BioEYES Newsletter September, 2012
WHAT'S NEW Baltimore (Valerie Butler, Chandra Harvey, and Rob Vary) In the last newsletter, we mentioned that BioEYES Baltimore was in the process of finalizing a memorandum of understanding with the Johns Hopkins School of Education. Well, it's finally been finalized! We are now officially a co-production of the Carnegie Institution for Science and the School of Education, a partnership that is bound to bring our program to new heights! In other news, we've already held three teacher trainings for the upcoming school year. So far, we've trained 14 new teachers and refreshed 23 returning ones, along with bringing on board 10 new Master Teachers who will bring the program to their students themselves. We look forward to working with all of them, and we still have at least three more trainings to go!
Hello BioEYES Supporter, The school year's kicking into full swing and we here at BioEYES are swinging right along with it! Already we've started training teachers and filling up our programming schedule for the year, and we're still only just getting started.
A Baltimore City student observes his fish, hoping to find embryos, during a program in July 2012.
Unfortunately, the news has not been so good for two of our satellite locations. Our Baltimore County educator, Karena Curtis, has had to take a medical leave of absence from BioEYES. In our line of work we do an awful lot of lifting and hauling equipment into and out of schools, which is certainly not what the doctor ordered. Sadly, Baltimore County Public School district was unable to support a replacement BioEYES educator, so students will have to wait until the spring semester to receive the program. In the meantime, we wish Karena a very speedy recovery! Things have gone even worse for our BioEYES colleagues at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Despite numerous grant applications, they were unable to secure the funding required to keep the program going for this year and have thus been forced to close up shop. Participating teachers were understandably very disappointed to hear the news. Former BioEYES educator Anita Beebe reported receiving the following responses among many others to the announcement: I am so sad to hear this. I truly believe that your program is the best. Having at the start of the year sets the class off to a good start. I look forward to its return. I hope you are well. So much learning goes on this week, I hope they can get a grant. Am I to believe that there will not be your wonderful zebra fish school workshop? It was such a great program. Thanks for all your help. I hope they find the funding. It is such a valuable program and my students enjoyed it so much. Keep us posted. In the 2011-2012 school year alone, the South Bend BioEYES program was delivered to more than 3,600 students, trained 68 teachers, and worked with 27 Master Teachers. The staff in South Bend will continue to seek funding, and we all have high hopes that the
staff in South Bend will continue to seek funding, and we all have high hopes that the program will resume again next year. Until then, they will be sorely missed, and we wish Anita the best in all her future endeavors. Teachers at all of our locations are similarly anxious to receive the program. Philadelphia BioEYES educator Tracy Nelson received the following in an email form a fourth grade teacher who was afraid their schedule was already full: We do not want to lose this program at our school. It has been a fabulous experience for our students. Please be sure we are on your schedule! Carnegie scientist Mario Izaguirre-Sierra explains his research on Cajal bodies to a group of Baltimore City public school teachers.
Last, our environmental program, Your Watershed, Your Backyard, now has its own Facebook page! Head on over there and like us, and while you're at it, check out the regular BioEYES Facebook page as well.
Luckily, the Philadelphia and Baltimore City BioEYES programs are still going strong. Both of these programs are funded primarily by gifts and grants, many of which need to be reapplied for each year. In these economic times, the grant-makers often find themselves with less money to go around but more worthy non-profits asking for it, so -- as our friends in South Bend found out -- grants are getting more competitive all the time.
Philadelphia (Jamie Shuda and Tracy Nelson) BioEYES in Philadelphia is happy to welcome fifteen new teachers and two graduate student volunteers to the program this year. We will hold two training sessions, one this September and one after the New Year, to introduce these teachers to the program and help them feel prepared and excited for their week! Thanks to all the veteran teachers who have helped spread the word to their colleagues and friends. The multi-colored glofish babies that we've been raising since the spring are 6 months old now and doing well. We seem to have an abundance of purple ones. Hmmm, is that the dominant color? How will we use these in the classroom? Stay tuned!
Students have to work together to clean out their Petri dishes and keep their embryos healthy.
You can help, though. Clicking on the "Donate" button to the left or following this link will bring you to the donation page on our website, where you can make a tax-deductible donation to BioEYES through PayPal, or learn where you can mail a check. If you or someone you know has received BioEYES in the classroom, or if you simply would like to support bringing exciting, hands-on STEM programs to underprivileged students, please consider making a donation today. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support of BioEYES. Sincerely,
Examples of GloFish, from glofish.com.
Did You Know?
Dr. Steven Farber BioEYES co-founder and staff scientist
Dr. Jamie Shuda BioEYES co-founder and
Carnegie Institution for Science
Director of Life Science Outreach University of Pennsylvania
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