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Ron Gerrits: Because I typically attend the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) annual meetings, I plan on presenting my research at either their 2010 or 2011 meeting. Although their 2010 deadline is now past to be included in their online program description, I may still be ready to submit an abstract by their "final" deadline for this year (March 15).

 

Karen Curto: My search terms  for relevant meetings to attend fell into two categories; research interest meetings and science education meetings. I was surprised to see that a number of the research heavy meetings had an education section with topics that show not only discipline specific concern, but general interest in science education as well.

The 2010 AAAS meeting in San Diego shows several symposia on science education and science communication that I would attend and provides a general poster session in which I might present my Bioscholar project.

 The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2010 meeting in Anaheim, CA in April have sessions on undergraduate education techniques that I might participate (if I had met the deadlines and had the project results ready).

The American Society for Cell Biology will hold its 50th Annual Meeting  on December 11-15, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA. This is primarily a research conference, but has a number of minisymposiums on education. Judging by the symposia summaries, my project would have to be very well developed and tested over a number of years to be appropriate for one of their sessions (something to work toward perhaps).

SCST 2010 fall area meetin submissions are due January 15. They specifically ask for reports on instructional practices and results of educational research. Their call for papers explains that these "area meetings provide in a regional setting an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with local colleagues as well as attend the accompanying NSTA sessions." This year’s area conferences are in Kansas City, MO: Oct. 28–30; Baltimore, MD: Nov. 11–13; Nashville, TN: Dec. 2–4). I have not analysed the data from my post survey yet, but maybe next year.      
 
This year’s area conferences are in Kansas City, MO: Oct. 28–30; Baltimore, MD: Nov. 11–13; Nashville, TN: Dec. 2–4).  To be included on the SCST program

Brinda Govindan:

The American Society for Cell Biology will hold its 50th Annual Meeting  on December 11-15, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA.  They always have sessions on cell biology education--might be appropriate for me.

 

Janet Branchaw: Hey everyone, remember me? Sorry I've out of communication for these past couple of months. I'm just now starting to analyze the data I collected at the beginning of the fall semester, and have another set of data from my mid-year surveys to add to this. The last chunk of data for this preliminary project will be collected at the end of the spring semester. The electronic survey tool I'm using is a bear and exports the data in a terrible format. I literally am "struggling" to get it into a format that is easily manipulated. I'll be using a new survey tool next time around. Depending on what I learn from these data (that is code for whether they show anything interesting!) I will likely submit these results (after another year of data collection) to a meeting like the ASM CUE in 2011. I'd also like to publish these data and the most obvious place would be CBE Life Sciences Education. Ultimately, I hope that this study will lay the groundwork for a more extensive study of the development of metacognition in biology students at UW-Madison. Chances are very high that our Introductory Biology curriculum will be revamped in the next 5 years, so I see this is a great opportunity to study the change in student learning (metacognition specifically) that we see (if any) with the new curriculum. 

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