Botany 2002 Conference - Education/Outreach Forum
Jeffrey M. Osborn
josborn at truman.edu
Sun Feb 17 21:42:50 EST 2002
Dear Plant-Ed subscribers,
The theme for the BOTANY 2002 conference is "Botany in the Curriculum:
Integrating Research and Teaching." The conference will be held in the
Pyle Conference Center on the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus
from August 2-7, 2002.
In addition to the regular program, BOTANY 2002 will include a special
'Forum' on Botanical Education and Outreach. A summary of the
conference is located below, and more detailed information can be found
on the conference web site <http://www.botany2002.org/>.
Although detailed registration information is not yet posted, several
registration options will be available: Forum only, Scientific Meeting
only, or the entire conference. So, for those who may be planning to
attend the annual ASPB meeting, which unfortunately overlaps with BOTANY
2002, it would be possible to come to Madison for the Forum only. The
registration fees for the Forum only will be relatively modest.
Jeffrey M. Osborn, Program DirectorBotanical Society of America / Botany
BOTANY 2002 - Botany in the Curriculum: Integrating Research and Teaching
BOTANY 2002 represents the annual meeting of five professional
societies, including the American Fern Society (AFS), the American
Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT), Botanical Society of America (BSA),
the Canadian Botanical Association / L'Association Botanique du Canada
(CBA/ABC), and the Phycological Society of America (PSA).
The conference will be held in the Pyle Conference Center on the
University of Wisconsin, Madison campus from August 2-7, 2002. In
addition to the regular program, which will run from Sunday through
Wednesday night (August 4-7), BOTANY 2002 will include an expanded
format. A special FORUM focusing on botanical education and outreach
will be held on Friday evening and Saturday (August 2-3), and it will be
linked to the annual scientific meeting on Sunday (August 4) via
workshops and field trips. Approximately 14 hands-on workshops will be
available as two-hour, half-day, or full-day events. This diversity
will allow attendees in participate in multiple workshops, and/or
participate in field trips. Similarly, a broad range of field trips are
planned as half-day, full-day, and multi-day events. Another new feature
for BOTANY 2002 will be the opportunity for presenters to deliver
computer-based presentations as a standard presentation option. This
will be possible, in part, because the Pyle Conference Center is
outfitted with an integrated instructional technology system. Both 35
mm slide and overhead projectors will also be standard options.
For the latest information about the conference, please visit the BOTANY
2002 web site at: <http://www.botany2002.org/>. The site is regularly
updated with programmatic details, and registration information will be
posted in April. A Registration Brochure will also be mailed to
members of the five participating societies later this spring.
FORUM - Session submissions due March 15, 2002
"...Teaching students about plant biology is as critical to the future
of the field as is research and must take its proper place as an equally
laudatory endeavor for botanists. Equally vital are activities that
communicate the excitement of plant biology to students and teachers
involved in K-12 education and to the general public..."
This passage from the Botany for the Next Millennium Report (BSA, 1995)
emphasizes the important role of education and outreach, at all levels.
However, there continues to be a reduction in the number of Botany
courses taught at the undergraduate level, many Botany Departments and
programs have been eliminated nationwide, and the National Research
Council no longer recognizes Botany as a valid graduate education
program. Despite this, the global significance of plants continues to
grow. It is therefore vital that botanists and their professional
societies work to ensure that plants are represented in the
undergraduate and graduate curriculum, as well as in science outreach
initiatives. To that end, the BOTANY 2002 conference will include a new
FORUM that specifically focuses on undergraduate education and related
outreach. K-12 teachers will also have the opportunity to participate.
In addition to hands-on workshops focusing on undergraduate topics,
several workshops will be specifically targeted for K-12 teachers.
Anyone interested in plants is invited and encouraged to attend the
FORUM, as well as further participate by organizing Sessions.
