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01 May 2013
Lehigh Valley student selected for three-year NSF research program
Chibuzo Anojulu, a sophomore at Penn State Lehigh Valley, has been selected to participate in the Society for Developmental Biology's (SDB) Choose Development program. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Choose Development pairs undergraduate students from across the United States with leading researchers in developmental biology for a long-term professional development and research training project.
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Lehigh Valley students take top honors at regional research event
Students from Penn State Lehigh Valley swept the top spots for the second year in a row at the Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium held this year at Penn State Hazleton on Apr. 16. Karim M. Badre took first place in the humanities category with his project, "Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Costs – Post Obamacare." Students Patrick D. Hullihen, Digisha R. Patel, Jessica A. Raad, and Anthony J. Toczek took first place in the STEM category with their project, "Gamma Globin Expression in Human K562 Leukemic Cell Line."
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Five Lehigh Valley students chosen for Faces of Penn State campaign
Five Lehigh Valley campus students have joined the roughly 60 "faces" already named as part of the University's Faces of Penn State campaign. Mandy Marquardt, Patrick Hullihen, Digisha Patel, Jessica Raad and Anthony Toczek have contributed to improving the world through their inspiring research and worldwide reach.
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03 April 2013
Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus to Hold Undergraduate Research Event
Penn State Lehigh Valley will be hosting its annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Thurs., Apr. 4 in room 135 at the campus in Center Valley. An awards presentation will follow at 1:30 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public. Eric Stephen Boyd, assistant research professor, Montana State University, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation, Yellowstone through Space and Time: A Guided Tour through the Evolution of Life, will focus on the extant volcanic terrain of the Yellowstone hot spot, its influence on geography, and its ability to bridge our understanding of the diversification of life through space and time. The Symposium celebrates the participation of its undergraduate students in their scholarly research journeys.
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31 January 2013
Global Climate Change - Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems with A Practicum in Panama (June 28 - July 14, 2013) in conjunction with The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Rainforest and Reef Costa Rica, and WIDECAST.
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30 June 2012
Global Climate Change - Sustainability of Select Tropical and Aquatic Ecosystems with A Practicum in Panama (July 6-22, 2012)
in conjunction with The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
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30 June 2012
Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology, Land Preservation, and Water Management (July 30 - August 7, 2012)
in conjunction with Ecology Project International (EPI) and
Jiangan University, Wuxi, China.
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CHANCE would like to take a moment and recognize one of its sponsors, the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), for its continued support of our students and teachers while working in Costa Rica and Panama and for the network's amazing sea turtle conservation efforts in the Caribbean region. WIDECAST, an expert network of biologists, natural resource managers, community leaders and educators in more than 40 nations and territories, is committed to an integrated, regional capacity that ensures the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations.
Borrowing the parlance of sustainable development, a sustainably managed sea turtle population might be defined as one that meets the needs – ecological, economic, socio-cultural, political, aesthetic, spiritual – of the present without compromising the ability of the population to fulfill these roles in the future. To this end, WIDECAST seeks to bring the best available science to legislation and policy; to education, training and outreach; to conservation and advocacy; and to in situ research and population monitoring.
Because of the efforts of this unique network, sea turtle habitats are protected in many countries, sea turtle product trade has dramatically declined, and most Caribbean countries now protect their sea turtles year-around. Visit the WIDECAST website today to learn about sea turtle biology, threats and conservation, sea turtle ecotourism, sea turtle medicine, resources for educators, and much more!
Ghost of the Caribbean Expedition
Other CHANCE featured videos:
Pacific Reefs Heading Towards Regional Collapse from Climate Change »
Beijing to Improve Pollution Monitoring »
Renewing Our National Park Promise »
CHANCE 2011 Lake Taihu and Water Analysis Video »
13 May 2013
CHANCE Fellow participating in the Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Research training course for undergrads
2012 CHANCE fellow, Patrick Hullihen, has been selected to become a participant and has recieved a full scholarship plus travel expenditures to partake in the Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Research advanced training course for undergraduates at Xavier University, New Orleans, LA from May 19-24, 2013. Sponsored by NIH, this intense training course will include daily lectures by respected scientists from select universities including University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Tulane University, Emory Stem Cell Center, University of Pittsburgh, University Hospital Freiburg, and many more. Each day also includes hands-on laboratory research relative to the lecture material ranging from how telomeres, telomerase and aging correlate, the development of nerve cells from stem cells, the molecular process of the aging brain, neuroplasticity, and brain disorders. Patrick is highly anticipating this wonderful opportunity as this will asset him in deciding his future education as a neuroscientist. KUDOS from CHANCE！
29 April 2013
CHANCE Fellows - Intern Field Biologists at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Lima, Montana
2012 CHANCE Fellows, Jireh Saba and Ewa Trusz, have been selected to serve as intern field biologist under the supervision of Dr. Kyle Cutting, Wildlife Biologist, United States Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Lima, Montana this summer. This refuge was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 22, 1935 and is one of the most remote in the contiguous United States. The refuge boasts the largest wetland complex within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, as well as expansive tracts of grasslands and sagebrush steppe habitats, and a small amount of forested areas. These habitats support over 230 species of birds, including brewer's sparrow, endemic arctic grayling, bald eagles, short eared owls, sandhill cranes, sage grouse, and numerous species of songbirds and waterfowl. Common mammals include Shiras moose, Rocky Mountain elk, mule and white-tailed deer, badger, coyote, and red fox. In addition, wolves and grizzly bears have been documented using the refuge in recent years. Ewa and Jireh will be working on an existing sagebrush songbird project which is monitoring habitat destruction of the fragile sagebrush ecosystem and effective conservation efforts to sustain endemic bird populations. So proud of our CHANCE Panama fellows!!
