Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!

IMG_0124So today would have been Charles Darwin’s 207th birthday. It seems improbable that he would still be alive today under any circumstances (unless he knows Tupac?), but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate his life and work! For one of the top five Charles’ of all time, we’ve got a nerdy science t-shirt and cookies to accompany my freshmen biology students’ genetics test.

Here’s what the media have put out on “Darwin Day”. What is going on in your classrooms? Post here in the comments, or let us know on social media!

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Get Ready and Sign up for DNA Day

ks_DNADay_logo_goldLast year, the biology folks at the University of Kansas adapted a successful program from the University of North Carolina:  DNA Day.  The teachers I talked to loved the program and so did their students.  Don’t miss out.

Sign-ups for Kansas DNA Day 2016 are now open! Kansas DNA Day features graduate and advanced undergrad students in the biological sciences traveling to local high schools to give interactive lessons on the applications of genetics and genomic sequencing. The event will be held the week of April 21st. We currently have ambassadors ready for the greater Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan and Wichita areas so if you are a high school science teacher in one of these areas, sign up to have ambassadors come visit your classroom! More info and a link get involved can be found at http://ksdnaday.odst.dept.ku.edu/Welcome.html, or e-mailkansasdnaday@gmail.com for more info.

Nominate an outstanding biology teacher for the KS OBTA!

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Know someone that deserves recognition for all the amazing things they do to help Kansas students better learn and understand biology? Nominate them to be the Kansas winner of the National Association of Biology Teachers “Outstanding Biology Teacher Award”. Beside the recognition as being one of the best examples of what a Biology teacher is and should be, there are a number of other perks associated with the award, including an NABT membership and gear from science education supply companies. More information on the 2016 Kansas OBTA can be found here.