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STEM Ed Announcement: Science/Engineering Saturday Seminars

This is a UMass STEM Ed program
 Online seminar registration and payment:
 Science & Engineering Saturday Seminars    Spring, 2016 
 Designed for science, math, technology teachers; new teachers are
 especially welcome     
 "	Five Saturdays each term; 8:30-1 at UMass Amherst, Lederle Grad
         Towers 1033 (except as noted)
 "	Educational materials, refreshments, parking, PDP's included
 "	Advance registration is required; capacity is limited
 "	Register for as many sessions as you wish
 "	Cost: $35 
 "	4 PDP's per half day session
 February 27. Pollen Biology. Alice Y. Cheung, Hen-ming Wu, Biochemistry
 and Molecular Biology. Pollen is a special cell type in plants
 whose function is to deliver sperm to the female for fertilization.
 Therefore pollen is important for seed formation and essential for
 agriculture, ecology as well as the economy. It is also an excellent
 system for studying many fundamental biological processes, including
 genetics, cell-cell communication and cell growth. Pollen grains and
 pollen tube growth are also visually fascinating to observe. Much of
 the methodology is readily transferable from the research laboratory to
 the teaching laboratory at all levels. In this workshop, we shall
 introduce pollen biology in a short lecture and have experimental
 set-ups for participants to explore during the session. In addition, we
 will provide a protocol packet and some essential experimental
 materials for participants to facilitate their adopting some of the
 experiments to their classrooms. 
 April 2. Invasive Plant Species: Coming to an ecosystem near you! 
 Robin Harrington, Biology, Turners Falls HS. Invasive species are a
 threat to biodiversity worldwide, including in local habitats.
 Understanding of the process of invasion is the first step preventing
 further spread. Invasive species can be brought into the science
 curriculum in a number of places: plant growth and reproduction,
 dispersal, and even as a component of global change. Many students are
 aware of invasive plants in their neighborhoods or communities. We will
 focus on the characteristics of invasive plant species and their
 ecological and economic impacts. We will explore online resources and
 ideas for student research on invasive species and end with a walk on
 campus to identify local invasive plant species. 
 April 9. Mapping Nest Success in Migratory Birds. Dan Bisaccio,
 Director of Science Education, Brown University. Students craft
 artificial nests and eggs (and you will too!) of migratory birds and
 investigate the impact of forest fragmentation on nesting success. 
 Locations of the nests are then mapped using GPS and nest disturbance
 analyzed. Through this hands-on field exercise students learn about
 global habitat connections and conservation issues for migratory birds. 
 Students as researchers may then share their data with other students
 around the country using HabitatNet.  Learn how to visualize nest
 disturbance data using maps while creating a nest and eggs to take home
 with you.
 April 30. Weather Makeup if needed.
 Questions: Mort Sternheim, mort@umassk12.net, 413-545-1908,
 Online seminar registration and payment:

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