Global Health in the Classroom Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Numbers Count Workshop will focus on global health issues surrounding cancer and emphasize the use of medical data, visualization, and modeling.  Central Virginia Community College will host teachers within the area who are interested in introducing more opportunities for quantitative reasoning in biology through contemporary problem solving.  This workshop is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and co-hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence at CVCC with thanks to Juville Dario-Becker for her local efforts.

Participants will work in small groups on their own laptops to

  • explore GapMinder (global data visualization) in graph and mapping modes
  • learn to use ImageJ (freely available image analysis software) to record data, (areas and diameters) from medical images,
  • build a model of tumor growth in Excel with open discussion and step by step instructions, and
  • download resources including powerpoints, handouts, journal articles and images for use in their own classrooms.

In the age of Big Data, students must grapple with mathematical models, tools, and quantitative reasoning as they prepare for the workplace. As science and technology advance, the rapid acquisition of data frames an evolving intersection between mathematics and science. The use of data in our courses must be accompanied by opportunities to develop quantitative reasoning, visualization of data, and familiarity with mathematical models.

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