2016 CVSS Workshops

BRAINS AND BEHAVIOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE  (Dr. Samantha Larimer Bousquet and Dr. Doug Brusich)
The field of neuroscience asks questions at multiple different levels.  In this workshop students will examine brain anatomy both at the systems level (dissecting a sheep brain) and at a tissue/cellular level (staining and mounting rodent brain slices).  Functions of the nervous system will be investigated using physiological measures in humans and behavioral experiments with fruit flies.

COOL BIOLOGY! HOW DOES NATURE HANDLE WINTER? (Dr. David McCullough and Dr. Eric Merten)
Winter in temperate and polar regions tends to be rough on the inhabitants. How do organisms handle this climatic extreme? This and other questions will be examined in an investigative fashion in both the laboratory and the field. Dress warmly and come prepared to learn about what survives in the icy and snowy conditions of the Iowa landscape.

CSI-CVSS  (Dr. Michael Bechtel and Dr. Johanna Foster)
A person has been found dead in Waverly but what was the cause of death?  Was the person murdered?  Be the sleuth and figure it out.  All participants will view the death scene, collect information, and then use the Biology Department’s equipment and greenhouse to analyze the data.  Students will have to identify organisms and other materials found at the crime scene, research their potential influence on the outcome, and present their findings to the rest of the group.

DETECTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE ORGANISMS BY MOLECULAR METHODS (Dr. Roy M. Ventullo and Dr. Stephanie Toering Peters)
The sensitivity and specificity associated with the use of molecular assays has greatly improved the field of infectious disease detection by providing clinicians with results that are both accurate and rapidly obtained.  Participants will use Biolog's latest generation redox chemistry (96 biochemical reactions in a single plate format) and the Biolog Microbial ID system to identify species of Staphylococcus bacteria. Participants will isolate and purify DNA from the same cells and use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to confirm the identity as well as antibiotic resistance of the Staphylococcus isolates.

HOW ENGINEERS HELP THE WORLD (Dr. LeAnn Faidley)
Engineers put knowledge of math and science to use in the creation of products and processes that solve the world’s problems.  In this workshop students will learn about a variety of engineering disciplines as they work with a team to design devices to perform specific tasks.

KEEPING TIME WITH A CHEMICAL CLOCK (Dr. Denis Drolet and Dr. Matt Zart)
Clock reactions are among the most dramatic and visually pleasing chemical reactions. In these reactions, two or more clear, colorless solutions are mixed, the mixture remains colorless for a short time, and then suddenly turns a color. Participants will create their own chemical clocks, examine the chemical processes that occur during the clock reactions, and determine additional factors that affect the rates at which clock reactions proceed.

MR. JOHNSON’S WORKOUT (Dr. Ed Westen)
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approaches are becoming increasingly prevalent in medical education.  This workshop will present an example of a medical school PBL entitled “Mr. Johnson’s Workout.”  Participants will be presented with a patient’s history and physical exam results.  From there, they will use available resources, each other, and a continuing interaction with the group leader to diagnose the patient’s illness.  Participation in this workshop will provide an appreciation for the problem-solving endeavor that is medicine as well as give students their first experience with PBL.

THE MAGNIFICENT (AND FLAWED) NATURE OF HUMAN THOUGHT PROCESSES: EXPLORATIONS IN COGNITIVE AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (Dr. Cynthia Bane and Dr. Andrea Eslick)
Psychology explores the connection between human behavior and mental processes. Activities and discussions will show students how to stretch their own capacity for learning and how to avoid flaws in memory. Through interactive demonstrations, students will also learn about the thought processes that occur when forming impressions of others and when thinking about themselves.

THE UNSUNG HEROES: SAVING LIVES BEHIND THE SCENES.  (Theresa R. Fruehling, MA, MLS (ASCP)CM; Mona Parekh, MHA, MLS (ASCP)CM; Cristin Lantz, MLS (ASCP); Amy Frank, MLS (ASCP) and Janet Whitney, MLS (ASCP) )
This workshop takes you behind the scenes in healthcare, research, and sounding the alarm in cases of bioterrorism.  Did you know 70-80% of every diagnosis comes from the laboratory?  When communities were threatened with anthrax attacks, the laboratory made the call as to whether or not it was truly anthrax.  Have you ever known someone diagnosed with cancer?  We touch thousands of lives every day, but no one sees us or knows what happens after their blood is collected.  Here is your opportunity.  The question is, are you ready or not?