Charlie Drewes
University Professor (Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology Dept)
Room 503 Science II Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
Phone:(515)294-8061 Email: cdrewes@iastate.edu
Web: http://www.eeob.iastate.edu/faculty/DrewesC/htdocs

NOTE: I present hands-on workshops for (a) pre-college biology teachers (in-service days, professional meetings); (b) college-level biology teachers; (c) students in general or advanced biology classes; (d) science and nature centers, special institutes, etc. I invite inquiries from any interest group and geographic location. Workshop topics include:

BIOLOGY WORKSHOP PRESENTATION TITLES

1) Biology Inquiry with Invertebrates: [Ranges from guided to open-ended inquiry]
2) Freshwater Invertebrates: [Biodiversity of living freshwater invertebrates - from hydra to crustaceans]
3) A Toolbox for Studying Living Invertebrates: [Practical, inexpensive ideas for collecting, handling and viewing living invertebrates]
4) Blackworm Biology: [Investigations with the freshwater oligochaete, Lumbriculus, including regeneration, locomotion, and circulation]
5) Invertebrate Life Cycles & Development: [Snail embryology, new methods for quantifying Artemia hatching, invertebrate lab culture]
6) Feeding Frenzy for Freshwater Invertebrates: [Predation and feeding behavior in freshwater invertebrates]
7) Devonian Fossils and Microfossils: [Obtaining, sorting, and identifying fossils; relationships to present day organisms]]
8) Photobiology: [Novel methods and ideas for studying phototaxis and phototropism utilizing ultra-bright, light-emitting diodes - LEDS]
9) Invertebrate LocOlympics: [Analysis of invertebrate locomotion and biomechanics using computer-based animations]
10) Human Touch and Temperature Senses: [Quantitation of touch and thermal sensations in human skin]
11) Human Electromyography: [Electrophysiological analysis of single motor unit activity, voluntary movement, stretch reflex function]
12) Human Vocalization: {Analysis of laryngeal movements during speech and singing]
13) Oligochaete Giant Axons: [Neurobiology of giant nerve fibers and escape reflexes in Lumbriculus and other oligochaete worms]

RECENT WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS (last 6 years)

2005

 

Lead Instructor: Alaska Science Research Academy (ASRA); two-week summer course in Neurobiology for pre-college students from U.S.; scheduled for July, 2005.

 

Major Workshop presenter: ABLE 2005 (Association for Biology Laboratory Education); two 3-hour workshops; title: Discovering Devonian Microfossils, Virginia Tech University, scheduled for June 2005. [DOC] [PPt]

 

Mini-Workshop presenter: ABLE 2005 (Association for Biology Laboratory Education); title: Quantitative Investigations of Hatching in Brine Shrimp, Virginia Tech University, scheduled for June 2005. [DOC] [ PPt]

 

Workshop presenter: NABT-2005 (National Association of Biology Teachers), Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI; 75-minute workshop, entitled: Care and Culture of User-friendly Invertebrates, scheduled for October, 2005.

 

Workshop presenter: NABT-2005 (National Association of Biology Teachers), Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI; 30-minute workshop, entitled: The portascope: A bare-bones microscope, scheduled for October, 2005.

 

Invited Presenter: Olathe District High Schools (KS), presentations given to AP biology classes on human electromyography, motor control of movement and reflexes, touch sensation, and temperature sensation , April 2005.

 

Invited research seminar: ERDA (Engineer Research and Development) at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Vicksburg, MS; Seminar title: Neurobehavioral Toxicity in Oligochaetes; February, 2005.

2004

 

Research seminar: Biomedical Sciences Department, Iowa State University; seminar title: Oligochaete Giant Axons: A Need for Speed and Plasticity.

Invited Speaker:
Northwest Ohio Symposium on Science, Math & Technology Teaching (Toledo, OH); Title: Biology Inquiry with Invertebrates, December 2004. [PPT}


Workshop presenter
: NABT-2004 (National Association of Biology Teachers), Annual Meeting Chicago, IL; 75-minute workshop, entitled: Microfossils-to-GO!  The workshop focus was on collecting, cleaning, handling, and visualizing Devonian microfossils. Free samples of microfossils, tools for handling, and CD with macro- and micro-fossil image galleries.

