SCIENCE EDUCATION.Chair: Willie R. Heard, University of Southern Mississippi
Vicechair: Joyce M. Applegate, Pearl River Community College Pearl River Community College  is a public community college in Poplarville, Mississippi, USA. It was founded as a Pearl River County Agricultural High School in 1909, then became the first junior college in Mississippi in 1921.
8:30 CONSTRUCTING AN EXHIBIT TO EDUCATE CHILDREN ON METEOROLOGY meteorology, branch of science that deals with the atmosphere of a planet, particularly that of the earth, the most important application of which is the analysis and prediction of weather. , SPECIFICALLY HURRICANES AND TORNADOES
April [Bryant.sup.*], Jeannie Flint, Willie R. Heard, and Howard Walters, Cooperative Intern Program, Mississippi Gulf Coast The Mississippi Gulf Coast refers to the three Mississippi counties which lie on the Gulf of Mexico: Hancock County, Mississippi, Harrison County, Mississippi, and Jackson County, Mississippi. Community College-Jackson County Campus, Gautier, MS 39553 and J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Institute of Marine Sciences The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) focuses on marine science-related education and research. IMS was founded in 1975 on the Erdemli Campus at METU (Middle East Technical University) in Erdemli / Mersin. , University of Southern Mississippi, Biloxi, MS 39530
The purpose of this project was to construct an exhibit to educate elementary school elementary school: see school. children on the formation, internal mechanisms, and coastal hazards of two of meteorology's greatest phenomena, tornadoes and hurricanes. The exhibit includes photographs, explanations, and educational facts. A glossary of meteorological me·te·or·ol·o·gy
The science that deals with the phenomena of the atmosphere, especially weather and weather conditions.
[French météorologie, from Greek terms was included to provide definitions of general terms used in meteorology. The doors to the inside, flip cards with the glossary of terms, and forecast maps of the exhibit are designed to allow the children to interact with the exhibit and make learning more fun. The exhibit will be permanently on display at the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium.
8:45 CREATING AN EXHIBIT OF A VOLCANO AND ITS ASSOCIATION TO PLATE TECTON-ICS
Jason L. [Lathrop.sup.*], Willie R. Heard, Jeannie Flint, and Howard Walters, Cooperative Intern Program, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Jackson County Campus, Gautier, MS 39553 and J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, Biloxi, MS 39530
The purpose of this project was to create a display model of a working volcano, its feature, effects, and its relation to plate tectonics plate tectonics, theory that unifies many of the features and characteristics of continental drift and seafloor spreading into a coherent model and has revolutionized geologists' understanding of continents, ocean basins, mountains, and earth history. . Develop a plan, researching the literature, choosing permanent materials, and constructing the model were the steps involved in creating this exhibit. The exhibit will provide a visual image of a volcanic eruption and the core, mantle, and Earth's crust through the use of fiber optics fiber optics, transmission of digitized messages or information by light pulses along hair-thin glass fibers. Each fiber is surrounded by a cladding having a high index of refractance so that the light is internally reflected and travels the length of the fiber and electricity. Volcanoes have much to teach us about the dynamic geology of Earth and its interior-in its past, present, and future. This model is to be displayed at the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium.
9:00 CURRENT TRENDS IN SCIENCE EDUCATION
Carrie [Speight.sup.*] , Edna Waller , and Julie Wade , (1.) Cooperative Intern Program, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Jackson County Campus, Gautier, MS 39553 and (2.) Magnolia Park Elementary School, Ocean Springs, MS 39566-7002
Too often in today's elementary classrooms limited time is devoted to science education in terms of content and hands-on activities. Teachers are having to incorporate science in innovative ways such as through the use of the "PRISM Lab" at Magnolia Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs as an example. This study will review the problems facing the teaching of science in elementary classrooms and the innovative approaches that teachers used in developing and implementing science instruction through extramural extramural /ex·tra·mu·ral/ (-mur´il) situated or occurring outside the wall of an organ or structure.
situated or occurring outside the wall of an organ or structure. funds the teachers for their K--4th grade students. The PRISM Lab is being used as a model with the Ocean Springs District, as well as the country, as a "win-win" partnership for the funding organizations, the district, the teachers, and the students.
9:15 USE OF NEW HISTORICAL MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES IN TEACHING CHEMISTRY TO TODAY'S STUDENTS
Johnnie-Marie Whitfield, Millsaps College Millsaps College is a private liberal arts college in Jackson, Mississippi, supported by the United Methodist Church. The college was founded by a Confederate veteran, Major Reuben Webster Millsaps in 1889-90 by the donation of the college's land and $50,000. Dr. , Jackson, MS 39210
The American Chemical Society The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a learned society (professional association) based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Founded in 1876 at New York University, the ACS currently has over 160,000 members at all degree-levels and in (ACS (Asynchronous Communications Server) See network access server. ), the world's largest professional organization dedicated to one discipline, strongly advocates that chemical history not be neglected in a modem chemical education. ACS and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a professional organization for chemical engineers. AIChE was established in 1908 with the purpose of establishing chemical engineers as a profession independent from chemists and mechanical (AIChE) together established the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHE) in 1982. Today CHE actively seeks to advance the heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences by operating the Othmer Library, a historical research library, as well as encouraging research and scholarship and publishing historical materials of many types. Located at 315 Chestnut Street in downtown Philadelphia in the Independence National Historical Park Independence National Historical Park: see National Parks and Monuments (table). , CHF CHF
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Swiss Franc.
