2012 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference

Indianapolis, Indiana: March 29–April 1, 2012
At the Crossroads for Science Education Join us at the crossroads for science education during the NSTA 2012 Indianapolis National Conference on Science Education. The conference headquarters hotels are the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, JW Marriott Indianapolis, and Westin Indianapolis. Conference registration and exhibits will be at the Indiana Convention Center. Most sessions and events have been scheduled at the Convention Center as well as the Indianapolis Marriott, JW Marriott, and Westin Indianapolis. More information

Congratulations to Ariel Garcia and Gabriel Rangel

Ariel and Gabriel were selected to represent Purdue University to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funded EXROP (Exceptional Research Opportunities) program. EXROP is a prestigious program initiated in 2003, which links the resources of HHMI's Science and Grants programs to provide selected undergraduate students with outstanding summer research experiences that encourage them to pursue careers in academic science.

EXROP students also attend meetings at HHMI headquarters where they present their research in a poster session, network with their peers and HHMI scientists, and hear from scientists from various backgrounds and stages in their careers.

Students are nominated for the program by HHMI professors and directors of HHMI-funded undergraduate programs at colleges and universities. EXROP then matches the students with HHMI scientists who have volunteered to provide mentored research experiences. Ariel, biology major, was nominated by Dr. Nancy Pelaez and will be working in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Engle at Harvard University. Gabriel, biochemistry major, was nominated by Dr. Jim Forney and will be working with Dr. Christopher Plowe at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine.

Read about their summer experiences here

Congratulations to Professor Ed Bartlett!

Ed BartlettDr. Bartlett recently received a 2011 College of Science Faculty and Staff Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching by an Assistant Professor. Each year, science undergraduate students polled by the Science Student Council select the faculty member who has had the greatest impact on science majors through their teaching abilities. This year, honorees were selected from class sizes of 100+ students.

Dr. Bartlett is the Curriculum Development Director for our grant.

Purdue receives $1.5 million for undergraduate life science education

Life science students who will be responsible for solving the global challenges of tomorrow need an innovative educational experience to keep pace with advancing technology that can generate massive amounts of data. The 'culture of discovery' at a research university can help transform undergraduate education in the sciences. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded $1.5 million to Purdue University to fund an undergraduate science education project entitled: Deviating from the Standard: Integrating Statistical Analysis and Experimental Design into Life Science Education. The collaborative project led by Dennis Minchella, professor and associate head of Biological Sciences, is a partnership among six faculty members from three colleges (Science, Agriculture, and Engineering) which plans to inject statistics and experimental analysis into the biology curriculum at all levels. Linked news article

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