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September 14, 2012


In This Issue:

2012 NABT Faculty Professional Development Summit Focuses On Vision and Change
In Case Your Forgot ....
Postcard From The NABT Alaska Adventure
Announcing The Passing Of NABT Past President Dr. Howard Weaver
Watch HHMI's Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future Live!
Are Your Students Ready For The September
        International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge?
New SCST Poster Competition For Students
Conference Sponsor Spotlight: Wiley at NABT…Come See What We’re Fixin’ up!


2012 NABT Faculty Professional Development Summit Focuses On Vision and Change

Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action was written by leading scientists, science educators, and policymakers after years of careful thought into how to improve the teaching and learning of science as we face the challenges of the 21st century. The utility of this document, however, depends upon its implementation by our nation's faculty  - we all need to heed the call-to-action to "transform" how we teach biology. To assist college faculty in their personal transformations, NABT is proud to offer the 2012 Faculty Professional Development Summit entitled Moving from Vision to Change: 21st Century Transformation of the Undergraduate Biology Education.

This full day event will take place at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Dallas on Friday, November 2nd and includes the morning's general session presented by Dr. Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources for AAAS. The summit will then continue with an introduction by Dr. Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief, Science via live video. This will be followed by presentations and workshops by Dr. Melissa McCartney (AAAS), Dr. Jay B. Labov (National Academy of Sciences), Dr. Gordon Uno (Introductory Biology Project), Dr. Susan Singer (Vision and Change co-author) and Dr. Terry Woodin, (NSF). An afternoon workshop will demonstrate practical ways in which this new approach to science education can be implemented in every educator’s classroom. 

Additionally, we will invite educators to join us as "Summit Fellows" for the academic year. Summit fellows make a commitment to implementing a transformation in their teaching method(s) that aligns with Vision and Change, and will join a supportive community of fellow educators as they make their transformation. The Fellows program will be implemented by Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin, Penn State University and Dr. Anneke Metz, Southern Illinois University, who will also document approaches, successes and challenges of implementing new strategies in the classroom.

The NABT 2012 NABT Faculty Development Summit and Summit Fellows program is supported through an NSF award to Drs. McLaughlin and Metz.


In Case Your Forgot ....

It's okay, we get it. It's been a long summer full of vacation, research, teaching, wildfires... You think you got to it before you left in June. But are you sure you registered for the NABT Conference? Really sure? Maybe you should double check.

Time is running out for advance registration to the NABT Professional Development Conference and tickets are selling fast for meal functions, field trips and special workshops. Don't keep putting this off and register today at!


Old and new friends stay warm at the during the Alaska Adventure. Photo courtesy of Mike Sipes.

Postcard From The NABT Alaska Adventure

Caribou wandering up on the road and standing in front of our bus in Denali National Park, the thunderous noise as ice falling from Aialik Glacier crashes into the sea, Humpback whales breaching just off the bow of our boat as we ply the waters of Misty Fjords National Monument. These are simply a few of the sights and sounds that we experienced as we traveled in Alaska this summer.

On July 27th, teachers from throughout the United States met us at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to begin the two-weeks NABT sponsored workshop, “The Alaska Adventure”. And what an adventure it was! We were constantly “on the go” from Day 1 until everyone left Anchorage to return home. Our travels took us to many areas of the state, including Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage, Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula.

We marveled at the beautiful scenery and diversity of the wildlife as we traveled by bus along the park road in Denali National Park. We looked in awe at the immense glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park. And we were reminded of Russian influence of the past while walking through the rooms of the Russian Bishop’s House in Sitka. As we watched dances and games taking place at the Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, we caught a glimpse of the role of the Alaska Native in this great state.

It is our hope that those who traveled with us will have lasting memories of the natural and cultural history of Alaska and that they will relate these memories and stories to the students that they teach.

Until our next adventure,

Mike Sipes and Marilyn Schmidt


Announcing The Passing Of NABT Past President
Dr. Howard Weaver

Howard Eugene Weaver, Ph.D., beloved father of Susan Weaver Schwandt and Darrel Schwandt of Canton, MI and devoted husband to Dorothy Weaver for 56 years; and loving life partner to Ruth Sutton of Grand Blanc, MI, with whom he shared six years of companionship, passed away March 15, 2012 at the Grand Blanc Rehabilitation Center due to congestive heart failure.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 1, 1923, the son of Vernon and Mildred Weaver, Howard turned his youthful passion for nature into a lifelong avocation. He became one of the first two junior naturalists at McCormick’s Creek State Park in Indiana, where he served as park naturalist following World War II.

