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February 26, 2011


In This Issue:

2011 Conference Highlight: Turbocharge Your Curriculum
Affiliate Activities: MABT Meeting & Conference
NABT Community Mourns Passing Of Kerry Henrickson
View Kansas vs. Darwin For FREE
MEanderthal App Joins Other Human Evolution Resources From The Smithsonian
High School Student Launches Effort To Repeal Louisiana Science Education Act
Spend A Week In Washington DC This Summer Updating Your Genomics Curriculum
BioBuilding2011 Workshop @ MIT
Applications Being Accepted for 2011 At-Large BioGENEius Challenge



2011 Conference Highlight: Turbocharge Your Curriculum


The 2011 NABT Professional Development Conference will feature a special stand of highlighted sessions to Turbocharge Your Curriculum and give your students the skills they need to succeed at the next level. We are especially requesting proposals designed to support at-risk students and improve graduation rates that can be "instantly" implemented when teachers return from the conference.

  • Do your students have the reading comprehension necessary to understand their textbook?
  • Do you know the difference between decoding and comprehension?
  • Do your students know their learning style?
  • How have you reached disengaged students?
  • Have you seen positive results when you integrating math and chemistry?
  • How do you use technology as an asset instead of a distraction?
  • Do your students know how to write a lab report or scientific paper?

Share your classroom strategies and successes during the NABT Professional Development Conference in Anaheim, California. Proposals are being accepted online at until March 15, 2011.

Registration for the 2011 NABT Professional Development Conference is now open. Register online or by completing the 2011 Registration Form before May 31st to take advantage of special early bird savings!



Affiliate Activities: MABT Meeting & Conference 


Join the Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers (MABT) for their annual meeting and conference. Entitled Putting the Bio Back in Biology, this event will feature special speakers Dr. Hopi Hoekstra and Mr. Michael J. Caduto. There will also be numerous workshops to enjoy. Lunch and a morning coffee break are included in the price of registration. The MABT Meeting & Conference will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Framingham State University.

Please visit for the complete agenda and registration details. 



NABT Community Mourns Passing Of
Kerry Henrickson


Dr. Kerry (Thomson) Henrickson, 41, a physiology and pathology assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, has died of cancer at her home in Flagstaff, Ariz. Kerry was a long time NABT member who also served as a Classroom Technology Reviews Editor for The American Biology Teacher.

Kerry was born in Kalispell, Mont., on Nov. 19, 1969, and lived with her parents Bob and Jan Thomson in Great Falls, Mont., where she graduated from CMR High School in 1988. She graduated in 1992 from the University of Montana at Missoula, with degrees in zoology, Spanish and chemistry. She was a Smithsonian Fellow. She attended UC Berkeley, where she earned a master's degree in Integrative Biology and was also the captain of its NCAA national champion TaeKwonDo team. She later earned a master's degree from the UM School of Journalism in science writing, and worked for local newspapers and Coffey Communications. She taught science writing at UM, and later taught biology at community colleges in Oregon and California. She was the Science Department chair at Cochise College, Sierra Vista, Ariz., where she taught anatomy and physiology classes for seven years.

She earned her Ph.D. in science education from Capella University in 2007, and in 2008, became a faculty member of Northern Arizona University, where she taught physiology and pathology. Her primary research interest was active learning methodologies designed to retain and advance physiology students in higher education. She was passionate about engaging students in their own learning, and teaching other higher education professionals to utilize active learning in their teaching.

Kerry met the love of her life, Dr. Jim Henrickson, in Bisbee. Ariz., where they lived after their marriage on May 18, 2003. She and Jim shared interests in medicine, guitar and music, house makeovers, pets, and gardening. They were inseparable.

Kerry will be remembered as an innovative educator who will be greatly missed by her family, friends, students, and colleagues.

Those wishing to remember Dr. Kerry Henrickson through memorials may make contributions to the charity or organization of their choice. Condolences may be posted online at

View Kansas vs. Darwin For FREE

The award-winning documentary, Kansas vs. Darwin, is streaming FREE from now through March 14th. All you have to do is either visit and click on the big, yellow sunflower or the Facebook page at and click on the "events” tab to find the link. No log-ins or sign-ups. Just watch the film.

Kansas vs. Darwin is the only film to cover the 2005 Kansas School Board hearings on evolution, one of the most influential events in the history of the conflict over teaching evolution. The film features exclusive, multi-camera footage of the hearings intercut with in-depth, often surprising interviews with principal figures on both sides of the conflict. It explores many topics of interest to biology teachers including the responsibility of teachers toward students’ religious beliefs, the politics of curricular standards, creationist tactics, and the nature of science. A free study guide is also available on the website, no log-in required.


High School Student Launches Effort To Repeal Louisiana Science Education Act

NABT publically opposed the passage of the Louisana Science Education Act in 2008. The following is a press release detailing Zack Kopplin's efforts to repeal that law.


