APS promotes innovative science teaching practices with "Frontiers in Physiology"

July 20, 2001 Bethesda, Md. As part of an ongoing effort to improve science education, the American Physiological Society (APS) will host 14 teachers from across the country at a week-long retreat focused on laboratory research and the exploration of innovative and effective science teaching methods. The retreat will run July 23-29 and is part of the APS Frontiers in Physiology program. Frontiers in Physiology fellowships provide teachers with stipends to cover their full-time summer participation in a research laboratory, as well as travel expenses to attend the retreat and a major scientific meeting.

The goal of Frontiers in Physiology is to provide a laboratory research experience to middle- and high-school-level teachers. In learning research techniques and following the scientific process from start to finish, the teachers (and subsequently their students) gain a greater understanding of science. The summer program pairs each teacher with an APS member who makes the teacher part of his/her research team. Teachers also learn effective education strategies that help them translate their research experience into classroom labs.

Midway through the Frontiers in Physiology program, teachers go on a week-long summer retreat, which will take place at the Airlie House Conference Center in Warrenton, Va. This serves as a break in their laboratory activity and allows the teachers to explore and share their experiences with other summer research teachers. While on retreat the teachers will explore a variety of experiments and activities including a study of aggressive vs. submissive behavior in Siamese Fighting Fish, an exploration of factors that affect blood flow and blood pressure in humans and Project WISE, an online effort to promote an inquiry-based approach to scientific problems. During the retreat, teachers can also speak with former summer research fellows who return to mentor, share best practices, and contribute anecdotes about how

Contact: Stacy Brooks
American Physiological Society

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