Past Conferences: 2017


June 11-13, 2017, 

Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO


The Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (EMBER) network focuses on expanding an understanding of how to create inclusive, supportive and engaging environments to foster the success of diverse students. In the incubator phase, the EMBER network will host a workshop to bring EMBER collaborators together to facilitate communication, collaboration and plan the full network. 

iEMBER NETWORK ACTIVITIES The iEMBER research coordination network will address significant central questions concerning student experiences that affect retention and success. The focus and activities of the iEMBER network will address multiple Vision and Change Action Items. The 2017 conference has a two-fold purpose, to discuss coordination efforts for the iEMBER network and to initiate and communicate ideas for collaborations. The conference will employ an innovative networking strategy combining elements of a conference with that of an entrepreneurial “start-up” weekend. Mini-seminars and round-table discussions will be combined with start-up elements where participants pitch ideas and form working groups.  


Round-Table Sessions Led By Key Collaborators

  • themes for exploring inclusive classrooms and research environments
  • connecting education, sociology, psychology and biology research communities, including a discussion of barriers
  • Biology Education Research: interdisciplinary resources and collaborative funding

Start-Up Ideas For Collaborative Research

  • idea pitch session
  • voting for top proposal ideas
  • interdisciplinary working sessions for top proposals 

Round-Table Meetings Led By The Organizational Committee

  • collaboration ideas at the interface of education, sociology, psychology and biology-based research
  • development plan for features/outcomes and sustainability of the EMBER network
  • development plan for sustainability of the EMBER network

2017 Conference Agenda 

Sunday June 11, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.            Arrival and Dormitory Check In

Gillespie Hall, Harris-Stowe State University


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.              St. Louis Sight Seeing Networking Activity

Additional Information During Registration in Gillespie Hall

EMBER facilitators: Julie Klein & Dulce Maria Vega


4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.                 Registration

Clay Early Childhood Center (CEC)


5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                 Welcome, Introductory Remarks, & Networking Dinner

EMBER facilitator: Jana Marcette


6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.              Lightening Talks, Idea Pitch Session & Working Group Formation

                                               EMBER facilitator: Jayanthi Sriram


Monday June 12, 2017

8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.               Morning Session I:  (CEC)

               Insights into Inclusion and Exclusion Practices from Training and Professional Development Programs

               EMBER facilitators: Latanya Hammonds-Odie & Graciela Unguez


               Social Psychology in STEM Classrooms and Research Labs

               EMBER facilitators: Erin Solomon & Rachel Tenniel


10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.             Coffee Break & Group Photo

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.             Morning Session II: 

STEM Diversity and Inclusion Policy Considerations

EMBER facilitators: Cheryl Bailey, Michael Kennedy, Alberto Roca


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.            Student Panel Keynote Lunch: Early Childhood Dev. Center Foyer

EMBER facilitator: Richard Harvey


1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.                 Afternoon Session I: 

Connecting Biology and Social Sciences Communities

EMBER facilitators: Gina Frey & Mark McDaniel


Sustainability of the EMBER Network

EMBER facilitators: Gina Frey & Mark McDaniel


3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.                Coffee Break 


3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.                Afternoon Session II: 

Responsible Conduct of Research: Navigating Social/Behavioral Ethics Guidelines and IRBs

                                               EMBER facilitators: Falak Saffaf & Joanna Showell


Office Hours/ Psychology Graduate Student Consultant Experience

EMBER facilitator: Kristin Broussard


5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.                Networking Dinner: Bosley Residence Hall Cafeteria     


7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.                 Evening Work Session for EMBER Idea Pitch Working Groups



Tuesday June 13, 2017

8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.               Morning Session I:  (CEC)

Considerations for Student and Post-doc Professional Development

EMBER facilitators: Gary McDowell & Michael Moore


Inclusive Classrooms and Research Environments: Policy and Universal Design for Learning

EMBER facilitators: Cynthia Curry & Liz Martinez


10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.             Coffee Break 


11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.   Morning Session II: 

Resources for Funding Collaborative Research and Initiatives

EMBER facilitators: Jen Fields & Uwe Hilgert


Final EMBER Idea Proposal Pitch Session and Voting

                                                EMBER facilitator: Jayanthi Sriram


1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.     Organizational Meeting and EMBER Awards Lunch


2:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.     Closing Remarks


1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.     Organizational Meeting and Awards Lunch


2:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.     Closing Remarks

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