The currency market, also known as the Foreign Exchange market, is the largest financial market in the world, with a daily average volume of over US $1 trillion. is housed in the newly remodeled historical building immediately next door to the Benjamin Franklin Museum and just two blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. CHF's Educational Services currently produces a wide variety of resources to help teachers incorporate the history of the chemical sciences into their courses. In 2000, the presenter was selected as a residential Scholar in Chemical Education at CHF while on her sabbatical leave Noun 1. sabbatical leave - a leave usually taken every seventh year
leave, leave of absence - the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; "a ten day's leave to visit his mother" , and as a result was involved with the latest forays into developing multimedia resources for chemical educators. This presentation will include highlights of several of these innovative educational resources as well as exciting upcoming releases from CHF. These will include: Chemical Achievers, Pharmaceutical Achievers, Faces in the Molecular Sciences, Polymer Expeditions, and Chemdate.
9:30 PT3 TECHNOLOGY PREPARATION FOR EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS
Burnette W. [Hamil.sup.*], Taha Mzoughi, and Anastasia Elder, Mississippi State University Mississippi State University, at Mississippi State, near Starkville; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1878 as an agricultural and mechanical college, opened 1880. From 1932 to 1958 it was known as Mississippi State College. , Mississippi State, MS 39762
Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) is a grant program funded by the United States Department of Education The United States Department of Education (also referred to as ED, for Education Department) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government. Created by the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88), it began operating in 1980. . Mississippi State University, in collaboration with Jackson State University Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. , the University of Mississippi The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1848, the school is composed of the main campus in Oxford and three branch campuses located in Booneville, Tupelo, and Southaven. , and the University of Southern Mississippi, received a catalyst grant to promote technology training for the benefit of Mississippi students. The major goal of the project is the infusion of different technologies in an interdisciplinary, problem-based learning problem-based learning Medical education An instruction strategy in which groups of students are presented with clinical problems without prior study or lectures. See Cooperative learning. environment to foster "hands on" teaching strategies. Receiving training in the program are preservice teachers, classroom teachers, community college faculty, and university faculty from Education and Arts and Sciences. Assistive technology Hardware and software that help people who are physically impaired. Often called "accessibility options" when referring to enhancements for using the computer, the entire field of assistive technology is quite vast and even includes ramp and doorway construction in buildings to support is being provided for all participants. In accordance with the technology-rich learning environment, additional programs like Project Learning Tree and GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) are providing problem solving problem solving
Process involved in finding a solution to a problem. Many animals routinely solve problems of locomotion, food finding, and shelter through trial and error. activities for future teachers.
10:00 AN EXPERIMENTAL EXERCISE IN MICHAELIS-MENTEN ENZYME KINETICS Enzyme kinetics is the study of the rates of chemical reactions that are catalysed by enzymes. The study of an enzyme's kinetics provides insights into the catalytic mechanism of this enzyme, its role in metabolism, how its activity is controlled in the cell and how drugs and
Anthony B Anthony B is the stage name of Keith Blair (born March 31, 1976), a Jamaican musician. Biography
Blair grew up in rural Clarks Town in the northwestern parish of Trelawny. . [Dribben.sup.*] and Dock Anderson, Mississippi College Mississippi College, also known as MC, is a private Christian university located in Clinton, Mississippi. Mississippi College is comprised of the main campus in Clinton, as well as satellite campuses in Brandon and Madison, Mississippi, and the Mississippi College School of Law in , Clinton, MS 39058
The Michaelis-Menten treatment of enzyme kinetics is one of the major topics in any undergraduate biochemistry course. This paper presents an undergraduate laboratory exercise that allows for the experimental determination of the typical enzyme-kinetics parameters [the Michaelis constant Mi·chae·lis constant or Michaelis-Men·ten constant
A constant that is equal to the substrate concentration at which an enzyme reaction proceeds at half the maximum velocity. (KM), the maximum rate of the enzyme-catalyzed reaction (Vmax), the turnover number (kcat), and the catalytic efficiency of the enzyme system at low substrate concentrations (kcat/KM)] using a standard benchtop multi-cell UV-vis spectrophotometer spectrophotometer, instrument for measuring and comparing the intensities of common spectral lines in the spectra of two different sources of light. See photometry; spectroscope; spectrum. . The experiment also allows for the elucidation of enzyme-inhibitor behavior using standard Lineweaver-Burke methodology, and for the detemination of inhibitor dissociation constants.