Workshop presenter: NABT-2004 (National Association of Biology Teachers), Annual Meeting Chicago, IL; 75-minute workshop entitled: Biology in Action. Focus was on a free CD containing 31 interactive and computational biological animations (especially invertebrates). Animations include: ciliary and flagellar movement, protoplasmic streaming, heart beat, blood pulsations, undulatory swimming, walking, running, jumping, and many more.

Featured speaker:
IAS/ISTA (Iowa Academy of Science/Iowa Science Teachers Section), Fall Meeting, October 2004,
Des Moines; Title: Invertebrates of Iowa: Past, Present, and Future.

Invited Instructor: hands-on instruction for 2 days of a week-long, summer course in developmental biology and life cycles, designed for biology teachers (Instructor-in-charge: J. Knopp, Teacher Emeritus), WisTEP Program, University of Wisconsin, July 2004.

 

Major Workshop presenter: ABLE 2004 (Association for Biology Laboratory Education); two 3-hour workshops; title: Touch and Temperature Senses, Bowling Green State University, June 2004.

 

Major Workshop Presenter: ABLE 2004 (Association for Biology Laboratory Education); three-hour workshop; title: A Toolbox for Working with Living Invertebrates, Bowling Green State University, June 2004.


High School Biology Classroom Presentations (Visiting Professor Program): presentations about freshwater invertebrates to the following Iowa high schools: Lincoln HS-Des Moines (teacher-Hendricks), West Branch HS (teacher-Taylor), and Victor HS (teacher-Fitzer).


2003

Workshop presenter: NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers), Annual Meeting in Portland, OR; three-hour, hands-on workshop entitled: Invertebrate LocOlympics (overview of invertebrate locomotion including distribution of classroom materials that focus on the biology, physics, and mathematics of animal locomotion) October, 2003.

 

Invited Instructor: hands-on instruction for 1.5 days in a week-long summer course in developmental biology and life cycles, designed for biology teachers (Instructor-in-charge: J. Knopp, Teacher Emeritus), WisTEP Program, University of Wisconsin, July 2003.

 

Major Workshop presenter: ABLE 2003 (Association for Biology Laboratory Education); two 3-hour workshops; title: Invertebrate LocOlympics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, June 2003.

 

Mini Workshop Presenter: ABLE 2003 (Association for Biology Laboratory Education); two half-hour workshops; title: New Light on Phototaxis and Phototropism, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, June 2003.

 

Invited Speaker: Central Iowa Water Garden Association; title of talk: Common Freshwater Invertebrates; March 2003.

 

Invited Speaker: Central Iowa Mineral Society; title of talk: Invertebrate Fossils and Microfossils of the Devonian, February, 2003.

 

Invited research seminar / Biology teacher workshop: Augustana College (SD); seminar title: New Twists on Invertebrate Locomotion; hands-on workshop for area high school biology teachers on Invertebrates in Pre-college Biology Education; April 2003.

 

Invited workshop presenter: three-hour workshop for twelve high school biology teachers from Iowa City high schools and surrounding communities; workshop title: Use of Living Invertebrates in Biology Classrooms, April 2003.

 

High School Biology Classroom Presentations (Visiting Professor Program): presentation about freshwater invertebrates to Southeast Polk (IA) High School class (teacher-Hobbs); presentation about freshwater invertebrates to Sioux City North High School classes (teacher-Heck); presentations about human sensory and neurobiology to classes from Olathe North (teacher-Dix) and Olathe East (teacher-Donham) high schools (Olathe, KS); all-day work at Iowa Lakeside Lab with Laurens-Marathon (IA) high school class (teacher-Jamison).

 

2002

Workshop presenter: KATS – Kansas Association of Teachers of Science, gave two hands-on presentations on methods and investigations for using living invertebrates in classrooms, April 2002.

Invited Workshop Presentations: AP Biology Teachers at Texas A&M University (Dr. P. Patterson, organizer), emphasized student investigation with invertebrates; College Station, TX, July 2002.

 

Invited Presenter for District In-service Day: Dubuque School District (IA), all-day, hands-on presentations about using living invertebrates in middle school and high school classrooms, August 2002


Invited Guest Presenter:
BTANJ (Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey); presented a series of four different, hour-long, hands-on presentations pertaining to teaching neurobiology and use of invertebrates for student investigation in biology classrooms; Somerset, NJ, October, 2002.


