#CompPhys2014 Workshops Address Unconventional Careers in Science, Teaching in the IPhone Era
San Diego (October 6, 2014)—The American Physiological Society’s (APS) 2014 intersociety meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology” (October 5–8, 2014, in San Diego) will feature workshops addressing two challenges facing physiologists today: finding a job and teaching physiology in the age of the smartphone. The workshops are open to all meeting attendees. Presenter slides will be posted to the APS website following the meeting.
Non-Traditional Career Paths for Comparative Physiologists
Monday, October 6—5:45–7:15 PM P.T.
The academic job search has become more difficult with budget cuts at both the local, state and federal level. In addition, the dearth of tenure track jobs in academia coupled with the large number of students graduating with STEM degrees is leading many young researchers to look “outside the box” when planning a career in science. The meetings trainee workshop will feature researchers who will talk about their own unconventional careers in science and the positives and negatives of their jobs. The interactive session will include an extended Q&A panel discussion.
Chairs: Cassondra Williams, University of California, Irvine; Bernard Rees, University of New Orleans
The Soft Money Research Position: How Does it Work?
Speaker: Shawn Noren-Kramer, University of California, Santa Cruz
Science for the Public! Careers in Science Centers and Museums
Speaker: Karen Kalumuck, San Francisco Exploratorium
Taking the Road Least Traveled: Non-Governmental Organizations
Speaker: Dorian Houser, National Marine Mammal Foundation
The Undergraduate University Path
Speaker: Scott Kirkton, Union College
The Transition to Industry
Speaker: Robert Swezey, SRI International
The Challenge of Teaching Physiology in a Changing Environment: Innovation and Resources
Tuesday, October 6—5:45–7:15 PM P.T.
Comparative physiologists often study animals that must change and adapt to survive in their environments. The same principle applies to the teaching of physiology. Today, science educators must keep up with both breakthroughs in research that change our understanding of the world around us and the new ways in which students live and learn in the era of YouTube, tablets and IPhones. New technologies permit the delivery of educational content in ways unimaginable just a decade ago. At the same time, learners are adapting to new modes of information delivery faster than educators can assess the value of teaching innovations. This workshop will provide aspiring and seasoned teachers with direction, models and resources to benefit their effectiveness and student learning outcomes.
Chairs: Tom W. Ecay, East Tennessee State University; Karen Sweazea, Arizona State University
Vision and Change Update: Progress in Implementing Report Goals in Undergraduate Biology Education
Speaker: Cynthia Bauerle, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Teaching and Learning by Inquiry
Speaker: Barbara Goodman, University of South Dakota
Assessing Student Learning After Converting to Inquiry
Speaker: Douglas Luckie, Michigan State University
Constructing Concept Inventories and Assessing their Value
Speaker: Jenny McFarland, Edmonds Community College
APS Resources for Teachers and Students
Speaker: Miranda Byse, American Physiological Society
APS will jointly host “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology” with the Society for Experimental Biology, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Canadian Society of Zoologists, Crustacean Society and International Society for Neuroethology. View the full program: http://ow.ly/Cgd3d.
NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: To receive a full list of abstracts to be presented at the meeting or to arrange interviews with comparative researchers, please contact Stacy Brooks in the APS Office of Communications (301-634-7209; email@example.com).
Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function in health and disease. Established in 1887, the American Physiological Society (APS) was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 10,500 members and publishes 15 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.