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Tools for Teaching Evolution

Are you looking for ways to present current, relevant evolutionary biology research to your students?  Would you like your students to analyze real datasets using the same computational tools as researchers? Would you like to join a community of educators working together to develop and refine pedagogically sound biology or evolution materials? 

Bioquest logoThe BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) invite you to a free workshop designed to introduce you to a collection of educational resources drawn from current evolution research projects.  In addition to NESCent logohands-on introductory sessions with these resources, participants will receive information about other relevant educational materials from BioQUEST and NESCent, and how to participate in the BioQUEST community.  

Morning snacks and lunch will be provided.  Participants will receive a copy of two books of teaching resources from BioQUEST: Microbes Count and Biological Inquiry: A Workbook of Investigative Cases.  There is no fee to participate in this workshop, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information contact Jory Weintraub at (919) 668-4578 or

Date:  May 29, 2008

Time: 8:30am – 4pm

Location: NESCent

                 2024 W. Main St.

                 Durham, NC 27705



8:30 - 9:00 AM - Registration (Coffee, juice and bagels available)

9:00 - 9:15 AM - Welcome from Kathleen Smith, Director NESCent

9:15 - 9:30 AM - Welcome from John Jungck, Principal Investigator of SELECTION Project: "SELECTION's Lessons from Darwin's Laboratory"

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Featured Speaker, David Hillis, University of Texas: "Applications of the Tree of Life"

10:30 - 10:45 AM - Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM - Exploring HIV Evolution Lab Activity - Tony Weisstein and Sam Donovan

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch and discussion of curriculum reform (Lunch will be provided for participants)

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Lab activity session #1

2:00 - 2:15 PM - Break

2:15 - 3:15 PM -  Lab activity session #2

3:15 - 4:00 PM - Wrap up and information about opportunities for continued collaboration


Lab Activity Sessions

Participants choose one of these topics for each of the two lab activity sessions.  Three activities will be offered each session.

Session 1


Sam Donovan, Research Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Pittsburgh

Tamarix phylogeography / Plant desiccation tolerance

Tony Weisstein, Assistant Professor of Biology, Truman State University / Kirsten Fisher, Post-doctoral Fellow, NESCent

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs)

Claudia Neuhauser, Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

Session 2

Tree of Life / Cetacean phylogeny

Katja Schultz, Managing Editor, Tree of Life / Samantha Price, Post-doctoral Fellow, NESCent / Sam Donovan, Research Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Pittsburgh

Population Genetics

Tony Weisstein, Assistant Professor of Biology, Truman State University / John Jungck, Professor of Biology, Beloit College

Lactose tolerance

Jory Weintraub, Education and Outreach, NESCent / Stacey Kiser, Biology Instructor, Lane Community College





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