10:15 THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
in full compact disc read-only memory
Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser). TO EDUCATE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT JELLYFISH jellyfish, common name for the free-swimming stage (see polyp and medusa), of certain invertebrate animals of the phylum Cnidaria (the coelenterates). The body of a jellyfish is shaped like a bell or umbrella, with a clear, jellylike material filling most of the
Siobahn [Thompson.sup.*] and Tim Reid, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Jackson County Campus, Gautier, MS 39533 and Mississippi- Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Ocean Springs, MS 39566-7000
As more and more research on jellyfish is conducted, the link between jellyfish and the health of the waters in which they live grows stronger. However, middle and high school students in Mississippi and other coastal communities receive little education on jellyfish that live in the Gulf of Mexico Noun 1. Gulf of Mexico - an arm of the Atlantic to the south of the United States and to the east of Mexico
Golfo de Mexico
Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east and the impacts these jellyfish have on the Gulfs ecosystems. Therefore, a CD-ROM is being developed to help instructors teach their students about these animals. Information was gathered through a teacher survey, literature reviews, and researcher interviews. The CD-ROM will contain general information describing the different jellyfish found in the Gulf and around the world. Using text, photos, illustrations, animation and video, the CD-ROM will highlight the jellyfish lifecycle, facts and statistics about jellyfish, current research and a special section describing the recent invasion of the Australian Spotted The name Australian Spotted is something of a misnomer, as the Australian Spotted duck is one of the few breeds of domesticated ducks that originated in the United States. John C. jellyfish. The CD-ROM will also be developed for teachers to use in their classrooms. It will include teaching activities such as quizzes, diagram sheets, and experiments.
10:30 Divisional Business Meeting
10:45 Divisional Poster Session A poster session is the juried presentation of research information by representatives of several research teams at a congress or conference with an academic or professional focus. These are particularly prominent at scientific conferences such as medical congresses.
STUDY OF FUEL CELLS
Tahida Pierre and Anil K. [Sharma.sup.*], Mississippi Valley State University Mississippi Valley State University is a historically black university located in Itta Bena, Mississippi. The university is commonly referred to as MVSU or simply "The Valley." MVSU is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. , Itta Bena, MS 38941
A fuel cell is a device that continuously converts chemicals into direct-current electricity through electrochemical electrochemical /elec·tro·chem·i·cal/ (-kem´i-k'l) pertaining to interaction or interconversion of chemical and electrical energies.
adj. reactions. In a typical fuel cell, hydrogen gas combines with hydroxyl ions at one electrode to produce water electrons. The electrons perform electrical work by flowing through an external circuit to the other electrode, where they recombine re·com·bine
To undergo or cause genetic recombination; form new combinations. with oxygen and water to produce hydroxyl ions. The overall reaction is hydrogen (g) + oxygen (g) [right arrow] 4 water (I). Fuel cells can theoretically convert fuel to electricity with nearly 100% efficiency.
THE CHEMISTRY OF AIR BAGS
Deidra Dungee and Anil K. [Sharma.sup.*], Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS 38941
Air bags in automobiles have saved the lives of many people. The idea behind air bags is simple: When a crash occurs, a plastic bag rapidly inflates with a gas, hopefully protecting the driver from hitting the steering wheel or the dashboard. The credit of developing this air bag system is given to chemists and engineers. The air bag system has many special requirements. First of all, the air bag must not inflate accidently. The gas that inflates the air bag must be nontoxic. The gas must not be hot, so as not to produce burn injuries. The gas should be formed very rapidly. Lastly, the gas producing chemicals must be easy to handle and stable for long periods because most automobiles are kept for many years. Nitrogen is considered the best choice because it makes up 78% of air by volume. A good source of nitrogen is the decomposition of alkali metal alkali metal
Any of the six chemical elements in the leftmost group of the periodic table (lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium, and francium). They form alkalies when they combine with other elements. azides, such as sodium azide sodium azide NaN3 Microbiology A toxic salt added–concentration, 0.01%, to a transport medium of lab specimens–eg, urine for culturing bacteria, which prevents oxidative phosphorylation and bacterial overgrowth . About 70 g of sodium azide produces 41 L of nitrogen within 20-60 ins.
SUPPLEMENTAL CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT GROUP AT MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College consists of four campuses and four centers: the main campus, located in Perkinston, Mississippi; the Jackson County Campus, in Gautier; the Jefferson Davis Campus, in Gulfport; the Community Campus, a
Erin [Hannon.sup.*], Sommer Sommer is a surname, from the German and Danish word for the season "summer".
It may refer to:
The Supplemental Curriculum Development Group is a combined student/faculty initiative for the development of course specific supplemental material for the classroom. The focus is on development of curriculum materials that will provide additional student support for conceptual and mathematical learning within the sciences. The primary group goal is to carry out projects that will facilitate student learning within the physical and biological sciences. The current group project at the Jackson County Jackson County is the name of 23 counties and one parish in the United States:
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc the acquisition and application of core concepts commonly encountered in the first semester of an introductory general physics curriculum.
DISTRIBUTION OF TEACHING AIDS teaching aids npl → materiales mpl pedagógicos
teaching aids npl → supports mpl pédagogiques
teaching aids teach npl ON THE DISSECTION OF THE CAT: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I AND II NOTES AND QUIZZES
Wendy [Smith.sup.*], James Baggett, and Lena Melton, Cooperative Intern Program, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Jackson County Campus, Gautier, MS 39553 and Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS 39566-7000
Currently in most community and four-year colleges, classes are becoming more non-traditional than traditional. There are different needs and expectations that should be addressed. Therefore, this project focused on making notes, graphics, videos and practice quizzes available through the use of student computer technology. The primary focus was to create compact disks (CDs) to be made available for students to "check-out" and use in Learning Labs and the library followed by creating access through the Internet at a later time. After selecting the desired information for each CD (six cat dissection video CDs, Anatomy and Physiology I or II notes, graphics, videos and CD study quizzes) master CDs were created (burned). Copies were then burned using the master CD; labels and case covers were designed, and the CDs were then released to the Learning Labs and to the library. The overall purpose of the creation and distribution of the CDs was to provide an additional study source for students, traditional and nont raditional, wishing to review the material, or if a class or laboratory had been missed, to acquire needed Anatomy and Physiology I and II information.
