotlight on Sponsors:
About OpenStax

OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library since scaled to more than 29 books for college and AP® courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, OpenStax is breaking down the most common barriers to learning and empowering students and instructors to succeed.
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