April 26, 2010

Integrating Evolution into Education and Outreach Subject of May 11 Meeting

Sonoma County teachers and the general public are invited to learn how evolution can be successfully taught in the Bay Area on Tues., May 11 from 7-9 p.m. in Darwin 102 at the monthly meeting of the Bay Area Biosystematists.

"Evolutionary principles are fundamental to our understanding of the natural world and are used routinely in medical research," says Biology Professor Nathan Rank.

"The prominent biologist Theodosius Dobzhanski wrote in 1973 that 'Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution' and this is more true than ever today. Yet many education and outreach programs do not give evolution much attention, and misunderstandings about evolution are widespread. This event attempts to remedy this problem and discuss ways that teachers could incorporate evolution into their educational programs," he notes.

A panel discussion on "Strategies for Evolutionary Outreach" includes presentations on how evolution is incorporated into outreach programs.

Topics and speakers include:

"Engage, Empower, Connect: Helping Teachers Teach Evolution in the Museum and Classroom." Roberta Brett, Senior Science Content Specialist, California Academy of Sciences

"Strategies for Evolutionary Outreach"
by Claudia Luke and Frederique Lavoipierre, Sonoma State Field Stations and Nature Preserves

"Integrating Evolution and the Process of Science into Your Teaching" by Judy Scotchmoor, Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs, Museum of Paleontology, UC-Berkeley

"Dobzhansky was Right! 5 Ways to Support Evolution Education" by Louise Mead, Education Project Director, National Center for Science Education

The Bay Area Biosystematists, distinguished group of biologists, has been meeting for over seventy years to discuss a broad range of topics that explore evolution and biological diversity.

For more information, contact Dr. Nathan Rank, rank@sonoma.edu.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057