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November 3, 2011


In This Issue:

Thanks To Everyone For Making Anaheim A Huge Success!
In Case You Missed It: Eugenie Scott's Anaheim Presentation Posted
Bill McComas Awarded Fulbright Fellowship
Caryn Babaian Wins Two-Year Section Biology Teaching Award
Recap Of Regional Workshop Inside Glacier NP
Accept The Biology Challenge: Become Part Of The USA Biology Olympiad
Applications For Einstein Fellowships Being Accepted
Travel For Free To Cambodia On Educational Exchange Program
Teaching Community Says Goodbye To John Belshe



Thanks To Everyone For Making Anaheim A Huge Success!


NABT would like to thank all of our volunteers for helping to make the 2011 NABT Professional Development Conference a successful event. From conference programming to working onsite, the efforts of NABT volunteers ensured that nearly 900 biology and life science teachers had a great time in Anaheim. Thanks to all for your contributions to this year's conference. 


You came, you saw, and now you're back in your classroom using what you learned in Anaheim. And now it's time to take the 2011 Conference Evaluation. Your feedback helps NABT design professional development opportunities that are relevant and useful to you! Please take a few minutes and give us your two cents by completing the 2011 Conference Survey.



In Case You Missed It:
Eugenie Scott's Presentation Posted


The following is a post from Bradley J. Fikes, a reporter with the North County Times. Fikes has posted videos from Dr. Scott's presentation on his blog at

The NCSE will soon bring on a staff member to specialize in defend[ing] the theory of man-caused global warming, said Eugenie C. Scott, its executive director. Scott, a doughty fighter against intelligent design creationism, spoke at the National Association of Biology Teachers' meeting in Anaheim on Saturday.

Scott said there was an unfilled "niche" in defending the theory of man-man global warming in science education.

"Next month, in November, we will be announcing the hiring of our first climate scientist, and we will be doing our best to fill this niche for you," Scott told the audience of several hundred science educators.

Scott's talk explicitly linked rejection of evolution to what she called "denialism" of global warming. It's in the title: "Deja vu all over again: Denialism of climate change and evolution."

Read more:

Couldn't make it to Anaheim? You can view the short films from The Making of The Fittest featured at the HHMI Night at the Movies with Sean Carroll online at



Bill McComas Awarded Fulbright Fellowship


Congratulations to Dr. Bill McComas, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and conduct research at Dublin City University beginning in January. McComas holds the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas, and is a well known author and presenter in the science education community.

While at Dublin City University, McComas will be working with members of the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CASTel). CASTeL is a multidisciplinary research team involving scientists, mathematicians and educationalists from Dublin City University (DCU) and St Patrick's College, Drumcondra (SPD). The Centre's research aim is to improve "the learning of science and mathematics at all levels of the educational system."

McComas has been a featured speaker and conducted workshops at NABT conferences, written numerous articles for The American Biology Teacher, served as the Associate Editor of ABT, and is currently a member of the NABT Board of Directors as a director-at-large. He has also authored, co-authored or edited almost 40 articles and chapters along with the books The Nature of Science in Science Education and Investigating Evolutionary Biology in the Laboratory. An awarding winning educator, McComas has received the Evolution Education and Four-Year College & University Biology Teaching Awards from NABT as well as the Ohaus award for innovations in college science teaching and the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator award from ASTE.

McComas will be a strong addition to the CASTeL team. His contributions will be informed by his experience as a high school biology teacher, university science educator, and volunteer leadership in a number national education organizations. More information about Bill McComas' appointment as a Fulbright Fellow can be found at We wish Bill the very best as he heads to Ireland.



Caryn Babaian Wins
Two-Year Section Biology Teaching Award


Congratulations to Caryn Babaian, the 2011 recipient of the Two-Year College Biology Teaching Award. This award recognizes a two-year college biology educator who employs new and creative techniques in his/her classroom teaching, and Caryn exemplifies creativity in the classroom. "Everyone seeks a sense of belonging, not only to a community of people but to a larger community of living things that is part of this earth and articulating this through storytelling and art may allow students to see the bigger picture of life, of evolution, of a drop of pond water, to witness that connection to the planet, to the universe, and in that moment you may gain perspective and purpose, and to me that gives a very good feeling about learning biology," said Babaian.

Teaching to a diverse student population at a community college can be challenging. Being an adjunct instructor at three institutions is something entirely different. Using her car as her office, Babaian spends her days at Bucks County Community College, the Won Institute of Acupuncture, and occasionally at Manor Jr. College, all in Pennsylvania. "I’ve always been a bit scrappy and passionate about nature and biology so while my situation is often unpredictable, I’ve gained in creative experiences, the kind I can share with students."

Babaian recently appeared on NOVA in the “Secret Life of Scientists, and is part of a STEM for women campaign. She currently has two articles published for The American Biology Teacher, one on anatomy drawing, the other on ethnobotany. She also has an article pending on fMRI research of medical students and the effects of drawing anatomy on their cognitive abilities. She will also begin a two-year term on the NABT Board of Directors as a director-at-large on January 1, 2011.

Congratulations once again for being recognized by the NABT Two-Year College Section with the Two Year College Biology Teaching Award.

The Two Year College Biology Teaching Award is sponsored by

NABT is now accepting nominations for 2012 Awards. Nominate yourself and a colleague by completing the online form at 2011 Award Nomination.



