Regional conference hosted by Montoursville High School and Lycoming College biology teachers

Regional conference hosted by Montoursville High School and Lycoming College biology teachers

High school teachers learn a new way to teach photosynthesis and respiration.

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More than 110 teachers from six states attended the annual Biology Teachers’ Workshop hosted by the Lycoming College and the Montoursville High School Biology Departments at the Heim Biology and Chemistry building last month. The day-long educational and networking event helps regional public school teachers meet professional development teaching requirements.

“Our workshop is a cost-effective way for teachers to get relevant training in biology that helps them keep up-to-date on emerging developments in our field,” said Karen Avery ’95, a Lycoming alumna and biology teacher at the Montoursville High School who organizes the event with the help of Lycoming College faculty and staff. “The teachers leave the event energized about their field and eager to use the new lesson plans provided by the presenters.”

Workshop sessions included information about data analysis by Kimberly Parfitt from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, photosynthesis and respiration with algae beads by Tamica Stubbs from BioRad, and the difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells by Margaret Franzen from 3D Molecular Designs. David Garbe from the Pennsylvania Society of Biomedical Research presented on a 6-week animal feeding project that helps students learn about good nutrition and the scientific method. Seventeen high school students of the Montoursville Science National Honor Society developed or presented lesson plans about Mendelian genetics and enzyme activity.

Lycoming staff and faculty supported the events: Emily Bohlin, biology lab manager; Debbie Smith, administrative assistant; and Mary Morrison, Ph.D., biology professor. The College also provided the facilities, computer support, and lunch and refreshments for the attendees. Several businesses provided a large number of door prizes.

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