October 2016 Conferences
October was a busy month for quant bio education!
The mathematical biology and education world was very busy over the last month. Here are a few events at which you may have seen QUBES:
Yes, we’ve been busy, but we’ve also had highlights as well. One big event at the SIAM Ed meeting was the release and promotion of the GAIMME report. GAIMME stands for Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education. If you haven’t heard of it, go check it out. It is a report prepared jointly by SIAM and COMAP (COnsortium for Mathematics and its APplications) and is available for download free on COMAP’s site.
Of course, I have to self promote the QUBES organized session, which pulled from the NIMBioS working group and connected with several additional individuals to talk about the teaching of modeling. Pictured above on the left is Dr. Talitha Washington, of Howard University as she discusses connections with secondary educators. On the right is one of our QUBES leadership team members, Dr. Drew LaMar.
We also organized a session at BEER on a similar modeling theme, and featured Alex Capaldi - winner of a recent mentoring award. However, our own Carrie Diaz Eaton was also featured alongside Hannah Callender of the Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance (IBA). They presented a plenary panel at BEER focused on community building efforts in biomathematics. Whereas QUBES focuses on partnerships between partners, individuals, centers, businesses, and professional societies, IBA focuses on partnerships between colleges to deliver leading edge teaching and research to its students.
Above on the left, NIMBioS working group member, Dr. Robert Mayes, presenting at the QUBES organized invited session at the International Symposium for Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research. BEER also boasted an education plenary, Dr. Raina Robeva (pictured above right), sponsored by BIO SIGMAA, the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America, and several education invited sessions. Mark your calendar, it is at Illinois State University next October.
At the same time, The Annual Meeting of the Wildlife Society was starting, and our QUBES communications student from Unity College, Madison Newton, was tweeting it all. Dr. Diaz Eaton @mathprofcarrie also did a bit of tweeting at BEER and at her next stop #ESANGC.
The ESA Next Generation Careers workshop was excellent. ESA Education Director, Teresa Mourad, was recently awarded and RCN-UBE grant to work together with stakeholders to improve the path for students to get the career they want in environmental biology. We had a lot of team building fun!! Pictured right: Preliminary findings by the Next Gen Careers RCN. You can find the report and other conference information at the ESA website.
Look for the next ESA Education opportunity - the Life Discovery Conference - whose theme this year is DATA! Everyone’s favorite, right? QUBES will see you there!