Teaching and Learning Science: Addressing the Challenges Collaboratively
Friday, 17 February • 1:45PM–4:45PM
America's Center, Lobby Level Washington Room E
Organized by: Ida Chow, Society for Developmental Biology; Jay Labov, National Academy of Sciences; Toby Horn, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Well-organized and funded groups are challenging the teaching of well-established scientific concepts in several scientific disciplines in the nation's public schools. They are demanding that non-scientific content be introduced into science classes in the name of fairness, open inquiry, or academic freedom. In this clinic, teachers, scientists, and members of scientific societies will share the experiences that different disciplines have been facing in their efforts to teach science subjects to K-16 students and the public. Participants will seek to develop innovative approaches to address these challenges.
International Coordination of Mouse Functional Genomics
Saturday, 18 February • 11:45AM–1:15PM
America's Center, Level Two Room 226
Organized by: Jane L. Peterson, National Human Genome Research Institute
Speakers from the symposium "Mouse Functional Genomics: Toward a Global Collaborative Effort" will conduct a dialogue with mouse researchers and program directors representing various funding agencies about how best to coordinate efforts in this highly collaborative international field. Discussion topics will stem from ongoing and planned efforts to systematically knockout all 25,000 or so genes in the murine genome to determine their function and contribution to human disease. Topics will include mouse mutagenesis, phenotyping, genomics, archives, and informatics: how best to integrate different efforts in mouse mutagenesis at the international level to benefit the entire scientific community, how best to standardize mouse phenotyping, ways that researchers can bring together mutant production, phenotyping and gene expression analysis to maximize the use of genomics in mouse research, how best to support free-access to all mouse lines (and ES cell lines) for all researchers both in public and private sectors, and how to use bioinformatics resources to integrate data resources available worldwide (common ontologies).