June 19, 2017
In this Issue:
  • NABT2017: Calls for Posters & PD Summit
  • Anna Becherer Receives NABT BioClub Award
  • Congratulations Graduates!
  • Members in the News: OSTA Honors Bob Melton
  • Voices of NABT: You're Invited to Write for the ABT
  • See You at the STEM Forum & Expo
  • Travel Award Opportunity for LDC

Calls for Posters & PD Summit

NABT has recently announced two more opportunites to present at the upcoming 2017 Professional Development Conference in St. Louis.

Four-Year College & University Section Professional Development Summit 
Deadline July 1, 2017

Are you participating in a faculty development initiative at your institution? Proposals for the annual Undergraduate Professional Development Summit has been extended. This is a refereed session and proposals from life sciences education researchers and professional development practitioners from two-year and four-year colleges and universities are welcome.  Learn more at  2017 NABT PD Summit .
All presenters are required to register and pay to attend the NABT Conference. Make sure to check online at  2017 NABT Conference  for the latest updates on special workshops, field trips, and other events or contact NABT at  conference@nabt.org  and (888) 501-NABT.

Anna Becherer Receives

2017 NABT BioClub Award

NABT is proud to name Anna Becherer as the recipient of the 2017 BioClub High School Student Award. Anna recently graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC, where she was the 2017 BioClub President. In addition to her BioClub responsibilities, Anna was placed on the “All A” honor roll her four years of high school, was captain of the varsity dance team, provided school-based service in various capacities, and had a job.

It is no surprise Anna’s teachers specifically highlighted her energy and enthusiasm in their endorsement letters for this award. Her “boundless work ethic is matched by her integrity,” said Joleen Smith, Anna’s chemistry teacher. Smith went on to addAnna is of strong character possessing a caring, gentle open demeanor with a nice sense of humor.”

After two years of chemistry, including AP Chemistry taken as a sophomore, Anna turned to biology. It was in biology class that Anna was able “to make the connection that biology at its most basic level is chemistry.” She excelled in biology and as Susan Goethals, the BioClub Advisor at CGHS noted, Anna’s interest in the class and the associated BioClub didn’t wane when Anna reached her senior year. Instead, Anna organized BioClub activities such as a successful speaker series that highlighted professionals from difference fields.

“I am so thankful my passion for biology has allowed me to be the recipient of the 2017 BioClub Student Award” said Anna. Anna will receive a $500 book scholarship from Carolina Biological Supply Company as part of her award, which will be used at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when Anna starts classes in August. “This connection between chemistry and human life is what interests me most in the field of science.” That interest has led Anne to pursue classes in Pharmacy, which she hopes will culminate with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

We send Anna our best wishes as she begins her college career and congratulate her again on receiving the 2017 BioClub Student Award.

The NABT BioClub is proudly sponsorsed by  

Congratulations Graduates!

NABT and Carolina recently honored 263 BioClub students with green honor cords to wear during commencement ceremonies to signify graduating with academic distinction.

You can learn more about the NABT BioClub and their activities at BioClub Facebook Group . NABT is also accepting applications for new clubs to begin in the next academic year. Details and instructions can be found at  NABT BioClub Application.

Congratulations to our graduating BioClub students! We wish you success in your future biology endeavors!

Members in the News: 

OSTA Honors Bob Melton

Bob Melton was recently honored by the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association (OSTA). Bob received the Jack Renner Distinguished Service Award, which is presented annually by OSTA to “individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science education in Oklahoma.”

Bob is well-known in the science teaching community both Oklahoma and nationally. Bob taught science for almost 20 years Putnam City West in Oklahoma City, OK and received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) for Oklahoma in 1991. For the last 20 years, Bob has served as the STEM Facilitator and Assessment Coordinator for Putnam City Schools. He is also the director of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad, a member of the Board of Governors of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education since 2006, and was the communication coordinator for OSTA until 2015. Bob’s leadership in Oklahoma is matched by his service to the NABT community. There is no indication that Bob Melton has ever said “no to NABT.” He has served on various committees, including the NABT Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer. In 2016, Bob served as NABT President and is the sitting Past President

OSTA presented the Jack Renner Distinguished Service Award at the recent OSTA Conference held on June 8th. Unfortunately, Bob could not accept the award in person because he was in Reston, Virginia helping the chairs of the NABT Archival Committee and Executive Director organize the NABT Archives.

We join OSTA in applauding Bob Melton’s commitment to supporting the teaching of science in Oklahoma, and beyond!

Voices of NABT: You're Invited to Write for the ABT

From the Editor of ABT . . .


We hope you have noted that our first column from in the journal not only features messages from the from the NABT President, but has been expanded to include voices beyond our organization. NABT publishes a wide variety of views, opinions and thoughts from key thinkers in biology education and we invite you to join the conversation.


If you would like to be featured in a 900-word commentary in an upcoming issue of The American Biology Teacher, please contact Dr. William McComas, editor of the ABT, at ABTeditor@nabt.org with your idea. We look forward to working with you to provide a platform for your ideas about biology teaching and learning.

See You at the STEM Forum & Expo


NABT will be joining our STEM education partners for the 6th Annual STEM Expo &Forum being held in Kissimmee, FL July 12 – 14. Hosted by NSTA, the STEM Forum is a unique, focused event that brings together educators, organizations, and companies who are interested in, and who have tools and resources to share that will ensure successful implementation of STEM education in our schools and communities.


NABT will be presenting sessions and be sure to stop by the Booth #325!

Travel Award Opportunity for LDC

The Ecological Society of America and its partners are pleased to announce the  Life Discovery Conference Travel Awards  of up to about $1,000 are available for faculty to participate in the 4th Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference (LDC). The goal of the awards is to increase the diversity of participants and institutions at the conference. An exciting opportunity associated with the Travel Award is the option to also participate in the LDC-QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) - a unique networking and professional development opportunity from September – November 2017 for faculty interested in bringing authentic research data into high school and undergraduate classrooms. If selected for the FMN, faculty will implement one or more selected Data Nuggets in their AP biology, introductory biology, or ecology courses at both high school and college levels.  Travel awards are made possible through an award from the National Science Foundation.  
  • The Life Discovery - Doing Science Biology Education Conference (www.esa.org/ldc)  is a collaborative initiative of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), Botanical Society of America (BSA), Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and Society for Economic Botany (SEB). 
  • QUBES (https://qubeshub.org) is an NSF-funded virtual center that supports collaboration to promote quantitative biology education at the undergraduate level.  
  • Data Nuggets (http://datanuggets.org/) are free activities that engage students in the practices of science through an innovative approach that combines scientific content from authentic research with key concepts in quantitative reasoning, now widely used in K-16 classrooms.  

Who should apply?

Faculty from high school, community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and primarily undergraduate institutions as well as faculty from underrepresented minority communities in any institution needing travel support.

An informational webinar will be hosted on June 28, 2017 at 1:00pm EST . Register for the webinar by June 26, 2017 here . For full information, please visit http://www.esa.org/ldc/travel-awards/

The application deadline is July 10, 2017. 
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