NYS Education Department Letter of Support
Dear Science Educators,
The 122nd Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Science Teachers Association of New York State
will be held in Rochester, New York, November 4 - 6 , 2017. With this year’s theme of “Science – Now in
3D,” the STANYS Conference will offer workshops in all science subjects focused on the three dimensional
teaching and learning implicit in the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards. A new feature for
2017 will be half day intensive Institutes for Elementary, Intermediate, Earth Science, Biology/Living
Environment, Chemistry, and Physics/Applied Sciences teachers led by STANYS subject representatives.
Participants will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the new Standards, explore resources,
lessons and aspects of 3D teaching in the classroom and share strategies to meet the needs of all students in
science. On Monday November 6 th Paul Andersen of Bozeman Science will be returning to offer another
deep dive into tools and methods for developing NYSP-12SLS curriculum in a special day-long session.
The 2017 Keynote speaker is Dr. Mathias Vuille, from the University at Albany. Prof. Vuille will focus on
the scientific aspects of climate change, including observed and projected impacts on society. He will discuss
changes that will have to be made to reduce community vulnerabilities and build more resilient systems. The
Fellows speaker is award-winning, author Dava Sobel. Her best-selling books include “Longitude,” and
Galileo’s Daughter.” She will be sharing her latest book “The Glass Universe,” the story of women
“computers” at Harvard during the 19 th and 20 th century recruited to observe and analyze data collected of the
The three invited speakers will address exciting and current topics in the news. Dr. Ronald Limberger, a
scientist with the NYS Department of Health who will be speaking on the race to test and understand the
effects of Zika virus on humans. Dr. Jason Nordhaus from RIT will be sharing updates on his research on the
historic discovery of gravity waves and their use as a tool to study neutrino stars and black holes. Dr. Lauren
Oldfield scientist at the J. Craig Venter Institute, will present on the creation of artificial genomes in DNA
viruses. These may be used as vectors for vaccines, therapeutics and in treating melanoma.
The New York State Education Department welcomes this opportunity to join with STANYS in support of
their mission to promote excellence in science education and to provide opportunities for all students to
participate in and learn science. We appreciate STANYS’ ongoing efforts to raise standards and student
achievement in science and encourage all teachers and administrators with an interest in enhancing science
education to take this opportunity to attend this conference. It is through continual support of high level
professional growth that highly effective teaching becomes the mainstay and norm in our schools.
Please consult the STANYS website, www.stanys.org, for additional conference registration information and
the benefits of becoming a member of your New York State professional science teachers association.