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Schultheis, E.H. and Melissa K. Kjelvik. 2015. Data Nuggets: Bringing Real Data into the Classroom to Unearth Students’ Quantitative & Inquiry Skills. The American Biology Teacher, 77(1):19-29.

Royer, A. M. and E. H. Schultheis. 2014. Evolving better cars: Teaching evolution by natural selection with a digital inquiry activity. The American Biology Teacher. 76(4):259-264

Suwa, T. and B. Williams. 2014. Studying Plant–Rhizobium Mutualism in the Biology Classroom: Connecting the Big Ideas in Biology through Inquiry. The American Biology Teacher, Vol. 76, No. 9, pages 589–594.

Conference Presentations: 

Dittmar EL, Schemske DW. (2014) Local adaptation and fitness trade-offs in the CA annual, Leptosiphon parviflorus. American Society of Naturalists Meeting, Pacific Grove, CA.

S. C. Garnett and T. Getty. (2014) Kinship and relative size affect growth in American toad tadpoles (Bufo americanus). Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting, Princeton, NJ.

McGill, B. (2014) Coupling biogeochemistry and sociology to understand groundwater use and inorganic carbon flux in southwest Michigan corn fields. MSU Environmental Science and Public Policy Annual Meeting, Lansing, MI.

Suwa T. and B. Williamson. (2014) Mutualism in action – a guided inquiry activity using plant-rhizobia symbiosis in the classroom. Life Discovery Conference. San Jose, CA.

Fegan, D.L., Nalley, J.O., and Bodbyl Roels, S.A. (2014) KBS GK-12 BioEnergy SusTainability (BEST) Project: Using schoolyard research plots to grow ecological and energy literacies. Annual Ecological Society of America Meeting. Sacramento, CA.

Schultheis, E.H. and M. Kjelvik (2013). Data Nuggets: Unearthing quantitative and inquiry skills by  bringing current evolutionary research into the classroom. NSF offsite visit for BEACON, Michigan State University (poster)

Schultheis, E.H. and M. Kjelvik (2013). Data Nuggets: unearthing quantitative and inquiry skills. National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Atlanta, GA (talk)

Kjelvik, M. E.H. Schultheis, and L. Mead (2013). LadyBug: using an evolutionary game to capture young students’ enthusiasm for evolution-in-action. National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Atlanta, GA (talk)

Kjelvik, M. and E.H. Schultheis (2013). Data Nuggets: unearthing inquiry skills. Ecological Society of America Life Discovery Conference – Doing Science, St. Paul, MN (talk)

Williams, D., E.H. Schultheis, and J.A. Lau (2013) Plant invaders: does escape from enemies lead to invasion? Michigan Science Teachers Association 60th Annual Conference, Pure Michigan Science – the Next Generation, Ypsilanti, MI.

Kjelvik, M. 2012. Data Nuggets. Contribution to the Evo-101 Symposium. First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology. Ottawa, Canada.

E.H. Schultheis, A. Royer, and L. Mead. 2012. Darwin makes better cars: lessons evolving online vehicles. NSF offsite visit for BEACON, Michigan State University. Poster available here.

Royer, A., E.H. Schultheis, and L. Mead. 2012. Darwin makes better cars: lessons evolving online vehicles. National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Dallas, TX. Slides available here.

Ballew, N., Lackey, A., Schultheis, E., Suwa, T., Angle, M., Tinghitella, R., and Getty, T. March 2012. Building long-term research networks and collaborations. Annual Meeting for GK-12 Project Teams. Slides available here.

Ballew, N., Lackey, A., Schultheis, E., Suwa, T., Angle, M., Tinghitella, R., and Getty, T. March 2012. Kellogg Biological Station’s GK-12 Schoolyard Research Network: Bringing Fellow Expertise to Classrooms, and Engaging Fellows, Teachers, and K-12 Students in Sustainable Inquiry Activities. Poster available here.

Tinghitella, R.M. and Sametz, L. October 2011. Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education: Translating Complex Science for Many Audiences. National Outreach Scholarship Conference. East Lansing, MI. Slides available here.

Prior GK-12 project —

Zesaguli, J., Tsurusaki, B. K., Wilke, B., Tan, E., Hartley, L., & Anderson, C. W. 2008. The Development of an Environmental Literacy Learning Progression: Biological Diversity in Environmental Systems. National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 2008.

Hartley, L. Grant sources for K-12 Science. Frontiers in Science Workshop, Michigan State University, March 2008.

