Abstracts - Outreach Posters

Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee

Below is a list of abstracts for all of the science outreach posters that were presented during the 2015 ASBMB Annual Meeting. Poster titles link to the posters themselves, so you can learn from our presenters even if you missed the meeting!

These posters were presented in one or two sessions. These sessions were:

AM: How to Incorporate Science Outreach into Your Portfolio – Best Practices and Broader Impacts
         Saturday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
         Odd-numbered posters: 10:45 – 11:30 AM
         Even-numbered posters: 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
         Room 252B

This session showcased past grant recipients from the ASBMB HOPES and Outreach Seed Grant programs, and promoted upcoming ASBMB funding opportunities. The session also provided insight into the National Science Foundation’s Broader Impacts requirement. The full event program, including speaker slides, can be found here.

PM: Science Outreach Poster Session
         Saturday, March 28, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, during the ASBMB Opening Reception
         All posters presented throughout the session
         Third level foyer

This Science Outreach Poster Session was held during the ASBMB Opening Reception on March 28th, in the third level foyer of the convention center. This session showcased a diverse range of outreach efforts across our membership. More information can be found here.

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Developing engaged scientists and citizens: a network of partnerships for effective service-learning.
Gail S. Begley1
1Department of Biology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115
Board Number AM: 3
Board Number PM: 1

For six years, students in a first-year cell and molecular biology course have engaged with the community through service-learning. Students have provided more than five thousand hours of service to K-12 after-school enrichment programs, mostly at the middle school level. Through engaging in, reflecting on, and integrating service into the academic content of the course students developed mastery in core biological concepts and critical professional and disciplinary skills. Each semester students served with four to six different community partners, either directly leading youth in hands-on biology activities or creating materials for enrichment programs. The partnerships were developed and sustained through a reinforcing network of interactions among the instructor, an undergraduate teaching assistant, the university’s Center for Community Service, and coordinators and supervisors in the community. This team worked to assure that community needs were met by the students and that the students were provided with valuable learning opportunities.

Women in Scientific Discovery or Medicine (WISDOM): Utilizing Interprofessional Mentorship to Promote Graduate Education
Nicole C. Woitowich1
1Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL 60064
Board Number AM: 4 * will be presenting from 10:30 AM – 11:15 PM *
Board Number PM: 2

Women is Scientific Discovery or Medicine (WISDOM) is an organization designed to promote graduate education in STEM and healthcare related fields through mentorship. Created and organized by graduate students at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), WISDOM employs an interprofessional, team-based approach to mentoring women who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree based programs. Through seminar series, campus tours, and mentor-mentee relationships, the undergraduate students learn about a variety of graduate and professional programs including but not limited to: Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, immunology, pharmacology, and neuroscience, Doctor of Allopathic Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy, and Doctor of Physical Therapy. Through these interactions students have identified potential interest in graduate programs and particular career paths. WISDOM’s goal is to foster the interest of students and facilitate their transition to graduate school through application workshops, mock interviews, and academic tutoring. This program can be used as a model for graduate-undergraduate mentorship that is designed to operate on a limited budget, run entirely by graduate students. From an administrative prospective, WISDOM is an excellent community-outreach program that also serves as a recruitment tool. This work has been sponsored by the 2013-2014 Rosalind Franklin Fellowship at RFUMS.

Women in Science & Technology (WST): The evolution of a program that is creating a community of women in science
Lynne A. O'Connell1, Elizabeth O'Day2
1Boston College,
2Olaris Therapeutics, Inc.
Board Number AM: 2
Board Number PM: 3

Since its inception in 2006, the Women in Science and Technology (WST) outreach program at Boston College has given 30 high school females annually the opportunity to interact with women who work in scientific fields. The program brings the students to campus on four consecutive Saturdays to perform experiments that extend the scope of a typical high school curriculum. In addition, the program leaders coordinate field trips and guest lectures by prominent women scientists. Over the years, the program has evolved to expose the students to a wider array of scientific fields. WST is entirely directed by Boston College undergraduate leaders, who serve as mentors and guides to engage a younger generation of female scientists. The program has a significant positive impact on the development of both the undergraduate and high school participants’ scientific careers through an extensive WST community. Offered free of charge, WST has been widely recognized as a transformative program that awakens young females to the possibilities of science.

