SCST National Meeting Sessions

Keynote Speakers

Todd Pagano

2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award (OUSTA) Winner

Friday, April 1

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Vickie Williamson

2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award (OUSTA) Winner

Marjorie Gardner Lecture

Friday, April 1

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Session Schedule

Thursday, March 31

Morning Session

8:00 – 9:00 am

How are we implementing Vision and Change in the college science classroom?

Tarren Shaw, Kerry Cheesman, Don French

A moderated discussion of best practices in college science teaching.

Afternoon Sessions

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Research experiences throughout the curriculum: a high-impact practice for enhancing student success

Kerry Cheesman, Christine Anderson, Kimberly Heym

If we are to prepare students in careers in science, the curriculum needs to reflect how scientific knowledge is gained.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Exploring genetic ancestry and personal identity in US ethnic minority college biology students

Fatimah Jackson, Christopher Cross, Keeley Clinton, Latifah Jackson

Oral presentation of classroom activity harnessing next generation sequencing results to discuss concepts in human evolutionary genetics and personal identity among US ethnic minority college biology students.

“I don’t fit in here” – What science professors need to know about elementary education students’ feelings of belonging in science courses and how it affects their attitudes towards science

Shane Cavanaugh

This session will discuss the importance of creating a welcoming environment for elementary education students within college science courses and suggestions for doing so.

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Testing the Testing Effect: Modifying summative assessment to enhance student learning

Tarren Shaw

Assessment strategies in a large, introductory biology course were compared over several semesters. Student grade and attitude data were collected in sections using 3 unit exams and sections using 5 unit exams.

Examining the Progression of Student Developed Hypotheses in an Inquiry Biology Laboratory Course (IBLC)

Joseph Trackey, Helen McDowell, Linda Crow

The presentation will discuss the struggles students encounter and overcome in developing a testable hypothesis during an inquiry-based introductory college biology course.

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Using Museums to Broaden Science Practices & Increase Engagement 

Lynn Diener, Robert Payo

Learn about often underutilized opportunities to help you teach sciences to your undergraduate science students.

A Science Sales-pitch: Increase student buy-in to increase classroom engagement

Tarren Shaw

Research supports the use of active-learning strategies, but do our students realize this? Methods to increase student buy-in will be presented.

Friday, April 1

Morning Sessions

8:00 – 9:00 am

Go online to teach college science!

Barbara Fortier

Science courses online are accessible to more students in today’s world. Learn about best practices to help students learn globally while encouraging student engagement/interaction.

The Merit Fellows Program: lessons learned from an NSF S-STEM project

Gretchen Adams, Jennifer McNeilly

Discussion of the successes and challenges of implementing an NSF S-STEM project at a large, research focused university.

9:30 – 10:30 am

Can the history of science facilitate climate change education and climate literacy? Lessons from glacial theory

Renee Clary

An earlier climate change debate, Agassiz’s glacial theory illustrates the nature of science and facilitates student climate literacy. Classroom resources provided.

How do we know what to teach? Working backwards to build a stronger curriculum

Kerry Cheesman

Backwards design has been implemented to strengthen the four year undergraduate curriculum that prepares students for medical and health related careers.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The University of Findlay Learning Bus: Bringing NGSS to you!

Gwynne Rife, Julie McIntosh

A mobile lab was designed and created to bring NGSS to area schools.  The University trains teachers to use the mobile lab on site.

Introducing STEAM into the College Science Curriculum

Brian Shmaefsky

This session demonstrates on way of incorporating the arts into college-level STEM courses. Students in this project used informal education to reinforce science content.

Afternoon Sessions: Keynote Speakers

12:30 – 1:30 pm

2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award Presentation

Todd Pagano

2:00 – 3:00 pm

2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award Presentation

Vickie Williamson

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