Using Models to Explore Biological Questions (2019)

Fall 2019 Faculty Speaker Series for High School Biology Teachers


The application period for Fall 2019 is now closed. Thanks for your interest!

How do scientists distinguish between competing hypotheses?  How do they visualize complex processes? How do they formalize their understanding of the present and generate predictions about the future?  They use models! Models can include 2D or 3D visuals, computer simulations, mathematical representations, and much more.Join us this semester to hear how scientists develop and test models in their research and to engage with examples from fields including systems biology, medicine, chemical biology and ecology.

Program Format and Application Process

All participating teachers commit to attending 5 Thursday afternoon sessions, beginning at 4PM and ending with a light dinner served at 6:30PM.  

We are based on the Cambridge campus in the Science Center at 1 Oxford Street, room 418d.  Enrollment will be limited to 50 teachers. Please check your calendar before applying to ensure that, if accepted, you will attend all 5 sessions so that our hard-working presenters are not staring sadly at your empty seat (if there is an extenuating circumstance on one date, please email Susan Johnson). 

Five Thursday afternoon sessions will take place from 4-7PM on:

  • Week 1 October 10th
  • Week 2 October 24th
  • Week 3 November 7th
  • Week 4 November 21st
  • Week 5 December 5th

This program is FREE of charge and funded by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.  All participants will receive a PDP certificate upon completion of the program.

Applications are due on Friday, September 13th.  Applicants must be full-time high school life science teachers or curriculum directors at public, private, parochial or charter schools in New England. We will notify applicants of their status by September 20th and accepted applicants must respond to our acceptance email by September 27th.  All program communication takes place via email.

Socially Engaged Learning at The Derek Bok Center: Life Sciences Outreach Partnership

The mission of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning is to elevate the quality of teaching at all levels. The Center offers avenues through which faculty and graduate students develop teaching and communication skills in their disciplines.  The Socially Engaged Learning initiative at the Bok Center provides interested faculty and graduate students the unique opportunity to practice these skills in front of important external audiences.  The Lifes Sciences Outreach Fall Faculty Speaker Series consists of faculty talks and activities led by faculty, graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows. We encourage you to help us think about ways in which to leverage high school classroom experience and pedagogical expertise to help further graduate student development in the areas of teaching and communication.

If you have questions, please contact:

Susan Johnson
Assistant Director of Socially Engaged Learning
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning