Summer 2012

BIOSC 730: Mysteries of Animal Behavior 
BIOSC 730: Inquiry Based Learning: A Companion Course for Biology

BIOSC 730: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the South Carolina Lowcountry
BIOSC 730: Genetics Sleuthing II
BIOSC 730: Limnology of the Upper Savannah River Basin Lakes
BIOSC 730: Cultures and Ecosystems of Dominica, West Indies
GEOL 790: Biogeography and Geology of South Carolina

BIOSC 730: Mysteries of Animal Behavior  

Painted BuntingAnimal behavior has long been a fascination and mystery to mankind, but recent advances in the biological sciences have helped to reveal the motivations for, and even predictions of, the behavior of animals.  In this class you will learn basic behavior models and how to conduct your own observations of animal behavior in the laboratory and the field.  Materials presented in this course can easily be adapted to classroom activities for middle and high school students addressing the SC standards for scientific inquiry (B1), evolution (B5) and ecology (B6).
The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

Three credit hours
Dates: June 18-22 (online lecture) and 24-29 (on-campus), 2012
Location: online and Clemson University, Clemson, SC 
Fee: $200 per teacher (includes course materials). An award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute subsidizes costs for this course, including lodging fees, meals, materials and tuition.
Instructor: Dr. Michael Childress, Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University
Contact: Ginger Foulk (864/656-4224, foulk@clemson.edu)

 

 

 


BIOSC 730: Inquiry Based Learning: A Companion Course for Biology 

Teachers working in the woodsThis course is designed to assist in-service high school biology teachers use inquiry-based lessons to prepare students for the Biology End-of-Course Examination. This course will spend minimal time reviewing the areas of cell biology, energetics, molecular genetics, evolution and ecology that are in the SC Science Academic Standards and highlighted in the HS Biology Support Document. The majority of the time will be spent learning and developing new inquiry-based activities to implement in the classroom. Each teacher will be required to complete assignments such as the creation of posters and inquiry- based lesson plans and modules that can be used in the biology classroom and laboratory.
The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

Three credit hours
Dates: June 18-29, 2012, M-F
Location: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Fee: $50 will be required to hold your position on the roster. A grant from the South Carolina Department of Education subsidizes costs for this course including lodging fees, meals, materials and tuition.
Instructors: Dr. Michelle Cook, Department of Teacher Education and Cora Allard-Keese, Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University.
Stipend: $500 (upon successful completion of all course requirements)
Contact: Cora Allard-Keese (864/656-0721, callara@clemson.edu)

 

BIOSC 730: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the South Carolina Lowcountry

 The course will examine the cultural and natural history of South Carolina's Coastal Plain and natural and man-made
activities that have shaped the region's Woman with crocodilehabitats and wildlife that they support. Specific emphasis will be placed on
current wildlife conservation and research efforts of the region, as well as the unique habitats and ecosystems that support wildlife in the Coastal Plain. Working with Clemson University naturalists, as well as representatives from various natural resource organizations and agencies, teachers will learn to better understand and interpret the natural landscape and wildlife of the lowcountry of South Carolina. Daily field trips will radiate from the WWC into the surrounding longleaf pine community and coastal marshes. Most trips will involve some hiking; most hikes are in the 2-3 mile range at a modest pace with frequent stops. Final assignments will be due one week after the course concludes.
The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

Three credit hours
Dates: June 17-23, 2012
Location: Webb Wildlife Center, Garnett, SC
Fee: $200 per in-service teacher. An award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute subsidizes costs for this course, including lodging fees, meals, materials and tuition.
Instructor: Dr. Greg Yarrow, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Clemson University
Contact: Ginger Foulk (864/656-4224, foulk@clemson.edu)

 

 

  

BIOSC 730: Genetics Sleuthing  II

 The modern age of gene discovery and genome association with disease and other phenotypic traits has revolutionized the study of genetics.  This course will explore modern molecular genetics tools and how these are used to understand the translation of genotype into phenotype.  This course is designed to be a great refresher of your genetics content and to aid in the development of inquiry-based lab activities that bring molecular genetics tools into your classroom.  Two-weeks of self-paced, online lecture including problem solving will be followed by one week on Clemson’s campus in the laboratory learning experimental procedures used by molecular geneticists.  Labs will be geared to provide teachers with materials and ideas for teaching molecular genetics in their own classrooms.  If you are enrolled in the BIOSC ONLINE MS degree, this course, in addition to BIOSC 730: Genetics Sleuthing I (Summer 2011), will substitute for BIOSC 843: Understanding Genetics and Evolutionary Biology.
The application deadline is March 30, 2012. Genetic Sleuthing

Three credit hours
Dates: TBD (2 weeks online lecture) and (1 week on-campus)
Location: online and Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Fee: $200 per in-service teacher. An award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute subsidizes costs for this course, including lodging fees, meals, materials and tuition.
Instructors: Dr. Margaret Ptacek, Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Alison Starr-Moss, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University
Contact: Ginger Foulk (864/656-4224, foulk@clemson.edu)

BIOSC 730: Limnology of the Upper Savannah Basin Lakes

Teachers sampling a creek

This course will introduce the field of limnology in general terms and it will illustrate many of the principles using field- and lab-oriented hands-on experiences. There will be one week of online preparation followed by one week of intensive field experiences. In the hands-on portion of this course, students will engage in both field excursions to investigate the various facets of the Upper Savannah Lakes as well as laboratory observations of the specimens they collect during those excursions. 
The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

Three credit hours
Dates: July 16-22(online) and July 23-27(on-campus), 2012
Locations: Online, Clemson University and local field-trips 
Fee: $200 per in-service teacher. An award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute subsidizes costs for this course, including fees, meals, materials and tuition.
Instructor: Dr. John Hains, Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University
Contact: Ginger Foulk (864/656-4224, foulk@clemson.edu)

 

BIOSC 730: Cultures and Ecosystems of Dominica, West Indies


Teachers in Dominica

Participants will study and experience the natural, cultural and social history of the Commonwealth of Dominica.  Investigate the ecological features of the island while living at Clemson’s owns field station in the tropical forest overlooking the Caribbean.  Teachers will be responsible for airfare.  For details, contact jhains@clemson.edu.
 

Three credit hours
Dates: Spring (online lectures/readings) and June 7-21(Dominica), 2012
Locations: Online and Dominica, West Indies
Fee: $200 per in-service teacher plus airfare. An award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute subsidizes costs for this course, including fees, meals, materials and tuition.
Instructor: Dr. John Hains, Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University
Contact: Dr. John Hains(jhains@clemson.edu)

 

 

 

 

 

GEOL 790: Biogeography and Geology of SC

Teachers learn in-depth about the natural history of South Carolina and how to apply it to lessons in their classrooms. The course offers a standards-based, content-intensive study of the geology and biogeography of South Carolina from an interdisciplinary perspective. A minimum of four teachers per group hosts a local teleconference site at their school. Instruction is presented through a combination of videotapes, print media, Internet resources and live, interactive videoconferencing. Register online at www.clemson.edu/ces/geolk12.

Three credit hours
Dates: Offered as Requested, 2012
Locations: Online and On-site
Instructor: Dr. John Wagner, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University
Contact: geolk12@clemson.edu or register online at www.clemson.edu/ces/geolk12