DOCUMENTING THE HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING AT THE GULF COAST RESEARCH LABORATORY
Amanda [Brown.sup.*] and Joyce M. Shaw, Cooperative Intern Program, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Jackson County Campus, Gautier, MS 39553 and Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS 39566-7000
The Gunter Library maintains a comprehensive collection of materials published y the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL GCRL Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (Ocean Springs, Mississippi)
GCRL Gulf Canada Resources, Limited ). Two significant components of this collection are (1) Gulf and Caribbean Research (formerly titled, Gulf Research Reports) the scientific journal of GCRL and other GCRL grey literature and (2) reprints of articles generated by scientists affiliated with GCRL. These publications provide a historical look at scientific research of the northern Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound Mississippi Sound, arm of the Gulf of Mexico, c.100 mi (160 km) long and from 7 to 15 mi (11–24 km) wide, extending from Lake Borgne in Louisiana on the west to Mobile Bay in Alabama on the east. . The mission of this project was to document the history of GCRL by adding articles published in Gulf Research Reports, Gulf and Caribbean Research, and other journals to a bibliographic database For computer programs to manage an individual's bibliographic references, see Reference management software
A bibliographic or library database is a database of bibliographic information. maintained at the Gunter Library. Entries to the database were given abstracts and assigned keywords. The database was mounted on a searchable webpage. A poster illustrating GCRL publications was created for the 2001 Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting.
IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS: USE EMERGING SPACE TECHNOLOGY
Stacy J. White, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400
The primary objectives of this project was to enhance student achievement in mathematics and science by providing training to in-service and pre-service educators in remote sensing Deriving digital models of an area on the earth. Using special cameras from airplanes or satellites, either the sun's reflections or the earth's temperature is turned into digital maps of the area. , Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) and to provide curricular enhancement opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers in mathematics and science. In-service and preservice teachers in mathematics and science participated in a four-week summer program. In-service teachers were targeted from county school districts located within the federal designated rural empowerment zone, and pre-service teachers majoring in mathematics education and biology education majors at the University were selected to participate in the program. The Partnership project represented collaborative efforts between Mississippi Valley State University, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), civilian agency of the U.S. federal government with the mission of conducting research and developing operational programs in the areas of space exploration, artificial satellites (see satellite, artificial), (NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
in full National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Independent U.S. ), the GLOBE Program Office, and the Center for Spatial Data Research and Applications (CSDRA) at Jackson State U niversity to enhance student achievement in mathematics and science. As a result, participants gained knowledge in the Internet, remote sensing, Mission-to-Planet Earth and the Globe Program and incorporation of hands on, critical thinking, discovery, problem solving, and inquiry based teaching methods and different learning styles. Follow-up sessions took place following the summer program to see how each educator incorporated the NASA resource materials into their math and science classes. (The project was funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through a Partnership Award grant).
PRODUCING CERTIFICATION SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHERS IN RURAL AREAS
Stacy J. [White.sup.*] and Tyrone Powell, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400
School Districts across the nation face shortages of teachers; the most critical areas include science and mathematics. Many districts use substitutes, teacher aides, and uncertified un·cer·ti·fied
Not officially verified, guaranteed, or registered; not certified: an uncertified teacher.
Adj. 1. teachers to fill teaching positions. The Teacher Prep Program at Mississippi Valley State University represents collaborative efforts between Mississippi Valley State University and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to enhance pre-service and in-service teachers' performance on national tests, required for state certification. The program is focused on teachers in federally designated, rural empowerment zones. The major goal of the program includes the education of pre-service and inservice secondary teachers in knowledge and skills in mathematics and science content areas, pedagogical ped·a·gog·ic also ped·a·gog·i·cal
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of pedagogy.
2. Characterized by pedantic formality: a haughty, pedagogic manner. concepts, and the art and science of test taking. The goal will be achieved by the accomplishment of the following objectives: 1) recruit and retain in-service teachers with undergraduate degrees in biology and mathematics a nd pre-service teachers in biology education and mathematics education; 2) provide curricula enrichment using NASA resources for in-service teachers; 3) enhance the pre-service curricula using teaching strategies and models, sucy as, inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking, and cooperative learning cooperative learning Education theory A student-centered teaching strategy in which heterogeneous groups of students work to achieve a common academic goal–eg, completing a case study or a evaluating a QC problem. See Problem-based learning, Socratic method. . The program addresses the critical shortage of science and mathematics teachers in the Mississippi Delta by creating a workforce of local teaching talent, committed to remaining in the Delta area. (This project was funded by NASA through the MASTAP grant).
