New Paltz EvoS Summer Institute 2016

Welcome to the website of the 2016 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.

Initially 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.

* Week-long 30-hour program leading to 3 10-hour-based CEUs.

* Free for New York State Master Teachers; $200 for others. Includes breakfast and lunch.

* On-Campus housing available to those who need it.

* 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.”

CURRICULUM

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

Kenneth Nystrom, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Spencer Mass, MD, Lecturer of Biology

Rosemary Millham, PhD, Associate Professor of Education

Tom Nolen, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology

Jeffrey Reinking, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology

Hamilton Stapell, PhD, Associate Professor of History

Andrea Varga, MFA, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Jennifer Waldo, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology

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LOCATIONS:

Old Main (OM) 234 (unless otherwise noted)

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 11

8:30-9:00 Breakfast (OM 113)

9:00-9:15: Introduction by Glenn Geher, Director of EvoS Institute (OM 234)

9:15-10:30 Basics of Evolutionary Theory Part I, Tom Nolen (OM 234)

10:30-12:00 DNA lab Part I with Jeff Reinking and Jennifer Waldo (CSB)

12-1 Lunch (OM 113)

1:00-1:15 DNA lab Part II with Jeff Reinking and Jennifer Waldo (CSB)

1:15-2:45 Basics of Evolutionary Theory Part II, Tom Nolen (OM 234)

2:45-4:00 DNA lab Part II with Jeff Reinking and Jennifer Waldo (CSB)


Tuesday, July 12

8:30-9:00 Breakfast (OM 113)

9:00-12:00: Human Origins with Ken Nystrom (OM 234)

12-1 Lunch (OM 113)

1:00-4:00: Evolution and Behavior with Glenn Geher (OM 234)



Wednesday, July 13

8:30-9:00 Breakfast (OM 113)

9:00-12:00: Evolution and the Arts with Andrea Varga (OM 234)

12-1 Lunch (OM 113)

1:00-4:00: Evolution and Human Health with Hamilton Stapell (OM 234)


Thursday, July 14

8:30-9:00 Breakfast (OM 113)

9:00-12:00: Controversies in Evolution with Spencer Mass (OM 234)

12-1 Lunch (OM 113)

1:00-4:00 Evolution and the Next-Generation Science Standards with Rosemary Millham (OM 234)


Friday, July 15

8:30-9:00 Breakfast (OM 113)

9:00-12:00: Interpretative hike in the Mohonk Preserve led by Glenn Geher

- lunch is "pack your own"

1:00-3:00: Workshop on Integrating Field Studies in Evolution into Curriculum with Glenn Geher

3:00-4:00: Certificate Ceremony (OM 234 AND THEN 113)


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 Old Main is adjacent to Plattekill Ave.
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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 Vania Rolón, assistant to the Institute, for her assistance in putting this all together. Thanks also go to Helise Winters, the office of Continued Learning, Cheryl Spada, coordinator for the Master Teacher Program, along with the following sponsoring agencies:

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

www.evostudies.org

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Workshop  on Integrating Evolution into the Curriculum

Run by Glenn Geher, Director of EvoS Summer Institute

During the final segment of the Institute, Glenn will hold a workshop on the topic of integrating evolution into one's curriculum. As you'll see, the entire week-long experience is largely about seeing evolution in a multi-faceted manner that extends across all academic areas.

As one example of how ideas from this EvoS approach can be used to enhance a secondary education experience, consider this workshop on evolution and behavior that Glenn has given to 6th-grade social studies classes in New Paltz.

For this workshop, there is a little bit of homework. Participants need to think of a way to integrate evolution into some curriculum that they are already delivering. Then, each participant needs to create a PowerPoint slideshow (between 5-7 slides) explicating the idea. Slides should be uploaded to this special Google folder. During the final two-hour period of the Institute, participants will present their ideas to the others in the class. Don't hesitate to contact Glenn (geherg@newpaltz.edu) with thoughts/questions, etc.