Bioscience

Teachers get course on bugs, CSI in class

April 20, 2007

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Valarie Potell, Arizona Daily Star] — Teachers from across Arizona are headed back to school to attend workshops on topics ranging from teenage romance to insects. The University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute is hosting the 2007 Arizona Science Teacher Symposium on April 28. There are about 50 seats available for the event that any K-12 teacher can register to fill, said Deborah Daun, BIO5 marketing and communications coordinator.

Teachers who sign up can choose one of nine educational workshops to attend. Workshop topics include incorporating insects into classroom curriculum, toxicology and environmental health risk assessment, and forensic science in a crime-scene-investigation workshop about a teenage love triangle. Workshops will be led by UA faculty and other researchers. Lunch will include a keynote address by Matthew Kaplan, associate staff scientist with the Arizona Research Laboratories at UA, titled “Using Genomics to Unravel the Mystery of Human Origins.”

After lunch, teachers will have time to visit a resource fair, where they can learn about many of the opportunities and resources available to K-12 students and teachers, Daun said. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and will probably last until 3:30 p.m., Daun said. Teachers who attend the symposium will receive eight recertification hours. Click here for complete event details.