Nicknamed “Professor Weeds and Seeds,” Howard taught thousands of people how to understand and respect nature and their role in the stewardship and intelligent use of natural resources. He was a powerful advocate for the preservation of natural areas for future generations.

Howard was a revered national leader in the fields of natural science, forestry and outdoor education. He served as president of the National Association Biology Teachers in 1960; cofounder and president, National Association for Interpretation; president, American Nature Study Society; cofounder Family Camping Federation; and president of the Audubon Society and Isaak Walton League of America in Champaign County.

As Associate Professor (1954-1974) in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at the University of Illinois, Howard prepared students to become park administrators, biology teachers and park naturalists. Howard popularized family camping in the 1950s as founder and chairman of the Family Camping Show—the first show to feature commercial and noncommercial exhibitors—which became a national model for future boat, camping and RV shows. Prior to his Illini faculty position, Howard served as a Forestry Educator, Texas Forest Service, where he helped popularize the “Smokey the Bear” fire prevention campaign.

Howard authored three books on forestry and is published in numerous professional periodicals.

Honors include: Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Association of Interpretive Naturalists; Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Kappa at Cornell University; Xi Sigma Pi, Purdue and Phi Epsilon Kappa, University of Illinois. He was honored as a Michigan Minute Man, Greater Michigan Foundation by Governor Milliken; and is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He has received numerous distinguished service awards.

Scouting played an extremely important role in his life. A Boy Scout for 76 years, Howard devoted decades to training Boy Scout troop leaders, and counseled hundreds of Scouts to help them earn their merit badges from the Arrowhead Council in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. He was particularly proud of the Eagle Scout candidates he coached—and his “curriculum” was quite challenging.

The first person in his family to attend college, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Conservation from Purdue University; a master’s and a doctorate degree in Nature and Science Education from Cornell University.

Howard enlisted in the Army Field Artillery in 1942 and was honorably discharged as staff sergeant, Hawaiian Seacoast Artillery Command, in 1946.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Peterson Weaver, in 2005. A memorial service for Howard will be held at the First Congregational Church at Perry and Belsay Roads, Grand Blanc, on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Rev. Joe Schulte officiating. A military burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the American Heart Association; First Congregational United Church of Christ Building or Music Fund; Genesee County Parks designated to Crossroads Village or Friends of the Carousel; or to the Tall Pine Council Boy Scouts of America.

Thank you to Susan Weaver Schwandt for this memorial of her father. Susan added "Best wishes celebrating [NABT's] 75th anniversary. My dad will be celebrating along with you." 

Watch HHMI's Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future Live!

The 2012 HHMI Holiday Lectures will be webcast live on November 15th and 16th. Andrew H. Knoll of Harvard University, Naomi Oreskes of the University of California, San Diego, and Daniel P. Schrag of Harvard University will guide you on an exciting exploration of the history of life on Earth and discuss present-day concerns about climate change. Click here to register for the webcast and receive a free classroom poster. If you are interested in information about hosting a live webcast event at your school, museum, or other organization, send an email to




Are Your Students Ready For The September International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge?

You and your students are invited to join the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC) that will begin on September 24. In its first year, the Challenge grew to include high school students from over 30 countries who measured the impact of their transportation, home energy, food, and personal purchase choices using a carbon footprint calculator that is designed specifically for student lifestyles and calibrated for each geographic location.

Each class’s carbon footprint results are then posted on the ISCFC website, and students join international discussions about carbon footprints and possible solutions to shared environmental problems using the Einztein social learning network. As students scrutinize their own carbon production, they look for ways to minimize their impact. Discussions involving students from other areas of the world encourage each student to look beyond the limits of their own community to see environmental issues from a global perspective.

Please visit to the participate page on the ISCFC website where you will find: the invitation letter, quotes from students and teachers, and the participation form that you need to send to enroll your classes in the ISCFC prior to September 24th.

The ISCFC is sponsored by Stanford University, the University of Gothenburg, and the Wallenberg Global Learning Network.


New SCST Poster Competition For Students


The Society of College Science Teachers (SCST) is proud to announce a new poster competition for graduate and undergraduate students. Prizes will be awarded! Posters may be on science education research or science research with an educational component. Poster submissions will be accepted until October 15th and please download the poster form for complete instructions.

The SCST National Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2013 NSTA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas from April 11th-14th. The poster session will be held during the SCST Friday Night Social on April 12, 2012.



Conference Sponsor Spotlight:
Wiley at NABT…Come See What We’re Fixin’ up!


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2012 Professional
Development Conference
October 31-November 3, 2012
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, Texas


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