Group Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Dye


Recap Of Regional Workshop Inside Glacier NP


For three crisp, glorious days in September thirty teachers from throughout the country had the opportunity to explore Glacier National Park in Northwestern Montana. This was done during the NABT workshop, “Inside Glacier National Park”. One of the least visited national parks, Glacier harbors a biodiversity of plants and animals that is second- to-none, as well as magnificent scenery that includes over two dozen glaciers. Given the name “backbone of the world” by the Blackfeet Indians, this area of rugged peaks in the northern Rocky Mountains is unmatched anywhere else in the lower 48 states.

Workshop attendees were treated to a fast-paced three days of education and fun thanks to the Glacier National Park Staff, as well as staff members from the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center and the United States Geological Survey. Presentations included “Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems” and “Grizzly Bear DNA Studies”, while field trips took them to some of the park's previously burned areas to witness plant succession and to an area of the park where we collected data concerning non-native invasive plants. In addition to these and other activities, the group spent a day driving across the Going to the Sun Road where the views were spectacular and the wildlife abundant. One of the highlights of the workshop was an evening program presented by wildlife biologist and author, Douglas Chadwick. Doug conducted a five-year study of wolverines in Glacier National Park and presented the highlights of this wolverine project to us. His most recent book, The Wolverine Way, is account of this project.

"I am quite confident that those in attendance left not only with memories that will stay with them for a lifetime but, more importantly, with a better understanding of the balance of nature and man’s affect upon this natural balance" said Mike Sipes, the workshop organizer and tour guide extraordinaire.

Join Mike Sipes, Marilyn Schmidt and other NABT members for an NABT Regional Workshop entitled "Alaska Adventure." Full details are available at



Accept The Biology Challenge: Become Part Of The USA Biology Olympiad


The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is the premiere US biology competition for high school students. After two rounds of challenging exams, 20 students are invited to a residential training program at Purdue University where they experience labs and lectures with advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills. The top four students go on to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Singapore July 8 to 15, 2012. Online registration is open until February 3, 2012 at For more information on how your students may participate in the USABO, please contact Kathy Frame at



Applications For Einstein Fellowships
Being Accepted


Classroom teachers in the STEM Disciplines are invited to apply to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program offers current; public or private; elementary and secondary teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. Fellows provide practical insight in establishing and operating education programs. Fellowships increase understanding, communication, and cooperation between legislative and executive branches and the science, mathematics, and technology education community.

Albert Einstein Fellows bring to Congress and appropriate branches of the federal government the extensive knowledge and experience of classroom teachers. They provide practical insights and “real world” perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs. During the Fellowship, each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend of $6000.00 plus a $1000.00 monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance.

Please visit to learn more about the application process for Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. All applications must be received online by January 5, 2012. 


Travel for Free to Cambodia on Educational Exchange Program


K-12 Educators and high school students are invited to participate in a FULLY-FUNDED exchange program in Cambodia next June as part of the American Youth Leadership Program. The program will bring together 30 students and five educators of diverse backgrounds from across the United States for a once in a lifetime 26-day expedition to Cambodia to study climate change, conservation and sustainable development. This cross-cultural exchange program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division and managed by Global Explorers. Learn more at




Teaching Community Says Goodbye To John Belshe


John F. Belshe, 76, of Warrensburg, Missouri died on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. He was born Feb. 6, 1935, in Marshall, Mo. His parents were John Sherman and Velma Dee (Robbins) Belshe.

He grew up on a farm in Malta Bend and graduated from Malta Bend High School in 1953. On June 2, 1957, he married Donna Petre at the RLDS Church in Warrensburg.

He received a BSE from Central Missouri State College in 1957 and a master’s and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Miami, Florida. While at Central, he was a member of Kappa Sigma Kappa Fraternity, that later became Theta Chi, and numerous other organizations. He taught at Miami Dade Community College before coming to CMSC in 1965. He was a professor of biology at CMSU (UCM) until his retirement in 2000.

Belshe was a member of numerous professional organizations and societies including having served as president of Missouri Academy of Science and the UCM Emeriti Association. He was a longtime member of NABT, and was also a member of the Johnson County Historical Society, Johnson County Democratic Club, the Missouri River Outfitters of the National Santa Fe Trail Association in addition to many wildlife related societies. He was compiler for the Montrose Audubon Christmas Bird count for 45 years and participated in other bird counts annually.

As a member of the Warrensburg Writers Circle, he shared many of his stories of his childhood growing up on a farm and other cherished memories. He was a gifted storyteller, always willing to share his stories. He enjoyed working on his farm and the outdoors. He showed horses with his family in the Missouri State Saddle Club Association from 1978 to 2002 and was still spending time with his horses.

He is survived by his wife Donna, of the home; one son Jeff Belshe and wife Marilyn of Raytown; and one daughter Rhonda Edmunds and husband Rocky of Warrensburg. Also surviving are his three beloved grandchildren: John and Tommy Belshe; and Riley Edmunds; two brothers: Jerry Belshe and wife Sue of Lenexa, Kan.; and Ron Belshe and wife June of Bossier City, La.

To celebrate John Belshe's life, contributions may be made to the John Belshe Memorial Biology Scholarship at the University of Central Missouri Foundation.

- Reprinted from by the University of Central Missouri.




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