Wicked Problems: Investigating real world problems in the biology classroom
June 18-23, 2018
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California

Climate change. Emerging infectious diseases. Water quality. Crop 
production. We invite you to explore how to use wicked problems like these 
to engage your students in your classroom, and beyond. Wicked problems are 
open-ended, complex problems without clear solutions, which involve both 
social and scientific challenges. These problems are a space to add 
effective pedagogical approaches such as case pedagogies, and community 
based or place-based learning. Wicked problems also provide a rich space to 
include systems thinking, interdisciplinary approaches, and quantitative 
skills such as data science and modeling.

Wicked problems require diverse problem solving strategies, so we encourage 
you to bring a colleague from another discipline who would be interested in 
working on wicked problems.  This workshop is hosted by BioQUEST and QUBES, 
which are interdisciplinary groups, and we welcome colleagues outside 
biology who are interested in working on biological problems. 

This workshop is appropriate for future faculty, college faculty from two 
and four year institutions, and high school faculty teaching advanced or AP 
biology. Given the breadth of the topic, all biological disciplines from 
molecular biology to ecology will find a niche. Faculty from other 
disciplines are welcome as well, and we encourage teams to apply. 

Application deadline: April 2, 2018
Application: https://qubeshub.org/groups/summer2018/application 
Please contact the organizers with any questions:
Kristin Jenkins, BioQUEST (kristin.jenk...@bioquest.org) or Hayley Orndorf, 
QUBES (h...@pitt.edu)

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