Date: Dec 16, 2013 6:02 PM
Subject: end of semester
To: "graham arader" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I hope that you are well. Alexis just sent me the list of prints for the next auction and many of the birds in them are found in NYC and I have photographs of them so I will incorporate them into my talk on the 23rd. I would like to talk to you for a few minutes about the talk, just to get a better idea of what the audience is like, what they're interested in hearing, etc. so that I can aim at the right level. Perhaps I can stop by the gallery when you're in sometime in the new year. I'll be away from 12/23-1/8 and will give you a buzz when I get back.
I also wanted to let you know that I brought my Audubons back for my last intro bio class last week. This time we had just finished the animal behavior chapter and I asked my students to infer behaviors for the animals based on what they could see of them in the painting. We dealt with artist's choices for a bit and then they were able to make some pretty good inferences about behavior and actually drew on the material we had covered in previous chapters to do so. It was a great cap for the end of the semester and tied a lot of topics from renal physiology to ecosystem dynamics to ethology together quite nicely. I'm really excited about working on this project more.
I've attached a paper I published a couple of years ago in case you're interested. This is basically how I'm using the prints now, but am looking forward to learning more about how other schools are applying them and developing new pedagogies around them. The paper is based on my photographic work, I brought in two friends of mine who are science education specialists to help me with that aspect of the paper.
I hope that you have a great holiday season.