Science in the News: graduate student outreach group at Harvard University
Kelsey P. Taylor1, Vinidhra Mani1
1Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Board Number AM: 5
Board Number PM: 4

Fifteen years ago, graduate students at Harvard University recognized the need for two things- 1) free events that would provide general public opportunity to learn about current science research and 2) training for young scientists beyond the laboratory, particularly in communicating their research in layman’s terms. From these needs, an outreach group called Science in the News (SITN) was founded; an organization at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences aiming to bridge the communication gap between scientists and non-scientists. Today, Science in the News has grown to be the largest student-run science outreach group at Harvard, providing 30-50 events per year including a Fall and Spring lecture series, science cafes called Science by the Pint, various school outreach events, and regular publication of articles on their online blog, Signal to Noise. The Science in the News signature event- its Fall Lecture Series- consists of 9 weekly lectures at Harvard Medical School, given by graduate students on scientific topics spanning all areas of science research. Each lecture is given by a group of 2-3 graduate students who work with coordinators of the series to develop a talk that includes the most recent research and data in the field, while also being comprehensible and clear to everyone. With an attendance ranging from 70-200 members of the public, these programs not only provide the public the opportunity to engage with scientists, but also allow graduate students to hone their communication skills on complex topics. We believe Science in the News is a model for student science outreach that could be expanded to other institutions.

Transforming Undergraduate Education in the Molecular Life Sciences-A Special Summer Symposium.
Quinn Vega1, Mary O. Huff2
1Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043,
2Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY 40205
Board Number AM: 9
Board Number PM: 5

From July 30th to August 2nd at Missouri Western University, a special ASBMB small meeting will bring together both new and experienced educators to share, synthesize, and generate effective classroom strategies in undergraduate molecular life science courses. Through a series of presentations, workshops, and open discussions led by successful educators in the field, the most recent strategies identified to improve student learning and success in undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology courses will be highlighted. Presentations and workshops will demonstrate how these strategies have been implemented in first year courses as well as upper division lecture and specialized laboratory sessions, providing a comprehensive view on how to invigorate the undergraduate curriculum. In addition, discussions focused on evaluating these strategies for publication or grant submission will be included. Throughout the symposium, there will also be extensive opportunities to discuss educational strategies with speakers and other attendees as well as opportunities to gain assistance with future course design.

Expanding Quantitative Biology Outreach to Many More Learners Through Online Education
Nathaniel Schafheimer1, Mary Ellen Wiltrout1
1Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139
Board Number AM: 6
Board Number PM: 6

It is a pedagogical and practical challenge to cultivate appreciation for the power of modern computational tools in introductory biology students. Without teaching how digital tools have revolutionized biology, we risk students graduating with a degree in biology without gaining employable skills required for the field. Since 2010, the Department of Biology at MIT has run an intensive, six-day outreach workshop, Quantitative Biology Workshop (QBW). The workshop, organized by Dr. Mandana Sassanfar, brings together faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to give invited college-level students from a selected number of partner institutions exposure to a wide array of modern quantitative biology tools. Because of time, space, and cost constraints, only 25-40 students can travel to MIT for the week.
Online learning has opened new opportunities for enhancing the reach and quality of our teaching. MIT and Harvard started edX, an open-source online course platform that has grown into a consortium of institutions interested in online learning. We aimed to improve the teaching of QBW residentially and make the materials available to students and researchers at MIT by converting its teaching materials into digital form, and then to expand the use of the materials by creating 7.QBWx, a MOOC (massive open online course) offered to a world audience on edX. We worked with workshop creators to adapt their content to the online platform through the creation of text, assessment, and video resources. The residential MITx course site introduced a common thread that improved the organization of the on campus QBW course. Students responded very positively to content for their in-class activities and readings being hosted on the platform.
These course materials became 7.QBWx, which launched as a seven-week course on edX in June 2014. 7.QBWx enrolled seven thousand students, with nearly a thousand active at the end of the course. Despite the technical challenges of bringing together multiple computational tools for a diverse user-base, students responded positively to the course. By using the digital tools available through edX, we reached a larger audience and rethought how we approached an existing outreach program with deliberate best pedagogical practices in mind.

University of Arizona’s UAN Chapter In Sync with the Tucson Community
Cheryl Cheah1, Melissa Harnois1, Daniel Robles1, Ali Muller1, Chris Chan1, Dagoberto Robles1, Shaina Hasan1, James T. Hazzard1
1University of Arizona
Board Number AM: -
Board Number PM: 7

The University of Arizona UAN Chapter engages middle school, high school, and undergraduate students through research-oriented outreach. Our sixth annual BECUR Conference held in February 2015 featured posters and talks by undergraduate and high school students with Professor Olke Uhlenbeck as the Keynote Speaker. As an outgrowth of BECUR, our chapter has organized two more outreach activities: the Visiting Scholars Program and our BlastOff! summer camp. Visiting Scholars sends undergraduates into high school classrooms to present research, provide information on opportunities in science, and share their college experiences. BlastOff! is a five-day biology-oriented summer camp that recruits middle school students from underrepresented populations in the sciences. Our 2014 campers were exposed to “wet lab” techniques, scientific theories, and hands-on projects, while field trips and presentations by guest speakers complemented lab activities. In addition to these large-scale events, the chapter also participated at the Flowing Wells Jr. High School’s Math and Science Night, Women in Science and Engineering’s Expand Your Horizons Conference, 2015 Undergraduate Biology Research Program’s Conference. We also participated in the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books that had a total of 130,000 attendees, with our booth attracting around 1,300 visitors.

Presenting NABI: The Alliance for Broader Impacts
Kaye Storm1
1Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
Board Number AM: -
Board Number PM: 8

Broader Impact plans are required of all NSF proposals. In 2011 the National Science Board, which oversees NSF, reconfirmed NSF’s commitment to Broader Impacts in its task force report on the merit review system. At many institutions there are professionals that focus their work on supporting the Broader Impact work of researchers. This session will share the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) plan to create a professional network of individuals and offices committed to planning and carrying out effective Broader Impact programming. NABI is an NSF Research Coordination Network that was funded through the Biology Directorate. In this session we will share the goals of NABI, and the progress to date in reaching those goals (of which one aspect is the curating of effective Broader Impact initiatives).

Inspiring students and the general public through outreach at the Broad Institute
Rachel Gesserman1, Justine Lassar1, Vivian Siegel1
1Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge MA 02142
Board Number AM: 14
Board Number PM: 9

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is the world’s leading research institute in genomic medicine. The mission of the Broad’s education and outreach program is to demystify science, generate excitement for research, and transform the lives of young students. We aim to convey not only the exciting scientific breakthroughs that Broad researchers and their collaborators make each day, but also our unique way of working together in cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary teams to tackle bold problems that could not be solved in traditional settings. The program creates partnerships between Broad scientists and educators in the Cambridge and Boston area by aligning the passion of researchers with the needs of teachers and students. These partnerships have led to the development of curricula that challenge students to conduct their own science investigations using Broad data, involvement in community programs that pair middle school students with mentors, opportunities for scientists to volunteer in local science classes, a summer research program for high school students, public lectures, educational tours, and more. Ultimately, participants in our outreach activities walk away with an understanding of the promise of biomedical research and what it means to be a scientist at the Broad Institute.

What's it like to be a B.O.S.S.?
Craig Streu1, Pamela Mertz1
1St. Mary's College of Maryland
Board Number AM: -
Board Number PM: 10

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland chapter of the ASBMB-UAN is known as the Biomolecular Organization of St. Mary’s Students (B.O.S.S.). Since its founding, the chapter has been active with promotion and outreach activities. For example, each year the club sponsors an activity at the campus and community fair, World Carnival. In the last two years, to promote science and demonstrate scientific principles, they have made slime and lava lamps with children and students in attendance. In addition, for each of the past two years BOSS has sponsored a Mole Day celebration beginning at 6:02 am on October 23rd, which includes a taste testing with miraculin, a taste modifying protein. The club also provides regular tutoring for lower division courses, and has even judged a local high school science fair for which ASBMB provided prizes. Finally, B.O.S.S. recently organized their first ever campus blood drive. Practical aspects and outcomes of these and other club sponsored events will be presented.

Beyond Collaboration: Building a Life Science Community of Practice for Science Education
Edwin Li1, Caitlin Fritz1, Brian M. Forster1, Karen Snetselaar1, Matthew Jurkiewicz2
1Department of Biology, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA,
2Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote, PA
Board Number AM: 1
Board Number PM: 11

Since 2002, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has developed an infrastructure to support science education outreach. Beginning with funding from the NSF GK-12 program, SJU has partnered with The Wagner Free Institute of Science to bring inquiry-based science lessons to K-5 classrooms through trained Biology Graduate and Undergraduate Fellows. Involvement in the GeoKids LINKS (Learning Integrating Nature, Kids, and Science) science education outreach program has been transformative at SJU. Participants assume the roles of “teacher” and “learner” at different times, and groups of participants work collaboratively to bring science to all members of the community. We now think of life science education at SJU as a “community of practice” where numerous participants (students, teachers, museum staff, parents and neighbors) interact to bring life science to all facets of the community.
Funding from ASBMB (HOPES and Outreach Seed Grants) expanded our outreach efforts into high school and the general public. Modeling GeoKids LINKS, undergraduate students implement a hands-on curriculum for high school freshmen entitled, Genes, Mutations, and Diseases. Fellows receive training from SJU faculty and then bring the interactive lab exercises to a local high school. The program ends with a field trip to SJU. Surveys show that students increased their understanding of how genetic mutations lead to diseases. We have incorporated this program into our existing outreach infrastructure allowing us to sustain it beyond the ASBMB funding.
Science on the Hill is our new science café that brings scientists to a neighborhood bar/restaurant for informal discussions on current science topics. Working with local community-based organizations to determine topics of interest and marketing strategies, we held four events with an average attendance of 28 in our first year. These two new programs have contributed to the further development of SJU’s life science community of practice.

Living Laboratory: Data collection as an educational experience and professional development opportunity
Justin Harris1
1Museum of Science, Boston
Board Number AM: 12
Board Number PM: 12

Living Laboratory® is an educational on-site research program developed at the Museum of Science, Boston that brings together scientists, museum educators, and the public. In this program, researchers partner with local museums to rapidly collect data by conducting their research as an interactive activity for museum visitors, so that the public can learn about science by actively participating in research. Data collection and outreach and dissemination goals can be simultaneously addressed as the public learns about research being done that is relevant to them, and often funded by their tax dollars. This program also enables a unique mutual professional development opportunity as museum professionals educate researchers on how to best communicate science concepts to the public and researcher provide education on the most cutting-edge findings in fields relevant to the content presented at the museum. This poster will describe logistical and social hurdles to consider during the creation of this type of partnership and provide some examples of success. For more information about Living Laboratory at Museum of Science, Boston please see http://www.mos.org/living-laboratory.

