Connecting Biodiversity Research with Curriculum

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 1:22pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

Working Towards a Model Systematic Treatment of a Hyper-Diverse Lineage Descended from Early Land Plants (Frullaniaceae, Marchantiophyta): Circular for Meeting One

This is the first of two synergistic meetings relating to the central theme of an integrative systematic study of the liverwort genus Frullania. The project includes novel elements to help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and reduce the taxonomic impediment. The first meeting, with the majority of participants from universities and colleges from the Chicagoland area, is focusing on education and outreach; the second meeting will include national and international collaborators focusing on research-driven goals and deliverables. Significantly, the first meeting will greatly aid in the goal of engaging students of partnering institutions to aid in capturing data; thus relieving some of the taxonomic impediment.

The following is a preliminary agenda and details about the first meeting, which is the Encyclopedia of Life Biodiversity Synthesis Center based at The Field Museum.
Other sponsors include the National Science Foundation, The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Negaunee Foundation, The Field Museum, Chicago, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

• Matt von Konrat
(The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Matthew Greif (Wilbur Wright College; The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Thomas Campbell (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago)


Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL, USA
Dates: Wednesday August 29 and Thursday August 30, 2012;

Time: 8.30-5:00pm
Contacts: Anything relating to the content and subject matter of the meeting, or general questions, please contact Matt von Konrat <>
Anything relating to logistics, such as parking, accommodation etc. please contact either Audrey Aronowsky <> or Sarah Kim <>
We give special thanks to Audrey, Beth and Sarah for all their efforts with logistics and organization.



• Laura Briscoe, Research Assistant (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Michael Bryson, Associate Professor of Humanities and Sustainability Studies (Roosevelt University, Chicago)
• Thomas Campbell, Biology Instructor (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago)
• Norbert Cordeiro, Research Associate (The Field Museum, Chicago); Instructor (Roosevelt University, Chicago)
• Beth Crownover, Director, Education Department (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Michael Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor for STEM (City Colleges of Chicago)
• Nicholas Devos, Post Doctoral Research Scholar (Duke University, North Carolina)
• Doris Espiritu, Chair, Physical Science Department/Service Learning Coordinator (Wilbur Wright College, Chicago)
• Leonard Etlinger, Director for Grants and Contracts (City Colleges of Chicago)
• Matthew Greif, Instructor, Dept. of Biology (Wilbur Wright College); Dept. of Botany (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Joseph Hibdon Jr., Program Advisor, Student Center for Science Engagement (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago)
• Jeff Janulis, Associate Dean of Instruction (Wilbur Wright College, Chicago)
• John Kasmer, Associate Professor and Chair, Biology Faculty (Northestern Illinois University, Chicago)
• Juan Larraín, Post Doctoral Research Scholar (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Leilah Lyons, Assistant Professor Computer and Learning Sciences (University of Illinois, Chicago); Director of Digital Learning (New York Hall of Science, NY)
• Austin Mast, Associate Professor (Florida State University, Florida)
• David Marshall, Vice President for Academic Affairs (Olive-Harvey College, Chicago)
• Tom Moher, Associate Professor Computer Science, Learning Sciences, and Education (University of Illinois, Chicago)
• Greg Mueller, Vice President, Science and Academic Programs (Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago)
• Kara Nuss, Biology Instructor (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago)
• Blanka Shaw, Database Manager (Duke University, North Carolina)
• Tia Shelley, PhD Candidate (University of Illinois, Chicago)
• Arfon Smith, Director of Citizen Science (The Adler Planetarium, Chicago)
• Matt von Konrat, Adjunct Curator and Collections Manager (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Norm Wickett, Conservation Scientist, Genomics and Bioinformatics (Chicago Botanic Garden; Northwestern University, Chicago)
• Nyree Zerega, Director, Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation (Chicago Botanic Garden; Northwestern University, Chicago)

Synopsis of meeting (preliminary):

Day 1, Wednesday, August 29
• Introductions
• Individual/group brief presentations
• Round-the-table discussion

Day 2, Thursday, August 30
• White Paper
• Specialist groups break-away session
• Specialist groups reporting/Group discussion

For the detailed agenda as well as pilot study activities, please click HERE