1:30 TEACHING THE "TECHNO-VAMPIRES": CHALLENGES IN MATCHING TECHNOLOGY LITERACY WITH CONTEMPORARY TEACHING METHODS
Rob Rockhold, University of Mississippi Medical Center University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) is the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Located in Jackson, Mississippi (USA), it houses the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Related Professions, and Graduate Studies in the Health , Jackson, MS 39216-4505
"Techno-Vampires," the generation of secondary school and undergraduate students who have been raised on 56K and higher band-width access to multimedia and the World Wide Web, pose unique problems to teachers and institutions. Issues of teacher technology competency are fading as other problems such as privacy/free access concerns, necessities for 24/7 interfacing with learning materials and teachers, Web-based testing and security methodologies, and copyright allocation become foremost in the minds of classroom/laboratory professionals. Institutionally, maintenance and continual upgrading requirements, network security and questions related to individual purchase vs. institutional supply of computer technology become more prevalent. Informed perspectives will be presented across a spectrum of teaching levels, from the secondary school, and community-college views, to that of the four-year university and medical center outlooks. Presenters, all of whom have positions that exert direct impact on the use of cu tting-edge learning technology in this state, will include: Dee Chambliss, Director of Curriculum, Jackson Public School District The Jackson Public School District is a public school district based in Jackson, Mississippi (USA). The district is the state's largest, with an enrollment of approximately 32,000 students.
In addition to Jackson, the district serves a portion of the Byram community. ; Catherine P. Cotten, Ph.D., Jones County Community College; Lon Mathias, Ph.D., Polymer Science Center, University of Southern Mississippi; Rob Rockhold, Ph.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center; Johnnie-Marie Whitfield, Ph.D., Millsaps College; and Ellen Burnham, Office of Education Technology, Mississippi Department of Education (Supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Howard Hughes Medical Institute, (HHMI), nonprofit medical research organization founded in 1953 by Howard Hughes and largly funded from proceeds of the 1984–85 sale of Hughes Aircraft. Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md. ).
9:00 BASE PAIR: MATH/SCIENCE EDUCATION REFORM THROUGH TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Rob [Rockhold.sup.*] , D. Chambliss , N. Fahmy , S. Neral ne·ral
A structural isomer of citral that is obtained from the oxidation of nerol and is used to make perfumes and flavorings.
[ner(ol) + -al3.] , and A. Srinivasan  , (1.) University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS 39216-4505; (2.) Jackson Public School District, Jackson, MS; and (3.) Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS 39174
Base Pair, a biomedical research mentorship between the Jackson Public School District (JPSD JPSD Joint Precision Strike Demonstration
JPSD Joint Programs Sustainment and Development (Army project office) ) and University Medical Center (UMC UMC United Methodist Church
UMC United Microelectronics Corporation
UMC University Medical Center
UMC United Microelectronics Corp (Republic of China)
UMC University of Missouri-Columbia ) that is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has entered into a larger partnership with Tougaloo College (TC) to conduct middle and high school teacher professional development activities. Supported by a National Science Foundation award, 21 teachers will be recruited from the JPSD "feeder patterns" (collaborative arrangements between middle schools and the eight high schools into which they feed students) and enrolled in eight daily workshops at TC in preparation for intensive activities during a four week summer program at UMC. Throughout both components, emphasis will be placed on enhancing professional skills in math and science that can be transmitted to students through novel activities, including the use of Web-based testing methods and advanced laboratory exercises in contemporary biotechnology. High school sites will be provided with access to the Mississippi He alth Information Network (MisHIN), a web-based biomedical bi·o·med·i·cal
1. Of or relating to biomedicine.
2. Of, relating to, or involving biological, medical, and physical sciences. information gateway. Teachers, working in feeder groups, will be coached in preparation of grant applications for additional funding through a Mini-Grant program, and encouraged to use that training to explore external funding opportunities. The long-range objective is to create a cadre of teachers who are prepared to create, deliver and support contemporary activity-oriented learning within their schools. (Supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation)
9:15 BASE PAIR: BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH MENTORSHIP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS--A TEACHER'S PERSPECTIVE
C. [Cook.sup.*] and Rob Rockhold, Murrah High School Murrah High School is a public high school in Jackson, Mississippi (USA). It is part of the Jackson Public School District. Demographics
There were a total of 1,359 students enrolled in Murrah High during the 2006-2007 school year. , Jackson, MS and University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS 39216-4505
Curriculum reform is a daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin task for any teacher, especially when it comprises preparation of and support for students who participate in biomedical research internships at a university medical center. A teacher must consider not only upgrading delivery of contemporary content materials but also fundamental alterations in the manner of interaction with students. The Base Pair program trains students for partnership with research faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), through a course, Introduction to Biomedical Research, approved by the Mississippi Department of Education and taught at Murrah High School. This course is inquiry-based, teaches contemporary biomedical laboratory skills, and requires extensive utilization of information technology by both students and the teacher. Focus areas other than basic biomedicine/biotechnology content include preparation of research findings using state-of-the-art graphics and computer projection programs, electronic communications, and criti cal analysis of the scientific literature. Performance of actual biomedical research, for example, analysis of classrooms for the presence of potential bacteriological bac·te·ri·ol·o·gy
The study of bacteria, especially in relation to medicine and agriculture.
