BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium Summer Workshop
Sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Beloit College

Biological Aftermath:

What Can We Learn From Contemporary
Mathematics Reform?

June 21-29, 1997
Beloit College Beloit, Wisconsin
Application Information

Preliminary Workshop Schedule


Saturday, June 21

noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (sandwich buffet), Room 215 Chamberlin

1:00-2:00 p.m. Welcome and opening session,

Mathers Room, Jeffris-Wood Campus Center-Pearsons Hall

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Rotation 1

Participants will be divided into three groups composed of smaller assigned sub-groups of teams of three. Each of the three larger groups will rotate through three 3 hour sessions:


 Rotation 1  Rotation 2  Rotation 3
 BioCalc  Groups A & C  Groups D & G  Groups E, B, F
 Individual Based Modeling  Groups E, B, F  Groups A & C  Groups D & G
 Workshop Biometrics  Groups D & G  Groups E, B, F  Groups A & C

A) BioCalc, Sondra G. Lazarowitz, Department of Microbiology, and Jerry Uhl, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois, meet in Room 202 Chamberlin.

BioCalc: The Math 120/BioCalc program is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute funded undergraduate curricular reform project that offers a new, exciting, and proven approach to learning introductory calculus. This is not a traditional calculus course designed for engineering applications and emphasizing rote memorization of functions. Rather, Math 120/BioCalc is a computer laboratory-based approach to learning calculus that emphasizes visual acquisition of information, uses cooperative learning techniques, allows each student to learn at their own pace and express their knowledge in several different formats, and clearly illustrates the relevance of the mathematics being learned to life sciences through appropriate life science-derived problems.

Sondra G. Lazarowitz is director of the University of Illinois - Howard Hughes Medical Institute funded undergraduate curricular reform project including BioCalc, The Prairie Flowers Program: An Education Outreach Program for Rural Middle School Teachers (, and the Bouchet Outreach and Achievement in Science and Technology (BOAST) program ( Named for the first African American to earn a doctorate from a U.S. university -- Edward Alexander Bouchet -- BOAST's goal is to K-12 children's interest in science and provide them with a better understanding of the world around them. BOAST brings University of Illinois engineering and science students together with children from the Parkside Mansard Square Family Resource Center (formerly Boys & Girls Club). Her research focuses on molecular mechanisms in virus-plant host interactions. Her home page is:

Jerry Uhl is co-author of Calculus&Mathematica which is published by Addison-Wesley. The courseware ( contains lesson units covering all three terms of calculus, both on diskette and in printed form. Calculus&Mathematica is available for Macintosh, NeXT, and Microsoft Windows computers. "Here was a tremendous chance," says Uhl, "to get many more students excited about math using computers than through the print medium." The courseware "always puts the mathematics in the context of measurement, and puts the programming in the context of mathematics," Uhl explains.

B) Individual Based Modeling (using BioQUEST Modules: "Wading Bird" and "Ecobeaker"), Lou Gross, Departments of Mathematics and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University Of Tennessee, Knoxville, meet in Room 206 Chamberlin

Lou Gross' areas of research ( ) include mathematical modeling in biology, plant physiological ecology, behavioral ecology, and landscape ecology. Current projects include the development of an across trophic level modeling framework for the Everglades region of South Florida, individual-based models for animal populations, and development of a quantitative curriculum for life science students.

Lou is the Director of the NSF - funded Quantitative Curriculum for Life Science Students ( which ran the first two national meetings for mathematics and biology professors to get together to bring more of each other's disciplines into their own introductory courses. He states: "Despite the fact that quantitative methods and theoretical developments have become central to modern biology, the quantitative training of undergraduate life science students is generally considerably weaker than that of students in the physical sciences. A well-supported reform movement to introduce new methods for quantitative training of undergraduates, particularly in the calculus, has recently begun to produce many new educational models. His web site provides a wonderful access to bibliographies, software reviews, and web sites that deal with mathematical biology. Lou is an editor of Applied Mathematical Ecology (1989) and Individual-Based Models and Approaches in Ecology (1992).

C) Workshop Biometrics, Ken Yasukawa and Yaffa Grossman, Department of Biology, Beloit College, Meet in Room 214 Chamberlin.

Ken Yasukawa is the developer of "Workshop Biometrics" which is in the same historical tradition of the three workshops last summer. The course meets in a computer lab for three two-hour sessions per week. The students deal with real or realistic biological data. Ken's research interests ( are in the behavior of Red-winged Blackbirds. His studies provide research opportunities for Beloit students who don't mind rising very early to look at: Mate choice of female Red-winged Blackbirds, anti -predator behavior of Red-winged Blackbirds, and paternal care and paternity in Red-winged Blackbirds. He is the co-author of Polygyny and Sexual Selection in Red-winged Blackbirds (Princeton University Press) and is former editor of the Journal of Field Ornithology.

