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October 4, 2013


In This Issue:
Reminder: Free Download Of Connection Storymaking app
Renew And Reconnect At NABT Conference Receptions
Aaron Kallas Honored With Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award
Join The New MABT In Michigan
Andrea Redinger Receives Alumus Award
Applications Accepted For Einstein Fellowship
HHMI Holiday Lectures: Medicine in the Genomic Era
Spotlight on Sponsor: Carolina Highlights HudsonAlpha Partnership at NABT Conference




Reminder: Free Download Of Connection Storymaking app


Scientist-turned-filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson has created a new model for broad communication called the WSP (one Word, Sentence, Paragraph) with an app that makes WSP into a tool for your presentations and stories. You are invited to be a beta tester for the Connection Storymaking app.

On October 3rd and 4th, NABT Members can download the app for FREE on iTunes (99 cents on Google Play for Android).

Download the Connection Storymaking app, use it to enter the WSP elements for a story you are working on, then use the SHARE button to email your story to: stories will not be used for anything other than discussion and seeing how well the app works.

The first 12 respondents will be sent a call-in number for an hour long conference call on Tuesday, October 15 at 4:00pm Eastern. Three stories will be selected for discussion and everyone will be invited to listen and offer up questions and comments. Dr. Olson is interested in your experience with the app, and this is your chance for some free communications coaching from a professional.

For further information on Dr. Olson's book and the app visit

Renew And Reconnect At NABT Conference Receptions


The NABT Professional Development Conference isn’t just about your work. With the help of our generous sponsors, you are guaranteed to also have some fun.

Wednesday starts with HHMI Night at the Movies with Sean Carroll. If you haven’t RSVP’d you really should.

On Thursday, you're the guest of honor at a number of receptions, starting with the Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Reception. The Exhibit Hall is the place to learn about the latest and greatest in technologies, programs and resources.
The Exhibit Hall Reception is sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology.

Then it’s off to the Section Receptions:

You’ve been working with the new curriculum and your students have taken their exams. Now is the opportunity to discuss the changes with some “friends” from the AP Community, even if you haven’t met them in person yet.
The AP Biology Section Reception is sponsored by Pearson.

Join us at this very popular reception and poster session. This is a wonderful opportunity to grab some food, get a drink, network with colleagues, and peruse research in a relaxed setting.
The Four-Year College & University Section Reception and Undergraduate Education Poster Session is sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Teaching at the community college level presents unique challenges and the NABT Two-Year College Section always have some great ideas (and stories) to share.
The Two-Year College Section Reception is sponsored by Hayden-McNeil Publishing, Inc.

On Friday, you are invited to attend a Special Gala to celebrate NABT’s 75th Anniversary. Your $20 ticket includes dinner and a special presentation by some eminent friends of NABT, including Drs. Janet Carlson (BSCS), Dennis Liu (HHMI), Jay Labov (NAS), and Eugenie Scott (NCSE).
The 75th Anniversary Gala is sponsored by PASCO scientific.

Time is running out to register. Don't miss this great conference, and register online or by downloading the registration form!




Aaron Kallas Honored With Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award


NABT is proud to honor Aaron Kallas with the 2013 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award from NABT. Aaron received a B.S. in Biology Education and M.Ed. from Southern Utah University and is currently teaching biology and a dedicated biotechnology course at Chugiak High School in the Anchorage School District. He is also a program coordinator of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ BioPREP program - a NIH SEPA project providing biotechnology education outreach to Alaskan secondary life science teachers.

As a strong advocate for hands-on inquiry-based learning for many years, Aaron involves his students in a variety of locally relevant, problem solving, biotechnology infused activities that provide contemporary perspectives in the biological sciences. His work has greatly impacted educators statewide by presenting numerous professional development workshops in a variety of settings and helping schools integrate biotechnology. His efforts have delivered authentic science experiences to countless students in both the urban communities and rural native villages of Alaska.

“Having the opportunity to share biotechnology and help mold our next generation of scientists has been an incredibly satisfying experience as an educator,” said Aaron. “I feel honored to help shuttle in this new science to our students and enjoy discovering the new ways in which it helps me grow professionally.”

Aaron’s passion for guiding students in their research endeavors has led to multiple local, state and national award winning projects. Not surprisingly, his efforts have been honored with many nominations and awards for teaching excellence, including the 2013 Outstanding Science Teacher at the Alaska Intel ISEF Science and Engineering Fair.

NABT will honor Aaron with the Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award, which will be presented at the 2013 Honors Luncheon at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Atlanta, GA.

The Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award is sponsored by:







Andrea Redinger Receives Alumus Award

Congratulations to Andrea Redinger, who was named one this two recipients of the 2013 Recent Alumnus Achievement Award from St. Vincent College, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. She also holds an M.S. in Education from Duquesne University.

