ACUBE 50th Annual Meeting
BioQUEST Workshop Saturday Afternoon
Association of College and University Biology Educators
October 26, 2006 - October 28, 2006
From the description of DNA structure in 1953 to the recent discovery of “Hobbits” in Flores, the field of biology has undergone a revolution. At the same time, textbooks for “introductory” biology have rapidly grown from 200 pages to well over 1000 pages. As the amount of information has grown, biology education has evolved to include PBL, case studies, computer simulations, open-ended laboratory projects, and many other innovative methods.
The importance of biology over the last half century is undeniable. For example, 14 of 35 individuals “Who Made a Difference” in a special issue of Smithsonian Magazine are biologists or are influenced by biological topics. As biology continues to blossom, our importance as teachers will make the 2006 Annual Meeting a momentous event for our society. Potential topics for presentations include historical reflections, changes in curriculum, interdisciplinary courses, changes in educational technology, the Web and student learning, seemingly constant threats to teaching evolution, current cutting-edge techniques, and even your newest, untested, and most radical ideas.
BioQUEST will host a special workshop on Saturday afternoon for ACUBE attendees and faculty interested in bioinformatics, online Excel tools, investigative case-based learning, and Microbes Count! activities.
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