Lee Hosts THEC Mathematics Workshop For Local Teachers

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Laura Singletary leads a pedagogy session with high school faculty during Mathematics in Biotechnology 2.0 hosted at Lee.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Laura Singletary leads a pedagogy session with high school faculty during Mathematics in Biotechnology 2.0 hosted at Lee.
- photo by Mike Wesson

Lee University hosted the Mathematics in Biotechnology (MIB2.0) workshop, a five-day program held in Lee University’s science and math complex. Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Lori West, along with other Lee faculty, led the community project for a second consecutive year through an Improving Teacher Quality Grant awarded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 

The MIB2.0 program represents Lee’s ongoing initiative to positively impact high school faculty and students in the southeast Tennessee region. This year’s plan was to recruit matched pairs - a biology and mathematics teacher - from local high schools to participate in the workshop and follow-up instruction. 

Twenty teachers participated in MIB2.0 and are from various districts in East Tennessee including Blount, Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Rhea, and Sevier counties, along with Cleveland city schools.

 

“I am honored to have the opportunity for the second year to work with local high school teachers,” said Dr. West. “I love meeting the teachers, hearing their stories, and collaborating with them.”

 Dr. West added that the goal is for teachers to leave not only with new ways in which to teach or integrate the mathematics common core standards, but that they are also provided with the equipment necessary to perform experiments in biotechnology.

“I was happy to return this year to learn more about using the new equipment our school received,” said Melissa Mynatt, a biology teacher at Seymour High School. “Schools have a hard time funding these kinds of biology labs, and this program helps with that. This whole experience was so helpful.” 

While the MIB2.0 workshop continued to consider application of probability and statistics and modeling common core standards to the analysis of data, the focus shifted slightly to population genetics. The workshop provided professional developmental assistance to mathematic core standards in the biology curriculum, while emphasizing comprehensive scholastic improvement. 

Brian Kranz, a biology teacher at East Hamilton High, said, “I leave MIB2.0 with a greater sense of confidence to incorporate a more rigorous math standard in my biology classes. The workshop has also given me the opportunity to start a partnership between the science and math departments which will greatly benefit our students.” 

Many members of Lee’s faculty participated in workshop instruction. Drs. Sherry Kasper and Lori West were involved in the biology instruction and experimentation. Drs. Blayne Carroll and Debra Mimbs were involved in the mathematics instruction, while Dr. Eric Moyen was involved in instruction in pedagogy. Dr. Laura Singletary was involved with pedagogy specific to mathematics and Dr. Michael Freake served as a guest scientist sharing his research in population genetics. 

“I am very impressed with Lee's biology, mathematics, and education faculty,” said Jim Marlowe, MIB2.0 participant and biology teacher at Boyd Buchanan. “They are enthusiastic about their disciplines, enjoy teaching, and model what I think a great teacher should be. I feel blessed to have been one of their students this week, and I hope to follow their examples and use mathematics in my biology classes more consistently and meaningfully.” 

Dr. West is trained in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and has taught DNA techniques for the past seven years, performing graduate and post-doctoral research in DNA mutagenesis.

The THEC was established in 1967 for the purpose of coordinating and supporting the efforts of higher education institutions in the State of Tennessee. The ITQ program falls under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and is the largest federal platform for professional development to improve teaching and learning. 

Dr. West adds, “We are grateful to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for this opportunity and hope to be able to continue these types of programs in the future.”

For more information about the Mathematics in Biotechnology program, please email Dr. West at lwest@leeuniversity.edu. 




CSCC Is The Perfect Size For Wyrick

Cleveland High School graduate Ben Wyrick wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to major in, so he decided to enroll at Cleveland State Community College to take his general education courses before deciding on a career.   “If you go straight from high school to a four-year school, you are still taking general education courses, so you might as well take them here at ... (click for more)

Echols Receives School Of Business Alumna Award

Dr. Evaline Echols was named the 2017 School of Business Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at the annual department breakfast at Lee University’s Homecoming.  “It is upon these shoulders [Echols] that we, the current School of Business, stand,” said Dr. DeWayne Thompson, dean of Lee’s School of Business. “This is her legacy and the reason she is the 2017 School of Business ... (click for more)

Longest-Serving County Official Knowles Is First In Line To Sign Up For New Term

Bill Knowles is one of the longest-serving officials in Hamilton County history, and he's not through yet. County clerk since 1974, he was the first in line on Friday morning to pick up his petition for re-election. Then he beat everyone back with the completed form. Mr. Knowles said, "I ran in 1974 on a campaign of ending the long tag lines. We put in a tag by mail system ... (click for more)

River Gorge Explorer Will Log Final Cruises In January

After operating on the Tennessee River for more than nine years, Aquarium President and CEO Keith Sanford informed staff and volunteers that cruise operations aboard the River Gorge Explorer will be ending in January. “After developing a new strategic plan and carefully evaluating the Aquarium’s resources, we have decided to stop operating the boat,” said Mr. Sanford. “We are ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Should Be Problem Solvers Around The City

Re: Roy Exum’s “Stay, Signal Mountain, Stay”  Well this article is something to think about. I think the split could go either way, and Signal Mountain schools would still flourish, as they have done for the past several years. What I'm worried about is why Signal Mountain has not yet had the guts to go be problem solvers at Howard, or Tyner, or Central. Why do ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Would I Vote?

I don’t know what to think or who to believe in the debacle surrounding Alabama’s Roy Moore and his quest for a Senate seat. I have no earthly idea what he did or how he acted 40 years ago. Heck, I can’t remember what I did or how I acted 40 years ago but I do recall I kissed some minors back then. To be real honest, they were the only ones that would let me, this because I was ... (click for more)