Lookin' back at ABLE '98
Ann Lumsden reflects
on some of the conferences highlights
Ann's (delicious) banana pudding recipe
Group photos at Wakulla Springs
Saturday field trip: manatees and birding
Host Ann Lumsden (center), with
Smith (left) and Trisha Spears, at Wakulla Springs.
ABLE makes the news in the Tallahasee
[Pam Lopez (Pacific U., Oregon) is incorrectly identified
as Hazel Skinner.]
ABLE '98 logo
Reception before conference dinner
at Wakulla Springs Lodge.
Ruthanne Pitkin (left), Jon Glase,
and Anna Wilson,
all chartered members of ABLE, serving the 20th
anniversary cake at Wakulla Springs Lodge.
ABLE President Anna Wilson presents
"thank you" plaque
to ABLE '99 host Ann Lumsden at Wakulla Springs Lodge.
20 Years of Biology Labs!
1998 ABLE Conference at Florida State University
Ann Lumsden, 1998 Host
The 20th Anniversary meeting of the Association
of Biology Laboratory Education met this year in Tallahassee, Florida,
at Florida State University. There were 152 participants gathered
on Tuesday night at the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural
Science for the welcome dinner. Upon entering the outdoor natural
history museum each guest was given a cup of boiled peanuts which
is an hors d'oeuvre of the "South". For 30 minutes everyone toured
this gorgeous museum of long leaf pines, short leaf pines, great
southern live oaks, magnolias and cypress trees covering the paths
to natural habitats of native animals in Florida. Walking on paths
of sand or boardwalks ABLE participants visited owls, hawks and
eagles, black bears, otters, deer, alligators, wolves, foxes, bobcats,
and Florida panthers in their natural habitat. The museum is in
a cypress swamp on the edge of a lake. A beautiful summer setting
to enjoy a chicken barbecue dinner with home-made banana pudding
and lots of sweet ice tea. Florida State Welcomed everyone and one
of the founders was recognized and presented ABLE stickers for his
name tag John Glase! John was joined on stage by Charter
members: Anna Wilson, Ruthanne Pitkin, Roberta Williams, and Elizabeth
The early participants enjoyed a day at Torreya State
Park on the Apalachicola River and the Marianna Caverns. The other
Tuesday trip was to The Tall Timbers Research Station and to the
Pebble Hill Plantation. Lunch at Pebble Hill was beside the lake
on picnic tables with fried chicken, pimento cheese sandwiches,
curried fruit, potato salad, home-made brownies and sweet ice tea;
all of this was presented to us in white wicker baskets with a ribbon
on the handle.
Wednesday there were six labs offered on campus and
three field trips, A Marine Biological Exercise presented on the
coast of Florida, A Marine Behavioral Adaptation to Environmental
Change lab on the coast, and a birding trip in a long leaf pine
forest. The Wednesday "Lunch and Learn" was presented by the Vice
President of Academic Affairs at Florida State, Dr. Lawrence Abele.
His talk was on "Teaching Evolution at the College Level". In the
hall outside the "Lunch and Learn" and the lab rooms Elizabeth Godrick
made and hung wonderful posters of each of the 20 years of ABLE.
If you missed them in Tallahassee, they will be posted in Nebraska!
Thursday there were six indoor labs again and three
outdoor field trips; Introduction to a Gulf Coast Estuary and Barrier
Island System at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve,
the outdoor classroom learning station techniques at St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge on the Florida Coast, and another birding group.
The "Lunch and Learn" was given by Dr. Paul Elliott on "The Biology
of Aids" and how to use diseases to teach non-majors. Thursday night,
96 of the participants loaded onto two buses and went to the Nicholson's
Farmhouse for dinner. More boiled peanuts!
Friday there were seven indoor labs and one field trip
to a cypress swamp. The "Lunch and Learn" on Friday was given by
Dr. Sally Karioth and was quite a presentation! She is a motivational
speaker who travels the continent as a grief therapist. Sally was
certainly a highlight of the conference. Friday night the banquet
was at the historic hotel at Wakulla Springs. We began the evening
aboard boats motoring on the Wakulla River among the alligators,
turtles, snakes, and various birds among the cypress trees along
the river. Our banquet meal was served in the formal dinning room
over looking the large spring and river. Dessert was a 20th anniversary
cake with wisteria blossoms on a two layer oval cake for 130 people!
A live band provided music for our enjoyment before and during dinner.
Saturday, 90 participants loaded on vans and went to
all points on the coast. One group went to the upland ecosystem
of the Apalachicola River; one went to the Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Reserve and visited the river, an estuary, and
an island; Saturday at the Sea was one trip (a boat trip), and the
other was a canoe trip on the Wakulla River. Saturday some saw manatees,
some saw porpoises, some saw sharks, eagles, pelicans, and many
other invertebrates and plants.
What a wonderful ending to a GREAT 1998 ABLE! All groups
ended their trip with a seafood dinner at four of the great restaurants
on the coast.
-- Reprinted from Labstracts 20(1), Fall
Remember that delicious banana pudding
(to feed 150!) at the Welcoming Dinner at the Tallahassee
Museum of History and Natural Science, well our host Ann Lumsden
made it all. Several people have asked for the recipe, so here
it is... Enjoy!
1 2/3 cups of sugar
1/3 cup of flour
1/4 tsp. of salt
2 cups of 1/2 and 1/2 milk
2 cups of milk
4 eggs (separate the eggs)
1/2 tbsp. of vanilla
3 bananas (do not slice until ready to put the layers together)
1 box of Nabisco vanilla wafers
egg whites at room temperature (from the above 4
1/3 cup of sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a heavy boiler add the sugar, salt, and flour...stir
together... Add the milk and 1/2 and 1/2 milk mixing well (no
heat yet) take the eggs yolks and beat them in their container
and add a little of the mixture to them...mix well... Add the
egg mixture to the boiler and now heat on medium... stir this
constantly while heating... it will burn quickly if you do not
stir it. You want this mixture to thicken into the pudding part
of the dessert (not too thick...when it cools it thickens more).
(I use a wooden spoon.) When mixture is thick add the vanilla
and stir in completely. Let the mixture cool to near room temperature.
While the pudding is cooling... prepare for the layers of the
banana pudding... use a large dish and line the bottom with vanilla
wafers... whole vanilla wafers. Next slice bananas to make discs
and place these on top of the wafers. (Have the bananas to the
ripeness that you like... not green.) Use a cup and pour about
a one-half inch to one inch layer of pudding... (I like a three
layer pudding, but in an 9 x 9 pan you will have two layers)...
another layer of vanilla wafers and bananas and more pudding...
one more layer of wafers and bananas and more pudding... end with
pudding covering the bananas or they will darken. Now beat the
egg whites and when they are completely white and fluffy (like
icing) add gradually the 1/3 cup of sugar and the vanilla. Top
the pudding with the egg white mixture and heat in a 325-degree
oven for 25 minutes... it should be light brown. This dessert
is good warm or cold. It is even better the next day (the cookies
soften)... but I was advised to not make it for two days later...
As you saw the meringue does funny things on the second day. (But,
people do eat it any day until it is gone!) Refrigerate to store.
Bon apetite! -- Ann S. Lumsden
Group photos taken
at Wakulla Springs Lodge
Friday, June 12, 1998
Row 1: (left to right)
Carol Jansky, Carol Roote, Mary Culp, Elizabeth McCain, Larry
Klotz, Arthur Skura, Alice Lindahl, Mary Schaeffer, Christie
Howard, Valda Zobens, Angela Gloss.
Row 2: Kathy Nolan, Bill Glider, Joy Perry, Janet Sherman,
?????, Lucy Dyer, Carl Stiefbold, George Schaeffer, Jerry Schwab,
Kathy Schwab, Phil Penner, Marge Connell, Corey Goldman, Nancy
McInerney, Susan Schenk.
Row 3: Scott Figdore, Annette Rogers, Maggie Haag, Eileen
Lyons, Jacqueline McLaughlin, Charlie Zimmerman, Hazel Skinner,
Karen McMahon, Ron Jyring, Michael Stone, Adrienne Peacock,
Bill Dietrich, Ed Connor, Bette Nicotri.
Row 1: (left to right) Kim
Christopher, Laura Thompson, Ruthanne Pitkin, Mike Clayton,
Steve Anderson, Teresa Hanlon, Bill Wischusen, Ann Jolissaint,
Kristen Bender, Molly McCarthy, Lori Hertel, Anna Wilson, Ann
Row 2: Marcia Williamson, Louise McBain, Tom Fogle, Tom
Colton, Jane Beiswenger, Dennis Pfeffer, Carolyn Bosse, Susan
Kolbe, Lorraine Anderson, Diana Fletcher, Roberta Williams,
Roberta Ellington, Mary Nossek, Karin Readel, Kathy Killer
Row 3: Bill Clark, Jim Horwitz, Ed Andrews, Ron Beiswenger,
?????, Alec Motten, Brad Williamson, Tom Worcester, Mark Degner,
Greg Young, Bob Kosinski, John Williamson, Paul Willing, Ruth
Beattie, Linda Collins.
Row 1: (left to right)
Sheryl Shanholtzer, Nancy Goodyear, Marsha Fanning, Laura DiCaprio,
David Woodman, Anne Cordon, Catherine Teare Ketter.
Row 2: Judy Morgan, Marcie Wendeln, Sandy Buckles, Jeff
Sheedy, Nancy Heins, Blythe Nilson, Jon Glase.
Row 3: Chip Devereaux, Jim Bader, Norm Scott, Mike ODonnell,
Alan Gubanich, Dave Smith, Roz Potter.
ABLE "birders" at the .... (photo
by Tom Colton)
Mantees glide pass ABLE canoers on the Wakulla
River. (photo by Tom Colton)
Manatee "meets" ABLE founding member Jon
Glase. (photo by Tom Colton)