The Marymount Manhattan College Undergraduate Affiliate Network Chapter
Marisa Dunigan1, Patricia Miraflor1, Paige Podlucky1, Ann Aguanno1
1Marymount Manhattan College NY, NY 10021
Board Number AM: -
Board Number PM: 13

Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) is a small liberal arts college in New York City. There are approximately 45 biology or biomedical science majors, 24 of whom are members of the MMC Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN) Chapter. Our chapter, The Science Society, participated in numerous outreach events this year targeted towards helping students, faculty, staff, and the city of New York. Activities included participation in the annual MMC Applefest, showcasing student clubs; hosting both a “Fit, Fab, Fierce Day” to fight teenage obesity, and a “Wear Red Day” to raise awareness about women and heart disease; running our 9th Annual “Give us your organs!” organ donation enrollment drive; and collecting donations for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The chapter will also host a book drive for Books 4 Cause to improve libraries and education programs in Africa. Chapter members also volunteered in school-wide efforts aimed in recruiting and orienting new students to the biology program. Academic and informational activities included hosting an MCAT 2015 session to educate students on the newly revised test and to answer questions regarding medical school application and cohosting “Pi Day” with the Mathematics department. We also held our third induction ceremony for new members of the ASBMB Chi Omega Lambda Honor Society. Five chapter members presented their research findings at the Northeast Regional UAN Research Conference at William Paterson University, where three members earned top honors in a poster competition. Two members presented at the University of Maryland Research Conference, one of whom earned first place honors. Four chapter members also presented at Experimental Biology conference in 2014. Marymount Manhattan’s UAN Chapter continues to advocate for undergraduate research, strive for academic excellence, educate others about science and facilitate community outreach.

ASBMB UAN at UMass Amherst: Life Science Research, Careers and Community Outreach
Mary Fowler1, Ruby Chiang1, Jayson Stoner1, Swarna Veeramani1, Kedar Mahagaokar1
1University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Board Number AM: 10
Board Number PM: 14

The officers of the UMass Amherst Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Club and their advisers have founded the first UMass Amherst chapter of the ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN). The new chapter will assume the goals and mission of the UMass BMB club, which are two-fold: to provide educational programs about careers in the life sciences to its members, and to engage in outreach activities in the Amherst Community. The BMB club regularly plans and funds three different types of educational programs: networking events given by visiting industry professionals, biotech facility tours, and organizing student panels about undergrad research. The BMB club has hosted industry professionals from EMD Millipore, Genzyme/Sanofi, Invicro, and Ariad Pharmaceuticals and has arranged visits to Aileron Theraputics, Merck, and New England BioLabs, with an upcoming visit to Genzyme. The question and answer panels have been sponsored at least once per year, and provide a forum for life science students to learn from their peers about research labs and internships. BMB Club officers continually network with life science industry professionals through alumni events or in developing their own professional networks. The BMB Club routinely assists the BMB department in recruiting new majors by attending campus open houses and departmental gatherings.
The second goal of the UMass BMB club is to engage its members in community outreach programs that benefit the Amherst Community. Previous outreach activities have included student panels at Amherst Regional High School (ARHS) on working in research labs, and an ARHS shadow day, in which high school students shadowed a UMass BMB student through a normal day of college. The BMB club has also engaged in activities with the Girl Scouts of the Amherst area.
By continuing to provide educational and outreach activities started by the UMass BMB Club, the newly created UMass Amherst ASBMB UAN chapter will work toward accomplishing the goals of ASBMB UAN: to provide students access to seminar speakers and to provide students with outreach activities.

The Science Communication Collaborative: From Emerson College to Boston and Beyond
Mihai Dinulescu1, Lauren Robertson1, Amy Vashlishan Murray1
1Emerson College
Board Number AM: -
Board Number PM: 15

The Science Communication Collaborative (SCC) is a network of early career scientific researchers (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early principal investigators) from the Boston area, who are paired with undergraduate students studying communication and art and enrolled in science courses at Emerson College. Participants hone their scientific communication skills as they improve scientific literacy among non-scientists. The SCC offers scientific researchers media training (interviews, mock press conferences, improv workshops), develops presentation skills and science visualization tools, and generates opportunities to impact the public discourse around scientific evidence (Ask for Evidence campaign). Come learn more!

