Atlanta NABT Professional Development Conference: November 28-December 1, 2007 the Atlanta Hyatt Regency * Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta NABT Professional Development Conference: November 28-December 1, 2007 the Atlanta Hyatt Regency * Atlanta, Georgia


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The Georgia Aquarium ... birthplace and childhood home of Martin Luther King ... Civil War Museum ... Carter Center and Presidential Library ... Coca Cola headquarters ... Centennial Olympic Park ... Stone Mountain ... Margaret Mitchell House and Museum ... What do all these have in common with NABT? The 2007 NABT Professional Development Conference!

From November 28 through December 1, Atlanta will be filled with more than 1,200 participants from across the country and all over the world, to attend this exciting event: dynamic speakers, stimulating sessions and symposia, wonderful workshops, and exciting exhibits; covering everything from bird flu to bioterrorism, from forensics to fossils.

Have you been to an NABT Conference? Here is what some of last year's attendees had to say: * As a new teacher, [I] appreciated getting ideas from the "trenches"--tried and true activities and strategies that I can begin to implement. * It is a wonderful convention and I am glad I spent the $ to come! * Useful vendor exhibits, wonderful talks--Barb Bancroft, especially. * New ideas, tips for success, networking were all most useful. See p. 254 for the Registration Form and visit our Conference Web site at www.nabt2007.org to learn more.

The following in-depth short courses are presented in addition to the regular program offerings. These events require advance registration;

on-site registration is based on space availability.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

1. PCR Detection of Genetic Modification in Foods

8:00 AM-Noon

Cost: $20 * Limit: 24 Use one of the most powerful tools in biotechnology to investigate foods we eat. Learn about PCR, genetic modification, and how genetically modified foods are created in this hands-on workshop.

-- Claire Walsh, Fotodyne, Inc., Hartland, WI

2. Life After Kits I

9:00 AM-Noon

Cost: $55 * Limit: 30

Budget stretched to the limit? Need to find a way to make your money go further? Come learn how to make your own biotechnology kits for DNA extraction, bacterial transformation, DNA restriction digests, gel electrophoresis, and more. Although commercially-available kits are wonderful time savers, they can be a drain on tight budgets. Teachers who learn to put together their own kits can do the same labs for less than half the cost of using commercial kits. In this workshop participants learn how to make their own technology kits. During the workshop we will do each experiment and walk through preparation of all reagents. Participants will receive lab manuals that include recipes, detailed instructions, and student lab manuals.

-- Whitney Hagins, Lexington HS, Lexington, MA; Ken Bateman, Wellesley HS, Wellesley, MA

3. Who Killed Crystal Creek? Digital Image Capture and Analysis for Forensic Environmental Science Education

9:00 AM-Noon

Cost: $40 * Limit: 20

Forensic analyses can be used in environmental science too! Learn how to use water quality analysis, digital image capture, and forensic image processing to involve students in solving a water pollution crime. Participants will receive a lesson kit funded by a grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS).

-- Steven Moore, Science Approach, Tucson, AZ; David Doty, Ken-A-Vision, Kansas City, MO: Gina Gonez, St. Martin's School, Annapolis, MD

4. Use Customized Multimedia Learning Tools Based on Real-Life Research Data To Teach Science Concepts

12:30 PM-4:30 PM

Cost: $70 * Limit: 36

Use "CHANCE" customized multimedia learning tools that help students integrate authentic research data with information from animations and virtual explorations to understand environmental and biological concepts.

-- Jacqueline McLaughlin, The Pennsylvania State University, Fogelsville, PA; Jewel Reuter, Montana State University and Louisiana Virtual School, Baton Rouge, LA; Tracy Dreher, East Penn School District, Emmaus, PA

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