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93rd Annual Meeting
BOISE CENTER on the GROVE
co-located with the
67th Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM 12) of the
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
Boise, Idaho
June 24 - 27, 2012

WORKSHOPS



Pacific Division sponsored workshops  

If you are registering for the meeting through the NORM 12 side and you want to attend a Pacific Division sponsored workship, you need to fill out and send in a Pacific Division registration form in order to let us get an accurate count of workshop attendees. However, if you register for the meeting through NORM 12 you needn't also pay the registration fee for the Pacific Division. Be sure to check the box for "ACS NORM 12 (AAASPD Events Only)" on the Pacific Division form, fill out the rest of the form, and send it in. For those registering with the Pacific Division, be sure to mark your interest in attending a Pacific Division sponsored workshop on the Advance Registration Form. Click here for a copy of the Advance Registration Form.

 
   
Programmed Genome Remodeling in Ciliates and Computing
Tuesday afternoon, 26 June
 
   
DockoMatic: Docking Calculations and Homology Modeling
Wednesday afternoon, 27 June
 
   
   
NORM 12 Sponsored Workshops  

If you are registering for the meeting through the AAAS side and want to attend a NORM 12 sponsored workshop, you also need to fill out a NORM 12 registration form in order to let the ACS folks get an accurate count of workshop attendees. However, if you register for the meeting through AAAS, you needn't also pay the registration fee for NORM 12. Be sure to check the box for registration type "AAAS-PD (Events Only)" on the NORM 12 registration form, fill out the rest of the form, and send it in. For those registering with the NORM 12, be sure to mark your interest in attending a NORM 12 sponsored workshop on the Advance Registration Form. Click here  to go to the NORM 12 registration site.

 
   
Planning Your Job Search
Monday 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
 
   
Preparing a Resumé
Monday 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
   
Effective Interviewing
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 
   
Microlab Workshop – A New Look at Spectrophotometry and Some other Things You can do with Computers: Using Computers to Cut Costs and Buy Time for Inquiry
Monday 9:00 a.m. – Noon
 
   
POGIL Workshop – Strategies for Supporting STEM Student Learning with Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)
Monday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 

Planning Your Job Search

Monday, 25 June 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Session length: 1.5 hours

Description: This workshop addresses employment trends and professional values (self-assessment). The process of networking will also be explored: who is in your network and how to expand it. Strategies such as informational interviewing will be discussed.



Preparing a Resumé

Monday, 25 June 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session length: 1.5 hours

Description: Your resumé is a personal introduction and leaves an impression. In this workshop you will learn which peersonal data format is right for your "marketing plan," and construct a winning resumé.



Effective Interviewing

Monday, 25 June 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session length: 1.5 hours

Description: Many job seekers think their work ends once an interview is secured. Think again! This workshop will examine the entire interview process, types of interviews, frequently asked questions, and how to evluate an offer.




Microlab Workshop: A New Look at Spectrophotemetry – And Some other Things You Can Do with Computers: Using Computers to Cut Costs and Buy Time for Inquiry

Monday, 25 June 9:00 a.m. – noon

Session length: 3 hours

Description: Computers can do a lot more for your lab students than just quickly collect data using small, inexpensive, and safe samples. Both POGIL and the Science Writing Heuristic advocate an inquiry process that starts with a question about a real chemical system. Students and their instructor turn these questions into an experiment, conduct the experiment, and use their observations to develop a model of the system – a model that explains the behavior they observed. With Additional runs through the plan —> work —> evaluate cycle, they improve their model and understanding of the chemical concept.

Computer-based lab systems can help students structure and formalize their experiment design. Students can quickly collect, analyze, and graph high quality data. These graphs, generated immediately and large enough for students and instructor to see, focus in-lab discussion and evaluation of the experiment. Students can clearly see cause-and-effect relationships. They understand the expereiment and the concept when they leave the lab.

We will do several live experiments from the introductory chemistry lab that demonstrate this process – experiments in thermochemistry, the behavior of gases, acid-base chemistry, and a new look at visualization in spectrophotometry.




POGIL Workshop: Strategies for Supporting STEM Student Learning with Process Orientedf Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)

Monday, 25 June 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session length: 3 hours

Description: This workshop serves as an introduction to POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and an exploration of the benefits of this approach to active-learning in the classroom. Exploring the POGIL approach is helpful for anyone who is looking to expand their teaching "tool box" for actively engaging students and supporting higher order thinking. The workshop will be appropriate for both high school and university level teachers in all STEM disciplines.

Participants will experience a POGIL-based learning environment, analyze activities to understand how guided-inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom, and consider classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of the POGIL approach.

Cost: $15.00 Register for this field trip through NORM 12. If you register with AAAS, you needn't also pay for NORM 12 registration. Just be sure to click the registration type "AAAS-PD Events Only" box and complete the registration form in order to pay for this workshop (click here).




Programmed Genome Remodeling in Ciliates and Computing

Tuesday, 26 June

Session length: afternoon

Organizer: Marion Scheepers (Department of Mathematics, Boise State University; mscheepe@boisestate.edu)

Description: Ciliates are single cell organisms that harbor two types of nuclei, one type an encrypted version of the other. Certain events trigger replacement of the current nu- clei by decryption of the encrypted versions. The remodeling processes performing the decryption solve very complex combinatorial problems. Experimental evidence suggests that the decryption can be reliably manipulated to yield results different from the standard. This workshop will present an overview of the ciliate decryption process, with special emphasis on the programmable aspects of the process, and the computational capabilities of the process. Participants will learn about the cryp- tographic relationship between the two types of nuclei per ciliate, how information can be encoded in DNA and how to reprogram the ciliate decryption program. The workshop will span three hours with a ten minute break between hours. After this workshop participants will be in a position to appreciate the known mathematical findings regarding this living computing environment, and the untapped potential of this in vivo computing environment.

Limited to twenty-five (25) participants. Please indicate your interest in attending this workshop by checking the appropriate box on page 2 of the Advance Registration Form.

Cost:
No fee for meeting registrants; one-day registration fee for non-registrants.


 
DockoMatic: Docking Calculations and Homology Modeling

Wednesday, 27 June

Session length: afternoon

Organizers: C. Mark Maupin (Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado; cmmaupin@mines.edu).

Description: This workshop will focus on the use of the program DockoMatic. This program, created at Boise State University, is a wrapper that links several different codes, including Autodock4 and Modeller, into a single user friendly graphical interface (GUI). During this workshop the particants will be guided through the use of DockoMatic to create a homology model of a macromolecule. After the successful creation of the 3D structure for the macromolecule, DockoMatic will then be used to automate docking calculations between the macromolecule and a ligand. The workshop will finish up with a quick analysis of the calculations and a question answer phase to help participants formulate ways in which to use DockoMatic.

Cost: No fee for meeting registrants; one-day registration fee for non-registrants.




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