So, you may have already figured out the acronym with which I ended my first post, especially if you have read the latest News & Views. Most people have lots of fun with acronyms. What a challenge to see how creative our thinking can be when a set of letters and numbers are put before us! World Stem Cell Education Summit for Teachers is what WSCES4T represents. This is actually a bit of literary license on my part because the 2009 World Stem Cell Summit, sponsored by the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) takes place in Baltimore this upcoming September while the Stem Cell Education Summit (SCES) takes place in Denver this upcoming November at the NABT Annual Conference. How are these two organizations connected?
Well, as it turns out, NABT is actually PARTNERING with GPI to unite educators with the Stem Cell Community. That is GPI’s specialty. In fact, the cover of their 2008 World Stem Cell Summit Program Guide showed how Science, Business, Policy, Law, Ethics, and Advocacy all came together in Madison, Wisconsin. UW-Madison is the “home” of James A. (Jamie) Thomson, the developmental biologist who was the first to isolate embryonic stem cell lines from a non-human primate in 1995. Do you remember seeing Dr. Thomson’s face on Time Magazine? Do you remember seeing Dr. Thomson in person when he was Keynote speaker at NABT’s annual banquet? Were you one of the teacher participants at Lab on the Lake (http://www.worldstemcellsummit.com/pdf/lab_on_the_lake_info.pdf), where NABT led an afternoon workshop for teachers and also received the GPI 2008 Educator’s Award?
The terms stem cell and the field of regenerative medicine are in the headlines daily. The biology infiltrates so many of the curriculum topics and textbook chapters that we use throughout the school year-think cell cycle, differentiation, development, hematopoiesis and so on. This topic simply captivates students most especially those students who know someone with disorders like Parkinsons or Multiple Sclerosis or spinal cord injuries who is struggling to differentiate between the hype and hope of stem cell research.
As the Leader in Life Science Education, NABT is organizing the SCES for you to experience in addition to the other professional development opportunities at the 2009 NABT Conference. Come update your understanding about this 21st Century cutting edge research and in turn that of your students and the community in which you interact.
Let me offer you one keynote reason to make your Destination Denver for NABT 2009. As we get closer to conference, I will start to tell you more about all the expert participants who, akin to confections, present the most “mouth watering” selection of brain candy for you to contemplate. For sneak peek at the “candy jar,” go to NABT 2009-SCES.
The number one reason to get to the SCES is our Keynote Speaker, Dr. MRC. A Nobel Laureate, he did his thesis work under the guidance of Dr. James Watson of Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin fame. He is “best known for his pioneering work on the development of gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem (ES) cells. This technology allows scientists to create mice with mutations in any desired gene.” This work lead to his Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2007, which he was co-awarded along with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies. AND Dr. MRC is thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with teachers.
Let me introduce you to our Keynote Speaker- Dr. Mario Renato Capecchi on the morning of November 14 and you will come to understand How Stem Cell Research is Changing the World.
Make the 2009 NABT Conference in Denver your Destination. Earlybird Registration is available until May 31st!