Mark Lubkowitz, professor of biology, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, professor of education, continue their mission to convince everyone they encounter that the scientific crosscutting concepts appear everywhere in books and our daily lives, enriching our understanding of daily life experiences. This fall the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) published their blogpost on structure and function, and on Friday, October 26, they were invited to present their work on science and children’s literature at the Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association’s annual conference in Marlborough, MA.
Mark Lubkowitz, professor of biology, in March attended the 60th Annual Maize Genetics Conference in St. Malo, France. Mark was invited to present some of his research, so he traveled there with three students for part of a week. The title of the poster that he and the students presented was “Elucidating the transcriptional regulatory network controlling SUT and SWEET genes in maize,” authors (students) Nick Ferrigno, Brian Eldridge, Jess Tidd, along with David M. Braun and (Professor) Mark Lubkowitz. They also visited St. Michel and saw the chapel dedicated to the Edmundites.
(posted June 2018)
Mark Lubkowitz, professor of biology, gave a talk titled “Code Switching: How to communicate your science to different audiences,” at the Annual Cell and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience Retreat at the University of Vermont. August 22, 2017.
(posted December 2017)
Mark Lubkowitz, professor of biology, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, professor of education, made a juried presentation, “Read Like a Scientist: Exploring science concepts with children’s literature,” at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, on November 19, 2017; an invited presentation: “Read Like a Scientist: Exploring science concepts with children’s literature” for Science Outreach at Whitman College, Walla, Walla, Washington. September 15 & 16, 2017; and presented a professional development workshop: “Exploring the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts with Children’s Literature,” a full day of professional development for Addison North East Supervisory Union, Vermont, on Nov 3, 2017. Also, a podcast called “Vegetable Gardening with Mike the Gardener” features in its episode #303 “The Wonders of the Teaching Gardens at St. Michael’s College in Vermont with Founders Valerie [Bang-Jensen] & Mark Lubkowitz." The two professors have continued to provide professional development for elementary teachers and curriculum directors about the integration of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) crosscutting concepts and children’s literature. They were among the four featured authors at their book-publisher Heinemann’s summer “Teacher Tour” in July. Their book, Sharing Books, Talking Science: Exploring science concepts with children’s literature (Heinemann, 2017) was in recent months named a National Science Teachers Association recommended book. Mark and Valerie write seasonal blog posts to provide context for anyone learning how to see science in everyday life.
(posted December 2017)
Mark Lubkowitz, professor of biology, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, professor of education, presented “Read Like a Scientist: Exploring Scientific Concepts with Children’s Literature” at the annual National Science Teachers Association conference in Los Angeles on March 31, 2017. The presentation was based on their new book, Sharing Books, Talking Science, which was featured at the publishers’ booth during the conference. Also, their educational book-publisher Heinemann ("dedicated to teachers") has been publicizing that book widely, with it rending on Amazon in recent months.
(posted June 2017)
Mark Lubkowitz, professor of biology, gave a talk at City University of New York (CUNY) in June titled “Discovering peptide transport systems,” and presented another talk in July titled “Leaves of Green: a project-driven workshop for question-based exploration of plant biology in the high school curriculum” at the American Society for Plant Biologists’ annual conference in Minneapolis, MN.
(posted September 2015)
Mark Lubkowitz and Valerie Bang-Jensen, professors of biology and education, respectively, presented a workshop in July titled “Reading a Garden: Discovering Plant Biology in Great Children’s Literature” at the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium sponsored by the American Horticultural Society in Austin, TX.
(posted September 2015)
Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, is author of the article, “Books in Bloom: Flowers as cultural, historical and aesthetic themes in picture books: The Dragon Lode,” appearing in the peer-reviewed journal International Reading Association, Spring/Summer 2014 issue. Valerie also co-presented with her Saint Michael’s colleague Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, at two conferences in the spring: The first, on March 28, 2014 at the Vermont State Department of Education Kindergarten Conference in Burlington, was “Stories and Seeds: How great children’s literature invites scientific understanding.” The second, on May 20, 2014 at the Vermont Library Association Conference on the Saint Michael’s campus, was “Books in Bloom: Read your way to a summer garden,” in the session titled “STEM programming at your local library.” Mark and Valerie also were interviewed by Jane Lindholm on the Vermont Public Radio program Vermont Edition in May about their book Books in Bloom: Discovering the Plant Biology in Great Children’s Literature, published in 2014 by the National Gardening Association. http://digital.vpr.net/post/books-bloom-shares-botany-childrens-literature
(posted August 2014)
Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, reportthat the National Gardening Association recently published their new curriculum book, Books in Bloom: Discovering the Science in Great Children's Literature. This illustrated book, written for educators, parents, and anyone involved with environmental education, explores the literary and biological themes in 17 excellent books for children. (March 2014)
Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, were co-presenters at several academic events this past semester. On October 19, 2013, they were plenary speakers at the Captain Planet Learning Gardens Conference in suburban Atlanta, presenting "Books in Bloom: Inviting children to develop biological and literary lenses to create rich understandings of their world.” They also spoke at the 2013 Annual Convention National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Boston on November 23, 2013, presenting as members of the panel, "Books in Bloom: Integrating Children's Literature and Plant Biology." Here's how the NCTE Convention Web site described the session: "Imagine Miss Rumphius without lupines, or Winnie-the-Pooh without thistles for Eeyore. Explore the relationship between children’s literature, botany, and gardens. Participants will choose a book from our collection and construct a literary desktop garden followed by discussion and guidelines for creating similar projects in their own learning and gardening communities." On December 11, 2013 they presented "Embracing Complexity: Creating a Richer Picture Through Merging Biological and Literary," as part of the Science Speaker Series at Johnson State College. Each fall that college’s Department of Environmental and Health Sciences hosts a speaker series on Wednesday afternoons featuring experts on topics in science, and Valerie and Mark made the final presentation of this year's series. (November 2013)
Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, presented a talk, "Interpretive Literary Gardens," at the American Horticultural Society's National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium in Denver, CO, in July 2013.They are slated to give the following talk at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Boston in November, 2013: "Books in Bloom: Integrating Children's Literature and Plant Biology," and also will participate in the Current Topics in Science Speaker Series at Johnson State College in Vermont, presenting "Embracing Complexity: Creating a richer picture through merging biological and literary lenses" (December 11, 2013). Finally, they will give a plenary talk at the Captain Planet Foundation Learning Gardens conference for suburban Atlanta schools in Acworth, Georgia in October, 2013. September 2013