Andrea teaches at Greensburg Salem High School, in Greensburg, PA. Biology is Andrea’s passion and she is well known for her enthusiasm, which is often described as “infectious” (pun completely intended). Andrea has spent the 12 years of her teaching career exciting both her students and colleagues. Her dedication has led Andrea to be recognized with a number of honors, including the 2011 NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Pennsylvania.

“I don't have all the answers and I tell my students that up front, which makes me a more likeable teacher — not so untouchable,” Andrea said in an interview to Trib Total Media. “I like to learn with them or from them. ... If they can teach it, I know they know their stuff.”

Andrea was honored at a dinner during St. Vincent’s Homecoming festivities on September 27th.



Join The New MABT In Michigan


All life science educators in Michigan are invited to join the Michigan Association of Biology Teachers (MABT) to ensure high-quality life science instruction for all students in that state. As an affiliate of the NABT, MABT supports life science educators in Michigan through networking and professional development opportunities.

Building a strong network of biology educators in the state is especially important as we all work together to implement the important changes in biology education called for by the Next Generation Science Standards, Advanced Placement Biology Curriculum Framework, and Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education.

MABT will be hosting a professional development workshop at Michigan State University on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The workshop will run from 9:00pm until 4:00pm at Kedzie Hall. Check-in will begin at 8:30am. There will be a registration fee of $10.00 to cover the costs of materials and lunch. For this event, planners are asking participants to please pay the $10.00 fee in CASH at the door the day of the workshop.

More details are available at MABT PD Workshop Registration.



Applications Accepted For Einstein Fellowship


The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts.

Current sponsoring agencies include the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Some outstanding contributions of past Einstein Fellows include:

  • Designing and implementing national science, math, and technology education programs;
  • Initiating collaborations and partnerships among Federal agencies;
  • Drafting legislation and advising on policies that seek to improve K-12 education in the United States
  • Creating web-based science education tools;
  • Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

Eligible candidates can apply until 5pm Eastern on December 4th. More information can be found at 2014-2015 Einstein Applications.

NABT would like to congratulate 2013- 2014 fellows Kathryn Hoppe, who is serving at NSF at the Directorate for Engineering, Engineering Education Centers and Kathy Malone, who is also at NSF serving the Department of Education and Human Resources, Division of Research on Learning.


HHMI Holiday Lectures:
Medicine in the Genomic Era


The ability to routinely sequence and analyze individual genomes is revolutionizing the practice of medicine—from how diseases are first diagnosed to how they are treated and managed.

On December 5th and 6th, Drs. Charles L. Sawyers and Christopher A. Walsh will reveal the breathtaking pace of discoveries into the genetic causes of various types of cancers and diseases of the nervous system, like autism, and discuss the impact of those discoveries on the understanding of normal human development and disease. Visit 2013 Holiday Lecture for more information and related resources.

Register to watch the live webcast of the Holiday Lectures on Science and HHMI will send you a free Genetic Mutations and Disease poster and additional information about this exciting program.

If you are interested in hosting a live webcast event, email HHMI at


Spotlight on Sponsor: Carolina Highlights HudsonAlpha Partnership at NABT Conference


Carolina Biological Supply Company is proud to announce its partnership with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s educational outreach team. The partnership between HudsonAlpha and Carolina was debuted at NSTA’s 2013 National Conference in San Antonio, TX., and met with a warm response from the educators in attendance.

“Educational outreach at HudsonAlpha aims to deliver creative, hands-on educational experiences that raise student comprehension and build teacher confidence,” said Neil Lamb, Ph.D., Director of Educational Outreach at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The value of educational kits designed by Lamb and his staff at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has been acknowledged by many educators across the state of Alabama and by Carolina Biological. “We are excited about partnering with the Educational Outreach group at HudsonAlpha. The quality of the content, activities and materials that this dynamic and knowledgeable group produces is very much in line with Carolina’s commitment to provide educators the finest products and services to help all students understand science,” said Mark Meszaros, Ph.D., Vice President of Product Management and Innovation at Carolina.

All NABT members are invited to join in the celebration of this partnership and the exciting resources HudsonAlpha has to offer NABT educators at this fall’s NABT Professional Conference in Atlanta, GA. HudsonAlpha and Carolina will have exciting new products on display in the Carolina booth, as well as a hands-on workshop led by the HudsonAlpha team. Activities from the HudsonAlpha kits Disorder Detectives, ChromoSock Meiosis, and Genes & ConSEQUENCES will also be featured in the Carolina booth.

In addition to quality hands-on activity kits, HudsonAlpha has FREE digital resources available for educators on their website:

Keep your eye out for HudsonAlpha at NABT this fall. They have great workshops scheduled for you featuring free resources and insight from experienced classroom users of their products. HudsonAlpha is driven by the goal of giving students that “aha!” moment, and Carolina is proud to help them achieve that success.




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2013 Professional
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