Hartley, L., S. Zygadlo, S. Starrs, B. Stauffer, J. Moore, K. Melville-Smith. 2008. Smithsonian Musuem of Natural History: Behind the Scenes Tour and Presentation about Partnership with GK-12 for Curriculum Evaluation and Dissemination. GK-12 National Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 2008.

Wilke, B.J. and Kinsman, L.S. 2008. Cross-District Scientific Collaboration: A Story of Two 4th Grade Classrooms. Michigan Science Teacher Association Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, March 2008.

Hartley, L. M., C. W. Anderson, B. Wilke. 2008. Why do students have so much trouble tracing matter through ecological processes and systems? Ecological Society of America Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, August 2008.

Wilke, B. J., C. W. Anderson, L. M. Hartley. The missing link between structure and function in biodiversity education, Ecological Society of America Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, August 2008.

Wilke, B. J. and S. D. P. Smith. 2008. Ecological Literacy in the K12 Classrooms of Rural Michigan. Ecological Society of America Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, August 2008.

Kinsman, L, S. Zygadlo, and L. Hartley. 2007. Presentation to the Lawton School Board. December 17, 2007

Wilke, B.J. 2007. Martin Public Schools: Schoolyard Habitat for Ecological Literacy. Backyard Habitat Series: Van Buren and Allegan County Conservation Districts, South Haven, MI, October 2007

Wilke, B.J., C.D. Wilson & C.W. Anderson. 2007. Diagnostic Testing of Science Concepts K-16. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, August 2007

Wonderly, C, B.J. Wilke and R. Robrahn. 2007. Inquiry in the Schoolyard: Activities that Connect Multiple Grade Levels. Michigan Science Teacher Association Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, May 2007

Stories about our project:

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology: Nest Watch. Nest Watch inspires 5th graders. inspired/ June 2014. Story by GK-12 partner-teacher Mary Grintals about her classes’ participation in the Cornell Nest Watch program with the help of GK-12 Fellow Cara Krieg.

Comstock Communicator (school district newsletter). Comstock STEM Academy 5th Graders are Citizen Scientists. May 2014. Story by GK-12 partner-teacher Mary Grintals about GK-12 Fellow Cara Kriegs’ involvement in special bird- related classroom projects. PDF HERE.

MSU’s Grad. at a Glance profiled the research of Cara Krieg, GK-12 Fellow. March 24, 2014. The link to the online news story is here:

Krasean, B. 2013. Students at Southwest Michigan schools helping Kellogg Biological Station with sustainable biofuel research. The Kalamazoo Gazette. October 23. Article available here.

WKAR (PBS and NPR affiliate of MSU) radio show featuring an interview with PI Tom Getty. 2013. program-featured-on-wkar-radio/

November 21, 2013. Gobles Public Schools STEM academy announcement. KBS GK-12 was recognized in a public assembly with Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Representative Aric Nesbitt, Senator John Proos, and school leaders. Press release here: partnership-recognized-at-gobles-stem-assembly/

Clancy, K. May 2012. GLMS and Kellogg Biological Station…A Partnership in Inquiry Based Science Practices. p.3.

Boyle, J. (Partner Teacher) September 2011. Gull Lake Teachers Enjoy Hands on Science This Summer at KBS! Gull Lake Communicator. p.8. Article available here.

 Prior GK-12 project–

3/08. Lawton Community Schools Newsletter. Read about the work of GK-12 Fellow Lauren Kinsman and her partner teachers Sue Zygadlo and Marcia Angle

Barr, K. 11/12/07. The Science of Partnership: Martin Students Team with MSU Grad Student to Enrich Science Learning. Kalamazoo Hometown Gazette, Martin, MI.

Kinsman, L. E. 11/05/07. How Many Grapes Does Lawton Really Grow? Paw Courier Leader, Paw Paw, MI.

Barr, K. 10/29/07. Lawton Students Study, Learn, Experiment with MSU Scientist. Kalamazoo Hometown Gazette, Lawton, MI.

Hartley, L. (2007) GK-12 Graduate Student Fellowships at Kellogg Biological Station. The LTER Network Newsletter. Vol. 20. No. 1.

Knaublach, J. A. 4/2/07. ESPP Student Educates the Next Generation on Climate Change. Environmental Science and Policy Program Newsletter, Michigan State University.

Sepanik, L. 12/19/06. Pond to be Created near Gull Lake High School for Science Studies. Kalamazoo Hometown Gazette, Richland, MI.

Kroll, J. 9/6/07. Program Doubles Education: MSU Graduate Students Instruct Alongside School District Science Teachers to Enhance Learning. The State News, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.