KC Science INC “I’m a Scientist” Pod Cast

A Series of Conversations Spotlighting KC Science Careers
KC Science INC I’m a Scientist Pod Cast

This is the first episode of the KC Science INC “I’m a Scientist” Pod cast—a series of conversations spotlighting KC science careers. Through our Pod Casts we hope to continue our mission of promoting science-related events, encouraging interest in science, advocating for science-based careers and inspiring natural curiosity throughout the community. We also hope to introduce you to individuals in scientific fields right here in Kansas City.
In this episode KC Science INC partner Jenny Bruenger of The Linda Hall Library and David Carson of the Johnson County Library interview
Biogeographer Molly Davies of UMKC Geosciences. Hear what Dr. Davies has to say about her career, her travels, science, science resources, and more.

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Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers Resources

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As you prepare for this year, consider adding at least one involved laboratory experience for you and your students to your curriculum. The web is full of excellent resources for you. The CIBT labsfrom Cornell’s HHMI program are just one example.

Several years ago, Kylee Sharp shared a presentation at a KABT gathering (may have been KATS) about the “Goldenrod Lab” she had learned about at an NABT convention. She had a printed resource that she really would have like to have distributed but she didn’t feel that she could because it was copyrighted and she didn’t have permission. That resource was from the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers–A long-time HHMI funded program that has done a great deal over the years to provide resources to help biology teachers to their job, better. Well, the CIBT has now made all of their printed lab resources available online and Kylee can now share this lab with others with a clear conscience.

Check out these labs, there are 32 different labs that deeply involve the student and teacher in inquiry, are well tested, and cover a diversity of biology topics. The web site is not the easiest to navigate so here are the categories of labs with links to the labs in that category. You’ll need a pdf viewer to access the labs.

    Chemistry for Biology
    Ecology and Evolution
    Everyday Biology
    Molecular Biology
    Physiology
    Reproduction & Development

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Biology Books

I have found the following books to be interesting and useful to my teaching.

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour through Science by Natalie Angier

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Art of Science by Joseph J. CarrA

Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer

How Would you Move Mount Fuji by William Poundstone

The Five Biggest Ideas in Science by Charles M. Wynn and Arthur W. Wiggins

Science as a Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology by John Moore

Surely you’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman

Contribute a couple the the books you have found interesting or helpful in the comments!

Fall Conference 2007 Update

To all Life Science teachers,Join Kansas biology teachers September 22, 2007 for the Annual KABT Fall Conference at the TimberRidge Adventure Park 12300 S. Homestead Ln. Olathe, KS. See map.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m. and presentations begin at 8:45 a.m. Pre-register via email or RSVP (lunch count) to rdixon@olatheschools.com or register on site Saturday morning. Cost is $30.00 and includes a hot lunch by Greg Krenke BBQ and Olathe FFA.

For further information contact Randy Dix at rdixon@olatheschools.com or http://www.kabt.org/membership-application/

Map Timberridge

Morning Presentations —- 30 or 60 minute presentations by outstanding biology teachers on the following topics:

Advance Placement topics on enzymes by Wendy Haas,

Using RNA interference in HS (info from Dolan DNA Learning Center) by Randy Dix

Kansas Natural history presentations by Scott and Kylee Sharp.

Enzyme Catalyst (BSCS style) by Bill Welch

Global Warming Data by Sandy Collins

Modeling and Case Studies: Activities that Engage Students in the Nature of Science by Todd Carter

Afternoon Activities

After lunch participants may attend a session in Bird watching, Fly fishing ,or a special event by George Pisani of the KS Biological Survey. George and Mindy Walker of Rockhurst University have been actively collecting Timber Rattlesnakes from a near by site, surgically implanting either PIT tags or radio transponders and relocating to a Top Secret Location.

Fall Conference September 22, 2007

Mark your calendars for the Fall KABT meeting at Kill Creek Timber Ridge Adventure Center near Desoto, KS. The event will feature some of the newest lessons Kansas biology teachers will be using this year in their classrooms. Registration will begin at 8:00am and sessions begin at 8:45. Presenters will be asked to share twice if the group attendance is large enough to split. All attendees have the opportunity to actively participate in  every presentation.  The sessions will be 30 or 60 minutes in length and may include Advance Placement topics on enzymes, biotechnology topics of RNA interference or microarrays, and Kansas Natural history presentations. Lunch will be included in your registration fee.  Get ready to sign up as more details become available. I hope to get the plan put together this week.