NCSLA Fall 2010 Meeting

The fall membership meeting was held on Wednesday, November 10 , 2010 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.


Professional Development Session
Exploring the Human Spark: A Dialog between Scientists and Educators
1 pm - 4:45 pm

Featuring a panel discussion and interactive sessions with:

Dr. Richard A. Bergl, Curator of Conservation & Research, The North Carolina Zoo

Dr. Jim Costa, Prof. of Biology, Western Carolina University, Exec. Director, Highlands Biological Station

Dr. Patricia Gray, Clinical Professor & Senior Research Scientist, BioMusic University of North Carolina at Greensboro

In January 2010, the NCSLA co-sponsored the broadcast of The Human Spark on UNC-TV, a three-part series narrated by Alan Alda. This series drew on multiple scientific fields such as neuroscience, anthropology, and child development to explore the fundamental question of what it is that makes us human.

We will continue to delve into this topic at our Fall Membership Meeting by bringing together a group of North Carolina scientists and educators for a panel discussion and a series of interactive roundtable sessions with the panel members (three of the presenters were on the original UNC-TV panel with Mr. Alda). We will draw on the expertise of these panelists and on one another as we consider how we approach the teaching of human evolution in North Carolina classrooms.

Reception - 5 pm, Sponsored by Frey Scientific

Dinner Meeting: - 6 pm, Sponsored by Fisher Scientific Education

The dinner speaker was sechduled to be Judy Jones, winner of the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and biology teacher at East Chapel Hill High School. Judy will speak about Creating Scientifically Literate Students in an Era of High Stakes Testing.

However, a last minute accident prevented her from speaking and panelist Jim Costa stepped in to speak about the Charles Darwin's Origin of Species.

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Past President Elaine Franklin poses questions to our panelists

Dr. Richard Bergl

Dr. Patricia Gray

Dr. Jim Costa

Judy Day receives the Gatling Award

Members discuss evolution's role in science education with the panelists.


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