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Workshop for STEM educators on campus in July

Posted: Jun 02, 2014

Computation has become essential to the practice of contemporary biology. Storytelling and concept maps, with the right tools, can quickly turn ideas in biology into dynamic, visual models.

“Computational Biology for Biology Educators” — a workshop for biology, general science, math, and computer science professors and pre-college teachers — will take place at Olivet on July 21–23, 2014. With funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the XSEDE program and with additional funds from the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI), there is no registration fee to attend this workshop. Online registration is required, however. Click here to register.

This workshop will benefit those who teach biology in college or high school. Math and computer science faculty who want to use modeling in biology as an application area will also benefit.

“Training provided in this workshop aims to provide educators with an introductory overview of computational resources and methods for the classroom,” said Dr. Cathy Bareiss, chair of Olivet’s Department of Computer Science. “These can be used with students who are interested in biology or the biological applications of math at the secondary or introductory college level.”

Beginning Monday morning and continuing through Wednesday afternoon, participants will develop lesson plans and materials for use in their own classrooms. Thursday is optional as a project work day or getting individual help from instructors.

Faculty and teachers will work with nationally known experts in computational science to explore, modify, and build interactive, dynamic, and visual models across the topics of the typical introductory college or high school biology curriculum, including population dynamics, spread of disease, bioinformatics, cellular function, and pharmakinetics.

A limited number of scholarships for housing and travel are available. For more information or to apply for scholarships, click here.

U.S. states represented among Olivet's student body, as well as 17 countries