Biology faculty members host statewide conference

Grand Rapids Community College biology faculty hosted the annual fall conference of the Michigan Community College Biologists (MCCB) on October 14-15, 2016.

The conference began with a cadaver workshop facilitated by GRCC biology faculty member Dr. Gregory Forbes. The keynote speaker on Friday evening was Ashley Hannah Sanderlin, who gave a presentation concerning the relationship of obesity and neuropsychiatric symptoms in mild cognitive impairments. Afterwards, there was a social hour with local beer and cheese pairings.

On Saturday morning, Dean Michael Vargo gave a warm welcome to the membership.  Members then traveled to Blandford Nature Center where master naturalist Kristin Tindall provided a guided hike through the center while teaching about some of Michigan’s medicinal and edible plants. After lunch back at GRCC, three former GRCC biology students (Jamie Grit, Dave Klungle, and Nicole Thorwall) offered a panel discussion concerning their experiences taking biology courses at GRCC. Finally, Carol Hendershot, co-founder of Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness, gave attendees an introduction to mindfulness practices.

The conference organizers were Leigh Kleinert, Holly Christopher, Bob Leunk, and Tim Periard.

Michigan Community College Biologists (MCCB) provides a statewide forum for sharing instructional techniques and up-to-date information for teaching college-level biology. The organization fosters communication, friendship, and unity among the biologists of the 29 community colleges in the state of Michigan. Two statewide conferences are held annually.

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