DMC to host summer Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center is the site of a five-day workshop for college and university instructors of developmental biology.

The June 27–July 1 Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop introduces senior faculty and the next generation of developmental biologists to a variety of laboratory tools and a host of research organisms.

Low-budget, high-impact microscopy and surgical techniques as well as fluorescence photomicroscopy techniques will be covered by workshop leaders Jennifer Fish, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Ian Woods, assistant professor at Ithaca College. Guest instructors are Eric Cole, professor at St. Olaf College, and Leland Johnson, professor emeritus at Augustana College.

The workshop will provide tips on organism husbandry and hands-on experience with organisms studied in teaching laboratories, including ciliates, flowering plants and ferns, flatworms, Drosophila, Caenorhabditis, urchins, chicken embryos and Xenopus.

The workshop is designed for postdocs and graduate students about to begin teaching developmental biology as well as experienced developmental biology teachers wishing to diversify their laboratory courses.

In addition to sharing techniques and ideas, there will be time for get-togethers and a lobster lunch. The workshop is limited to 12 and the fee is $550. Room and board at the DMC is optional for additional costs. Register online before April 15. For more information, contact Linda Healy at 563.8220 or