The FORUM will begin on Friday evening with early registration and a
reception. The main FORUM sessions will occur on Saturday. Although
some informational sessions will be included, the program will primarily
include interactive panel and roundtable discussions as well as breakout
groups focusing on a range of topics. Individual sessions will be
grouped within topical themes, or 'threads,' that span the entire FORUM.
The six general threads are listed below, and each is followed by
several example session titles. Organizers can submit their own session
titles as well as select the most appropriate thread for their session.
The final threads may be slightly modified or expanded based on the
range of session topics submitted.
1) Emphasizing Botany across the Curriculum - Examples: Sessions on
what is the vital content to cover, and what's at the cutting edge
within disciplinary areas (e.g., systematics, phycology, development,
etc.), "How to promote plants if you are the only botany faculty member
in a department," "Developing interdisciplinary courses/curricula,"
"Careers in botany and related fields," "Educating pre-service teachers
2) Designing Investigative Laboratories - Examples: Sessions on
'model,' or best-practice, labs (e.g., "Using Wisconsin Fast Plants to
study plant development," "Using instructional technology to examine
3) Engaging Undergraduates in Research - Examples: "What are the
challenges of mentoring undergraduate research students," "Publishing
with undergraduates in peer-reviewed journals, "Using your courses to
feed your research program"
4) Developing Effective Teaching and Mentoring Skills - Examples: "How
to become a teacher-scholar," "How to review manuscripts and grant
proposals," "Tips on balancing your academic time," "Graduate student
training programs: The do's and don'ts"
5) Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning - Examples: Sessions on
funding (e.g., information about grant sources, tips on writing
proposals and grant management); "Managing a university greenhouse or
herbarium," "Tips for Chairs and Deans," "How to best prep an
Introductory Lab," "How to assess the effectiveness of an advanced
6) Reaching Out beyond the Ivory Towers - Examples: "Linking up with
botanical gardens and arboreta," "Linking up with teachers" (separate
sessions for elementary, middle school, and high school levels),
"Linking up with the media," "Designing and implementing workshops for
teachers," Sessions on best-practice initiatives (e.g., individual and
Submission of Session topics should be conducted online at:
<http://www.botany2002.org/>. The deadline for receiving session
proposals is March 15, 2002.
SCIENTIFIC MEETING - Abstract and Discussion Session submissions due
April 1, 2002
Anyone interested in plants is invited and encouraged to present some
aspect of their scholarly work in a contributed paper, contributed
poster, invited symposium, or special lecture, and/or lead a Discussion Session.
Each scholarly presentation requires an abstract. The same individual
should not be a first author on more than three (3) abstracts.
Contributed papers, or oral/podium presentations, will be 15 minutes in
length (inclusive of questions). Contributed posters will fit onto
bulletin boards that are 4 ft tall and 8 ft wide. Invited symposium
contributions and special lectures are arranged in advance and
coordinated by the symposium organizer(s), societies, and/or societal
sections. Symposium presentations will be 30 minutes in length
(inclusive of questions).
Discussion Sessions provide the opportunity for individuals or groups to
submit proposals for, and later moderate, sessions that are focused on
timely, controversial, or perennial topics. Session topics might
include a wide range of research issues (e.g., new techniques in a
particular field; the value of collaborative, interdisciplinary
research, etc.), publishing issues (e.g., publishing in an electronic
era, etc.), etc.
The number of one-hour sessions that will be able to be accepted will be
contingent upon the size of the overall scientific program and the
availability of rooms in the Conference Center. Although session topics
should be reasonably focused, it is hoped that proposals that are
submitted have broad appeal to a disciplinary section, an entire
society, or the plant biology community at large.
Submission of abstracts and discussion session topics should be
conducted online at: <http://www.botany2002.org/>. The deadline for
receiving session proposals is April 1, 2002.--
Jeffrey M. Osborn
Division of Science
Truman State University
100 E. Normal Street
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221, USA
Tele: (660) 785-4017
Fax: (660) 785-4045
E-mail: josborn at truman.edu
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