Sunday evening keynote plenary speaker, Compton Ice Arena,
P. Karen Murphy, Professor of Education (Educational Psychology), Harry and Marion Eberly Faculty Fellow
Dr. Murphy’s research involves the investigation of processes underlying students’ abilities to read and understand text and content, to critically examine and evaluate the information presented, and to make reasoned judgments as a result of reading. Her ongoing projects pertain to the role of critical-analytic thinking in teaching and learning, promoting high-level comprehension and content area learning through classroom discussion in elementary language arts classrooms, and the use of discourse to enhance content learning and conceptual change in high school physics and chemistry classrooms.
Among her honors, Dr. Murphy is a Fellow of both the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association and was the recipient of the Richard E. Snow Early Career Achievement award by Division 15 of the American Psychological Association (APA) for her research on student learning. She is the immediate past Vice President of the APA’s Division C (Learning and Instruction) and served two terms on the Executive Board of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also serves as AERAs Chair of the Ethics Committee.
What Would You Fight For?
Monday morning plenary speakers, 101DeBartolo Hall
Jennifer Tank, Professor of Biology, University of Notre Dame. When toxins from algal blooms contaminated Toledo, Ohio’s water supply in 2014, residents found themselves in the midst of a drinking water crisis. Spanning from Lake Erie to Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, algal blooms caused in part by fertilizer runoff from lawns and farms are becoming a critical threat to freshwater resources.
Professor Jennifer Tank is conducting research to help farmers across the country make positive changes to solve this widespread challenge. As the Galla Professor of Biological Sciences, she is studying the benefits of farming techniques designed to keep nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus on fields, where farmers need them. Tank’s research has the potential to find water quality solutions that are a win-win for both farmers and the environment.
Marya Lieberman, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame. In Eldoret, Kenya, the harm imposed by substandard or counterfeit medicine is all too real. Unscrupulous manufacturers or distributors replace expensive medicines with cheaper, less effective ones - or even worthless maize meal or chalk. Each year, counterfeit and substandard medicines kill more than 300,000 people worldwide.
In most countries, health care providers lack the financial and technical resources to properly test drugs for authenticity. But new technology being developed by a team led by Professor Marya Lieberman of Notre Dame and Professor Toni Barstis of Saint Mary's College can make testing available for just pennies per use. The high-tech paper test cards use colorimetric chemistry to measure the presence of certain ingredients. By simply swiping a pill across the card and dipping the paper into water, distinctive color codes appear within minutes to reveal whether or not a drug is genuine.
Ryan Roeder, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame. In the United States alone, there are nearly 240,000 breast cancer diagnoses each year. To date, mammograms are the best diagnostic technology for breast cancer, but there are still almost 50,000 missed diagnoses every year. That’s where Notre Dame engineering professor Ryan K. Roeder comes in. Roeder has devised a way in which gold nanoparticles can be injected into the breast and attach to indicators of cancer, like microcalcifications. Because gold is a heavy metal, in an X-ray or mammogram it will be seen clearly, even in dense tissue. The gold nanoparticles can also be attached to antibodies which target specific receptors on cancer cells, such as HER2, which are overexpressed in certain types of breast cancer. Roeder hopes physicians will be able to target the tumor cells themselves to make more precise diagnoses and monitor tumor growth and metastasis. With luck, partnerships and persistence, the best way to think pink may involve thinking gold.
Marvin Miller, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are Fighting to discover compounds and develop drugs to treat neglected diseases that affect billions of the world’s most vulnerable people. Every 20 seconds, someone dies from tuberculosis (TB), yet it’s been over 40 years since a new TB drug has been approved for use. Why? Because doing so wasn’t viewed as economically viable. Tell that to the more than two billion people—mostly the developing world’s sick and poor—infected with the bacterium that causes TB, a bacterium that is becoming increasingly drug-resistant to current treatments. Through the discovery of a unique molecular compound, Marvin Miller, the George and Winifred Clark Chair in Chemistry, has made a significant scientific breakthrough in the potential treatment of tuberculosis. Now, in an innovative private-public partnership, Prof. Miller and his team of interdisciplinary researchers from Notre Dame are working with partners like the Lilly TB Drug Discovery Initiative and Hsiri Therapeutics to transition their discovery into an affordable, anti-tuberculosis treatment for patients in underdeveloped countries.
Paul Bohn, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame. When physicians heard a presentation by Paul Bohn and Norm Dovichi of Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative at a Cleveland Clinic Alliance meeting, they believed a better solution for the high mortality rate caused by sepsis could be around the corner. Professor Bohn, the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Professor Dovichi, the Grace Rupley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, are developing technology which will enable doctors to diagnose sepsis in a patient sooner, allowing for earlier, and potentially lifesaving, treatment. By partnering with Tracey and his team at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, they’re able to test true samples for protein and molecular clues that could eventually lead to better diagnostics and help solve the problem of sepsis.
Tuesday morning plenary speaker, 101DeBartolo Hall
Dr. Jacob Clark Blickenstaff has had a life-long passion for science education. He has had the experience as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, science education professor, program manager, and grant writer. His interests include identifying new avenues to help science teachers break through socio-economic, ethnic and gender barriers in their teaching to help all students have access to high quality science education. He champions that the under-representation of women and minorities in science is a critical issue for our nation.
In his most recent positions he leverages networks of professional development providers, informal educators, state officials, and business supporters to provide research-based professional development to teachers and teacher leaders. As a trained physicist, he has worked with the American Physical Society to bring physicists and physics education researchers together with teachers and teacher candidates all across the US. With Washington State LASER, he has coordinated efforts across the state of Washington to implement the Next Generation Science Standards with fidelity.
Additionally, Dr. Blickenstaff has an unconventional role in promoting science education equity – as a movie critic. In “Blick on Flicks,” a regular column in NSTA Reports, Dr. Blickenstaff helps turn "bad science" into teachable science for middle level and high school students. Blickenstaff reviews current movies and transforms Hollywood “bad science” into teachable science for middle school and high school students. He has critiqued films such as The Happening, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and even The Devil Wears Prada, and Twilight to help teachers engage young women in science. Available online in both text and podcast format, “Blick on Flicks” is published in NSTA WebNews at www.nsta.org/publications/blickonflicks.aspx.
Wednesday morning plenary speaker, 101 Debartolo Hall
Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and Psychology Today, and his work has been featured on “Radiolab ” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” One of his most recent articles can be found in The Atlantic, “The Chemist Who Thought He Could Harness Hurricanes,”, a story about how Irving Langmuir’s ill-fated attempts at seeding storms showed just how difficult it is to control the weather.
He has written numerous books including that The Disappearing Spoon (fascinating tales that follow every element on the table), The Violinist’s Thumb (exploring the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA), The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons (tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience), and Caesar’s Last Breath, (the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it).
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