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14 June 2013
Giving the World a CHANCE
When the CHANCE Program, Connecting Humans and Nature Through Conservation Experiences, was founded in 2004, its mission already emphasized a global view of environmental sustainability. Now entering into its ninth year, CHANCE has evolved beyond Pennsylvania's borders to reach across the United States and across the globe with its mission of transforming the teaching and learning of environmental science by using research as the catalyst.
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25 May 2013
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Pacing 88% Higher than Last Year's Rate
Satellite analysis by a Brazil-based NGO indicates that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year, when the government passed a weakened version of its law governing use of forest lands.
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01 May 2013
Lehigh Valley student selected for three-year NSF research program
Chibuzo Anojulu, a sophomore at Penn State Lehigh Valley, has been selected to participate in the Society for Developmental Biology's (SDB) Choose Development program. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Choose Development pairs undergraduate students from across the United States with leading researchers in developmental biology for a long-term professional development and research training project.
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Lehigh Valley students take top honors at regional research event
Students from Penn State Lehigh Valley swept the top spots for the second year in a row at the Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium held this year at Penn State Hazleton on Apr. 16. Karim M. Badre took first place in the humanities category with his project, "Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Costs – Post Obamacare." Students Patrick D. Hullihen, Digisha R. Patel, Jessica A. Raad, and Anthony J. Toczek took first place in the STEM category with their project, "Gamma Globin Expression in Human K562 Leukemic Cell Line."
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Five Lehigh Valley students chosen for Faces of Penn State campaign
Five Lehigh Valley campus students have joined the roughly 60 "faces" already named as part of the University's Faces of Penn State campaign. Mandy Marquardt, Patrick Hullihen, Digisha Patel, Jessica Raad and Anthony Toczek have contributed to improving the world through their inspiring research and worldwide reach.
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03 April 2013
Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus to Hold Undergraduate Research Event
Penn State Lehigh Valley will be hosting its annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Thurs., Apr. 4 in room 135 at the campus in Center Valley. An awards presentation will follow at 1:30 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public. Eric Stephen Boyd, assistant research professor, Montana State University, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation, Yellowstone through Space and Time: A Guided Tour through the Evolution of Life, will focus on the extant volcanic terrain of the Yellowstone hot spot, its influence on geography, and its ability to bridge our understanding of the diversification of life through space and time. The Symposium celebrates the participation of its undergraduate students in their scholarly research journeys.
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31 January 2013
Global Climate Change - Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems with A Practicum in Panama (June 28 - July 14, 2013) in conjunction with The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Rainforest and Reef Costa Rica, and WIDECAST.
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30 June 2012
Global Climate Change - Sustainability of Select Tropical and Aquatic Ecosystems with A Practicum in Panama (July 6-22, 2012)
in conjunction with The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
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30 June 2012
Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology, Land Preservation, and Water Management (July 30 - August 7, 2012)
in conjunction with Ecology Project International (EPI) and
Jiangan University, Wuxi, China.
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CHANCE would like to take a moment and recognize one of its sponsors, The Dow Chemical Company, for its continued support of our students and teachers throughout China.
A founding member of the U.N. Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, Dow plays a leading role in promoting sustainable water use policies and practices. As part of the Company's leadership at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris signed a communiqué to attending leaders that called for greater collaboration between government, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to help solve the global water crisis.
Dow has helped implement the CEO Water Mandate by developing water conservation programs that have enabled the Company to become more energy-efficient and decrease its global footprint. The Company has also delivered technologies to help make water purification available in water-scarce areas in Africa and India, and it has partnered with stakeholders to implement water-reduction and cost-saving technology at one of its largest manufacturing sites located in Texas.
Ghost of the Caribbean Expedition
Other CHANCE featured videos:
Pacific Reefs Heading Towards Regional Collapse from Climate Change »
Beijing to Improve Pollution Monitoring »
Renewing Our National Park Promise »
CHANCE 2011 Lake Taihu and Water Analysis Video »
04 June 2013
CHANCE Fellow earns degree of Doctor of Medicine
2007 CHANCE fellow Michael Devine recently graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine, earning the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He is very excited about beginning his residency training at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA this July. Here, he will spend the next three years as a resident physician of internal medicine where he will further hone his skills and master the art of medicine. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply their scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a broad spectrum of illnesses in adults. After these three years, he will have the opportunity to either practice general internal medicine (i.e. primary care physician or hospitalist), or continue his training via pursuing a fellowship in one of a multitude of subspecialties (i.e. cardiology, gastroenterology, critical care, endocrinology, etc.). Congratulations to you, Michael!
