Summer 2001 Regional Workshop Information

Alabama, Frank Romano

Department of Biology
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
Tel: 256-782-5038
Fax: 256-782-5587

Dates: Wed, Aug 8 – Sun, Aug 12 (or Sat, Aug 11)

States: AL, FL, LA, KY, MS, TN

Theme: Indicators of Stream Health/PCB Pollution

Problem: Removal of a subdivision with PCB-contaminated soil: What are PCB concentrations in

the soil, how much loading occurs in the stream, and how are stream biota affected?


Wed, Aug 8

(pm): Participants register 3:00 – 5:00 pm; Dinner

Thu, Aug 9

(am): New Approaches for Teaching Undergraduate Science

Problem Solving/Cooperative Learning/Context

New Techniques for Addressing Environmental Problems

Review of SSA and GLED Programs

PCB Impacts/ELISA Techniques

(pm): EIS as an Organizing Principle for Problem Solving Courses

UFE Participants’ Adaptation/Implementation Activities

Specific Courses, Modules, Labs, etc.

(eve): Learn to Mount Chironomid Head Capsules/Identify Deformities

Fri, Aug 10

(day): Model Cooperative Learning Activity

Introduce "Problem," Form Teams, Scope Project

Brainstorm Data Required and Sampling Needed [physical, chemical, biological]

Collect Benthic Macroinvertebrate and Soil Samples

Calculate Biotic Indices and Conduct ELISA

Predict/Summarize Project Impacts, Present Team Conclusions

(eve): Introduce Concepts of Meaningful Assessment of Student Learning (if funded)

Sat, Aug 11(if funded)

(am) Theoretical Foundations and Practical Implications of Educational Research

on How Students Learn

(pm) Using Concept Maps to Assess of Student Achievement (hands-on use of software)

Design of Participants' Assessment Activities for the Coming Year

(eve) Fun/Interesting Activity

Sun, Aug 12

(am) Writing Competitive Curriculum Development Proposals

Latest NSF Proposal Review Criteria and Expectations

Provide/Discuss Successful Proposals

Small Group Brainstorming of Participants’ Curriculum/Proposal Ideas

(pm) Participants Outline Curriculum Adaptation/Implementation/Proposal Ideas

Individuals Share Ideas for Critique by Project Team and Participants

Wrap-up Discussion, Workshop Evaluation and Departure (before dinner)