37th Annual Meeting, Cherokee, NC, from May 11–14, 2014

Pecha Kucha

Sunday, 11 May 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Searching for a non-traditional way to convey your overall research goals? Looking to showcase some aspect of your work in an impactful way? Want to recruit graduate students or inspire your colleagues to study something? Have a compelling and innovative teaching method or content area that you'd like to share? If so, come join us for the second SEB (first SoE) Pecha Kucha session, held on Sunday evening, May 11th, from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Conference Center.

What is Pecha Kucha? Pecha Kuchas are short, inspiring and innovative presentations that consist of 20 images (slides in PowerPoint) for 20 seconds each for a total of 6.6 minutes. Pecha Kucha sessions, devised by architects in 2003, are held with an intentional atmosphere of informality, as a way to encourage conversation and thinking. (If you are thinking of a Prezi presentation, we cannot guarantee internet connectivity during presentations.)

To participate, simply look for the sign-up sheet as you enter the room. Bring your presentation on a thumb drive! Because only a limited number of slots are available, we encourage you to come early for sign up and bring a clearly inspirational and innovative (but concise) presentation!  Please DO stick to the format (20 slides with 20 seconds on each slide) – there will be a timekeeper!!

Opening Reception

Sunday, 11 May 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Events Center

The opening reception will have free light snacks and a cash bar. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cherokee Heritage Experience

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration includes the Cherokee Heritage Experience on Monday afternoon from 1:00-5:00 pm. Everyone will be bused in two main waves from the Casino to downtown Cherokee, half going to Oconaluftee Village and half going to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and Qualla Arts & Crafts. You may need to wait about 15 minutes to catch the second wave of buses. At 2:45 the Museum group will move to the Village, and at 3:40 the Village group will move to the Museum. Gift stores are available at the Museum and Qualla Arts and Crafts. Picnic box lunches (available for purchase from Harrah’s Casino) may be eaten at the Village (see map). Cherokee heritage craft demonstrations are held at the Village, and following the tour participants may spend time talking with the demonstrators. A Cherokee dance exhibition will be held from 3:00-3:30. Following the dance demonstration, those who began at Oconaluftee Village will be transported to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, with Qualla Arts and Crafts across the street. At 5:00, all participants will be returned to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, again in two waves of buses.

Teaching Tuesday Educational Workshops

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 (All day)

These optional, hands-on workshops will be held on Tuesday, May 13th. Attendance space is limited and must be reserved. Please register online for these optional workshops: you may register for one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. There is a small registration fee of $5 for these workshops. Register by March 15 – workshops are likely to fill!! Full workshop descriptions are listed below. Workshop learning objectives are listed and linked to Bloom’s taxonomy in parentheses and OSN’s Core Concepts & Competencies within Ethnobiology in italics. Alternative non-ticketed activities, discussions, meetings, or presentations may also run concurrently. Organized by Open Science Network

Tuesday, May 13 MORNING

Workshop M1. Mobile Discovery: Engaging Students & Indigenous Communities in Global Health Research, Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky, Assistant Professor, Pharmacogenomics, North Carolina State University; komarnytsky@ncsu.edu
Limit: 36 participants
When/Where: Tuesday morning, 8:00-11:00 am, Locust room (3 hours)
Short Description: Participants will complete a hands-on biodiscovery project using Mobile Discovery Kits to assess anti-infective properties from biological samples (evaluation). Participants will use an online reporting tool to upload the results of their project. Participants have the opportunity to provide feedback on the program and to bring their own samples of interest for screening with the Mobile Discovery Kit.
Long Description: Globalization of research that encompasses biodiscovery, ecology, and health requires building capacity not only towards young scientists who decided on their professional careers, but also towards training our students and indigenous communities, who are eager to contribute to global health research, but often lack the relevant training, infrastructure, and resources. This workshop will discuss inception, development, and hands-on approach to using Mobile Discovery kit to explore chemical biodiversity of local ecosystem and discover its potential to improve human health by rapidly measuring anti-infective properties of diverse biological samples from the environment.
     Each participant will be provided with a Mobile Discovery kit developed by the LIFE HABIT@ Center for Biodiscovery, a collaborative research partnership established by a team of internationally recognized faculty members from North Carolina State University, USA and University of Pretoria, South Africa to maximize the great potential for interdisciplinary research in the area of biodiscovery and human health. The inexpensive kit uses bacteria cultured from human saliva, and  requires no special tools other than those provided with the kit. Participants will be asked to photograph test samples with their mobile phones, perform a simple assay following a step-by-step guide with assistance from an instructor, and report results using a previously developed online reporting tool (http://lifehabitat.org). Ample opportunities for interaction and communication participant to participant, participant to instructor, and participant to content will be provided during the workshop.
OSN Concepts: Diversity, Competencies: Methodology & Fieldwork Skills


Workshop M2. Caribbean Medicinal Teas & Bush Baths, Dr. Sonia Peter, Head, Departments of Chemistry & Environmental Sciences, Barbados Community College, sonia.peter@bcc.edu.bb
Limit: 20 participants
When/where: Tuesday morning, 8:00-11:00 am, Ash room (3 hours)
Description: Using dried plant materials, participants will sample traditional Caribbean teas and prepare their own blends (application). Participants will prepare herbal bath blends that are used in detoxification or in ritual cleansings (application). Participants will interpret a folk song naming many of the herbal species (evaluation).
OSN Concepts: Connections, Competency: Bridging Skills


Workshop M3. Breeder Seed to the Grocery Shelf: GMOs and Consumer Products, Dr. Mary Eubanks, retired Duke University; eubanks@duke.edu
Limit: 20 participants
When/Where: Tuesday morning, 8:00-11:00 am, Beech room (3 hours)
Description: Participants will identify drivers of the trend in the marketplace for labeling and excluding GMO products (knowledge). Participants will address the question: what empirical data is there for assessing biotech industry claims that GMO products are safe to eat, good for the environment, and necessary to feed the world? Participants will define GMOs, review federal regulatory safety guidelines, and appraise scientific data to support claims on both sides of the issue (knowledge, comprehension, & evaluation). Participants will evaluate why almost all data currently available has been generated by the industry that produces GMOs, and why there is a paucity of independent scientific research on environmental and human health effects of GMOs. The workshop will conclude with a discussion about the nature of the science-based evidence, and whether consumers can trust industry to be the gatekeepers of America’s food supply.
OSN Concepts: Diversity & Change, Competencies: Bridging & Critical Thinking Skills


Workshop M4. Grocery Store Botany, Dr. Laura Thompson, Professor of Biology, Furman University; laura.thompson@furman.edu
Limit: 11 participants
When/Where: Tuesday morning, 8:00-10:00 am, Birch room (2 hours)
Description: Using material from the grocery store, participants will identify plant morphology including root types and anatomy, flowers, shoots, and leaves (knowledge). Participants will evaluate the impacts of human selection (evaluation). In addition, participants will assess theories related to plant origins (evaluation). This module focuses on teaching morphology, selection, and plant origins with familiar, relevant items commonly found in the grocery store.
OSN Concepts: Awareness & Connections, Competency: Fieldwork Skills


Tuesday, May 13 AFTERNOON

Workshop A5. Dyeing to Learn Objectives: Using a natural dyes activity to develop learning objectives, Dr. Karen Hall, Applied Ecologist, Botanical Research Institute of Texas (khall@brit.org) & Dr. Sunshine Brosi, Ethnobotany Program Coordinator, Frostburg State University (slbrosi@frostburg.edu)
Limit: 20 participants
When/Where: Tuesday afternoon, 1:30-4:20 pm, Locust room (3 hours)
Description: Using the example of an activity on natural plant dyeing, participants will practice developing specific learning objectives. In this workshop, participants will focus on identifying a single goal, a competency or concept, for this activity. Once identified, this goal will be written as an overt measurable course objective. Each objective will include a measurable action verb that is aligned with Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains. The learning objectives will be evaluated as being SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-Focused, and Time-Focused). Participants will then align the learning objectives to core concepts and competencies identified in the National Science Foundation’s document Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education and the Open Science Network’s Vision and Change in Ethnobiology Education.
OSN Concepts: Connections, Competencies: Bridging & Critical Thinking Skills


Workshop A6: Exploring the Genetics, Evolution and Ethnobotany of Taste: An Organoleptic Approach to Our Relationship with Plants, Ashley DuVal, Research Assistant, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (ashleyduval@gmail.com) & Dr. Rachael Meyer, Post-Doctoral Assistant, New York University (dramlit@gmail.com)
Limit: 20 participants
When/Where: Tuesday afternoon, 1:30-3:00 pm, Ash room (1.5 hours)
Description: Participants will discuss theories on the inherited basis of taste, genetic regulation of flavor, and the relation between regional cuisines and health needs (comprehension). Participants will then diagram their own taste map in an activity that demonstrates how tastes and experiences of individuals differ (analysis). Participants will also compare plant compounds with complementary properties to create blends (evaluation).
OSN Concepts: Awareness & Connections, Competencies: Methodology & Fieldwork Skills


Workshop A7: Fibers of Life: Creations from Plant Fibers, Heidi Bohan, Ethnobotanist, Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington State; hbohan@peoplepc.com
Limit: 18 participants
When/Where: Tuesday afternoon, Beech room, 1:30-3:30 pm (2 hours)
Description: Participants will name many plant species used for their fiber, including redcedar bark, rush/cattail, nettle, fireweed, dogbane, and flax (knowledge). Participants will get an opportunity to practice some basic hand skills and techniques for working with plants to create bast layer and leaf fiber for cordage, netting, clothing, and paper (application). These skills transfer to other plants in a person’s particular bio-region and we can discuss regional fiber plants (comprehension).
OSN Concepts: Connections, Competencies: Bridging & Critical Thinking Skills


Workshop A8: Blades from Rocks: An Introduction to Flintknapping, Cyrus Harp, Graduate Student, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley; cyrusharp@berkeley.edu
Limit: 10 participants
When/Where: Tuesday afternoon, outside (meet at registration table), 1:30-4:20 pm (3 hours)
Description: Participants will create an arrowhead or other rough-edged tool (synthesis). Participants will identify several uses of flaked, edged tools (knowledge).  They will explain the role of flintknapping in interpretation of archeological sites (comprehend).  Participants will discriminated the common flaking techniques: percussion flaking with hard and soft hammers, percussion flaking with billets, and pressure flaking with antler tips or copper or iron nails with handles (evaluation). Participants will need to sign a safety waiver. Required dress includes entirely closed (preferably leather) boots and long pants of thick material, preferably jeans. Sandals, shorts, or skirts/dresses are unsafe and inappropriate attire. Participants will be provided with additional safety gear, including eye protection and leather pads.
OSN Concepts: Awareness & Connections, Competencies: Methodology & Fieldwork Skills

Open Science Network (OSN) Reception

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Cost $10 (Includes discounted membership in OSN)

Come join the Open Science Network (OSN) in an evening ‘active’ reception as we celebrate Appalachian cultures at the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. OSN was originally an NSF-funded network of ethnobiologists, seeking to create a virtual and in-person network of scientists willing to share curricula, ideas, research, grant writing and more! In 2013, OSN spun off into its own organization and we hope to continue positively influencing the careers of ethnobiologists. We’ll travel by bus to the MHC, where we can enjoy their interesting exhibits and some fun activities. Come join us for growth and fun! 

Awards Ceremony & Banquet

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Events Center

The joint societal banquet will be held on Wednesday evening, May 14th, from 7:00-9:30 pm, in the Events Center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Societies will make awards at the beginning of the banquet from 7:00-7:20 pm. The banquet is a ticketed event: you must register and pay ahead of time to eat, although not to attend the awards ceremonies. A cash bar will be available. We plan only informal entertainment at the banquet, so bring your musical instruments and voices for creating our own brand of ethnobiological fun.