Join us for CSM FOME 2017!
(CSM Forum On Microbiology Education)
CSM FOME brings together microbiologists (faculty, graduate students, and others, at any level of experience), interested in improving microbiology education in Canada. In our pre-conference workshop, we will share best teaching practices, discuss evidence-based methods, and build a community of passionate microbiology educators. This year’s workshop will take place the afternoon of June 20, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at the University of Waterloo. Faculty members, sessional instructors, post-docs, teaching staff, and graduate students are all welcome, however registration for the workshop is limited. Registration fees for the Workshop is $10.00 before April 15, 2017 and $15 after April 15, 2017.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Smith (Lecturer, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada)will be this year’s keynote facilitator.
Biography: Karen Smith, a lecturer in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of British Columbia, has been educating students from first to fourth year in microbiology and biology laboratories and lecture classes. She is the recipient of the 2016 Killam Teaching Award that honours outstanding contributions by teaching faculty. Karen is passionate about teaching and science education research. She has been actively involved in transforming science education as part of the life science team for education reform at UBC. Her role as an educator and researcher in the Flexible Learning Initiative (BioFlex) and the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative has helped shape her own scholarship of teaching and learning on threshold concepts, productive failure and wellbeing in the classroom. Karen’s motto “let’s bring life into the life sciences classroom” supports active learning strategies to enhance and strengthen the student learning experience. Recently, Karen’s highly successful initiative “The First Year Experience Science Education Symposium” gave educators from all science disciplines on campus an opportunity to learn, share and reflect on best practices for teaching first year students.
Karen is a Senior Faculty Fellow and Advisor for student orientation programs (UBC Jump Start, Imagine) and health promotion projects that examine the impact of teaching practices and student wellbeing in the classroom. She believes that supporting students outside the classroom helps fosters lasting learning relationships and is an advocate for creating transformative learning experiences for each and every student.
#microlearning - Re-thinking 21st century education
In the past decade, important changes in higher education have occurred in response to advances in technology, changes in society, and globalization. At the University of British Columbia, life science education has undergone significant reforms to incorporate modern teaching methodologies and provide students with an enriched academic experience. In this session, we will examine current trends in higher education by showcasing UBC’s innovations in teaching and learning in the life sciences. With an emphasis on “microlearning”, we will consider the practice of integrating learning objects as well as a curriculum that supports the whole student. As we reflect on the future of education, we will explore how these emerging educational models might impact our role(s) as educators.
Registration & Abstract Submission:
Are you interested in sharing your teaching methods or facilitating a discussion on an issue in microbiology education? Please see the Abstract Guidelines. Submissions are accepted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) until April 24, 2017. Please DO NOT use the CSM abstract submission site to submit proposals for this workshop or education poster presentations. Registration for the Education Workshop is available through the CSM Online Registration Form with a small fee to ensure participation.
Please contact Tanya Noel (email@example.com) and/or
Josie Libertucci (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information or clarification.
We look forward for your participation!
CSM 2017 Professional Development Workshop
A 2017 CSM Professional Development workshop is being organized by the CSM Education and Careers committee in order to provide students and postdoctoral fellows with a wide-range of microbiology career perspectives from representative academic, industry, politics, journalism, and government sectors.
The three parts to this year’s workshop will be as follows:
Using graphic design in posters, slide presentations, and research papers to maximize the impact and clarity of your message.
An interactive session on resumes, cover letters and other career-development topics.
Planning for a career in Microbiology: guest panelist discussion regarding important considerations for a career in teaching, research, scientific communication, and beyond.
Please note you need to register for the Professional Development Workshop through the CSM online registration. Registration fees for the Workshop is $10.00 before April 15, 2017 and $15 after April 15, 2017.