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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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 >>

Understanding Interventions That Encourage Minorities to Pursue Research Careers: Summary of a Workshop (2007)

Minority groups are severely underrepresented in the scientific workforce. To encourage minorities to pursue careers in research, a variety of "intervention programs" have been created at the pre-college, college, and graduate school levels. While there is a belief that these programs often achieve their goals, there is relatively little understanding of the factors that contribute to that success. More >>