2016 Summer Workshop for Teachers

The Teachers' Workshop is an annual program specifically designed to provide both new and experienced teachers a dynamic setting in which they can gain new insight into modern biology, and the opportunity to develop and integrate new curriculum material into their science classes. The one-week workshop combines lectures and related hands-on laboratory courses and culminates in a session on science curriculum development for grades 8-12.
The workshop is offered in the summer (one week in July) to high school science teachers from the greater Boston area. It is sponsored by CBMM and the Department of Biology at MIT and is funded by the NSF. See eligibility requirements by going the registration form provided here (PDF). 

Space is limited to 16 participants.

The 2016 CBMM Teachers’ workshop entitled “Strides in understanding brain functions and disorder” is being offered during the 3rd week of July (July 18 -22).

Distinguished speakers from leading academic laboratories discussed novel approaches and findings ranging from brain development, illusions, updates from autism and dyslexia research and brain modifications in response to stress and disease.

The laboratory component of this workshop will cover: electrophysiology experiments with live cockroaches, and hands-on demonstration of neuroimaging methods and data analysis including fMRI. The teachers are encouraged to review the following links prior to attending the workshop:

Talks will include:

  • Kathy Savage: University of Florida; Pathogenesis: Introduction to pathogenicity, antibiotic resistance, and common virulence factors found in pathogenicity islands
  • Dr. Jo Marie Bacusmo:University of Florida;  Comparative Genomics: Introduction to comparative genomics, its applications in science and basic    comparative genomics tools such as PATRIC and Island Viewer 3
  • Dr. Maryam Vaziri Pashkam: Vision Science lab, Harvard university; Colors, motions and shapes, an overview of visual perception
  • Prof Ken Nakayama: Vision science lab, Harvard University; Visual awareness and attention
  • Prof. John Gabrieli: McGovern Institute & dept of Brain & cognitive Science, MIT; Typical and atypical development of human brain
  • Prof. Brian L Edlow: Lab of neuroimaging and consciousness, Mass general hospital; Biology of Brain trauma and Stroke
  • Dr. Hermanos Kreb: Mechanical engineering Dept, MIT; Translating neuroscience into neurorehabilitation

Laboratory activities include: