26th Annual ABLE Conference
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

June 8-12, 2004

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The 26th annual ABLE conference will be held June 8-12, 2004, at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, hosted by Charlene Waggoner. This will be the first time that the ABLE conference has has come to the state of Ohio. Bowling Green sits in what was the heart of the Great Black Swamp which was drained starting in the mid 1800s. Now one of the most altered ecosystems on the planet, there are still remnants of some of the original ecosystems. The surrounding areas are primarily agricultural.

Bowling Green State University, with a student population of approximately 18,000, is a state-funded institution offering over 200 undergraduate degree programs, 43 masters degree programs and 16 doctoral programs. BGSU is the largest producer of teachers of math and science in the state of Ohio and has many grant-funded initiatives addressing the Math and Science educational needs in the region.

Program summary
The conference opens on Tuesday with hors d'oerves at the
Welcome Reception, conveniently located in the recently opened Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Participants who arrive early on Tuesday can attend one of four optional field trips. Major (3-hour) workshops will be held Wednesday and Thursday (8:30 a.m. and repeated at 2:00 p.m.) and Friday at 8:30 a.m. Mini workshops and poster presentations are on Friday afternoon (1:30-4:30). The conference banquet is Friday night at the Topledo Zoo. Other optional field trips include a Mud Hens baseball game on Wednesday night, bird watching early Thursday morning, and four Saturday field trips.

The Petri Dish Mixer: Teeming with Culture
Thursday, June 10th, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM join Hayden-McNeil Publishing for an evening event of hor d'oeuvres, wine and refreshment. Location: The Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 209 (The Greenery Room). For more information, please visit the Hayden-McNeil Publishing Exhibit during the ABLE conference.

All participants requesting housing on-campus will stay in the newest residence hall on campus, Founders Hall, which has two-, four-, and six-person suites. Founders Hall features air-conditioning, private phones, shared washrooms (one per two guests), and data ports. Each guest is provided with two towels, one washcloth, linens, pillow, and blanket. You may want to bring an alarm clock, radio, clothes hangars, reading light, and a calling card. Single rooms are $38/day; doubles, $34/day. Housing is requested on the registration form.

A block of rooms will be held at the Hampton Inn and Best Western Falcon Plaza which are near the shuttle stops for the BGSU bus service. These rooms will cost approximately $79 per night.

June in Bowling Green can be variable. The average high temperature is 81 F and the average low temperature is 58 F. It can be rainy. Come prepared for warm days and cool evenings. Bring your insect repellant and sunscreen for outdoor activities.

Bowling Green has a population of approximately 30,000 and is located about 35 miles south of Toledo, which is the nearest airport. The Detroit, Cleveland, and Columbus airports are all within a 1- to 2-hour drive.

Travelling to Bowling Green...

by car: Bowling Green, Ohio is located just south of Toledo on Interstate 75. [Due to a major construction project on Wooster Street in Bowling Green, the following detour may be needed: From I-75 exit 181 turn east and proceed to the first light, Dunbridge Rd. Turn left on Dunbridge, right on Poe Rd, then right on Thurstin. Founders Hall is on the corner of Thurstin and Wooster.

by bus: There is a Greyhound bus station within two miles of campus.

by train: There are Amtrak stations in Toledo, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

by air: Toledo Express Airport is about a 30 minute drive from Bowling Green. You may sign up for the scheduled shuttle service on the registration form for a small fee. In order to make sure we have sufficient seats you must register in advance. Shuttle times are limited. The shuttle will wait thirty minutes for delayed arrivals. Most major car rental agencies are located at the airport. Local hotels will also provide shuttle service for a fee. Detroit Metropolitan Airport is about an hour and a half north of Bowling Green. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is approximately two hours to the east and we are about two hours north of the Port Columbus International Airport. All of these airports are readily accessible and the routes are well marked. There will be no shuttle service provided by the conference to these airports.

Parking: Parking is available in Lot 7. Park only in unmetered, unreserved parking spaces. No registration is required in this lot.

