Something to consider….

Educational partnerships between scientists/faculty and K-12 teachers
offer mutual professional benefits.The National Institute for
Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) bringsthe two
communities together through its Teacher Collaboration Program
<> (TCP). The
program pairs K-12 teachers with interest in mathematics and biology
with active researchers in the math biology community including:
faculty, post-docs, and educators from the institute and recruits from
the math biology community.

Collaboration activities can include electronic emails, phone sessions,
teaching projects, classroom visits (in person or via web), cooperation
for after school activities (in person or via web), curriculum
discussion, enhanced applications to math biology, and discussions on
work assignments.

Partnerships promote the unity of science and math education. Through
their partners, teachers gain access to resources and knowledge of the
latest science and math research and perspective on education at the
university level. And through their K-12 teacher partners, scientists
and university faculty improve communication skills, learn the latest in
pedagogy, and gain insight into education at the K-12 level.

NIMBioS also maintains a TCP Wiggio, an online collaboration community,
for the purpose of sharing ideas, information, resources and event

For more information about the program and a link to request a partner,
go to

Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Coordinator
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
University of Tennessee
1534 White Avenue, Suite 400
Knoxville, TN 37996-1527
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t +1 865 974 9350 <tel:%2B1%20865%20974%209350>
f +1 865 974 9461 <tel:%2B1%20865%20974%209461>
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A Resource for Kansas Biology Teachers

Back in the fall of 1969 I arrived on KU’s campus.  One of the first stops for me was the Museum of Natural History but I only viewed the famous dioramas along with horse, Comanche.  Like many during those times I was uncertain about what I wanted to study.  I tried out a number of possible fields like engineering and physical anthropology but I finally found my true calling late in my sophomore year when I started realize that KU was a great place for biology and field biology in particular.  I discovered the Miscellaneous Publications from the museum.  Mammals of KS, Fishes of Kansas, Unioid Mussels of Ks, Gastropods of Ks, Spiders of the Natural History Reservation, and so on.   For a small town Kansas kid these books and pamphlets were inspiring and motivating.  I decided then and there to work at becoming a field biologist.

For the last few years I have been thinking about scanning my collection of these publications (all pre-1975) in order to share.  This fall I asked around to see if I could get permission to do so.  Low and behold, I found that I didn’t need to—it was already done!  Woo Hoo.  I’m not sure how you may or may not want to use these resources but you can find them at the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s web site:

University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Miscellaneous Publications

In the top bar you’ll find a scroll down menu that will allow you to view all the available documents and download them as PDF’s.

Here’s a list of some of the earlier publications:


For those KABTer’s that author on this blog I have implemented a significant update.  WP3.3 has a number of new features but I think the one you’ll most like is the updated Media uploader.  You can now just drag and drop files from you computer.  This should make including files in your posts much easier.  From WordPress:

Drag-and-Drop Media Uploader

Adding photos or other files to posts and pages just got easier. Drag files from your desktop and drop them into the uploader. Add one file at a time, or many at once.

Johnson County Science Cafe

Johnson County Science Cafe’

It is for real!! We are back in business. Coach’s is open. I have actually been inside and eaten a meal.

Near-Earth Asteroids and the Nov. 8 Flyby of 2005 YU55

Speaker: Jackie Beucher and Dick Trentman – Astronomical Society of Kansas City

Date: December 6, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coaches Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.
Please note, this is a new location. Still Coaches, but they have moved

Kansas Citizens For Science and the Astronomical Society of Kansas City invite you to attend a presentation on asteroids and the flyby of near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55. The asteroid passed within 0.85 lunar distances from the Earth on November 8. The ASKC is providing two speakers, Jackie Beucher and Dick Trentman, who will give an overview talk about asteroids with special attention to the asteroidal orbit-refining work done at the ASKC’s Powell Observatory.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM on Tuesday the 8th at Coach’s Bar & Grill, in its new location on the south side of 135th just west of Antioch in Overland Park. Weather permitting, around 8:00 we will go up on the roof and observe various celestial objects, including the Moon and Jupiter, through telescopes provided by ASKC members.

Special note: Thank you all for your patience in waiting for our cafes to return. The new Coach’s is very nice and will make a wonderful home as we go forward.

For more information: