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Pictured from left to right: Dr. Brian Ogle, Dr. Jodi Brubaker, Dr. Mary-Anne Primack, Alexander Morris-Wood

Several Beacon College faculty members and administrators participated last month in the Postsecondary Day strand of the National Science Teacher’s Association’s STEM 20 virtual event.

The Postsecondary Day strand on July 30, featured sessions, panels, and presentations focused on the latest developments and insights on enhancing STEM education.

Beacon College anthrozoologist Dr. Brian Ogle served as the postsecondary strand coordinator. He also interviewed Rebecca Skloot, the author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the poor, black tobacco farmer whose cancer cells — code named HeLa — were stolen without her knowledge in 1951. Her cell line has become one of the most important cell lines in medical research.

Ogle also moderated a panel discussion on “Inclusive Practices in STEM Education for Students with a Learning Disability” featuring Beacon mathematics instructor Jodi Brubaker.

Additionally, Dr. Mary-Anne Primack and Alex Morris-Wood participated in panel discussion on “Proactive College Readiness for Neurodiverse Students … Tough Transitions in a Virtual Environment and How Best to Support Students Who Learn Differently,” which showcased Navigator PREP, the college’s virtual high school to college transition program that works with students and their parents up to nine months before entering college.

Founded in 1944 (as the National Science Teachers Association), the National Science Teaching Association is the world’s largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.