The conference fee of $185 for ABLE members ($225 after May 1) includes the welcome reception (hors d'oerves), printed workshop materials, lab supplies, and lunches on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; the cost of the Friday banquet is extra. The registration form also includes airport shuttle, housing, and workshop and field trip selection. Registration on Monday and Tuesday will be in Founders Hall on East Wooster Street. Registration on Wednesday will be on the second floor of the Life Science Building. Campus map

Emergency Contact Information
Front desk at Founders Hall: 419-372-2510. For an emergency during normal business hours contact the Center for Environmental Programs: 419-372-8207 or Continuing Education at 419-372-8181. For after hours emergencies: 419-261-6203.

Major Workshops

WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2004
Major workshops (8:30 a.m. and repeated at 2:00 p.m.
[Go to Abstracts of Major Workshops]
1 - Horticulture and Bonzai, Joe Baker

2 -Temperature Receptors, Charlie Drewes

3 - Bioenergetics of Roaches, Sheryl Shanholtzer
4 - Hardy-Weinberg Model Applied to a Mixed Population of Bar and Wild-type Drosophila, Andrea Bixler and Fred Schnee
5 - Incorporating Original Genomics Research into Genetics and Molecular Biology Courses, Brad Goodner and Kathy Wheeler
6 - Labwrite: Extensive Web-based Instruction for Helping College Students Write Lab Reports and Learn Science, Miriam Ferzli, Michael Carter, Eric Wiebe, and Trina Allen
7 - A Field Trip for Applied Population Biology: Mark/recapture of White-footed Mice in a Local Woodlot, John Cummings

THURSDAY, June 10, 2004
Major workshops (8:30 a.m. and repeated at 2:00 p.m.)
[Go to Abstracts of Major Workshops]
8 - Western blots, Ted and Tucker Gurney

9 - “Conversion Immersion”: Working Together to Create Investigative Labs, Mariëlle Hoefnagels and Mark Walvoord

10 - Systematics: Morphological and Molecular Phylogenies, Dan Johnson
11a - The Kankapot Creek Coast Guard: Public Service Through Water Quality Monitoring of a Stressed Stream, Joy Perry
11b - Water Quality Monitoring for Fun and (Educational) Profit, Joy Perry
12 - Photosynthetic Strategies and Their Consequences for Plant Community Structure, Greg Murray, Kathy Winnett-Murray, and Lori Hertel
13 - Alternative Strategies to the Use of Vertebrates for Physiology Undergraduate Laboratories, Flora Watson and Charlotte Omotto

14 - Allometry: Size and its Consequences or: “Why aren’t there 20 foot tall ants?”, Susan Schenk

FRIDAY, June11, 2004
Major workshops (8:30 a.m. only)
[Go to Abstracts of Major Workshops]

15 - Case It! Case Study Learning: An Update, Mark Bergland and Kern Klyczek
16 - Using Microbial Eukaryotes for Laboratory Instruction and Student Inquiry, Donna Bozzone
17 - A “Toolbox” for Working with Living Invertebrates, Charlie Drewes
18 - Competition Within and Between Species of Parasitoid Wasps, Judy A. Guinan, Christopher W. Beck, Lawrence S. Blumer, and Robert W. Matthews
19 - Caenorhabditis elegans (The Worm!) to Teach Genetics and Developmental Biology, Jennifer Knight
20 - Introduction to Mark-Recapture Census Methods Using the Seed Beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus, Alexander E. Olvido and Lawrence S. Blumer
21 - Integrating Bioinformatic Instruction into Undergraduate Biology Laboratory Curricula, Diane C. Rein [postponed until 2005 conference]

FRIDAY, June 11, 2004
Mini workshops and poster session (1:30-4:30 p.m.

Schedule to come...

Field Trips: Tuesday

Canal Boat and Ludwig Mill
Go back in time to early Ohio history and ride on a mule drawn canal boat through a working lock on one of the remnants of the canal. Take a tour of the working Ludwig mill. End the afternoon with a stop in the canal town of Grand Rapids, Ohio for a stop at the ice cream parlor, general store candy shop and several antique stores. Click here for more information. Leave BGSU at 1:00 p.m., return at 4. Cost: $15

Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art is renowned for its permanent collections. The Eighteenth Century Wit of William Hogarth: A Rake's Progress will be a featured exhibit during the ABLE visit. Leave BGSU at 1:00 p.m., return at 4. Cost: $15

