Science Meetups

Want to stay up to date on the current science and hear from a variety of experts? Join us for The Baxter Center’s Science Meetups! We will get together the second Wednesday of each month for an hour after school to hear more from experts in a variety of fields. Topics include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biotech, Forensics & Criminology, and Middle School Science.

How are you thinking about hands-on labs this fall?

Wednesday, October 13th from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

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Calling all science teachers! Now that most everyone is back in the classroom, we want to check-in with teachers and see how labs are going! How do you handle sharing equipment and social distancing? What labs are your students finding engaging? Let’s get together and share resources for a great fall!

Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Let's celebrate!

May 12 from 3:30 - 4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Forensics & Criminology teachers! We know you don't always have a course team to work with, so we're providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching forensics. This month: THROW DOWN WITH YOUR AWESOME FINISH! Bring snacks and a beverage and let's celebrate our successes teaching forensics this year! 

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Liz Copper, Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Join our last science teacher meetup of the school year!

May 20 from 3:30 - 4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom


Chatting with a Scientist: Dr. Julie Swartzendruber

April 13, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

The Hygiene Hypothesis: Does exposure to microorganisms build up your immune system?  Dr. Julie Swartzendruber, Assistant Professor at Midwestern University, will join us to discuss her lab's research on Bacillus subtilis and its role in preventing allergic inflamation induced by the house dust mite. Her research hopes to determine the mechanism this bacterium employs to confer protection from allergic disease. This will be an informal discussion with plenty of time to ask questions. 

About Our Speaker: Dr. Julie Swartzendruber earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2013 where she studied the role of histamine 2 receptor in allergic lung inflammation.  She continued her training as a post-doctoral fellow at Loyola University of Chicago, studying the role of the probiotic Bacillus subtilis in suppressing allergic airway disease.  Dr. Swartzendruber came to Midwestern University in 2015 and her research laboratory continues to study the role of Bacillus subtilis to suppress allergic disease.

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney Young High School. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance. 


Clinical trials in the time of a Pandemic

March 4, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

How do human clinical trials work for new medicines? What does that look like in the time of COVID? Dr. Janet Pavese from Astellas Pharma will be joining us to discuss her role in measuring human clinical trial samples to learn about how potential new medicines work. This will be an informal discussion with plenty of time to ask questions. 

About Dr. Pavese: I graduated high school in 2003, and received my BS in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 and my PhD from Northwestern University in 2014 in Cancer Biology and Drug Discovery.  Following graduate school I spent 3 years working at Abbott Molecular developing tests to measure viruses and cancer cells in blood.  Currently, I work for Astellas Pharma where I measure human clinical trial samples to learn about how potential new medicines work. 

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney Young High School. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance. 


Are you interested in learning more about using phenomena in your classroom and how modeling plays an important role in that process?

March 3rd from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Are you interested in learning more about using phenomena in your classroom and how modeling plays an important role in that process? In this session, we will be sharing how modeling can help pave the way to learning by helping your students to develop a deeper understanding of science concepts. Whether you are new to teaching science or have been doing it for years, please come to learn and share your own experiences with this in the classroom. Please reach out if you have any questions about the open share part of this session.

Connect with us offline! We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Susanne Wolff; Round Lake Area Schools. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Classroom Artifact Show & Tell

February 24 from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Forensics & Criminology teachers! We know you don't always have a course team to work with, so we're providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching forensics this fall. This month we will talk about what you have planned for students to do before the holidays and brainstorm ideas around summative assessments.

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Liz Copper, Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


A Semester in Review

December 10th from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

You are invited to join our Middle School Meet-Up this month for a mid-year review! This is a chance for you to share one idea that you have used in your classroom and take home several ideas from others in the group to enhance your teaching next semester! Please come prepared to share an activity or idea that you used this semester to: help engage your students, create equity, improve communication, build community and relationships, or any other success you have had with your students! Please reach out to Susanne Wolff via email at swolff@rlas-116.org if you have questions about ideas to share. Hope to see you there!

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up.

Facilitator: Susanne Wolff, Round Lake Area Schools. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


What are your plans for before the holidays? Ideas around summative assessments?

December 2nd from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Forensics & Criminology teachers! We know you don't always have a course team to work with, so we're providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching forensics this fall. This month we will talk about what you have planned for students to do before the holidays and brainstorm ideas around summative assessments.

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Liz Copper, Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Talking with students about COVID-19

November 30th from 3:30-4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Hey Biotech teachers! How do we transition a lab based course to a virtual classroom? Let's work together to share ideas and resources on bringing engaging, hands-on activities to our students. This month's topic: "Talking with students about COVID-19." We want to do our best to support our community of biotech, feel free to email us with suggestions on topics you would like to discuss at our meetups. 

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney Young High School. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.