Workshops and Institutes
Investigating the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
July 15, 2014 - July 16, 2014
During this two-day workshop teachers will work to analyze and interpret data sets that help us understand the evolutionary theory that explains the development of antibiotic resistant strains of the bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus. Participants will come away with strategies for using genetic data with their students to examine evolutionary relationships among bacteria, a deeper understanding of evolutionary biology, and video and written resources for teaching about evolution.
Dr. Paul Planet at Columbia University, has identified and dated a gene transfer event that has enhanced the ability of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to colonize skin and cause disease. The workshop will use Dr. Planet's work as a case study to delve into the origins of pathogenesis in the context of the human microbiome. How does Staph, as a resident of humans, live in its environment? What are the selection pressures within this environment? And how does the microbiome act as a gene reservoir for this organism's evolution? Participants will explore evolutionary principles that help us answer these questions and gain experience with techniques for using genes to understand the evolution of bacteria.
This workshop is most appropriate for high school biology teachers.
This material is based upon work supported by the US Army Research Laboratory and Office under Grant No. W911NF-10-1-0339.
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February 17, 2015 - May 9, 2015
This three part workshop provides teachers with the tools to design, execute and evaluate successful science and literacy aligned Museum learning experiences around the topic of plate tectonics.
February 18, 2015 - February 19, 2015
This two day workshop will introduce K-12 teachers to our newest exhibition, Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters. Participants will work with Museum educators and scientists to strengthen their understanding of the earth processes that cause natural disasters, explore the tools that scientists use to study and predict these events and use case studies that help illustrate the topic
NYC Teachers Chancellor’s Day Professional Development 2015: Using Museum Resources to Support K-12 Science Education
June 4, 2015
This professional day is geared for K-12 teachers who want to strengthen their ability to use Museum resources to teach science. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a range of breakout sessions that will utilize the Museum’s digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the science curriculum in ways that are engaging for students.