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Physics Research & Education
The Complex Intersection of Biology and Physics
June 8-13, 2014
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

The 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Physics Research and Education will focus on the Intersection of Biology and Physics.

The fields of biological physics and the physics education of biology and other health-science students have experienced tremendous growth in recent years. New findings, applications, and technologies in biological and medical physics are having far reaching consequences that affect and influence the science community, the education of future scientists and health-care workers, and the general population. As a result, leaders in Physics Education Research have begun to focus their attention on the specific needs of students in the biological sciences, the different ways physicists and biologists view the nature of science and the interactions of scientists in these disciplines.

This conference is an opportunity for:

  • Biophysicists and medical physicists to discuss discoveries, technologies, and experiments that excite students and emphasize the physics content in ways that help physicists use them in their teaching at all levels;
  • Teachers of physics to discuss the development of new laboratories and curricula by infusing them with biologically- and medically-related topics;
  • Physics education researchers and teachers of physics to reflect on: the type of content that is appropriate and motivational for biology and health-science majors, the types of skills that are important for this population and how these skills differ from engineers and physicists, and the types of resources that exist for teaching at the interface of physics and biology (e.g. textbooks, labs, assessment tools, etc.).

Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: The Complex Intersection of Biology and Physics: Perspectives from Research and Education
Discussion Leader: Mike Klymkowsky (University of Colorado - Boulder)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmHoward Berg (Harvard University)
"Motile Behavior of Bacteria"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmEdward "Joe" Redish (University of Maryland - College Park)
"Examining the Connection Between Physics and Biology Instruction Through Three Lenses: Content, Cognition, and Culture"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMeeting the Needs of Life Science Students in Introductory Physics Through Course Transformation
Discussion Leader: Marta Dark McNeese (Spelman College)
9:00 am - 9:40 amCatherine H. Crouch (Swarthmore College)
"Optimizing Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences: Placing Physics in Biological Context"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDawn C. Meredith (University of New Hampshire)
"Rethinking the Fluids Curriculum for Life Science Students"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmRobert C. Hilborn (American Association of Physics Teachers)
"Physics and the Revised Medical College Admission Test"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSingle Cell and Molecular Techniques Involving Biological Motors at the Boundary of Biology and Physics
Discussion Leader: Mark Reeves (George Washington University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmJonathon Howard (Yale University)
"Molecular Mechanics Primer: What Physics Do Biologists Need to Know?"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmWonmuk Hwang (Texas A&M University)
"Biological Motors and Filaments as Soft Condensed Matter"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNew Trends in Soft Condensed Matter Physics: Research and Education
Discussion Leader: Enrique M. De La Cruz (Yale University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDavid A. Weitz (Harvard University)
"Soft Matter Physics in Life Sciences"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJennifer Ross (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
"Optics for Biophysics: Training Design and Innovation Through Building a Light Microscope"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmEdit Yerushalmi (Weizmann Institute of Science)
"Randomness and Structure: Engaging Introductory Students in Analytical and Computational Modeling of Soft and Biological Matter"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNovel Laboratory Activities for the Biophysics and Bio-Engineering Curriculum
Discussion Leader: Steven Vogel (Duke University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSteven Wasserman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Implementing Leading-Edge Biophysical Measurement Techniques in an Advanced Undergraduate Lab Course: Ruminations from the MIT Department of Biological Engineering"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmBarbara Hughey (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Beyond the Lab Report: Incorporating Student-Designed Research in a Mechanical Engineering Course"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmImproving the Scientific Competencies and Attitudes of Biology and Pre-Med Students Through Multidisciplinary Reform
Discussion Leader: Kenneth Heller (University of Minnesota)
9:00 am - 9:40 amTodd Cooke (University of Maryland - College Park)
"Cantilevering a Bridge Toward IPLS Courses: Teaching Physics to Biology Students in Introductory Organismal Biology"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amRoss Nehm (Stony Brook University)
"The Challenge of Developing Context-Dependent Schemas for the Application of Physical Principles to Biological Systems"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmKimberly D. Tanner (San Francisco State University)
"Exploring Thinking Like a Biologist in the Context of Physics: Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Measuring Biological Expertise"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEffective Use of the Textbook at the Intersection of Biology and Physics
Discussion Leader: Ruth Chabay (North Carolina State University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmPhilip Nelson (University of Pennsylvania)
"How Physical Models Help Physics and Biology to Illuminate Each Other"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmJané Kondev (Brandeis University)
"Translating Biological Cartoons into Mathematics in Teaching and Research"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmUnderstanding Current Health Needs and Novel Techniques in Biomedicine: Teaching and Research
Discussion Leader: Juan R. Burciaga (Mt. Holyoke College)
9:00 am - 9:40 amWolfgang Losert (University of Maryland - College Park)
"Reinventing the Introductory Physics Course and Labs for Future Biologists - A Biophysical Perspective"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amRalf Widenhorn (Portland State University)
"Involving Clinicians and Biomedical Researchers in Classroom Instruction and Curriculum Development"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmManu O. Platt (Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University)
"Going Global: Optimizing Biomedical Assays for Use in Low Resource Countries"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmInvolving Undergraduates in Cutting Edge Biophysics Research and Its Implications for Instruction
Discussion Leader: Sean P. Robinson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAshley R. Carter (Amherst College)
"Blending the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Laboratories"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmCarlos Castro (The Ohio State University)
"Engaging Undergraduates in Designing and Building Biomolecular Systems"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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