Yaffa Grossman is a plant ecologist who spent two years in Washington, DC, working with the Public Affairs Office of the Ecological Society of America. She teaches environmental biology, ecology, and botany. Yaffa feels that field experience and research are some of the best teaching tools, and for this reason, she includes field experiments and research projects in her teaching. Her research interests focus on environmental plant physiology, including carbon partitioning, growth, and development at the whole-plant, canopy, and ecosystem levels. She is coauthor of PEACH, a computer simulation model of carbon fixation, respiration, and growth by peach trees. She is a co-author of the recent articleCritique of Stepwise Multiple Linear Regression for the Extraction of Leaf Biochemistry Information from Leaf Reflectance Data.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Picnic in front of Godfrey Anthropology Building (Rain Alternative, Pearsons Hall Dining Area)

The Logan Anthropology Museum will be open to workshop participants from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m. Issues in Calculus Reform, David Smith, Co-Director of Project CALC

David Smith ( is Co-Director (with Dr. L. C. Moore) of Project CALC, a curriculum development project to redesign the teaching of calculus as a laboratory course. Project CALC was initially funded by the National Science Foundation for the period 1988-1993, during which time laboratory calculus has become the standard course at Duke for all students starting with Calculus I. The Project CALC textbook and lab materials are now commercially published and are in use at many other colleges and universities. The Project received additional NSF funding for 1993-95 to develop interactive laboratory modules for differential equations, linear algebra, and engineering mathematics. The Project CALC course emphasizes real-world problems, hands-on activities, discovery learning, writing and revision of writing, teamwork, intelligent use of available tools, and high expectations of students. He will present an overview of the philosophy and structure of Project CALC, hands-on experience with student classroom and lab activities, course materials(, and discussion of issues involved. David is co-author with L. C. Moore of Calculus: Modeling and Application (1996)

Mathers Room, Pearsons Hall

Reception to follow.


Sunday, June 22

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Cafe Bio

Meals will be in the Chapin Hall Dining Commons unless otherwise indicated. Breakfast is served during Monday-Friday from 7:15-8:45. On Saturday and Sunday brunch is served from 11:30-12:30. Lunch is served during Monday-Friday from 11:15-1:15. Dinner is served Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:15 and Friday-Sunday from 4:30-5:45. The President's Lounge off of the main dining area has been reserved for BioQUEST during all meals.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Rotation 2

Noon Brunch, Chapin Hall Dining Room - Food service ends at 12:30, but you are welcome to stay beyond this time. (President's Lounge)

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Rotation 3

Each team of three people will choose one problem begun in the three rotation sessions to pursue further and will present their results in a professional poster presentation .

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Breakout Session: Discussion of project ideas


Monday, June 23

Morning - Small group work on presentations (Rooms 202 & 206 Chamberlin and the Mathers Room, Pearsons Hall are available for small group work). BioQUEST Staff (John R. Jungck, Patti Soderberg, Ethel Stanley, and Virginia Vaughan) will be available for consultation about each group's research presentation.

Breaks will be in Cafe Bio, Chamberlin Hall. Coffee, Soft drinks, etc. will be available.

Afternoon - Continued small group work and scheduling of Monday evening poster sessions and talks.

4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Mathematics and Biology Education

Panel Discussion by workshop presenters:

Sondra Lazarowitz, Jerry Uhl, Lou Gross, Ken Yasukawa, and Yaffa Grossman

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Small Group Poster Presentations with Peer Review

Follow-up Discussion at end

Mayer Hall Foyer and Mathers Room


Tuesday, June 24


9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Mathematics and Biology Education

John R. Jungck, Mathers Room, Pearsons Hall

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Goals of the Workshop

John R. Jungck, Patti Soderberg, Ethel Stanley, and Virginia Vaughan

Mathers Room, Pearsons Hall

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Break, Cafe Bio

11:00 a.m. - noon Participant Sharing of Reasons for Attending and Workshop Expectations

noon- 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Selection of projects and work teams for the remainder of the workshop.

You will have the opportunity to present ideas for group projects and chance to rotate through presentations for multiple potential projects before choosing a small group.

Room 202, Chamberlin Hall

4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Honey Locust Leaves: An Algorithm for Leaflets

Ethel Stanley, Mathers Room, Pearsons Hall

Each day we will have whole group sessions that will break people away from their small work groups. Some small group break-outs will be birds-of-a -feather sessions, others will be self-organized , other generic groups. Topics will be announced during the week.

7:00 p.m. 4H Software Show, 202 Chamberlin Hall

Run in a poster/exhibit format

Sign-up sheet for presenters in Cafe Bio


The remainder of the week's schedule (Wed.-Sat. morning) is open for negotiation. Past workshop participants will be familiar with this structure. We will try to preserve as much small group work time as possible, but realize that certain formal presentations should be scheduled in. We will alter the schedule as needed. Some people have already offered to present. If you are interested in presenting, or have a special session request, please talk to Ethel, John, Patti, or Virginia.


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