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September 24, 1999

UW-RF To Host National Biology Conference

The Kinnickinnic River, endangered bird species, the wolf population and other topics will be on the agenda as UW-River Falls hosts the 43nd annual conference of the Association of College and University Biology Educators.

The conference is set for Oct. 15-17 and will serve as a forum for undergraduate biology education issues. Each fall, biology faculty from undergraduate institutions across the country meet to share ideas and experiences related to teaching and learning biology. ACUBE is the only national organization focusing on biology at the undergraduate level.

The program will draw about 100 faculty members and includes keynote speakers, paper presentations, workshops, and field trips. Those arriving early will attend a pre-meeting field trip led by UW-RF biology Professor Clarke Garry, who has undertaken a survey of all aquatic insects in the Kinnikinnic River and its tributaries. His presentation is "The Natural and Not-so-Natural History of the Kinnikinnic River Watershed."

The opening address, "Rearing Threatened and Difficult Avian Species," by Jim Pichner, avian zoologist of the Minnesota Zoo, is free and open to the public. It is set for 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 in Room 200 of the Agricultural Sciences Building. Pichner will talk about raising and releasing such species as trumpeter swans, loons, Bali mynah, North American and Asian songbird species.

This year's conference theme is "Integrating Process and Content: Flexibility for the Future." Many of the presentations will focus on balancing the teaching of science content facts with skills such as experiment design and computer-based analysis.

This will include a diverse range of topics, including Service Learning in Biology, Accessing Student Data on the Web, Inquiry Learning, Web-based Timber Wolf Radiotelemetry Lab, Incorporating Bioinformatics into the Classroom, and a fossil-collecting field trip.

The conference banquet will be held on a cruise of the St. Croix River.

The full program can be viewed on the web at:

For more information, call 715/425-3591.

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