We are pleased to announce that the Science Affiliates Teachers' Program is hosting another round of new and exciting workshops for the local science teachers of central NY on Saturday, March 2, 2013! Read the workshop descriptions below and register online. All science teachers welcome. Workshops are capped at 10 participants- first come first served.
Please indicate your first two workshop choices and all other required information in the registration form
. Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 26, 2013
. Confirmation will be sent on the Monday prior to workshops. Please contact Program Coordinator Courtney Savage email@example.com for more information.
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. - Continental breakfast- Ho Science Center, 2nd Level- Cunniff Commons
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. - Introductions
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - First half of workshops
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch: Ho Science Center, 2nd Level, Cunniff Commons 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Second half of workshops
Pluto and the Comets: The Controversy About How to Define a Planet Instructor
: Tom Balonek
, Professor of Physics and Astronomy Room number
: 404 & 401 (Visualization lab
: Any Description
: Learn the story about why Pluto was demoted from “planethood.” If Pluto is not a planet, what is it? What criteria do astronomers / planetary scientists use to categorize objects in the solar system? What differentiates a terrestrial planet from a gas giant or an ice giant; an asteroid from a comet? Where do comets come from? Learn about the origin of the solar system. Collaborate with other workshop participants to design a lesson plan on “what is a planet?” Workshop includes lecture, discussions, using the Visualization Laboratory to investigate the orbit and appearance of solar system objects.
Energy and the Environment - Global and Local Instructor
: Bruce Selleck
, Professor of Geology Room number
: Ho Science Center 353 Audience
: Middle & High School Teachers Description
: This workshop will investigate shifts in global energy sources and examine projections for the future. We will make use of US Energy Information Agency data to assess energy sources and potential economic and environmental impacts. Hands-on computer-based data analysis and development of learning materials will be emphasized. We will also examine the regional energy scene by considering how New York State and the local area are impacted by changes in energy policy. Updates on the status of permitting of gas shale development will be included in the workshop.
Biology of Psychiatric Disorders Workshop Instructor
: Deb Kreiss
, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Room number
: 103 Olin Hall Audience
: All Description
: The theme of this workshop concerns the biological processes that underlie psychological disorders and their treatments. There are two goals of this workshop. One goal is to provide Educators with a more sophisticated perspective of our current understanding about how biological abnormalities underlie mental dysfunction and about how current treatments work to alleviate symptoms. The other goal is provide Educators with hands-on and group activities that would enable their elementary, junior and high school students to further their comprehension of the biological nature of the mind, enrich their students' appreciation of how dysfunction can lead to cognitive/emotional/movement challenges, and to increase their students' awareness of how therapeutic strategies can minimize the discomfort of neurological handicaps. The Workshop will consist of lecture material and demonstrations/suggestions for student activities at both the basic and more advanced levels.
Rocks, Minerals and Fossils
: Di Keller
, Senior Lecturer in Geology
: 350 Ho Science Center
: Elementary and Middle School Teachers Description
: The morning session of this workshop will
cover common rocks and minerals - what they are, how you identify
them, where you would find them on the Earth and why. We will
work mostly with hand samples but also will take a closer look at very
thin slices of rocks using petrographic microscopes. After lunch the
focus will shift to fossils - the different ways that fossils are preserved
and how to figure out who's who and what's what. We will work with
samples of local fossils, most likely from provided specimens but if the
weather and snow cover permit, we will drive to a local site where we
can do some fossil collecting of our own.
Why do we see what we see? Light, Polarization, and Optics!
: Catherine Herne
, Assistant Visiting Professor of Physics
: 201 Ho Science Center
: All Teachers Welcome Description
: Why are rainbows formed in the sky? Why are sunglasses polarized? What colors make up fluorescent lights? For those of us who can
see, our interpretation of the world around us is governed by the interaction
of electromagnetic waves (light) and matter; understanding a few pieces of
this reveals a whole new layer of interpretation. In this workshop, teachers
will become comfortable with reflection and bending of light, polarization, and
color spectra through experiments and demonstrations. We will use equipment
including polarizing sheets and small spectroscopes that teachers can take with
them back to the classroom.
An Introduction to Neuroanatomy
: Jun Yoshino
, Associate Professor of Psychology
: 129 Olin Hall
: High School Teachers Description
: Neuroanatomy, is a term that sends shivers down the spine of most first-year students in Brain and Behavior. This workshop will demystify the structure of the brain by treating the brain as a map and utilizing models and computer animations to learn the locations of structures, the connections, and their function. The activity of the brain will be explained at the cellular level to understand how drugs act to alter neural activity.