Biology Education and Workforce Issues : Workshop Reports/Summaries

The Division hosts many workshops, symposia, and other meetings that provide information or bring together policy-makers, members of industry, scientists, and the general public to discuss timely issues. Discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Report of a Convocation (2015)

The academic community is invited to continue discussions on this important topic with members of the organizing committee and Convocation participants in a "Year of Dialogue" being held at major scientific conferences throughout 2015-2016. Education research has repeatedly indicated that providing undergraduates with opportunities to engage in scientific research is one of the most powerful ways to encourage students to engage with and stay i... More >>

Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary (2015)

Does the public trust science? Scientists? Scientific organizations? What roles do trust and the lack of trust play in public debates about how science can be used to address such societal concerns as childhood vaccination, cancer screening, and a warming planet? What could happen if social trust in science or scientists faded? These types of questions led the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences of the National Academies o... More >>

Sustainable Infrastructure for Life Science Communications: Workshop Summary (2014)

Engaging the public-at-large with the life sciences is more important now than ever. Advances in life sciences research--from biofuels to genetically modified foods, and from biotechnology to sustainable communities--have enormous implications for the health and well-being of society and the environment. Yet, there are few support systems for scientists who wish to share their research with non-expert audiences. The National Research Council'... More >>

Thinking Evolutionarily: Evolution Education Across the Life Sciences: Summary of a Convocation (2012)

Evolution is the central, unifying theme of biology—yet today, more than a 150 years since Charles Darwin proposed the idea of evolution through natural selection, the topic is still relegated to a handful of chapters in textbooks and a few class sessions in introductory biology courses. In some high school and undergraduate courses, evolution is not covered at all. In recent years, increasing numbers of research scientists, educators, an... More >>

The Role of the Life Sciences in Transforming America's Future: Summary of a Workshop (2009)

The life sciences have a pivotal role to play in addressing many of the global challenges of the 21st century, such as providing food and water to an expanding human population, reducing and adapting to climate change, improving human health, and meeting increasing energy needs. However, steps must be taken quickly to create the conditions that will allow this tremendous potential to be realized. At the request of the National Institutes o... More >>