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February 1, 2017


In This Issue:
NABT Joins Others Urging POTUS to Rescind Immigration Order
Suggest a Speaker for NABT2017
Update on Call for Sessions NABT2017
2016 NABT Research Symposium Proceedings Posted
Help Us Recognize Outstanding Biology Teachers
NABT Award Certificates Recognize Your Students
Beyond Doom and Gloom: Include Solutions to Climate Change Webinar


NABT Joins Others Urging POTUS to Rescind Immigration Order

On January 31, 2017, the National Association of Biology Teachers joined other organizations representing leading professional scientific, engineering, and education societies, national associations and universities to call on President Donald Trump to rescind the executive order on immigration and visas issued on January 27th.

The full statement is below, and was signed by 152 organizations:

The January 27, 2017, White House Executive Order on visas and immigration has profound implications for diplomatic, humanitarian, and national security interests, in part because of the negative impact on U.S. science and engineering capacity.

The 152 undersigned organizations – representing a broad spectrum of professional scientific, engineering and education societies, national associations, and universities – are deeply concerned that this Executive Order will have a negative impact on the ability of scientists and engineers in industry and academia to enter, or leave from and return to, the United States. This will reduce U.S. science and engineering output to the detriment of America and Americans.

Scientific progress depends on openness, transparency, and the free flow of ideas and people, and these principles have helped the United States attract and richly benefit from international scientific talent. From the Apollo Program and exploring the far reaches of the universe, to advancing biomedical research for curing diseases and harnessing science to build a thriving high-tech sector, the United States is considered a leader in science, education and innovation. In order to remain the world leader in advancing scientific knowledge and innovations, the U.S. science and technology enterprise must continue to capitalize on the international and multicultural environment within which it operates.

The Executive Order will discourage many of the best and brightest international students, scholars, engineers and scientists from studying and working, attending academic and scientific conferences, or seeking to build new businesses in the United States. Implementation of this policy will compromise the United States’ ability to attract international scientific talent and maintain scientific and economic leadership.

Today, we urge the Administration to rescind the Executive Order and we stand ready to assist you in crafting an immigration and visa policy that advances U.S. prosperity and ensures strong borders while staying true to foundational American principles as a nation of immigrants.


Suggest a Speaker for NABT2017

One of the highlights of the NABT Professional Development Conference is the ability to attend presentations by renowned scientists and educators. Presenters like Elaine Ostrander, Sean Carroll, Carl Zimmer, Temple Grandin, Neil Shubin, Chris Martine, Rita Colwell, and many others have entertained and engaged with conference participants in recent years.

Who will join us at NABT2017 in St. Louis?

Our speakers enjoy contributing to the NABT program because they enjoy interacting with biology teachers who are excited about cutting edge research, who are interested in great stories, and who are passionate about educating our students and fellow citizens.

Who would you like to see? Who do you want to learn from? Who would you recommend to 1000 of your closest friends and colleagues? Let us know by sending us your speaker suggestions today by using our easy online form.

Your speaker suggestions are an important part of our planning for NABT2017 because we are planning this conference for you! Send your recommendations to NABT using our online form.


Update on Call for Sessions NABT2017

NABT will start accepting proposals for education sessions by February 15th. We appreciate your patience as we build a new submission module that will be easier for our presenters and reviewers. The deadline for submission is still March 15th at this time. Look for updates at

Calls for posters and research papers will be announced in the coming months.

Please contact NABT at or (888) 501-NABT with any questions related to the 2017 NABT Conference.


2016 NABT Research Symposium Proceedings Posted

The proceedings of the 8th annual NABT Biology Education Research Symposium have been posted. The symposium was held on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the NABT Professional Development Conference held in Denver, Colorado.

The six papers were submitted through a double-blind peer review process and titles include:

  • Authentic Research Experience in the Introductory Biology Laboratory Improves Student Perception of Laboratory Skills, Knowledge and Interest in Scientific Research
  • Learned Inequality: Racial Labels in the Biology Curriculum can Affect the Development of Racial Prejudice by Affecting the Perception of Human Biological Variation
  • A Curriculum Model for Integrating the Three NGSS Dimensions and Utilizing Published Biology Data
  • Reducing College Biology Students’ Perceived Conflict between Religion and Evolution
  • Using Human Case Studies to Teach Evolution
  • Fidelity of Implementation of Peer Instruction in High School Biology Classrooms

Abstracts and links to the full papers are posted at 2016 NABT Proceedings. A call for papers for the 2017 NABT Biology Education Research Symposium will be available this spring.


Help Us Recognize Outstanding Biology Teachers

Since 1961, the NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) program has recognized outstanding biology teachers from each of the 50 states; Washington, DC; Canada; Puerto Rico; and overseas territories. One of the most prestigious awards offered by NABT, the OBTA honors biology and life educators in grades 7-12 that have demonstrated an exceptional teaching ability and use their experience, inventiveness, and initiative to encourage cooperativeness in the school and community to build better student-teacher relationships. Thousands of outstanding teachers have been recognized with the OBTA, including a number of NABT leaders and Past Presidents.

The OBTA is coordinated on a state level, and many programs have early deadlines. Help us recognize the outstanding biology teachers in your life by submitting your nomination today at NABT Award Nominations.


NABT Award Certificates Recognize Your Students

NABT loves to celebrate science and provides award certificates to recognize outstanding student projects. Please contact to request certificates for your local, state or regional science fair, and help NABT support budding biologists in their scientific endeavors.


Beyond Doom and Gloom: Include Solutions to Climate Change Webinar

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts and not sure how to help create significant improvements? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions?

DANS (Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability) and will be presenting a free webinar on March 1, 2017, from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST to highlight expert materials that will engage students in current and future policy solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline. Learn more about how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

Registration is available at

The National Association of Biology Teachers is a proud member of DANS.



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