25 May 2013
Congratulations to 2009 CHANCE Fellow, Steve Edmonds!
He is currently working for Herpetological Associates (HA) and for Dr. Gian Rocco, Research Assistant, Riparia, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University. As a herpetologist in both jobs, he is working with candidate, threatened or endangered species. This summer he is traveling throughout Pennsylvania to track herpetofauna in restricted and/or private property to help preserve and protect desired and important species. He main job is acting as the radio-telemetry technician in the field. Thereafter, he will be moving to northern New Jersey to specifically track timber rattlesnakes; but, he will also track a few other snake species. The over arching goal of his research is to obtain information on snake behavior and their adaptations for survival when they are deprived of their natural over-wintering sites. Steve states, "Basically, I will be married to the selected snakes and to discover everything about them for the sake of their survival." That's the Steve we all know and love! Good luck in the field, Steve.
04 June 2013
Global Warming and the Freshwater Crisis
Here's an informative web site that offers links to many reputable sources that provide information and activities for students and teachers to learn about global climate change, and how climate change is affecting our world's water supply. Ways for students to lesson global climate change and to prevent water pollution in their lives are also given.
04 June 2013
NASA Summer Opportunity for STEM Educators
Applications due June 7th
ICED 2013: A unique program-building opportunity for high school STEM educators - Applications due June 7th. Join former NASA astronaut and Senior Adviser for Innovation at NASA, Dr. Charles Camarda, for a week-long professional development workshop to develop program material for high school (or advanced middle school) STEM educators at Penn State University Park from June 17-21, 2013.
25 May 2013
NABT Call for Proposals: Faculty Professional Development Summit "Implementing Vision and Change"
The NABT Four-Year College & University Section's Professional Development Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present your innovative teaching practice as part of the 2013 Faculty Professional Development Summit.
Following up on last year's summit on Vision and Change, the theme of this year's summit is "Implementing "Vision and Change." The Committee seeks to showcase innovative teaching practices from NABT members nationwide that are in keeping with the ideals of Vision and Change, particularly at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.
If you would like to share your work in implementing innovative teaching with other biology educators, we encourage you to submit a proposal to the Summit. Please include:
Please submit the proposal via email with 2013 Symposium Proposal in the subject heading to email@example.com.
20 May 2013
Calling All Applicants for 2014 Teaching Fellowships, Registration is Now Open!
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) supports passionate, dedicated teachers to thrive in the profession, lead from the classroom and become change agents in education. The KSTF five-year fellowship is now accepting applications from April 30 - October 15, 2013. It is one of the most generous and comprehensive professional development programs for STEM teachers, provides its fellows access to a close, collaborative community of like-minded colleagues. KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded annually in the areas of STEM education. In selecting fellows, KSTF assesses depth and breadth of the applicant's content knowledge, their potential to develop exemplary teaching practices and their ability to cultivate their leadership skills to become teacher leaders.
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13 May 2013
JOIN NABT IN ATLANTA THIS FALL TO CELEBRATE ITS 75th BIRTHDAY!
The review process is over, and NABT is proud to once again feature hundreds of sessions and special workshops at the NABT Professional Development Conference. For four days, biology and life science educators will be discussing challenges and developing solutions. Share your curriculum and problem sets as examples. Have questions about standards and assessments ready. Whether you are a presenter or a participant, be prepared to learn from a community of master educators. Know that you will interact, engage, and enjoy this time with your colleagues!
Make sure to take advantage of discounts on registration and accommodations by registering BEFORE you leave your classroom at 2013 Conference Registration. Special workshop, field trip and meal function tickets will be coming soon. Early Bird Registration »
12 May 2013
Monarch Butterfly Migration Google Earth Tour + Video
Every year eastern populations of monarch butterflies begin a journey north from their overwintering grounds in Mexican forests. The epic migration spans generations and the better part of a continent. View a Google Earth tour video in English or with Spanish captions showcasing the migration of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in North America, and the people that help them out along the way.