2015 Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Conference
March 5-7, 2015
The Fantastic Four:
Biology-Chemistry-Earth and Space-Physics
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells
Lodging at the Conference:
Make your reservations for the WSST block at the special price of $139 at the Kalahari Water Park Resort and Convention Center. This price includes 4 water park passes and there are a limited number of rooms available so don't wait.
Online Reservations: WI Society Of Science Teach- ROH
Phone Reservations: 1-877-525-2427
WSST 2015 Conference Co-chairs
Patrick Arndt firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Michalski email@example.com
Rod Dymesich firstname.lastname@example.orgSaturday Breakfast Keynote Speaker
and worked as a research assistant to a Nobel Prize winner. Leaving the laboratory, he celebrated his passion in education as a K-12 classroom teacher for nearly ten years. Towards the end of that tenure, he began writing textbooks and was awarded his first authorship on a high school chemistry series.
Brain Sense: Learning About the Brain through Puzzles, Illusions and Hands-on Activities
(Audience: Mixed, K-12) 60 minutes
Join textbook author, television host, and global educator Michael DiSpezio as he facilitates an entertaining and motivating journey in which the latest brain research is explained using an assortment of mind-twisting puzzles, stimulating activities, and optical illusions. In Michael's hallmark style, he'll challenge you to construct an understanding of what's going on in the brain, by assuming the role of active audience participant. From understanding perception to learning how to maintain a brain friendly environment, you'll see how the neurobiology of learning emerges through the mechanics of these inexpensive and easy-to-share activities.
Friday Night Entertainment: Jeff Michaels
Jeff Michaels is an amazing talent and is quickly becomingone of the most popular Hypnotists in the tristate area. Jeff's show is a fast paced spectacle of laughter and creativity. During the show, Jeff will select volunteers from the audience to come on stage and become hypnotized. Jeff is a Certified Hypnotist and has been trained in Las Vegas by the most well known stage hypnotists in the country.
One graduate credit is available from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Registration must be submitted prior to March 20th. Registration information and the syllabus is located here.
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Friday Night Banquet Keynote: Paul Thomas
Department of Physics and Astronomy
UW – Eau Claire
Rosetta: the first spacecraft to orbit and land on a comet
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft continues its spectacular exploration of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Paul will discuss the history of this mission, which has a surprising connection to western Wisconsin.
Friday Lunch Keynote
National Geographic Explorer: Andres Ruzo
Andrés grew up between Texas, Nicaragua, and Peru. Besides giving him a bit of a national identity crisis, it helped him see that most of the
world’s problems are not confined by borders. In trying to find their solutions, he realized the way we produce and use energy lies at the root of many of our biggest issues. This realization led him to pursue degrees in Geology and Finance at Southern Methodist University, where he is currently finishing his PhD in Geophysics with a focus on geothermal studies. His geothermal research has taken him to five continents, and most recently from the high Andes Mountains, to Peru´s coastal deserts, and even the Amazon Rain-forest.
Andrés is a National Geographic Young Explorer, and has been featured in the Magazine, on television, a number of online NatGeo media outlets, and he is also an active contributor to National Geographic Learning´s educational materials. Beyond this he is a TED speaker, and has earned recognition and awards from a number of institutions, including the Geothermal Resources Council, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and Greenpeace.