New York Biology Teachers Association
Special Information    

38th Annual
All-Day Conference and Luncheon:

Science: The Essence of STEM

Saturday, April 16th, 2016
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stuyvesant High School


• Special workshops planned for new and in service science teachers on  understanding of current assessment system
• Informal educational resources available for NYC including museums, zoos, aquariums, environmental and National parks
• Information about textbooks, educational materials, programs and ideas
• Commercially developed educational workshops
• Easy access via many major subway lines and the NJ PATH system
• Exhibition Hall featuring books, programs, and classroom materials
• Hot buffet luncheon available

Keynote Address: STEM in the City 
Join science author, video host and native Brooklynite Michael DiSpezio for a motivating, entertaining and eye-opening survey of the incredible engineering projects that make the Big Apple the world’s greatest city!  You’ll explore a rich landscape of STEM teaching ideas and opportunities that range from the historic construction of the Brooklyn Bridge to the contemporary excavation of City Water Tunnel No. 3. Discover how you can create a powerful and engaging STEM component by integrating citywide sites and resources into your current lesson plans.

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New NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards

Survey for Rating Draft NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Now Open

Over the course of many months and in collaboration with numerous science education stakeholders across New York State, the New York State Education Department spearheaded the development of draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards. The Education Department recently posted the draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) for public preview. This draft may be accessed here.

In order to collect feedback related to the draft NYSSL, the Department has posted a survey allowing respondents to rate the draft NYSSLS against a set of research-based standards evaluation criteria. The survey may be accessed here. The feedback received will inform revisions to the draft NYSSLS prior to presenting them to the Board of Regents for discussion and eventual adoption.

The survey will remain open until close of business on Friday, February 5, 2016.

This is our opportunity to be heard.

Darwin Day: A Celebration of Science

Darwin’s View
Sex and Love
Sunday, February 7, 2016
1:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island
38 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY

This annual event, now in its 8th year, begins with a talk by John Teehan, chair of the Religion Department of Hofstra University, entitled “Darwin’s View of Sex and Love.”

Lunch of sandwiches and beverages will be offered for sale followed by science activities for children and presentations from the various sponsoring organizations, which includes the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, the Long Island American Humanist Association, LI Atheists, Center for Inquiry/Long Island and the Secular Student Alliance.

The event is free and open to all with an interest.

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Mass Extinctions in the Fossil Record
Their Meaning for Today’s World

David Jablonski,
Professor of Geophysical Sciences
University of Chicago

Friday, February 12, 2016
7:30 P.M.
Earth and Space Sciences 001

The fossil record is punctuated by extinction events at all scales, from the loss of one or two fish species with the drying of a lake, to the wholesale disappearance of dinosaurs (birds aside) 65 million years ago. The handful of events that are global in scale and bring down a wide spectrum of species are termed mass extinctions, which account for less than 10% of all the extinction over life’s long history, but have been pivotal in shaping the world’s biota. Because most research has centered on the causes of mass extinctions, we are just beginning to understand their evolutionary roles.  Growing evidence points to a change in the rules of survival during mass extinctions, so that evolution is re-channeled during these rare but intense episodes.

The evolutionary bursts that follow the extinctions may be just as important as the extinctions themselves, as new or previously obscure lineages take advantage of the opportunities opened up by the demise of dominant groups. However, a closer look at recovery intervals shows that survival alone does not guarantee evolutionary success: not all survivors are winners. The implications of this new understanding of extinction for present-day biodiversity are complex but wide‐ranging.

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How Nanotechnology
Can Save Us and Environment:

Making It Happen In a Safe Way

Alexander Orlov
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
State University of New York

Friday, February 26, 2016
7:30 P.M.
Earth and Space Sciences 001

Nanotechnology is offering wonderful opportunities to make most of materials around us much better. Nanoparticles can help us to produce energy in a more efficient and less harmful way. They can also transform the environment around us and help us to clean it. Nanotechnology is opening new and exciting world for our civilization and we are still only at the beginning of this fantastic journey. However, there are questions about how safe those small particles are, and whether there are ways to make them safer. This lecture will discuss examples of emerging frontiers in this area while attempting to outline challenges in nanotechnology field.

For information on many more local activities for science educators,

visit NYAS Science Educators - Events Calendar

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