bac·te causes for "sick building syndromes sick building syndrome
An illness affecting workers in office buildings, characterized by skin irritations, headache, and respiratory problems, and thought to be caused by indoor pollutants, microorganisms, or inadequate ventilation. " is a critical part of the high school training curriculum. Monitoring of the conduct of students during semester-long off-site activities requires extensive communication skills with UMC faculty. The teacher outcome is positive, following National Science Teacher Reform Standards and increasing recognition within the district. (Supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
9:30 ACHIEVING THREE DIMENSIONAL MOLECULAR LITERACY WITH KINEMAGES
Robert C. Bateman, Jr. [*], Debbie Booth, Rudy Sirochman, Andrea Hall, Jane Richardson, and David Richardson, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Structural concepts such as the exact arrangement of a protein in three dimensions are crucial to almost every aspect of biology and chemistry, but most of us have not been educated in three-dimensional literacy and all of us need a great deal of help in order to perceive and to communicate structural information successfully. It is in the undergraduate biology, chemistry, and especially biochemistry courses where students learn most concepts of molecular structure pertinent to living systems. Currently students have texts with attractive color illustrations as well as premade computer images on CD and web-based supplements. To be truly literate, however, one must be able to write as well as read. Our project is therefore focused on teaching students to construct their own course supplements, their own three dimensional molecular images, from the scientific literature and electronic databanks as a way to communicate important structural concepts to their teacher and their classmates Classmates can refer to either:
9:45 VISUAL TEACHING MODULES OF MITOSIS AND GENETICS
Joan McCoy [Messer.sup.*] and Wendy D. Barron, Jones Junior College, Ellisville, MS 39437
It has been repeatedly shown in the literature that learning is accelerated when students are exposed to "hands on" or visual examples. The microscopic nature of cell biochemistry makes this virtually impossible unless the teacher utilizes materials that enhance the imagination of the students. The purpose of this project is to show teachers several ways of enhancing their lectures with "hands-on" and visual examples. Mitosis and genetics lectures in secondary and college education will be targeted. Practical ways in which mitosis and genetics labs can be improved will be discussed. Students will benefit from these visual examples by comprehending cellular division, which is essential in understanding the overall pedagogy of biology.
10:15 THE USE OF BIVALVE bivalve, aquatic mollusk of the class Pelecypoda ("hatchet-foot") or Bivalvia, with a laterally compressed body and a shell consisting of two valves, or movable pieces, hinged by an elastic ligament. MOLLUSK mollusk: see Mollusca.
Any of some 75,000 species of soft-bodied invertebrate animals (phylum Mollusca), many of which are wholly or partly enclosed in a calcium carbonate shell secreted by the mantle, a soft SHELLS TO TEACH SYMBIOSES AND OTHER ECOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIPS
John D. Davis, St. Andrews Episcopal Middle School, Jackson, MS 39157
A collection of battered mollusk shells from such sites as the beaches of Ship Island provides excellent and convenient material to introduce students to the principles of symbiosis symbiosis (sĭmbēō`sĭs), the habitual living together of organisms of different species. The term is usually restricted to a dependent relationship that is beneficial to both participants (also called mutualism) but may be extended to and other ecological relationships. Such battered shells harbor the tubes of serpufid annelids and bryozoan bryozoan
Aquatic invertebrate of the phylum Bryozoa (“moss animals”), members (called zooids) of which form colonies. Each zooid is a complete and fully organized animal. Species range in size from a one-zooid “colony” small enough (less than 0. colonies. They show the effects of boring sponges and gastropod gastropod, member of the class Gastropoda, the largest and most successful class of mollusks (phylum Mollusca), containing over 35,000 living species and 15,000 fossil forms. predators. It is a simple matter to identify the cockles cockles
saponariaofficinalis. , Venus clams and oysters whose shells are occupied by such a diversity of guests and it is easy to make counts of the frequency of the effects of different commensals, parasites and predators. This student generated data makes an excellent starting point for discussions of the recycling of materials in an ecosystem. Collections of such shells are permanent and easily storied in small spaces. Both the bivalve shells and symbionts can be easily identified from readily available texts such as the Peterson Field Guides.
10:30 DEVELOPMENT OF AN ANCILLARY WEB-BASED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE SELF-STUDY PROGRAM: GENERAL BIOLOGY I
James [Clayton.sup.*], and Sarah Tingle, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Perkinston Campus, Perkinston, MS, 39573, and The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium, University, MS 38677
The success of a student in General Biology I is directly correlated to the motivation of the student and the availability of relevant course materials. Frequently, students are overwhelmed by the volume and tone of technical material presented in a first semester biology course. To alleviate the problems associated with assimilating this type of material, the development of a web-based biological science site at the Perkinston campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has been initiated. The main objective is to provide the student with a straightforward summary and analysis of the ideas developed in the classroom. To this end, a set of reader-friendly outlines that address fundamental ideas central to the understanding of core biological concepts and themes is being developed for inclusion in the site.
