The Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) Conference

The Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) has a yearly (June) workshop-based conference at which faculty learn about new laboratory studies in all area of biology (including animal behavior, neuroscience, bio-mathematics, statistics, biochemistry and biophysics) by participating in hands-on 3-hour major workshops in which they actually conduct the laboratory study.  During the conference, participants attend four major workshops, four or five mini-workshops and a poster session.  There is a strong emphasis at this conference on pedagogy that works and changing teaching methods to improve student outcomes.  The 2017 conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison June 13-17.  The conference is held at a different college or university campus each year in the US or Canada.  Registration waivers are available for new faculty.  Information about ABLE, ABLE workshops and ABLE resources may be found at their website.   

L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship Program Application and Information.

Applications for the 2017 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open and are due on Friday, February 3, 2017. The application and more information about the program can be found

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. 

In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post-doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

I invite you to collaborate with us and spread the word to your community about this special fellowship program for exceptional female post-doctoral researchers who are also committed to serving as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM. 


Council of Independent Colleges (CIC): CUR Transformations Project Request for Proposals

Informational Webinar: February 10, 2017; Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2017
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), with funding from the National Science Foundation, has released a national request for proposals (PDF) for colleges and universities to participate in a four-year project to create cohesive, research-based curricula in four science disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. Twelve institutions (and two departments/disciplines from each institution) will be selected to participate in the CUR Transformations project. For more information, institutions can register for a free informational webinar held this Friday at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and visit the project website.