HHMI/SC Life courses:
Fundamentals of Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiology June 10-28 (this course canceled as of 4/2/13)
Foundations of Organic Chemistry June 17-28
Wolves and Society: Exploring human-wildlife conflicts in Yellowstone National Park June 23-29 (course full - closed to to applications)
Using Inquiry in Science Laboratory June 24-July 12
Natural History of the South Carolina Mountains July 8-19 (course full - maintaining waiting list)
Inquiry Based Learning: A Companion Course for Biology June 16-28 (must teach Biology)
Natural History and Ecology of the Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station July 8-12 (course full - maintaining waiting list)
Credits: 3 hours
Dates: Online June 10-14, on campus June 17-21 and 24-28 – Clemson University
Location: Online and Clemson University
Instructors: Dr. Harry D. Kurtz, Jr., Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University
(this course has been canceled as of 4/2/13)
Learn fundamental concepts in microbiology as they relate to ecology and the environment. These concepts include microbial diversity, genetics, cell structure and physiology as well as the principles of microbial ecology and environmental microbiology. Throughout this course, the roles and functions of microbes will be related to apparently mundane features of our lives, drawing the focus of our eye to the dynamic microbial world that swirls around us. Examples include lichens, algal blooms and important symbiotic relationships. Two hikes are planned, one being a walking tour of campus showing microbial communities in an urban setting and the second to Table Rock State Park, where we will see aquatic and terrestrial microbial communities in a non-urban area. From these experiences, the student will gain the ability to see microbial communities in their home environment and use them as a source of material for enhancing their own classes. This experience will provide the student with example experiments that they could adapt to their curriculum.
Credits: 3 hours
Dates: June 16-21, 24-28
Fee: $50 This course is subsidized by a grant from the SC Department of Education.
Location: Clemson University
Instructors: Dr. Michelle Cook, Department of Teacher Education and Cora Allard-Keese, Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University
Eligibility: Participants in this course must teach high school level biology courses that require students to take the Biology End-of-Course-Exam. The required letter of recommendation from a current school supervisor must indicate that you will teach at least one of these courses during the 2013-2014 school year.
Stipend: $500 (upon successful completion of all course requirements)
This course is designed to assist high school biology teachers use inquiry-based lessons to prepare students for the Biology End-of-Course Examination. This course will spend 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 Biology Support Document. Also time will be spent learning and developing new inquiry-based activities to implement in the classroom to support the high school biology standards. Each teacher will be required to complete assignments (e.g., creation of inquiry-based activities and development of lesson plan modules) that can be used in the high school biology classroom.
Organic molecules exhibit a vast range of chemical properties and reactions, yet this enormous variety can be understood and explained with a small common set of fundamental concepts. The attraction and repulsion of oppositely- and similarly-charged species, respectively, are intuitively accessible to many levels of students and can be powerful tools for describing and predicting the properties and reactivity of organic compounds. Lecture topics will specifically address all Indicators for SC Chemistry Standard C-3, and lab experiments will emphasize the “additional content and depth” Indicators. Selected topics from the other Chemistry Standards will also be discussed.
Credits: 3 hours
Dates: Online lectures in advance, on-site June 23-29
Fee: $200 plus teacher pays travel expenses to and from site (estimate $700)
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Instructors: Dr. Greg Yarrow, School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, and Cady Etheredge, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology PhD candidate at Clemson University, Dr. Doug Smith, Project Leader, Grey Wolf Restoration Project, National Park Service
Applicants should apply by Feb 15 for this course - notification of acceptance will go out in late February.
Grey wolf reintroductions in Yellowstone National Park in 1995 and 1996 sparked one of the most controversial human-wildlife conflicts in recent US history. During the course, in-service teachers will join undergraduates and spend time with grey wolf biologists and private ranchers getting a firsthand look at the conflict between wolves and cattle ranching and elk hunting operations on the outskirts of the park. Predator ecology, social carrying capacity, and economics will be covered in some detail. Participants will become familiar with Yellowstone’s unique history, natural history and hydrothermal features, including Old Faithful. Course fees include transportation once you arrive in Bozeman, MT, and lodging and meals while in the park, but participants must arrange and pay for transportation to and from Bozeman. The course will involve hiking in rugged terrain. Extreme changes in weather are possible, with days being fairly hot and nights being much cooler. After one week of fieldwork at Yellowstone, students will complete final assignments at home, due one week after the course concludes.
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance for this course before the end of February so that air travel may be arranged well in advance of the trip.
Credits: 3 hours
Dates: 5 online lectures June 24 - July 5, on campus labs July 8-12 – Clemson University
Location: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Instructors: Dr. Margaret Ptacek, Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University
This course is designed for teachers that want to understand the methods and approaches to biology inquiry and incorporate inquiry-based learning into their science laboratory activities. It will provide a broad background into the scientific methods utilized in the biological sciences and the application of inquiry-based teaching methods in the classroom. Specific objectives include:
• To establish a foundation for understanding inquiry methods in biology
• To incorporate inquiry-based methods of learning into biology classroom activities
• To give teachers basic skills in the interpretation of scientific experimental results
• To give teachers familiarity with the principles of experimental design
• To give teachers the tools for analysis of biological experiments
Online lectures will provide the foundation for experimental design and analysis for inquiry-based teaching activities. The week long laboratory on the Clemson campus will provide examples of inquiry-based laboratories and allow teachers to develop inquiry-based learning units for their own classrooms
Credits: 3 hours
Dates: Online July 8-14, on campus July 15-19 – Clemson University
Fee: $200 plus daily transportation costs to course site if commuting
Location: State Parks: Devils Fork, Table Rock, Jones Gap, Keowee/Toxaway, Oconee Station
Instructors: Dr. John Wagner, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University and several State Park Naturalists
The Blue Ridge Mountains occupy one of the most geographically and biologically diverse landform regions in the Southeast and harbor a spectacular number of ecological niches and habitats. Five South Carolina State Parks along the Blue Ridge Escarpment provide unparalleled opportunities to study the biotic and abiotic factors that characterize the many habitats in this region. Several of these parks run special educational programs developed through the ‘Discover Carolina’ initiative. Of special interest will be the rocks, soils, and waters that comprise the non-living portion of the ecosystem. Participants will analyze the abiotic factors that characterize unique sites in the five parks and note plant and animal adaptations that enable these organisms to flourish in those particular environments. Participants will spend one week in on-line study to prepare for five days of field explorations during the second week of the course. Some moderate hiking is required (less than two miles per day) and teachers should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions in the field. The third week is reserved for independent work on course assignments, including a ‘curriculum integration’ lesson plan suitable for use in the teacher’s own classroom.
Credits: 3 hours
Dates: July 8-12
Fee: $50 plus daily transportation costs to course site. This course is subsidized by a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation
Location: Bad Creek Hydro Station, Salem, SC
Instructors: Hugh “Skip” Still, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University
Learn how basic principles and general practices of wildlife and land management ecology and planning were used during the construction of a large hydro facility to enhance species populations and diversity. Teachers will examine how proper planning can restore, minimize and in some cases enhance soil, vegetation, water and wildlife resources. Explore the relationships among organisms (e.g., predation, competition, parasitism, mutualism, commensalism) by observation on Bad Creek trails and through hands on research opportunities. Several ecosystems will be studied, including hardwood forest, woodlands, vernal ponds, Lake Jocassee and the surrounding Jocassee Gorges. Teachers will have the opportunity to learn how hydropower works and will spend some time in the underground facilities and at The World of Energy learning about Nuclear Energy and the WAIT (Wildlife and Industry Together) Program.
Apply to Ginger Foulk following the SC Life application procedures.