Fostering Undergraduate Biology Students’ Engagement in Active Community Education
Carl Shotwell1, Cheryl L. Clauson1, Audrey C. Shor1
1Saint Leo University, Department of Mathematics and Science, Saint Leo, FL 33574
Board Number AM: 11
Board Number PM: 16

Whether exploring a newly discovered rainforest, the ocean floor, or a novel signaling pathway, scientists exemplify exploration of the unknown. Recently, Saint Leo University has restructured the undergraduate Biology degree program to create a focused approach to inspire future scientists. The changes included creating three different concentrations, biomedical, ecology, and general biology. Six core values are emphasized in the programs including excellence, personal development, community, respect, integrity, and responsible stewardship. To foster greater interactions between undergraduate and younger students within and around the community, the Biology program engages in outreach programs. The programs focus on using engaging, hands-on approaches including case studies, data analysis, manipulative models and vibrant discussions. Most recently, Biology majors have participated in outreach with a 1st grade class, hosting a DNA Day for the local community, and the HOPES funded Students Participating in Active Community Education program in a high school AP Biology classroom. The impact of these efforts on increasing interest in STEM and creating stronger ties with the community were assessed in the high school program. Pre- and post-tests were administered to measure knowledge gains as a result of the interactions. 46% of students demonstrated gains in understanding. Moreover, 100% of the students indicated that they felt more confident about the material covered. The majority of students also demonstrated improved comprehension of related in-class assignments. The programs have proven to be influencing the future of science education by inspiring students not only at the college level but also at the pre-college level.

The University of Tampa's ASBMB-UAN Chapter Outreach
Zachary M. Connelly1, D. Scott Witherow1, L. Michael Carastro1, Natalie I. Osayande1
1The University of Tampa
Board Number AM: -
Board Number PM: 17

The University of Tampa (UT) is a medium-sized private university. Our ASBMB-UAN chapter was founded in 2007. We currently have over 20 ASBMB members in our UAN at UT, as well as two faculty advisors that are Active Members in ASBMB. Our ASBMB-UAN chapter is composed of a diverse body of students, including both domestic and international students hailing from countries such as Nigeria and Ecuador. Students in our chapter also have varied academic majors, ranging from biochemistry to biology, as well as allied health, chemistry, and forensic science. Our student members work cohesively to promote science education and research by demonstrating and emphasizing the fun in it. Drs. Scott Witherow and Michael Carastro applied for, and were awarded, an ASBMB-UAN Outreach Grant to purchase supplies for hands-on learning exercises using Bio-Rad Biotechnology Explorer experimental modules focused on DNA. Our chapter has been able to use these resources in outreach opportunities both with local high schools and in the community at-large. Our primary outreach project is hands-on DNA isolation, using the Genes in a Bottle (Bio-Rad) kit, from participants’ buckle cells and teaching them about the techniques and concepts involved in isolation of their genomic DNA samples. The final product allowed the students to see their own genomic DNA using alcohol precipitation. The chapter members performed this project at Tampa Preparatory School and the Saint Petersburg Science Festival (over 50 participants of various ages with more than 200 in the audience). Additionally, our UAN chapter promoted cancer awareness on the UT campus through participation in the Relay For Life event. Our UAN chapter members engaged in UT campus-wide outreach efforts decimating information and educational materials regarding smoking risks and heart disease.

UAN Outreach at Otterbein University
Bridget N. Bickers1, Sofia Saari1, Ashley Fox1, Jennifer Bennett1, John T. Tansey1
1Otterbein University, Westerville, OH 43081
Board Number AM: 15
Board Number PM: 18

