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STEM DIVE CHALLENGE: SUBMISSIONS DUE JUNE 25

This is an image of a swimming pool to advertise the STEM Diversity and Inclusion and Video Exhibition (STEM DIVE). The water in the pool contains the words innovation, exhibition, prizes, diversity, video, increase, and broadenting.

Re-posted from “IOS in Focus,” the weekly blog from the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems.

Have you been the recipient of NSF funding for a project that included partnerships for increasing diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce?

Want to win one of (4) $2,500 Expert’s Choice Awards or one of (2) $1250 People’s Choice Awards AND be featured on various NSF platforms?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites you to submit a 1- to 3-minute video that showcases how your NSF-funded work has led to innovative, effective, and replicable approaches to building a diverse and inclusive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce through partnerships.

For more information on how to submit an entry, visit the competition website: www.nsf.gov/ehr/stemdive.jsp

iBiology: Sharing Research One Video At a Time

The growth in interdisciplinary science over the past decade has led to new developments in biological knowledge and techniques. For example,  CRISPR technology allows scientists to make specific changes to genomes and has transformed the field of genetics. As the field of biology increases in complexity due to technological innovations and expansion of knowledge, new ways to teach and communicate science must be developed. iBiology addresses this challenge by sharing science in the form of easy-to-watch video seminars,  and aims to lead the way in creating ways to spread interest in science for educational and scientific communities.

One of the main goals of iBiology is to bring research questions currently being explored by top-level scientists to students, scientists, and educators. This is most visible in the recently launched video series, “Great Questions in Life Sciences.” Investigators reveal the great scientific problems at the intersection of physics, computation, and biology that will demand attention over the coming decade. These videos offer the viewer a unique glimpse into the forefront of research and are intended to spark the curiosity of young scientists and students considering a career in life sciences research.

In talking to iBiology’s Associate Director, Dr. Shannon Behrman, we learned that, not only does iBiology want to expose the biological questions that are being actively pursued; they also hope to demystify what it would be like to become a researcher in various fields of biology answering those very questions.  Videos under the “How I Became a Scientist” section show interviews with various well-known scientists outlining their journeys to becoming researchers. Other videos under the “Careers” section show different career paths that are open to someone with a science degree. Each of these videos help to make this broad field more accessible by providing professional advice to aspiring students.  This early exposure to research helps young scientists feel like they can fit into and make a difference in the scientific community.

iBiology does not just provide a tool for students to see what current leaders in the field of biology are working on. They also provide a much-needed teaching resource. The program provides a plethora of educational resources and study tools for students in several different fields of biology, including biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, and human health. To support science teachers, iBiology provides possible questions for various assessments for students, along with a key terms index to help shape their curriculum.

For science to thrive, it needs innovative ideas.  iBiology answers this call with new approaches for getting students to become more interested in science, and by providing these students with resources to help them succeed in their scientific endeavors.  As a result, the iBiology team hopes to see more young people bringing in new and innovative approaches to current research problems in the future.