2016 PKAL Capital Region Meeting: Preliminary Program

8:30-9:00 am                
Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am              
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:00 am
Keynote: The Continuing Quest for STEM Equity and Inclusion in American Higher Education
Orlando L. Taylor, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research, Fielding Graduate University

10:15 – 11:15 am          
Concurrent Sessions I

A. The Big Ole Donut: An Integrated Learning Project at Coppin State University
Mousumi Chattaraj, Laboratory Coordinator, Natural Sciences; Wanda McCoy, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science; Mary Owens-Southall, Dean, School of Graduate Studies; and Delores Smith, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, Coppin State University

B. Building Strong Academic Mindsets Focused on Grit, Mastery Learning, Belonging, and Self-Efficacy via Effort Contingent Learning
Olga Pierrakos
, Associate Professor and Founding Faculty, Engineering, James Madison University; and 
Program Director, National Science Foundation

C. Improving Learning Outcomes of a Biology 101 Course by Applying Technology-Based Active Learning Pedagogies
Simon. G. Nyaga, Assistant Professor of Biology; and Frank Denaro, Associate Professor of Biology, Morgan State University

11:15 am – 11:30 am
Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm           
Concurrent Sessions II

A. STEM Research Training at Morgan State University: Successful Strategies and Discipline Specific Interventions
Cleo Hughes Darden, Chairperson and Associate Professor of Biology; Christine F. Hohmann, Professor of Biology; Jumoke   Ladeji-Osias, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering; Stella Hargett, Chairperson, Sociology and Anthropology; and Lisa Brown, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Biology, Morgan State University

B. Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Jay B. Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and Mary A Smith, Chair, Department of Biology, North Carolina A&T State University

C. Collaborative Departmental Efforts in Retention of at Risk Science Majors
Iona Black, Assistant Professor, James Madison University

D. Moving Inclusion from the Margins to the Center of Classroom Practice: Transformative Strategies for Teaching in STEM 
Roni Ellington, Associate Professor Mathematics Education, Morgan State University

12:30 - 2:00 pm         
Lunch,  Networking and Posters

2:15– 2:45 pm                          
How to Get Involved with Capital PKAL Regional Network
Cleo Hughes-Darden, Chairperson and Associate Professor of Biology, Morgan State University

2:45 - 3:00 pm              
Closing  and Final Remarks
Lily Liang, Professor and Chair, Computer Science and Information Technology, University of District of Columbia