The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Pollen from Lake Mud: A Window into Amazonia's Hidden Past - T54

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Dr Frank Mayle - Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading

The analysis of fossil pollen grains from lake sediments can provide important insights into Amazonia's history, extending over thousands to millions of years. This can help us understand the origin of Amazonia's remarkable biodiversity, its resilience (or sensitivity) to climate change, and the impact of indigenous human societies before the arrival of Europeans. This holds important lessons for scientists seeking to understand current and future threats to this globally-important rainforest ecosystem.

Muscle Medicine: Is Size all that Matters? - T62

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Dr Keith Foster - School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading

Many of the large number of diseases in which skeletal muscle is the primary affected tissue prove fatal (e.g. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which affects 1:4000 live born males). Furthermore, there is an association of obesity and insulin resistance with muscular wasting, which leads to a higher incidence of frailty-related injuries and metabolic diseases such as type II diabetes. Discover the impact of gene and pharmaceutical medicines that increase muscle mass and/or function.

BERG - The New Yourgenome.org Website - T57

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Francesca Gale - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
  2. Steve Scott

Yourgenome.org is a comprehensive website with information and classroom resources on genetics and genomics. It has been extensively redesigned to support teaching of the genomics content in the new GCSE and A-level curricula. Developed by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, home of the Human Genome Project and world-leading research institute, Yourgenome.org is an accurate and respected teaching, study and revision tool. Find out how yourgenome.org can help your students discover more about genomics and its implications on our health and society.

Talking Science Education - T60

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 18:00

Location : HumSS, 25

Speakers

  1. Prof Michael Reiss - National Science Learning Centre
  2. TBC

Professor Michael Reiss chairs the Talking Science Education Debate 'assessment of practical science'. Hosted by the National Science Learning Network, the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust. Come along and join us for a glass of wine and debate.

CANCELLED - Chemical Magic - T58

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : -, -

Reactions and principles which might feature in your lessons. A visual presentation, and a kaleidoscope of chemical reactions, all presented in a light-hearted manner. A melange of observations, sometimes old, maybe something blue (a quick flash perhaps) etc pass before the eyes. Results predictable or unexpected create an atmosphere of magic to the uninitiated but to those in the know - it's just chemistry, a collection of elements which compounded together make us and our world.

Titrations and More... - W30

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : AMS, G8

Speakers

  1. Barry Hawkins - Data Harvest

Titration made accessible to all. A set of graded individual practicals for you to do and explore. Emphasis will be on standard pH titration but conductivity and thermometric will also be considered. Bring your own iPad or WiFi laptop to use, install the easy sense app and join in.

The Spinning Jelly in Reading - T56

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : AMS, Lab G4

Speakers

  1. Keith Gibbs - Schoolphysics

If you enjoy Physics experiments, or would like to see some more fun and informative demonstrations then this talk is for you. There will be about thirty experiments demonstrated from jellies, simulated lunar craters and a wolf whistling rodent! There is lots of audience participation so come and play the saw, see forces at work and defy gravity with a paper clip! You will certainly go away with some new ideas to help the teaching of physics in your school.

Earth Theme - Dougal Jerram, the ESTA/ESEU Distinguished Speaker - T55

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Chemistry, LT 1

Speakers

  1. Dougal Jerram - Earth Science Teachers Association & Earth Science Education Unit

Collaborating for Engagement - T59

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 106

Speakers

  1. Beth Hawkins - Science Museum
  2. Rajiv Joshi - Seven Kings High School

What happens when a museum and a university collaborate with schools to improve science engagement? King's College London and the Science Museum group have been working with secondary schools nationwide to develop research-informed techniques to increase 'science capital' and improve secondary students' engagement with science, with the aim of enhancing participation in post-16 science. Come hear from museum educators, university researchers and teachers about their experience with the project and discuss ways the techniques might be used in your school.

Diagrams: Tools for Thinking in Sciences and Mathematics - W28

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley, G03

Speakers

  1. Reading Teacher-Researcher Group - ASE

This is an international workshop, taking place simultaneously across the world face-to-face and virtually, a first for ASE, organised by the Reading teacher-researcher group. To join the whole two-month programme of support materials, pre and post activities, and the session programme, contact John Oversby (j.p.oversby@reading.ac.uk) The workshop is practically orientated with explicit reference to research and opportunities for deep reflection.

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