EvoS Summer Institute

Welcome to the website of the 2015 EvoS Summer Institute! This website is designed to provide you with information regarding the schedule of events, instructional personnel, and contact information. If at any point you’ve got questions about any element of the Institute, please contact the Director, Glenn Geher

Mission of the Institute

The Institute is designed as an effort to help current and future teachers master the breadth of content needed to effectively teach about evolution in a secondary-education curriculum. With the new “common core” standards, evolution and its many elements are now considered essential components of the science curriculum. We want to help our teachers be best prepared to effectively teach this material to the next generation of students.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, SUNY New Paltz’s Evolutionary Studies program includes more than 10 PhD-level faculty who teach dozens of classes related to evolution across the curriculum. These faculty have published articles and books related to evolution that have earned national and international acclaim – and these faculty have a strong reputation on campus and beyond for focusing on cultivating student learning as a primary feature of their work.

In short, the EvoS Faculty at New Paltz are highly qualified evolutionists with international reputations in scholarship and proven dedication and effectiveness in the domain of teaching.


* 45-hour program leading to 3 15-hour-based CEUs (satisfactory for salary advancement in most districts!) or a 34-hour version (leading to 2 15-h0ur-based CEU credits).

* Cost is $450 for the 45-hour, full week of coursework (and it includes lunch, provided by the Institute on 4 of the 5 days) OR $400 for the 34-hour, four-day version.

* Successful participants have the option to buy SUNY New Paltz CEUs for $25 per credit.

* Successful graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion demarcating “Successful Completion of SUNY New Paltz’s Evolutionary Studies Summer Institute.”


The curriculum includes the following:

  • Basic principles of evolutionary theory
  • Basic biological processes of evolution, including how evolutionary principles dovetail with our understanding of genetics
  • Evolutionary processes related to human origins and behavior
  • Evolution applied to important issues of humanity (such as health and the arts)
  • Studying and Teaching about Evolution in the Field
  • Issues specific to the teaching of evolution at multiple levels


Faculty of the Institute:

Glenn Geher, PhD, Professor of Psychology; Director of Evolutionary Studies

Aaron Isabelle, PhD, Associate Professor of Childhood and Early Education

Kenneth Nystrom, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Spencer Mass, MD, Lecturer of Biology

Tom Nolen, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology

Jeffrey Reinking, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology

Hamilton Stapell, PhD, Associate Professor of History

LOCATIONS:

Old Main (OM) 234

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

Wednesday, July 22

Thursday, July 23

Friday, July 24 (only included in the 45-hour version of the program)

JFT 1010

9:00-9:15: Introduction by Glenn Geher, Director of EvoS Institute

JFT 1010

9:00-12:30

Unit 3: Human Origins (Kenneth Nystrom)

JFT 1010

9:00-12:30

Unit 5: Evolution and Humanity (Glenn Geher)

Old Main 237

9:00-12:30

Unit 7: Controversies Surrounding Evolution (Spencer Mass)

Humanities Parking Lot (just west of Humanities Building); 8:00am. We will caravan to Mohonk Preserve and will hike to Millbrook Mountain from West Trapps. No extra fees. Moderate hike. Pack lunch and water and wear appropriate shoes.

JFT 1010

9:15-11:00

Unit 1: Basics of Evolutionary Principles (Tom Nolen)

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CSB

11:00-12:30

Unit 2: DNA

lab with Jeffrey Reinking

 

 

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JFT 1010

LUNCH (provided); 12:30-2:00

EvoS Video and guided discussion on basics of Darwin’s life and research (Niles Eldredge Geologist; AMNH; New Paltz EvoS video series); Nicole Wedberg, Host

JFT 1010 

LUNCH (provided); 12:30-2:00

EvoS Video and guided discussion on Evolution and Behavior (Gordon Gallup, Psychologist; SUNY Albany; New Paltz EvoS video series); Nicole Wedberg, Host

 

JFT 1010

LUNCH (provided); 12:30-2:00

EvoS Video and guided discussion on human social origins and politics (Joanne Souza and Paul Bingham, Stony Brook; Biology; New Paltz EvoS video series); Nicole Wedberg, Host

 

Old Main 237

LUNCH (provided); 12:30-2:00

EvoS Video and guided discussion on evolution education (Warren Allmon, Geologist; Cornell; New Paltz EvoS video series); Nicole Wedberg, Host

 

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CSB

2:00-2:15

 Continue Unit 2 (Jeffrey Reinking)

JFT 1010

2:00-5:30

Unit 4: Evolution and Behavior (Glenn Geher)

JFT 1010

2:00-5:30

Unit 6: Evolution and Human Health (Hamilton Stapell)

Old Main 237

2:00-5:15

Unit 8: Evolution and Education (Aaron Isabelle)

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2:15-3:45

JFT 1010

Complete Unit 1 (Tom Nolen)

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Old Main 237

5:15-5:30

Awarding of Certificates of Completion 

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3:45-5:30

CSB

Complete Unit 2 (Jeffrey Reinking)

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Parking
Please note that there is a $20 fee for a summer parking pass. Or you can purchase day passes (info also found at that site) for $2/day. OR you can (suggested) park for free on nearby side roads such as Ridge Road, South Oakwood, or Orchard Lane (see HERE). Note that JFT is adjacent to the Humanities Building.
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For information about the international Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium that we developed here at New Paltz (in collaboration with faculty at Binghamton), please check out www.evostudies.org. This site includes freely available articles from the peer-reviewed EvoS Journal along with the world’s largest database of free-and-streaming videos related to evolution. All students of the Institute will receive a full print copy of a special issue of EvoS Journal dedicated to issues of evolution in education.

Also, all participants will have access to a special google folder which houses the PowerPoints and other materials specific to the Institute.

If at any point you’ve got questions about any element of the Institute, please contact the Director, Glenn Geher.

Special thanks to Nicole Wedberg, assistant to the Institute, and Meredith Seigel, special assistant to the Institute, for their assistance in putting this all together. Thanks also go to Helise Winters and the office of Continued Learning, along with the following sponsoring agencies:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors Program, School of Education, and the Mohonk Preserve

www.evostudies.org