Annual Meeting

This ain’t your grandfather’s STEM

Reimagining STEM: 2020 annual meeting track
Daniel Dries Nathan L. Vanderford
By Daniel Dries and Nathan L. Vanderford
Sept. 1, 2019

If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat may come along and make a fortuitous life preserver. … I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem.”

— R. Buckminster Fuller

How do we ensure our students are designing life preservers and not piano tops? How do we move past asking them to tell us about density and buoyant forces and instead ask them to just build the darn life preserver? How do we cultivate creativity to move past the status quo? Whose creativity are we missing?

Where have those voices gone, and why? How do we keep those voices in our conversations?

Join us in challenging our culture in the ways in which we teach, mentor and carry out our work. For, as Coretta Scott King said, “If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.”

Keywords: inclusion, diversity, wellness, active learning, pedagogy, #MeToo, mentorship, discipline-based education research, interdisciplinarity

Who should attend: movers, shakers and those who want to learn how to move and/or shake

Theme song: “The Times They Are A-Changin’” covered by Brandi Carlile

This track is powered by justice and equity.
(Sponsored by the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee)


  • Preventing and overcoming harassment — Alex Helman, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  • Promoting STEM identity: A vision for building tomorrow’s STEM leaders — Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University
  • Promoting mental well-being — Nathan L. Vanderford, University of Kentucky
  • Mentorship best practices — Joanne Kamens, Addgene
  • Best practices in discipline-based education research — Kim Cortes, Kennesaw State University
  • Teaching biochemistry in context — Daniel Dries, Juniata College
  • Using narrative in STEM education — Reneta Lansiquot, New York City College of Technology
  • Restructuring the classroom to promote student thriving, not just surviving — Shannon Jones, University of Richmond
Daniel Dries
Daniel Dries

Daniel Dries is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Juniata College in central Pennsylvania.

Nathan L. Vanderford
Nathan L. Vanderford

Nathan L. Vanderford is an assistant professor in the department of toxicology and cancer biology at the University of Kentucky.

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