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Greetings from Robin Greenler

BioQUEST’s 30th celebration tonight has me thinking of you all.  I would so love to be there tonight —I frequently think of you, Ethel.  I am also thinking of our dear friend Patti Soderbergh and wish she was around to be part of the celebrations.

At any rate, I hope you have a good celebration tonight—you have a lot to be proud of in that consortium.

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Sam S Donovan onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

BioQUEST and Me

I went to my first BioQUEST workshop in 1991.  As for many people, it was a transforming experience.  The three p's became, and remain, important elements in my teaching.  I also made a number of very good friends that year, Ethel Stanley among them.  I wish I could be there to celebrate this anniversary.  It is a wonderful tribute to its nurturers that it is still such a vibrant organization. 

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Maura C. Flannery onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

BioQUEST and the 3P's: People, people, people

Back in the early days, in 1989-1991, I had the pleasure of working in BioQUEST with the brilliant, wonderful and irrepressible Patti Soderberg.  BioQUEST was a small operation, Patti and I wore more hats than I can count, from coffee maker to workshop facilitator.  On the fateful day that we needed to come up with an official titles to satisfy some long forgotten piece of official business, we decided that we each wanted our title to be BioQUEST Co-Empress.  And so we decreed. 

Those were exciting days, BioQUEST was small, computers were huge, and simulations were rudimentary.  Nils Pearson developed a hypercard stack—a series of digital pages (black and white, of course) that would link from one to another in the order that the user desired!  So rather than in a linear fashion, the user could explore according to their own interests!  The content was actually pretty sophisticated conceptually, but, well, let’s say the hypercard stack has been surpassed technologically!

But central for me was the incredible mentorship provided me by John Jungck in those years.  When I first came to Beloit in 1989 I was barely older than the Beloit College students I was teaching.  And John Jungck was an incredible mentor as I sorted out my career paths, professional passions, gifts, talents, and growing edges.  I have no question that the following 25 years that I have spent in science education reform pushing for engaged, active, user-directed, constructivist, discovery-oriented science education, (and feel free to add any more adjectives form the last decades of science education reform), I have no doubt that my efforts were fundamentally molded by BioQUEST broadly and John specifically.  To John, my deep gratitude.

I came back and rejoined the fold in 2000-2005 and then I was greeted by another great mind and force of spirit in Ethel Stanley.  Wow, Ethel taught me a lot about ways to think, move through and be in the world.  Another formative relationship. Ethel, you never cease to amaze!

There were many more wonderful and inspiring people who have made up BioQUEST, too many to name.  It was always a challenge to describe to people what BioQUEST was, but really it is not complicated.  BioQUEST has always been, first and foremost, a community of inspired, passionate, bright people, with creative visions, who are committed to making a difference in science and education.  And while substantial “products” have certainly been developed, always the people are where it has started.  So, to all the BioQUEST people, long-timers and new, thank-you for carrying on the vision.

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Robin McClure Greenler onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

My First BioQUEST Workshop (Stacey Kiser)

I showed up to my first BioQUEST workshop in 1999. I thought I was there to borrow all the good curriculum ideas I could. I never dreamed I would meet Maura Flannery and share a teaching philosophy. Maura wrote about her experience and this made me a BQ Lifer.

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Stacey Kiser onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

My First BioQUEST Workshop (Stacey Kiser)

I showed up to my first BioQUEST workshop in 1999. I thought I was there to borrow all the good curriculum ideas I could. I never dreamed I would meet Maura Flannery and share a teaching philosophy. Maura wrote about her experience and this made me a BQ Lifer.

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Stacey Kiser onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

Always Cutting Edge

Pat, Ethel, and Tony demonstrate the super-cool 3D glasses for the 3D demonstration at the University of Delaware (2015).

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Biology and Math Art

Keep your eyes out for cool biology/math art. Add your photos here!

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Stacey Kiser onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

Group Photos Over the Years

2015 - Harvey Mudd

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Stacey Kiser onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

Cafe BQ - fueling the hard work

We work hard and snacks fuel our thinking. Oreos are a staple. You will also find Diet Coke, because this fuels BQ founder John Jungck.

What do you request for this year's cafe?

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Stacey Kiser onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

More Awesome Postdoc Action at Life Discovery 2016

Arietta Fleming Davies and Gaby Hamerlinck rocked it at Life Discovery with a QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network workshop, and sessions on DryadLab and DataNuggets&MathBench.  

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Kristin Jenkins onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

And BioQUEST leaves my basement.

Following good tax keeping protocol, financial records older than 7 years were shredded, as were about 10 boxes of unreadable disc storage devices, including large floppys.  Dare we admit remembering using those?  

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Kristin Jenkins onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

BioQUEST in my basement...

I went through ALL these boxes.  I commend the record keepers of BioQUEST who faithfully kept every draft, printed out every email, and made multiple copies of anything official.  It was a good day when we began to trust our online email archives.  I could map every trip any BioQUEST staff made over the years based on the meticulous reimbursement receipts.  Among my favorite finds: the "Road Map/Anti-panic File," a copy of American Biology Teacher from ...? and priceless, a supportive letter from none other than our own Paul Ryan.  How things change.  Any guesses where that article on Buckminster Fuller was printed?  It wasn't Science. Who says archive diving is boring? 

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Gaby Hamerlinck - BioQUEST postdoc extrodinaire

In August 2015 we welcomed Gaby Hamerlinck to the BioQUEST family.  Gaby brings a deep love of quantitative biology and teaching to the QUBES project and we are lucky to have her.  Note: she is taller in person.  

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Gaby Hamerlinck and Alison Hale are QUBES@ NABT 2015

Awesome postdocs wow NABT participants with QUBES!  In true BioQUEST fashion, they did a workshop (technically two), one session and a poster.  Well done!

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Kristin Jenkins onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

Summer 2015

More fun at BioQUEST!  

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Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens

In 2015 we pleased our botany and math buddies with a trek through a botanical garden loaded with biologically and mathematically intriguing botanical oddities.  As Ahrash Bissell said, "With plants, it's not really 'why'? It's more 'why not'?" 

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Kristin Jenkins onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

BioQUEST Moves out of Beloit

What was supposed to be a quick follow up trip to pack the last few boxes turned into a marathon session of clearing out a huge (but well organized!) store room, and a very full office.  Good thing the trailer had a flat tire and I rented what I thought to be a ridiculously oversized truck for the job.  Even though a lot of boxes didn't make the cut and were left as an offering to the recycling gods, the truck was full.  Thanks to Nate Jenkins who moved boxes, and boxes, and boxes, and boxes (you get the picture)...in exchange for his pick of the office supplies.  

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Kristin Jenkins onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

Still Going Strong

For the 2016 summer workshop BioQUEST has partnered with QUBES, HHMI, Science CaseNet, NAS and NSCU to organize a Special Topics Summer Institute focusing on Quantitive Reasoning in Biology. Follow the link to see what we are up to. 

Not to shabby for a 30yr old. 

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Sam S Donovan onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

High tech archive

While moving the BioQUEST archive from Beloit to our new digs, I ran across many interesting items that I was unable to identify.  Does anybody know what this high tech gadget was for?

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Kristin Jenkins onto 30 Years of BioQUEST

Guess the year that this was the BQ homepage on the web

Do you recognize these projects? What year do you think this was?

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Sam S Donovan onto 30 Years of BioQUEST