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A Discover BMB symposium: Education and Professional Development
Margaret I. Kanipes
By Margaret I. Kanipes
Sept. 26, 2022

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education and Professional Development Committee will present three symposia on distinct but essential matters in BMB education at Discover BMB, the society’s annual meeting, in Seattle in March.

One symposium will be about artificial intelligence. A lot of people think of AI as in the future, but in fact it is already here. It is changing the way biomedical research is conducted. How do we introduce students to BMB while intertwining AI and machine learning so that they will learn to think like biochemists and data scientists? The goal of this session will be to see how others have brought AI tools into the classroom to make this material accessible to all students.

Another will be about intentional leadership development. How do we help people learn and grow to work toward a common goal? This session will focus on navigating the tough parts of leadership. We’ll cover leading in fast-changing environments, working with difficult people and sustaining effective leadership.

The third will be about cultural humility — the dynamic, lifelong process of self-reflection and self-evaluation yielding insights about our identities and biases. This process affects how we show up in our classrooms to provide an inclusive environment where we can create future STEM leaders.

Keywords: Artificial intelligence, cultural humility, professional development, big data, machine learning, biases, leadership, education, inclusive excellence.

Who should attend: Faculty, educators, graduate students, postdocs and administrators.

Theme song: “Golden” by Jill Scott or “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.

This session is powered by what it takes to build STEM leaders for the future.

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Margaret I. Kanipes
Margaret I. Kanipes

Margaret I. Kanipes is a professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and director of the honors program.

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