Otterbein University's UAN chapter expanded our outreach efforts on several fronts in 2014. Our chapter participated in Starry Night, a local interest festival that promotes interdisciplinary learning in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). Over 1500 visitors attended the festival, where the UAN demonstrated protein folding using pipe cleaners as models. The organizers of this festival (Westerville Partners for Education) asked us to continue working with them through a series of STEAM hubs, workshops to partner area teachers with experts in the community in hopes of fostering collaborations and volunteer experiences. To date, we have attended three of these events and spoken with over forty teachers about outreach opportunities. We also have partnered with an accelerated biomedical science class at an area high school. One of our faculty members and several UAN members spoke at the school about cholesterol metabolism and careers in science. We plan to continue this relationship in the future, have the class visit our campus, and help develop mentorship opportunities for their students. In addition to these educational programs, we participated in Otterthon, a dance marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Our UAN chapter was the top fundraising group on campus, raising nearly seven hundred dollars. Also this past year, members of the UAN developed and launched a Women in Science group. This synergistic group to the UAN is open to all science majors and has already hosted several events. Finally, our UAN chapter stays connected through a weekly tea and coffee hour (the BMBT) and Facebook group. These venues allow us to share news and ideas, including professional development and scholarship opportunities.

The Biochemical Deconstruction of An Egg and Avocado Sandwich: Exploring Basic Macromolecules Through Food Science
Disan Davis2, Jeanne Garbarino1
1The Rockefeller University, New York, NY 10065,
2Hunter College High School, New York, NY 10128
Board Number AM: 8
Board Number PM: 19

Context and relevancy is important when trying to convey complex scientific concepts. By using food as the relevant entry point, in this case an egg and avocado sandwich, we can explore three major classes of macromolecules: lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates. We have have developed a hands-on professional development curriculum for high school science teachers that centers on these concepts. In addition to providing a basic overview of the biochemical nature of each type of macromolecule found in this sandwich, this professional development activity employs the use of several classic laboratory techniques including lipid extraction, thin layer chromatography (for both lipid and protein), and enzyme assays. This curriculum also touches on lipid emulsions, protein denaturation, and relevant metabolic pathways in humans. In using the egg and avocado sandwich as the basis for learning about the biochemistry of macromolecules, we believe we can improve the intellectual digestion of fundamental scientific concepts, and make learning biochemistry more fun.

Chapter activities at the Suffolk University UAN
Tatjana Von Rosen1, Anastasia C. Murthy1, Pauline Ngo1, Artemisa Bulku1, Mollie E. Plekan1, Aubrey Bryan1, Aleksanyan Naira1, Aracelli Colina1, Sabrina Phanor1, Melanie Berkmen1, Celeste N. Peterson1
1Suffolk University, Boston, MA 02114
Board Number AM: 13 * will be presenting from 11:15 AM – 12 PM *
Board Number PM: 20

The Suffolk University UAN hosts events on and off campus to promote interest in scientific research. Specifically, every fall semester the UAN organizes a career panel to reach out to the next generation of scientists. Current students and recent graduates are invited to share experiences from internships outside of Suffolk, including industry, or about securing a job in the STEM field. This event helps inform students about different career options and networking opportunities. In collaboration with Massbio, the UAN has also worked on hosting a speed networking event open to all Suffolk students interested in the life sciences industry. In addition to these events, the UAN hosts two professional talks each year focusing on current research in the biotech and medical fields. Finally, the ASBMB chapter at Suffolk is growing and actively expanding its outreach to the greater Boston community by engaging in the Cambridge Science Festival and mentoring young scientists.

Teen Meetings Outside the Box (TeenMOB): Building Science Communication Skills through a Network of Graduate Level Trainees, Science Teachers, and High School Teens.
Teresa M Evans1, Nicquet Blake1, Linda M McManus1, Michael J Lichtenstein1.
1Graduate Dean's Office, University of Texas Health and Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Board Number AM: 7 * will be presenting from 11:15 AM – 12 PM *
Board Number PM: 21