Workshop presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers), Annual Meeting in Cincinnati; workshop title: A Toolbox for Working with Living Invertebrates, October, 2002.


Workshop presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers), Annual Meeting in Cincinnati; 3-hour workshop title: Investigations with Living Invertebrates, October, 2002.

Invited Presenter for District In-service Day: Olathe District Schools (KS), all-day, hands-on presentations on using living invertebrates in middle school and high school classrooms, April 2002.

2001

Keynote Speaker and Invited Participant at Forging a Link-III: A Conference on Common Interests. The conference focus was cooperative efforts between high school and college biology teachers; supported by the National Science Foundation; held March 2001 at Hope College, Holland, MI. 

Invited Workshop: Kirkwood Community College Biology Department (Cedar Rapids, IA). Title: Using Living Invertebrates in the Biology Laboratory, August 2000.


Invited Workshop Presentations
: AP Biology Teachers at Texas A&M University (Dr. P. Patterson, organizer), emphasized Artemia and Lumbriculus for student investigation; College Station, TX, July 2001.


Invited Guest Presenter:
BTANJ (Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey); presented a series of four different, hour-long presentations pertaining to use of living invertebrates for student investigation in biology classrooms; Somerset, NJ, October, 2001.


Workshop presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Annual Meeting in Montreal; hands-on workshop entitled: New light on phototaxis and phototropism; ideas for using ultra-bright light-emitting diodes for studying orientation to light in invertebrates and plants; November, 2001.


Workshop presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Annual Meeting in Montreal; workshop title: Americas most wanted invertebrates (with L. Ihrig), November 2001.


Platform presenter
: NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Annual Meeting in Montreal; Forging a link: An experiment in school-college partnerships, co-presented with D. Cronkite, J. Reuter, J. Haldeman, J. Ellis, L. White, J. Lachvayder, S. Belzer; November, 2001.


2000


Invited Workshop: In-service workshop for Spirit Lake Iowa School District; title: Using living invertebrates in classrooms; for science teachers, grade 3-12; Iowa Lakeside Laboratory; March 2000.


Invited Workshops/Presentations
: University of Delaware (workshop and seminar on campus, Newark, DE); multi-day workshop for Delaware Association of Biology Teachers at Reheboth Bay, DE; emphasis on uses and investigations of living invertebrates in biology classrooms; April 2000.


Main Speaker:
Annual meeting of Iowa Community College Biology Teacher Association, Invertebrates in the Biology Classroom; Marshalltown, IA, September 2000.


Platform Presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, demonstration entitled: McWorm: Invertebrate Fast Food; presented with K. Cain, October 2000. 


Platform Presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, presentation entitled: Invertebrate LocoLympics (demonstration); October 2000.


Platform Presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Annual Meeting; Orlando, FL, title: Days Of Our Invertebrate Lives - Creative Writing in Biology (with L. Ihrig); October 2000.


Booth Exhibitor and Invited Platform Presenter
: SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry); two platform presentations entitled: Biology Teacher Bootcamps and Invertebrate LocoLympics at special EnviroEd session; Nashville, TN, November 2000. 


1999


Workshop Presenter:
ABLE 1999 (Association for Biology Laboratory Education); two three-hour, hands-on workshops; title: Electromyography: Recording Electrical Signals from Human Muscle; Lincoln, NE, June 1999.


Mini-Workshop Presenter:
ABLE 1999 (Association for Biology Laboratory Education); hands-on presentations entitled: Models and Mindsets for Teaching Neurophysiology; Lincoln, NE, June 1999.


Workshop Presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, TX; hands-on demonstration entitled: Development of Invertebrates: Orchestras of Nature, presented with D. Cronkite and C. Schutte; October 1999.


Workshop Presenter:
NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, TX; hands-on demonstration entitled: Through a Looking Glass! - An Invertebrate Inquiry, presented with B. Grosz; October 1999. 


Booth Exhibitor and Invited Platform Presenter
: SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry); presented: Biological Smoke Detectors and Biology Teacher Bootcamps at special EnviroEd session; Philadelphia, PA, November 1999.


Invited Participant
: Forging a Link-I: A Conference on Common Interests. The conference focused on discovery and promotion of cooperative efforts between high school and college biology teachers; supported by the National Science Foundation, April 1999 at Hope College, MI.