Building upon a grassroots effort last winter that was successful in fighting off efforts to insert creationism into Louisiana science textbooks, Baton Rouge Magnet High School Senior Zack Kopplin is helping lead an effort to have the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) repealed during the Louisiana Legislature’s 2011 Regular Session. State Senator Karen Carter Peterson (New Orleans) has announced that she will sponsor the repeal legislation.

The misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act, which was passed and signed into law in 2008, is stealth legislation to encourage Louisiana public school science teachers to include creationist materials in their curriculum. In Livingston Parish Louisiana, school board members explicitly cited this law last summer in their push to mandate that creationism be made part of the science curriculum for the 2011-12 school year.

State of Belief, a radio program sponsored by Interfaith Alliance, recently featured a dialogue about the repeal effort between Kopplin and Welton Gaddy who is the President of Interfaith Alliance and a Baptist minister from Monroe, Louisiana. Dr. Barbara Forrest, co-founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science also was featured on the show. The interview aired on February 13th, and can be listened to at Gaddy said of Kopplin’s repeal effort, "It represents the the best thinking in American science, the best thinking in American religion, and it also reflects the United States constitution."

Kopplin’s role in this campaign was recently featured in an Op-Ed titled “Student takes role of David to creationists’ legislative Goliath” in The Lens, which wrote "Kopplin rightly views the legislation as costumed creationism – ridiculous Trojan horse legislation that lets instructors teach scientific “controversies” where none exist. He understands that when pseudo-scientific “supplemental” materials are used to critique scientific theories (such as evolution or gravity), a false balance results: ungrounded speculations are placed on par with the overwhelming scientific consensus."

MEanderthal App Joins Other Human Evolution Resources From The Smithsonian

Do you look like your relatives? Your prehistoric relatives? Try morphing yourself backward in time with MEanderthal. You might be surprised when you see your face transformed into the face of an early human with the Smithsonian Institution's first-ever mobile app. Found on both the Apple and Android App store, the MEanderthal App is the latest resource for you and your students from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program. Visit the Human Origin's website for a variety of useful tools under the Education and Resources sections: a downloadable Educator Guide to the exhibition hall for class field trips; links to human evolution lesson plans; a private discussion forum for teachers; a human evolution glossary; a section on What's Hot in Human Origins? so you can keep up with the latest discoveries; and an introduction to human evolution.

There is also a 3D Collection featuring rotatable scans of fossils and artifacts, and a series of interactive resources under Human Evolution Evidence and Human Evolution Research that is great for students - Mystery Skull, Adventures in the Rift Valley, Fossil Forensics - as well an interactive timeline featuring different species, fossils, human evolution milestones, and climate change evidence.

Explore the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program at

Spend A Week In Washington DC This Summer Updating Your Genomics Curriculum

Each summer the NIH invites college-level biology instructors to attend a weeklong update on genomic science at the National Human Genome Research Institute. The course is free to successful applicants and covers per diem and lodging for the week. Schools or individual instructors are responsible for travel costs. Personalized medicine, microbiomes, nanotechnology, epigenetics, genetic counseling, and bioinformatics are typical course seminars.

For application materials, email Dr. Jeff Witherly at An overview of the last course and eligibility guidelines are at

Registration is open until March 25, 2011.


BioBuilding2011 Workshop @ MIT


High school and college biology educators are invited to apply to the BioBuilding2011 workshop @ MIT. This week long, professional development class will prepare educators to bring biological engineering and synthetic biology into their classrooms and laboratories. The workshop will include:

  • lectures that connect the engineering/science/math and technology aspects of these fields
  • labs and classroom activities taught from the online resource,
  • lunchtime discussions with members of MIT’s synthetic biology community
  • activities that address human practice questions such as the safety, security, economics and wisdom of engineering novel biological systems

This workshop will run from August 1st-5th, 2011. Attendees will receive a $500 stipend, lunch each day, parking validation and 67.5 PDPs. Attendees must commit to carry out a BioBuilder activity in the 2011-2012 academic year, and provide feedback on the effort.

For more information, or to apply, please visit

Applications are due March 15th, 2011 and applicants will be notified by April 1st, 2011.



Applications Being Accepted For 2011 At- Large BioGENEius Challenge


Do you have a BioGENEius in your classroom? The International BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. The International BioGENEius Challenge promotes excellence and enables students to continue research in biotechnology and design an original independent research project. This competition is an intensive and valuable research experience for high school students. The winners of the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge, Canada, and Western Australia BioGENEius Challenge winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the International BioGENEius Challenge held in Washington, DC, on June 27, 2011, in conjunction with the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Annual International Convention. Finalists will showcase their talent and research to a prestigious panel of expert biotech judges and will display their projects to approximately 20,000 convention participants!

The At- Large BioGENEius Competition is a competition available to students who are not in areas from which the Local Partner competitions draw. Visit for rules, applications, and information about prizes.

The deadline to apply for the At- Large BioGENEius Competition is March 25, 2011.



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