TeenMOB leverages the knowledge and skills of graduate level trainees in a science outreach program targeting high school teens in local schools with limited science resources. This develops effective scientific communication skills by trainees and promotes scientific interest by teens. Planning for TeenMOB was embraced by UTHSCSA trainees with guidance from graduate faculty. Implementation of TeenMOB Science Night was also facilitated by direct interactions between UTHSCSA trainees and K-12 science teachers from the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy (VBTA), a network of local education professionals who work to improve STEM education in the San Antonio region. TeenMOB enabled trainees to interface directly with teens and their families through dynamic activities and interactive lessons to educate the public on healthcare-related issues during a Science Night. Trainees were aided by high school science teachers (local & VBTA) and the school nurse. Not planned, the School Board, Superintendent, and high school Principal visited the event. TeenMOB: (1) Provided facilitated group discussions to promote scientific career building skills and mentoring relationships among trainees, science teachers and teens (2) Increased STEM education experiences for high school students who are underrepresented in STEM fields (3) Established a sustainable template for a science night program in San Antonio; and (4) Established an educational relationship between UTHSCSA and a local community. Support provided by ASBMB POC Seed Grant, the UTHSCSA Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences, and the Vice President for Research.

ASBMB UAN at the University of South Carolina
Zak Roth1, Megan Mitchell1, Elizabeth Minten1, Jonathan Keefe1, Travis Stewart1, and F. Wayne Outten1
1University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208
Board Number AM: -
Board Number PM: 22

The University of South Carolina’s chapter of ASBMB has continued to improve the scientific student body’s experience on campus within the past year. We have recently placed a strong emphasis on helping STEM majors to get involved with undergraduate research by organizing events that connect students with faculty, and that allow for the open exchange of ideas and feedback. The variety and scope of the events we have hosted for our members as well as the events we have opened up to USC’s entire student body has been significantly improved in recent years. In 2014 our chapter hosted a wide range of events, from a high school science fair in which our members and faculty served as judges, to a philosophy discussion on the growing presence of artificial intelligence in modern times. We have incorporated journal clubs into our bi-monthly meetings to increase awareness and discussion of current events in science. In addition, we have established an annual panel of graduate admissions board members as well as graduate students to discuss the process of applying to and going through graduate school. For the upcoming semester, our chapter will host a university-level research symposium showcasing our members’ undergraduate projects as well as several of USC’s faculty members’ research, providing students with cross-departmental networking and feedback from their peers, mentors, and faculty. We also plan to repeat our high school science fair and are sending two of our chapter members to this year’s annual meeting of ASBMB in Boston. One goal we have for our chapter’s future is to provide more students with the benefits that our society has to offer by expanding our size and reaching a larger portion of the student body. We also aim to foster creativity while expanding our public outreach initiatives. We are very optimistic for USC’s chapter of ASBMB in years to come.

Get Involved with the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee!
Geoff Hunt
Public Outreach Coordinator for ASBMB
Board Number AM: 16
Board Number PM: 23

Come talk to Geoff at either or both of the outreach sessions on Saturday, March 28th, and learn more about how you can get involved with the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee!

A Million STEM Mentors: A National Movement!
Jennifer Canfield1
1Southern New England Girls Collaborative Project
Board Number AM: -
Board Number PM: 24

In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM Jobs. 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend upon mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills. While women comprise 50% of the US workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. Almost one-third of all male freshmen, compared with only 15% of all female freshmen, plan to major in a STEM field even though 15 out of the 20 fastest growing occupations in 2015 are expected to require science or mathematics training. Too many of these women leave STEM degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and climate. Even when women persist to earn a STEM degree, women are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field.
Million Women Mentors®, an initiative of STEMconnector®, is a national movement which supports the engagement of one million STEM mentors (male and female) to increase the number of girls and women from school age to work age continuum to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by the year 2018.
We will:

  • Lead a national call to action for corporations, organizations and individuals to join MWM and capture metrics around mentoring girls and young women in STEM
  • Provide an automated, scalable and easy-to-use platform to eliminate barriers and facilitate large numbers of STEM professionals (male and female) with tools to becoming effective mentors in partnership with 50+ national organizations reaching over 20 million girls
  • Connect participating corporations and others to scaled non-profit partners and educational institutions in need of STEM mentors and role models
  • Recognize and share best practices and “who is doing what” in mentoring girls in STEM learning