Time to Expand your Digital Library

You should consider taking advantage of this offer.  Evolution:  Education and Outreach is an excellent resource journal for teaching evolution.


From Ensi:

Evolution: Education & Outreach Journal

Offering Free Access to its Articles in 15 Issues
Until 2012

This journal, with its many excellent articles on evolution and the teaching of evolution, is kindly allowing

FREE downloads of any of the 350 articles  (as PDF files) in their 15 issues, from now until December 31, 2011.

Click Here For Details

Another summer opportunity

Princeton University Molecular Biology Department along with Howard Hughes Medical Institute is holding a Summer Workshop for Science Teachers July 8-20, 2012

Molecular Biology Hands-On: Cool Genes, Colorful Proteins

Experiments include:
PCR analysis of your DNA, Testing your snack’s DNA for Genetically Modified Organisms, Creating multicolored bacteria by plasmid transformation, Visualizing fluorescent proteins by agarose gel electrophoresis, and Hunting for the super rhizobium!

For more information please visit our website:

Please note that the deadline to apply is January 31st.

Summer Research Fellowship Opportunity

Several KABT members have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past to improve their understanding of biology and research while working on teaching strategies.  This program has a history of great outcomes.  Consider applying to expand your horizons.




Eligibility:       Middle and high school science teachers in U.S. schools

Dates:             Fellowship year: April 2012 – April 2013

Online application due no later than: January 23, 2012

Notifications: March 2012

Fellowship payments:

·      $5,700 for research work and assignments

·      $300 for a classroom materials grant

·      Travel expenses to Experimental Biology, Boston, MA, April 20-24, 2013

Research Teacher Fellows Program: www.frontiersinphys.org


In this year-long professional development fellowship, teachers nationwide

1)      immerse themselves in cutting-edge biomedical research for 7-8 weeks;

2)      enhance their teaching skills in Six Star Science principles (student-centered instruction, diversity/equity, technology, assessment, current scientific content, and reflecting on teaching and learning); and

3)      build networks with scientists locally and nationally by attending a scientific conference.


EXPLORE Effective Teaching Strategies. The APS Six Star Science framework for supporting excellence in science education:

·   student-centered instruction

·   valuing diversity among students

·   integrating technology

·   developing authentic assessments

·   utilizing accurate and current content

·   reflecting on teaching and learning


EXPERIENCE the Research Process. Learn about:

·   the scientific method

·   generating valid hypotheses

·   connecting basic to clinical research

·   using animals and humans in research

·   research careers in physiology


ENHANCE Your Classroom Materials. Use toolkits of strategies and Six Star Science to:

·   transform cookbook labs into engaging student-centered, inquiry-based lessons

·   align lessons to your state and national science education standards


PROGRAM INFORMATION AND APPLICATION: www.frontiersinphys.org. Look for the “HOW TO APPLY” GUIDE document at the Research Teacher Fellows program website. DEADLINE: January 23, 2012.


TESTIMONIALS from past Teacher Fellows about the Frontiers in Physiology program:


On the fellowship experience: “Enjoy every minute of the fellowship experience because it goes by so fast. You are so absorbed in the material and assignments that it will take you a year just to compress and reflect on it all. So soak it up, relax, and enjoy the incredible journey that the APS will take you on!”


On the skills on transforming cookbook labs: “I have learned a lot through these transformations. Where I once thought my labs were student centered and inquiry based, I am beginning to see just how teacher directed they were. I think I will have a great deal of transforming to do this year.”



Questions? Contact the Interim K-12 Programs Coordinator: Margaret Shain: mshain@the-aps.org


FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY is supported by the APS, a Science Education Partnership Award (R25RR025127) from the National Center for Research Resources, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R13DK039306) at the National Institutes of Health.



Scarletta Whitsett

Science Fair Coordinator/Project Asst.

The American Physiological Society

Education Office

9650 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20814

301-634-7098 (fax)


Science Fair: www.the-aps.org/education/sciencefair/index.htm

ISEF: http://www.the-aps.org/education/isef/index.htm



Johnsoon County Science Cafe for Nov. 8 – canceled

Important Announcement

The Johnson County Science Cafe for Tuesday, Nov. 8, is cancelled

It is with sincere regret that KCFS announces that there will be two near-misses next Tuesday, the comet and the science cafe’.

We just learned that, despite a construction plan to be in their new location by Nov. 1, Coaches Bar and Grill will not be open by Tuesday.

Do not dispair, we really are going to be back in business. The speakers from the Astronomical Society of Kansas City are still available for December and will present at our next meeting, Dec. 3.

You will all have to find your own tables to crawl under if the near-miss becomes a near-hit. I thought about using the duck and cover I was taught back in the 50s and 60s, but decided it wouldn’t work any better now than it would have worked back then. I just hope I have enough emptied from my pint to see the asteroid/meteor-to-be clearly as I raise my glass.