Evolution 2010: A Workshop for Educators

Date21-Jun-2010 ~ 23-Jun-2010
SummaryWhy do we study evolution? And how do we study it? Aimed at instructors at the high school level, this workshop is designed to provide an overview of key evolutionary concepts, evolutionary mechanisms, and explore cutting-edge topics in evolutionary biology. Evolutionary biologists and educators at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) will present topics with an emphasis on recent developments and practical applications. The scientific content will be supported by hands on classroom activities, pedagogy demonstrations and information about teaching resources. In addition, participants will learn about initiatives to teach evolution as a unifying theme in the biological sciences, and contribute to the national conversation on this approach to teaching biology. The workshop will include an educational field trip to tour the Duke Lemur Center, one of the foremost prosimian research centers in the world, as well as a tour of the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center is funded by the National Science Foundation and is located in the Erwin Mill building in Durham, NC. Directions to NESCent are available here.