13 May 2013
JOIN NABT IN ATLANTA THIS FALL TO CELEBRATE ITS 75th BIRTHDAY!
The review process is over, and NABT is proud to once again feature hundreds of sessions and special workshops at the NABT Professional Development Conference. For four days, biology and life science educators will be discussing challenges and developing solutions. Share your curriculum and problem sets as examples. Have questions about standards and assessments ready. Whether you are a presenter or a participant, be prepared to learn from a community of master educators. Know that you will interact, engage, and enjoy this time with your colleagues!
Make sure to take advantage of discounts on registration and accommodations by registering BEFORE you leave your classroom at 2013 Conference Registration. Special workshop, field trip and meal function tickets will be coming soon. Early Bird Registration »
13 May 2012
Participate In Endangered Species Day on May 17th
The 8th annual national Endangered Species Day on May 17 offers biology, ecology, general science and other teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways they can participate in Endangered Species Day, such as:
Depending on your school schedule, you can plan events earlier in May, on Endangered Species Day (5/17) itself, or that weekend. Once a specific activity is planned, the class can register it on the Endangered Species Day website at www.endangeredspeciesday.org. There are appropriate resources and other support items for your event. For additional information contact David Robinson »
29 April 2013
The 4th Special Issue on Education, Grand Challenges in Science Education has been Published
In this special issue of Science, experts tell us what they think are the most important challenges facing science education. Through a mixture of News, Reviews, Perspectives, Education Forums, and an Editorial, this issue explores the obstacles to progress, be they within the classroom, across the school system, or in the larger social arena. Also offered are substantive suggestions on how to proceed. For example, distance education, online simulations as educational aids, and social networking tools are already part of science education. Many university faculty members are working to upgrade centuries-old approaches to instruction. And, with a new emphasis on the practice of science, promising assessment tools are being developed to improve learning.
All of the articles in this special section are FREE with registration!
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25 April 2013
Final NGSS Released
The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been released. Based on the NRC Framework for K–12 Science Education, these new science education standards are designed to provide a cohesive approach to K–12 science instruction. Integrating science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, the NGSS were developed to effectively build science comprehension and understanding of engineering concepts from kindergarten to graduation.
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21 April 2013
Share Your Earth Day & DNA Day Resources On The NABT ecosystem
Are you looking for some Earth Day or DNA Day teaching resources? Are you looking to share some Earth Day or DNA Day resources with other teachers? The NABT ecosystem Resources Section is building a list of teacher recommended websites, videos, articles, and tools. Like all ecosystems, this network supports a diverse population of producers and consumers. The more resources that are posted, the faster the ecosystem will become one of your go-to sites for classrooms materials, professional development opportunities, and colleague-to-colleague interactions. The NABT ecosystem is free to join and open to all biology teachers.
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15 April 2013
Call for 2013 Four-Year Section Poster Proposals
The NABT Four-Year College and University Section once again invites you and your students to present research and exercises on teaching and learning biology at the NABT Undergraduate Education Poster Session. This event will take place in conjunction with the Four-Year Section Reception during the 2013 Professional Development Conference. Posters can present the incorporation of new teaching strategies, techniques, or programs.
14 April 2013
Latest HHMI Holiday Lectures Available On DVD
Get ready to celebrate Earth Day with a new holiday lectures DVD from HHMI. Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future, HHMI's 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, featuring Andrew Knoll, Naomi Oreskes, and Daniel Schrag, discussing the history of life on Earth and present-day concerns about climate change, is now available for pre-order in the HHMI online catalog. Visit www.BioInteractive.org and click on the blue "Order" button to reserve your free DVD copy today.
03 April 2013
Nominations Now Open for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
PAESMEM nomination materials due June 5, 2013
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) seek nominations of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated at least five years of excellence in mentoring students, trainees, and/or early career scientists and engineers from groups that are underrepresented in STEM, including women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and some geographic regions (such as urban and rural regions). PAESMEM awardees receive a $10,000 honorary Presidential award and are invited to participate in recognition events and meetings with STEM policy leaders in Washington, D.C. Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for Individual and Organizational PAESMEM awards:
12 May 2013
Monarch Butterfly Migration Google Earth Tour + Video
Every year eastern populations of monarch butterflies begin a journey north from their overwintering grounds in Mexican forests. The epic migration spans generations and the better part of a continent. View a Google Earth tour video in English or with Spanish captions showcasing the migration of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in North America, and the people that help them out along the way.