17 Mar 11

BioSynC hosted 11 students from the Latin School of Chicago for a week of biodiversity exploration and education. Mentored by Josh Drew and Anna Cabral, students used Education LifeDesks to produce a final project of EOL content. For more information see the Latin School Project Week site.

6 Mar 11

Audrey Aronowsky with Field Museum Education staff Krystal Villanosa and Johanna Thompson attended the Digital Media and Learning conference convened by the MacArthur Foundation in Long Beach, CA. Aronowsky presented BioSynC’s digital learning programs on an invited panel. Aronowsky and Sanzenbacher co-authored a presentation on “WhyReef: real science in a virtual world”.

28 Feb 11

Mark Westneat attended the Phenotype RCN Ontologies Summit meeting sponsored by NSF. The meeting was the kick-off to a 5 year Phenotype RCN project among ontology projects across vertebrate and invertebrate animal biology.

31 Jan 11

Mark Westneat and Josh Drew along with University of Chicago graduate students Joanna Mandecki and Charlene McCord conducted field work and international training at the Motupore Island Research Station in Papua New Guinea. More than 350 species were documented and collected. Images and content from the field work will be made available on EOL via LifeDesks. Westneat and Drew trained three local students from University of Papua New Guinea and are developing collaborative grants for future research and conservation work in the region.

25 Jan 11

BioSynC, in partnership with Field Museum Education, launched the Conservation Connection digital learning program. Conservation Connection
engages 20 teens in Chicago, 20 teens in Suva, Fiji, and middle and high school students from across the country in the stewardship of both Fijian coral reefs and local ecosystems through direct involvement in the scientific process.