We opened up the 2016 Arizona Physiological Society's 9th Annual Meeting with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education Panel: Focus on Women and Minorities in Science. If you were bummed because you weren't able to attend... well, you're in luck! We recorded the panel discussion and have archived it on the society's YouTube channel. You can check it out below.
The panel was chaired by Cindy Rankin, PhD (University of Arizona). Panelists included Joann Chang, PhD (Arizona Western College); Lisa Elfring, PhD (University of Arizona); Layla Al-Nakkash, PhD (Midwestern University); and Mindy Bell (STEM City, Flagstaff).
Each panelist took some time to introduce themselves and explain their role in STEM education. This was followed by open questions from the audience (which start at ~41:00). Audience prompted topics included:
- (41:24) Student preceptor training in science classes
- (46:00) The "M" part of STEM and why we're getting students with poor fundamental math skills
- (50:15) STEM obstacles - are we really struggling more than anybody else (non-STEM disciplines)?
- (55:08) Burgeoning class sizes, employing active learning techniques, and diminished institutional resources for teaching
- (1:03:00) How do we reach outside our comfort zone and get people (non-scientists) to know STEM topics are important across the board?
- (1:08:57) Leveraging student help in getting STEM messages out to the greater community
- Committees to consider joining in the American Physiological Society
- Awards that you should apply for (great funding rates!)
- Caroline tum Suden/Frances A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Awards
- Porter Physiology Development Fellowship
- APS Minority Travel Fellowship Award
- Minority Outreach Fellowship
- Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (Undergraduate Award)
- Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons Fellowship (Undergraduate Award)
Dr. Kanady is a lecturer for the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona. You can connect with him on Twitter @JDKPhD.