10:45 AN ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHERS
Babu ba·bu also ba·boo
n. pl. ba·bus also ba·boos
1. Used as a Hindi courtesy title for a man, equivalent to Mr.
a. A Hindu clerk who is literate in English.
b. P. [Patlolla.sup.*] and Leroy Johnson, Alcorn State University Alcorn State University, located near Lorman, Mississippi, United States, is a public land grant university. It was founded in 1871 as the nation's first state-supported higher education institution for blacks. , Alcorn State, MS 39096
A four-week (June 5-30, 2000) workshop was conducted at the Department of Biological Sciences at Alcorn State University for local middle school and high school biology teachers. Fifteen in-service teachers from the local school districts and three preservice teachers from Alcorn State University participated in this program. Activities included computer applications, hands on contemporary molecular biology molecular biology, scientific study of the molecular basis of life processes, including cellular respiration, excretion, and reproduction. The term molecular biology was coined in 1938 by Warren Weaver, then director of the natural sciences program at the Rockefeller techniques and incorporation of varied learning styles into teaching methods. Participants also took field trips to three research laboratories in the state and attended seminars. As a part of program evaluation pre and post surveys were conducted by an internal and external evaluator. Two follow-up sessions are planned for the 2000-2001 academic year to discuss the implementation of the science awareness project developed during the program and incorporation of the new knowledge in their class. Participants enjoyed the field trips and were eager to share their experiences with their colleagues at their s chool district. Pre-service teachers had an opportunity to interact with experienced teachers, and understand the responsibilities before they actually begin managing a classroom. (This project was funded by Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning through Title II Eisenhower Professional Development Program # 2000-56E.)
11:00 MATH ON THE GRADUATE RECORD EXAM: HOW TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE COMPUTER ADAPTIVE TEST
Carolyn E. [Beck.sup.*], Deborah A. Ford, and Frederick E. Vamado, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
The McNair Scholars Program at the University of Southern Mississippi developed a summer program to assist the participating scholars in their preparation for the Graduate Record Exam. The purpose of this presentation is to share with other educators some of the insights acquired while developing the study program for the quantitative section of the test. There were three key components to the program which evolved during planning and implementation. One of the key components of the program was discovering and debunking de·bunk
tr.v. de·bunked, de·bunk·ing, de·bunks
To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of: debunk a supposed miracle drug. common myths about the test. Most myths reflected student misunderstandings related to the types of mathematical problems on the quantitative portion of the test. A second component of the study program was developing student familiarity with the various formats used for questions. For example, students initially found confusing a specific type of question (called quantitative comparisons). Confusion disappeared after detailed discussions regarding the evaluation system required to solve that type of question. Additionally, the students needed to understand the strategies necessary to succeed on the computer adaptive test itself. The final component was assessing the areas of weakness within the quantitative section for each student and devising practice sessions to strengthen those areas. The study program was deemed successful when students improved their performance over initial pretest pre·test
a. A preliminary test administered to determine a student's baseline knowledge or preparedness for an educational experience or course of study.
b. A test taken for practice.
1:15 A LABORATORY TO DETERMINE THE OPTIMUM PH FOR AN ENZYMATIC REACTION USING CBL Cbl cobalamin. COLORIMETER A device that measures the red, green and blue values of color. See colorimetry and color calibration. Contrast with densitometer. AND MODELS
Alan [Niven.sup.*] , Kymbr [Wright.sup.*] , Terrence [Wright.sup.*] , Sherry Herron , and Ray Scheetz , (1.) University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 and (2.) Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217
We will demonstrate and describe the procedures and teaching techniques developed at an NSF-funded summer workshop for a general university biology laboratory to determine the optimum pH for a peroxidase peroxidase /per·ox·i·dase/ (per-ok´si-das) any of a group of iron-porphyrin enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of some organic substrates in the presence of hydrogen peroxide.
n. and guiacol reaction. It is often difficult for freshman students to visualize at the molecular level how the enzyme and substrate react to form a product. To facilitate this, flexible models of proteins and 3-dimensional models of substrates and enzymes were constructed using common materials. These models enable the students to manipulate protein structure and function. Spectrophotometers have traditionally been used to indicate color changes. The Calculator Based Laboratory System (CBL) with a colorimeter probe is a much easier system for students to use and, therefore, provides more accurate results. This system also allows for graphical and statistical data analyses.
1:30 USING THE BIOQUEST COMPUTER SIMULATION, LATEBLIGHT, IN A GENERAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY COURSE AND IN SCIENCE METHODS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
Aimee [Lee.sup.*], Rachel [Thames.sup.*], Tonya [Lawrence.sup.*], Sherry Herron, and Rosalina Hairston, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
In the second semester general biology laboratory course at USM, a new program developed by BioQUEST was implemented in order to reinforce the processes of science. By using the LateBlight computer simulation, students can design, run, and analyze a scientific experiment. After an introduction to the program, students worked in groups of four to develop a hypothesis that would enable them to test variables related to potato farming under controlled conditions. Students worked to collect data throughout the week using computer labs located on campus. They presented their results in a poster presentation during class the following week which included a literature review of relevant background information. Students enrolled in Science Methods for Elementary Teachers learned the program as part of their science and technology unit. Exemplary student projects will be presented.
