Thanks to financial support from my Summer Technology Exploration (STEP) Grant and AAAS first-time librarian attendee free registration, I attended and presented at my first scientific society conference, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in February. AAAS is the world’s largest scientific society and publishes Science magazine as well as other scientific journals. One of the perks of attending this conference is participating in the closed beta period testing of Trellis, a new AAAS digital collaboration platform.
“Flipping a Science Information Literacy Course” presentation
I gave a presentation on redesigning and flipping my LIB 220 Science Research Sources and Strategies course to over 30 librarians at the ACRL science librarians round table hosted by AAAS. I’ve worked over the last year with the Teaching and Learning Center’s Faculty Course Redesign Program and the STEP Grant program sponsored by the Provost’s Office to convert a lecture-based course into a learner-centered flipped course to enhance student engagement and metacognition. The theme of this year’s AAAS Meeting was Global Science Engagement, and the theme of my LIB220 course will be global science/global health in alignment with the QEP on Global Wake Forest. I will give a presentation at the upcoming WFU TechXploration event on April 5th in the Benson Center, if you’d like to hear more about it.
I attended many sessions ranging from neuroscience to global astronomy to astroparticle physics.
This 8am session was very interesting to me as the library liaison to neuroscience faculty and students. The most compelling research result was “dendritic atrophy” in stress-related brain regions.
I also attended astronomy sessions, and this session on the international collaboration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) was fascinating. The map below highlights which areas of the world are involved in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which maps the universe on different scales.
This image during a presentation on particle physics clarified the significance of Higgs’ and Englert’s theory and their 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. The gist of this presentation and future research is summarized poignantly below:
“Even though it is a great achievement to have found the Higgs particle — the missing piece in the Standard Model puzzle — the Standard Model is not the final piece in the cosmic puzzle…Another reason is that the model only describes visible matter, which only accounts for one fifth of all matter in the cosmos. To find the mysterious dark matter is one of the objectives as scientists continue the chase of unknown particles at CERN.” – Nobelprize.org
I’m thankful for the opportunity to go to this excellent conference, and I’m happy to report that my airplane landed safely in the snow at Greensboro PTI Airport upon my return on Valentine’s Day. I’m excited to begin teaching my newly redesigned course next week!