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WIU To Host Secondary Science Education Conference April 12

April 10, 2002

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MACOMB, IL - - The inaugural Secondary Science Education Conference for high school teachers will be held Friday, April 12 at Western Illinois University. More than 20 teachers from the western Illinois region are scheduled to attend.

Sponsored by the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) and the WIU College of Arts and Sciences, faculty from Western's biology, physics and chemistry departments and guest presenters will offer concurrent sessions from 9 to 11:15 a.m. and a general workshop for all participants from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Waggoner Hall. A luncheon is included in the day's events.

Topics and presenters include "Recovery of an Illinois Floodplain: Plans and Opportunities," by Doug Blodgett of the Nature Conservancy; "Anthrax and Bioterrorism," by assistant biology professor Scott Holt; "Using Nahant Marsh and Other Marshes in Research," by Jennifer Anderson of the Nahant Marsh Educational Field Station; and a chemistry and physics demonstration workshop led by assistant chemistry professor John Hartman and associate biology professor James Rabchuk.

The afternoon workshop, "Human Genome Project: Biology Workbench," will be presented by Bruce Southey from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information about the conference, contact WIU Associate Biology Professor Laura Barden-Gabbei, 309-298-1546 or 298-1679.

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