CDC Science Ambassador Training – now accepting applications

2015 Come to Teacher Training at CDC!At the Fall KABT Conference, I spoke about my AMAZING experience at the CDC last July.

The application process has been opened up for the 2015 Science Ambassadors.  I encourage you to apply!  Please see the information below and/or distribute the atGroup Picture_CDC Signtached pdf among your collegues:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites middle- and high-school teachers to attend the 2015 CDC Science Ambassador Workshop. The free* 5-day professional development workshop focuses on training teachers to use examples from public health to illustrate basic math and science principals and concepts in the classroom. The Workskhop will be held from July 20-24 at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Throughout the week, CDC scientists present information on current public health topics and collaborate with participants to develop challenging and innovative public health-based lesson plans that align with Next Generation Science Standards. As part of the 2015 Science Ambassador Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend seminars on current public health topics presented by CDC scientists
  • Collaborate with CDC scientists to develop lessons plans based on public health science topics that will be published on CDC’s website
  • Tour CDC’s state-of-the-art headquarters, including the Emergency Operations Center and the David J. Sencer CDC Museum
  • Earn 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Expand professional networks

To be considered for participation, please e-mail the following materials to scienceambassador@cdc.gov by April 15, 2015:

  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Recommendation letter from your school’s principal, department chair, or a colleague.
  • Personal statement (500 words or less) explaining your interest in the workshop, your expectations of the workshop, and how the workshop aligns with your teaching goals

*There is no charge for this workshop but participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals.

If you have any questions about this workshop or any of our other materials or activities, please visit the website at: http://www.cdc.gov/scienceambassador/ and/or to contact us by e-mail at scienceambassador@cdc.gov.2015 Come to Teacher Training at CDC!

NPR Science: February 14

Week of February 14, 2011

Click on the logo above to go the the NPR Science site, or use the links below to navigate to one of the stories that I thought may interest you.

Last week, I showed my students my most recent NPR post and allowed them to pick the story title that most interested them to watch and talk about at the beginning of class.  They picked the video on the Meat-Eating Furniture and were quite intrigued.  Then, I showed them James Randi’s video on Homeopathy.  None of them had heard of homeopathic treatments but they appreciated being educated regarding the difference between these treatments and drugs that have been through FDA approval.

Happy listening!

NPR Science: February 7

Week of February 7, 2011

Click on the logo above to go the the NPR Science site, or use the links below to navigate to one of the stories that I thought may interest you.

Human Genome 10th Anniversary: Science’s Special

In February 2001, Science and Nature published two papers that provided the first detailed look at the nearly complete sequence of the human genome. Science is pleased to present a special month-long series celebrating the 10th anniversary of that momentous achievement, including News features and brief essays that explore the impacts of the genomics revolution on scientists and society.

Visit this special section of the online issue of Science by clicking on the image above, or view and save a pdf copy of the two parts of the series that have been published so far.  Each pdf contains a collection of brief essays that should be assessible by most high school biology students.

The National Academies’ New Book

As related on national television tonight, The National Academies have released a new book titled “Science, Evolution, and Creationism”. You can purchase a copy or copies online or download a free pdf and print and read at your own leisure.

Description from the National Academies’ Website

How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable.

In the book, Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a group of experts assembled by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine explain the fundamental methods of science, document the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluate the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including “intelligent design.” The book explores the many fascinating inquiries being pursued that put the science of evolution to work in preventing and treating human disease, developing new agricultural products, and fostering industrial innovations. The book also presents the scientific and legal reasons for not teaching creationist ideas in public school science classes.

Mindful of school board battles and recent court decisions, Science, Evolution, and Creationism shows that science and religion should be viewed as different ways of understanding the world rather than as frameworks that are in conflict with each other and that the evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith. For educators, students, teachers, community leaders, legislators, policy makers, and parents who seek to understand the basis of evolutionary science, this publication will be an essential resource.