UWGSEO Events Archive

Genes, the Environment, and Me 2015 Summer Workshop
Location: Heritage University, Toppenish, WA
Dates: Monday, June 22, 2015 to Friday, June 26, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Genes, the Environment, and Me (GEM) supports teaching and learning about fundamental genetic concepts, complex diseases like type 2 diabetes that are influenced by gene-environment interactions, and how basic biomedical research is translated into clinical and public health practice.

We invite high school science and health teachers to join us this summer in collaborating with colleagues, learning about new curriculum, and hearing interesting guest speakers. Preference will be given to teachers from the Yakima Valley and neighboring communities in central Washington, and we encourage two or more teachers from a single school to attend.

Collectively, we will revise hands-on, experimentally-based, and hypothesis-driven lessons for high school students that focus on gene-environment interactions using the model organism C. elegans. We will also introduce a module that engages students in understanding the scientific basis and the societal and public health issues related to type 2 diabetes.

Participants will receive a $1000 honorarium for full participation in all five days of the workshop and follow-up exercises. Lunch and snacks are provided, and clock hours or UW credits are available at participant's expense.

For more information and to apply, please download the GEM Application form found here.

2012 Exploring Databases Summer Workshop
Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Dates: Monday, July 30, 2012 to Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

The Exploring Databases curriculum places high school students in the role of scientists as they investigate the effects of genes and environment on smoking behavior, using a database from an authentic investigation of smoking behavior. The curriculum can be used in high school and community college introductory biology classes, as well as advanced high school biology courses. It requires two weeks of classroom time, and students need access to computers for a minimum of two class periods.

The workshop will include opportunities to utilize the curriculum and discuss its implementation in different classroom settings with diverse student populations. It will also include guest speakers from the scientific and bioethics communities and in-depth discussions of educational research related to student involvement in scientific research. To apply, please go to the Exploring Databases 2012 summer workshop application form.

Genes, the Environment, and Me 2012 Summer Workshop
Location: Heritage University, Toppenish, WA
Dates: Monday, June 18, 2012 to Friday, June 22, 2012
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Genes, the Environment, and Me (GEM) supports teaching and learning about fundamental genetic concepts, complex diseases like type 2 diabetes that are influenced by gene-environment interactions, and how basic biomedical research is translated into clinical and public health practice.

We invite high school science teachers to join us this summer in developing lessons, collaborating with colleagues, and hearing interesting guest speakers. Preference will be given to teachers from the Yakima Valley and neighboring communities in central Washington, and we encourage two or more teachers from a single school to attend.

Collectively, we will revise hands-on, experimentally-based, and hypothesis-driven lessons for high school students that focus on gene-environment interactions using model organisms (e.g. yeast and the nematode C. elegans). We will also develop a module that engages students in understanding the scientific basis and the societal and public health issues related to type 2 diabetes.

Participants will receive a $1000 honorarium for full participation in all five days of the workshop. Lunch and snacks are provided, and clock hours or UW credits are available at participant's expense.

For more information and to register, please download the GEM Registration Form, complete it and scan it, and email it to Maureen Munn at mmunn@uw.edu or FAX to 206-685-7301 (attention: Maureen Munn).

Science and Engineering Festival 2012
Location: Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, WA
Dates: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 to Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: 8:30 am-7 pm

Genome Sciences Education Outreach is partnering with UW GEAR UP and Educational Service district 105 to present the Science and Engineering Festival 2012. This event will include A Vex Robotics Competition, the Museum of Flight Planetarium, the UW Genome Sciences Genes, the Environment and Me project, the Oregon Health and Science University's Let's Get Healthy! exhibit, the Pacific Science Center's Robot Garage and many more activities.

From 8:30 am to 3 pm, the festival will be limited to pre-arranged field trips for middle and high schools. Please contact Raquel Romero to apply: 509-865-8594, romero_r@heritage.edu. The evening session from 4-7 pm will be open to the community and will feature a showcase of student work from 5-7 pm.

Exploring Databases workshop
Location: UW
Dates: Monday, July 26, 2010 to Thursday, July 29, 2010
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

During the 2010 summer workshop, participants worked with the Exploring Databases curriculum, conducted research using the smoking behavior database, met with guest speakers, and discussed implementation of the curriculum in their classrooms.

View the attachment: exdata2010_onepagemailer.doc (35.5 KB)

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Recent Publications: The paper How Do You Like Your Science, Wet or Dry? reports on impacts of the Exploring Databases project.

Socratic Seminar with Data: A Strategy to Support Student Discourse and Understanding is available in the August 2017 issue of The American Biology Teacher

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Exploring Databases awarded the July 2013 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. Click Read More for link to Science article.


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