Sciencespiration and Innovation Expo

Saturday, April 18, 2015
12 pm - 4 pm
Embassy Suites Hotel, Cary NC

The event begins with a luncheon and membership meeting followed by the Expo.

The purpose of NCSLA Spring Meeting Expo is to:

  • promote replicable and innovative STEM programs in North Carolina
  • demonstrate research-based strategies and approaches
  • provide a space for networking among science leaders and educators
  • connect statewide efforts to inform science education policy

The expo will highlight program models developed to transform science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in North Carolina through a special series of Edtalks and a poster session. Four North Carolina leaders in science and education will present program models implemented in formal and expanded learning communities through Edtalks. Our guest speakers are:

Elizabeth Denton Baird, Director of Onsite, Offsite, and Online Education, North Carolina Museum of Natural Museum of Sciences, Raleigh, NC

Rob Dunn, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Scott Gartlan, Executive Director of Charlotte Teachers Institute, Charlotte, NC

Shawn Moore, Assistant Director of the Center of Science Technology, Technology, Engineering Mathematics Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Following the Edtalks, a poster session of science programs from expanded learning and formal education communities will showcase creative approaches used to motivate, nurture, and prepare students and eductors for the global workforce. Poster presenters will share their program models, findings, and lessons learned.

Registration

Pre-Registration is closed for the the Spring Membership Meeting on April 18, 2015, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM!

Registration covers the luncheon (where the M.C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award will be presented), membership meeting, speakers and poster session.

Registration Deadline: Current Members Non-Members Retired Non-Members
Before March 27 $45 $75 $65
April 1 – April 10 $50 $80 $70
At the Door (if space is available) $55 $85 $75

Speaker Details

lizbairdElizabeth Denton Baird, Director of Onsite, Offsite, and Online Education, North Carolina Museum of Natural Museum of Sciences, Raleigh, NC

As director of education at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Liz Baird is accustomed to sharing science with students, teachers, and the general public across the state and around the world. Liz and her staff deliver programs at the Museum, on school grounds and in the field. Since 2001, Liz has participated in deepwater corals research, providing the education and outreach for an ongoing collaboration. This work recently received a “Partners in Conservation” Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to leading an annual teacher workshop to Belize, Liz founded international Take A Child Outside week, which is held September 24 through 30th every year. The 2010 recipient of the Environmental Educator of the year from the Environmental Educators of North Carolina, she has a BS in biology from Salem College and a MS in science education from North Carolina State University.

Picture1Rob Dunn, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Rob Dunn is an evolutionary biologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of the daily life of societies, be they those of humans or ants. This includes work on face mites, belly button bacteria, beetles that ride on ants as they move from place to place and house cats. He has published more than a hundred scientific articles (www.robdunnlab.com). Among those articles, he is really fond of some that no one ever reads and would like to rewrite others that get read fairly often. His work often engages the public, either directly in participatory science (www.yourwildlife.org), or through telling stories about the process of science. It is in telling those stories that Rob writes for Natural History, National Geographic, Scientific American, New Scientist and BBC Wildlife magazines. He is also coordinating the writing of eight books with the University of Chicago Press written on the basis of data collected by citizen scientists, on ants, spiders, arthropods of homes and microscopic life in homes. He has written three books for general audiences, Every Living Thing, The Wild Life of Our Bodies and, most recently, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, which tells the stories of the, often fumbling, human attempts to understand and mend the human heart over the course of the last eight thousand years.

Scott Gartlan, Executive Director of Charlotte Teachers Institute, Charlotte, NC

Scott Gartlan is executive director of the Charlotte Teachers Institute, an educational partnership with UNC Charlotte, Davidson College and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  The purpose of the Institute is to empower Pre-K-12 classroom teachers through content-rich, intensive seminars led by university and college professors.  Prior to CTI, Scott taught psychology and counseled students in high school and coached middle schools baseball.  He earned a BA and MA in Psychology from Washington College, and an Ed.M. in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at UNC Charlotte. 

Shawn Moore, Assistant Director of the Center of Science Technology, Technology, Engineering Mathematics, East Carolina University, Grenville, NC

shawnmooreShawn Moore received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Carolina University in 2001, where he participated in research at the Brody School of Medicine, working in Pediatric Infectious Disease. In 2004 Shawn received his Master of Science degree in Cellular Biology from East Carolina University, where he focused on Immunology. From 2004 until 2013, Shawn was a Biology Faculty Member at Craven Community College, where he taught courses in General Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Environmental Biology, and Microbiology. He also advised health professions students, represented faculty regarding policy issues, and was Faculty Association President. In August of 2014, Shawn became the Assistant Director of the Center for STEM Education, where he supports the STEM enterprise by participating on grant writing teams, being the Greenville Regional Director for Science Olympiad, as well as the Director for Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics at East Carolina University. Shawn is completing his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Higher Education Leadership at ECU, where his research interest deals with organizational response to participation and underrepresentation in STEM fields of study.