Organic Gardening and the 577 Foundation
Explore this riverfront facility with a local organic gardening expert. This 12 acre estate along the Maumee River, was set aside "to keep a corner of Perrysburg green" It contains numerous buildings, including a Geodesic Biodome, pottery barn, small public reading room where you can buy used books cheap or drop off books, a place to dig fossils, an 1804 log cabin, a summer maze, river walk nature trail and much more. Leave BGSU at 1:00 p.m., return at 4. Cost:$10

Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
A short bus ride to a beautiful retreat. This set of gardens includes both uplands and lowlands including a Japanese Garden. This will be a peaceful afternoon stroll through this wonderful space along the Portage River. Schedel Arboretum and Gardens website. Leave BGSU at 1:00 p.m., return at 4:30. Cost: $15

Transit of Venus (at BGSU Planetarium)
The Transit of Venus is a once a century event where the orbits of Earth and Venus line up so that Venus passes directly in front of the sun as seen from the Earth. During this time, Venus can be seen as a very small dot passing along the face of the sun. The BGSU planetarium will be running a show about the transit. It will tell about why transits happen and other cool stuff about a rare astronmical event. It will be shown at 7:30 am on June 8th just after the Transit ends. The planetarium will be open from 6:00am until 7:25 so you can see the event through the telescopes. It won't be spectacular, but it will be special. ABLE attendees can participate in the observation as well as attend the show. The planetarium usually requests a $1.00 donation from visitors.

Field Trips: Wednesday

Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens are a well known minor league professional baseball team, the triple A farm team of the Detroit Tigers. Leave BGSU at 5 p.m., dinner at 6, game at 7. Cost for transportation, game, and dinner: $35

Field Trips: Thursday

Early Morning Birding
For those birders in the group, Chris Gajewicz, Bowling Green Park Naturalist, will lead an early morning birding walk through the Wintergarden Park St. Johns Woods Bordner Meadow Nature Preserve. A unique city park facility designed to support natural areas rather than ball fields. This tour will leave from campus at 6:30 am. Breakfast will be served at the Nature Center and participants will be returned to campus in time to start the day. Leave BGSU at 6:30 a.m., return in time for morning major workshops. Cost: $10

Field Trips: Saturday

Lake Erie Islands
Take the ferry to South Bass Island. Board the research vessel (optional) from Stone Labs and troll Lake Erie for invasive species. Time spent on the Island will include a tour of Perry's Monument, a national monument honoring Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s decisive victory in the Battle of Lake Erie that gained control of the Lake during the War of 1812. There will also be plenty of time to study the habitat of the invasive tourists at the world’s longest bar, Perry’s cave, or the world’s largest geode. Leave BGSU at 10 a.m., return after dinner. Cost: $45 [not including dinner, or optional fee for boarding research vessel]

Threatened and Endangered Species of Northwest Ohio
Kim High, Naturalist and Historical Interpreter for the Toledo Metroparks and Instructor with the Center for Environmental Programs at BGSU will lead an all day tour of area parks and preserves looking for the many threatened and endangered species that are found there. Leave BGSU at 8:00 a.m., return at 3. Cost: $25

Canoeing Midwestern Style
When you don’t have much in the way of topographical relief water runs a bit slower and warmer. This canoe trip will be in true laid back Midwestern style floating down the river. June is a great month for this because the water is warm enough to make mishaps fun and the river is high enough to avoid most of the portages! The group will be led by one of our local naturalists. Leave BGSU at 9:30 a.m., start canoeing around 10 (the time on the river will depend entirely on the current, about 2 to 4 hours). Cost: $25

Cedar Point Amusement Park
If you are into roller coasters, you know about Cedar Point. A group will travel to this amusement park and spend the day riding roller coasters in the company of Steven Van Hook, our resident physics educator. Leave BGSU at 8:30 a.m., arrive at 10, return after dinner. Cost: $50 [meals not included]

Friday Banquet
The Final banquet for the conference will take place at the Toledo Zoological Gardens in the African Pavilion overlooking the Savannah. The Arctic and African exhibits will be open for perusal. Look for other treats and entertainment as well. Leave BGSU at 5 p.m., cash bar at 6, dinner at 7. Cost: $50


For further information contact ABLE 2004 Host:
Charlene Waggoner

For registration questions:
Continuing & Extended Education
Bowling Green State University
40 College Park, Bowling Green, OH 43403
Direct Line: 419-372-8181
Toll Free: 877-650-8165
FAX: 419-372-8667

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