1:45 COMPARING THE COGNITIVE LEVELS OF THREE POPULATIONS ENROLLED IN A BIOLOGY COURSE
Rosalina [Hairston.sup.*] , Sherry [Herron.sup.*] , and Brenda [Anderson.sup.*] , (1.) University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 and (2.) Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, MS 39573
This study compares the cognitive level of three populations of students: high school biology students, community college students enrolled in biology I, and university students enrolled in a freshman general biology course. The Group Assessment of Logical Thinking (GALT Galt: see Cambridge, Ont., Canada. ) was administered to 55 high school, 81 community college, and 91 university students in the fall of 1999 and the spring of 2000. The GALT is a reliable and valid instrument used to measure formal reasoning ability. According to Piaget and other cognitive scientists, formal reasoning ability includes the understanding of conservation of mass, conservation of liquid, proportional reasoning, probablistic thinking, correlational reasoning, and combinatorial logic. Significant differences exist among the three populations in the total GALT scores and in all subcategories as determined by one-way analysis of variance at the .05 level of significance. High school and community college students performed at lower cognitive levels than the universit y students. The results of this study will enable teachers to better understand the abilities of their students and to match instruction and materials accordingly. Teaching methods that promote critical thinking skills rather than rote memorization of isolated facts, such as problem-based investigative laboratories and field experiences, could develop students' formal reasoning ability.
2:00 USE OF POPULAR LITERATURE TO INTRODUCE TOPICS IN A MICROBIOLOGY COURSE
Mary F. Lux, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Several books were used to introduce various topics in a microbiology course taught on the Allied Health Campus of Pearl River Community College. The outside reading assignments also served to encourage students to read, to introduce students to topics from various perspectives, and to provide students an opportunity for collaboration. Books for this course included E. coli E. coli: see Escherichia coli.
in full Escherichia coli
Species of bacterium that inhabits the stomach and intestines. E. coli can be transmitted by water, milk, food, or flies and other insects. 0157 by Mary Heersink, Bad Blood by James H. Jones James Henry Jones (September 13, 1830 - March 22, 1904) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.
Born in Shelby County, Alabama, Jones moved with his parents to Talladega County, Alabama, in early youth. He pursued an academic course. He studied law. , My Own Country by Abraham Verghese, Man and Microbes by Arno Karlen, and The Cobra Event by Richard Preston. Students were assigned to groups, with an effort to mix students from the various allied health programs. Each group was assigned a book at the first class meeting. Charges to the groups were 1) to divide the book into sections, with each person responsible for a portion of the book, 2) to prepare outlines or summaries of the book for distribution to the class, and 3) to develop and participate in a 20 minute class presentation on some aspect of the book. Presentation types includ ed summary, dramatization dram·a·ti·za·tion
1. The act or art of dramatizing: the dramatization of a novel.
2. A work adapted for dramatic presentation: , role playing role playing,
n in behavioral medicine, learning exercise in which individuals assume characters different from their own. The individual may also be asked to simulate a particularly difficult situation and apply the characteristics that are common to his , time line, slide show, poster, and creative visual effects. Topics introduced by these presentations included food borne disease, sexually transmitted disease sexually transmitted disease (STD) or venereal disease, term for infections acquired mainly through sexual contact. Five diseases were traditionally known as venereal diseases: gonorrhea, syphilis, and the less common granuloma inguinale, , AIDS, epidemiology, respiratory disease, and genetic engineering. Students benefitted from the introduction of the topics or concepts from diverse viewpoints as well as the opportunity to participate in a collaborative activity.
2:15 UTILIZING A TEST OF FORMAL REASONING TO IDENTIFY AND OVERCOME MISCONCEPTIONS HELD BY PRE-SERVICE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
Leslie L. Griffin, Delta State University History
Established in 1924 by an act of the Mississippi Legislature, Delta State Teachers College first opened its doors to students in 1925. The name was later changed to Delta State College (1955) and then Delta State University (1974). , Cleveland, MS 38733
During the past two decades, a growing concern has mounted among researchers, teachers, educators, and psychologists about misconceptions held by students in science. Research has shown that these science misconceptions, especially physical science misconceptions, do not affect only children, but extend to both college students, and, of particular interest, to preservice teachers. Preservice teachers will likely become classroom teachers, perpetuating their misconceptions among their students. The purpose of this study was to determine if a test of formal reasoning could be used to identify the misconceptions of a selected group of preservice teachers. Results of the test were used to suggest teaching strategies for helping preservice teachers to not only overcome any identifed misconceptions, but to aid them as well in correcting misconceptions they will encounter in their classroom teaching experiences.
2:30 THE ALLIANCE FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION IN MISSISSIPPI
Maurice R. [Eftink.sup.*] , Donald Cole , Juancye Taylor , Anselm Griffin , William Person , and Dorris Gardner , (1.) University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677; (2.) University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406; (3.) Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762; and (4.) Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217
The Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi, AGEM AGEM Association Generale des Etudiants de Montmorency
AGEM Associació Gestors de Manteniment (Spanish) , is a National Science Foundation funded program with the goal of enhancing the entry and successful completion of minority students in doctoral science, mathematics, and engineering fields. Additional goals of the AGEM Program are to increase the number of minority students who pursue academic careers and to bring about systemic change in attitudes and practices of faculty, administrators, and students with regard to minority pipeline issues. Components of the program include direct graduate stipends, remission of tuition, graduate bridge program, skills development seminars and a professional seminar series, mentoring programs, travel and research development funds, and annual statewide AGEM conference to promote networking. The AGEM Program is a consortium involving the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Jackson State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. A graduate student can choose from among all of the sci ence, math, and engineering doctoral programs at any of the state's four comprehensive institutions. For more information, visit web site at www.olemiss.edu/agem/, send e-mail to email@example.com, write to AGEM Program, Graduate School, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, or contact the graduate dean's office at any of the listed universities.