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May 20, 2015


In This Issue:
#NABT2015 Reminder: All Presenters Must Register by May 31
Call for Posters: Biology Education Research
Members in the News: Team from Tulsa Community College Wins NSF Innovation Challenge
Congratulations to the BioClub Graduates
Register Today for the AP Biology Teacher Academy
News & Views Summer Schedule


#NABT2015 Reminder:
Presenters Must Register by May 31

Was your session accepted for the 2015 NABT Professional Development Conference in Providence? Have you registered yet?

All session presenters must register by May 31st to have their session included in the final conference program. Register today by going online or using the 2015 Registration Form.

Please note: Presenters for the Biology Education Research Symposium and poster sessions will have extended registration deadlines.

Speakers are being confirmed, special workshops are being planned, meal functions are being coordinated and updates are being posted at 2015 NABT Conference. But the News & Views is the first place you'll hear that Carl Zimmer will be recognized with the 2015 NABT Distinguished Service Award, which he will accept in person at the BELS Banquet. Details coming soon!

Questions? Contact NABT at or (888) 501-NABT x 105.



Call for Posters:
Biology Education Research

You and your students are invited to present research and exercises on teaching and learning biology at the NABT Biology Education Poster Session. This session will take place at the NABT Conference  on Thursday, November 12th in the Exhibit Hall.

Posters that present research and exercises on teaching and learning biology will be accepted in this session. Posters can present the incorporation of new teaching strategies, techniques, or programs. Posters in all areas of biology education are acceptable and those that include research and data on the efficacy of the presented technique are particularly encouraged. Graduate and undergraduate students from four-year and two-year institutions can also choose to enter the Student Education Poster Competition.

Guidelines and instructions are available at 2015 Biology Education Poster Session. The deadline for submission of poster proposals is July 15, 2015. Proposals submitted after this date may be considered for inclusion in the session but may not receive recognition in the official conference programs.

To create the most positive experience, students and advisers are strongly encouraged to review the guidelines and scoring rubric. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Kathy Gallucci at

The NABT Biology Education Poster Session is coordinated by the NABT Four-Year College & University Section’s Conference Committee.



 Photo: Tulsa Community College, Okla


Members in the News:
Team from Tulsa Community College Wins NSF Innovation Challenge

The National Science Foundation recently named ten teams as winners in its Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The CCIC challenged community-college students to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems.

Community Colleges from across the country were invited to identify key problems and propose innovative solutions in areas with potential for solving some of America's most daunting challenges: big data; infrastructure security; sustainability (including water, food, energy, and environment); and broadening participation in STEM. Winning teams offered innovative projects ranging from engineering algae to improve fuel production to developing mobile medicine dispensing units for disaster relief.

Congratulations to Tulsa CHAMP, one of two teams from Tulsa Community College, on their winning project. The team (and mentor Mary Phillips) designed an aquaponic mentoring partnership between the college and area high schools. This project was one of ten that won the CICC and a complete list is available at NSF 2015 CC Innovation Challenge.

The winning teams represent nine community colleges across the country. These teams will head to NSF this summer for an Innovation Boot Camp June 15-18 co-hosted by NSF and the American Association of Community Colleges. Innovation Boot Camp participants will also exhibit their innovations at a reception on Capitol Hill, hosted by U.S. Representative David Price from North Carolina on June 17.

Good luck Tulsa CHAMP, and congratulations again!




Congratulations To BioClub Student Award Recipients

NABT is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the BioClub Student Awards. Awards were given to one high school and one two-year college student.

Alec Demith of Tiffin Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio was named the 2015 recipient of the NABT BioClub High School Student Award. Alec is an active member of his school community. As one of his advisors stated, “Not only is Alec a hard worker, he has heart.” In addition to serving as BioClub President, Alec was also a team captain for the basketball team, soccer team, a student council member and was active in his school’s National Honor Society. He helped organize Oktoberfest Pumpkin Carving activities, a Red Cross Blood Drive, food drives and Earth Day activities. Alec plans to graduate with a degree in biology and then pursue a medical degree.

NABT is also honored to recognize Matthew Pancake from Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana. Matthew was awarded the 2015 NABT BioClub Community College Student Award. While at Vincennes, Matthew served as the Pharmacy Club President and Vice President of the BioClub. He is an award-winning student who plans to continue his education at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky. “I would like to thank the NABT for this scholarship. The dream that I am pursuing is to become a pharmacist,” said Matthew in a statement. “Being an active member of a biology club has helped me develop my leadership skills. These skills will have a significant impact on me becoming a pharmacist.”

Alec and Matthew will receive a $500 book scholarship from Carolina Biological Supply Company as part of their awards. Alec and Matthew also join 341 other BioClub students who wore green honor cords during their recent commencement ceremonies to signify graduating with academic distinction.

You can see the pictures and learn more about NABT BioClub activities at the NABT BioClub Facebook page. "Join the club" by getting your application in before the start of the next academic year. Details and instructions can be found at NABT BioClub.

Congratulations to all of our graduating BioClub students. We wish you success in your future biology adventures!

The NABT BioClub is proudly sponsored by




Register Today for the AP Biology Teacher Academy

Registration for the NABT/ BSCS AP Biology Teacher Academy presented in partnership with HHMI BioInteractive recently opened and the academies are already filling up. Based on key components of the popular BSCS / NABT AP Biology Leadership Academy, this program makes transformative professional development accessible with a one-week program offered in four different locations.

Details and updates about the different programs are below:

July 6 – 11, 2015
Colorado Springs, CO

July 12 – 17, 2015
Virginia Wesleyan College
Norfolk, VA

July 19 - 24, 2015
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

July 5 – 10 or August 2 – 7, 2015
Center to Support Excellence in Teaching
Stanford, CA

Space is limited and these workshops are filling up fast. You can learn more about each program and register at



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