Infusing a Global Dimension into Undergraduate STEM Programs
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

National Academy of Sciences, Irvine
November 14 - 16, 2003

The American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD)
The Forum on Education Abroad

Friday, November 14, 2003

11:45 am - 3:00 pm

Shuttle from Hilton Irvine to the University Club, University of California Irvine

12:00 - 3:00 pm

Registration at the University Club, University of California Irvine

12:15 - 2:30 pm

Presenter/Leaders Luncheon and Planning Meeting

3:00 - 4:15 pm

Plenary I
Welcome, introductions & logistics

Culture in Technology vs. the Culture of Technology: Why Understanding Human Differences Matters!
Brian Whalen, Associate Dean & Director, Office of Global Education- Dickinson College & Advisory Council- Forum on Education Abroad
Bruce La Brack, Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, School of International Studies- University of the Pacific

Questions and discussion

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Plenary II: Panel
Serving 21st century STEM students: Building a global research/education environment for learning

Carol Bender, Director, Undergraduate Biology Research Program and Biomedical Research Abroad- Vistas Open Program
Eric Yip, Undergraduate Student- University of Arizona
Joe Quiroz, Director of Education- Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Elwira Sliwinska, Associate Professor & Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Cytometry, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding- University of Technology and Agriculture (Bydgoszcz, Poland)

5:15 - 6:00 pm

At the table discussions
Building the case: linking discussions of the "what" and of the "why" of strong undergraduate STEM programs that are infused with a global dimension

6:00 - 7:15 pm

Buffet dinner/poster session

7:15 - 9:00 pm

Plenary III & Poster session
Preparation for global citizenship and/or for the 21st century workforce

Jeanne L. Narum, Director- Project Kaleidoscope

Daniel L. Goroff, Professor of the Practice of Mathematics- Harvard University
Robert T. Yuan, Professor of Cell Biology- University of Maryland

One of the most pressing challenges facing leaders in American higher education is preparing students for a changing world, one in which there is an increasing need for:

  • citizen leaders equipped to tackle societal problems, leaders who recognize that such problems have no national boundaries and who have the scientific and technological skills and understandings that enable them to contribute to solving those problems
  • participants in a 21st century workforce that requires a significant level of scientific and technological skills and understanding.
Assembly participants are asked to present a poster and describe their programs- from setting goals for student learning (citizenship and/or global workforce), through the process of program design, implementation and assessment.

Each institutional type in American higher education has particular opportunities, missions, and challenges in infusing a global dimension into the STEM learning environment. Assembly leaders, representing 2- and 4-year colleges, comprehensive and research universities, will engage participants in a discussion about what works– identifying and overcoming barriers– faced at their home institutions. Clusters will be assigned.

Participating teams are asked to submit a brief statement, which will be included in the assembly notebook, that describes:
  • burning question they would like answered during the assembly
  • current challenges being addressed on their campus
  • one instance of what works for their campus community.

9:00 pm

Shuttle back to the hotel

Saturday, November 15, 2003

7:30 am

Shuttle from hotel to campus

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast issues discussions

  • Opportunities for undergraduate students to do research abroad
  • Opportunities for undergraduate STEM faculty to do research abroad
  • Opportunities for undergraduates to have semesters/study abroad
  • Opportunities to build a global dimension into the general education non-majors courses
  • Opportunities to build virtual connections for the undergraduate STEM learning environment
  • Challenges for chief academic officers in addressing such opportunities
These informal, facilitated discussions will be an opportunity for collegial sharing of what works on participating campuses in addressing particular dimensions of the undergraduate STEM learning environment

9:00 - 10:00 am

Plenary session IV
The urgency of the challenge: building 21st century global communities of practice in science and technology

Nancy M. Butler, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology- Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Bruce Alberts, President- National Academy of Sciences

My interests in this issue are shaped by an awareness that global communities of science face similar challenges and opportunities in preparing the emerging generations of scientists and engineers, and by a conviction that more can be accomplished to serve science and society by working in collaboration than by working in isolation. It is clear that the issues to be addressed by the scientific and technological community– now and into the future– require sensitivity to and an understanding of their global dimension.

Bruce Alberts' PowerPoint from this session is available here.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Plenary V: Panel
Considering the kaleidoscope of curricular options for global education and research in the undergraduate setting. A goal for all PKAL initiatives is the integration of research and education, building inquiry-based learning into all stages of the undergraduate experience.
Facilitators for the following breakout sessions

10:30 - 12:00 am

Breakout session A

  • Designing a course that is both cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, considering: content, tools and cultural sensitivity
    This session will provide concrete examples of course design, followed by exercises that will enable participants to begin to construct their own course.
    Robert T. Yuan, Professor of Cell Biology- University of Maryland

  • Creating global connections through technologies: the Harvey Mudd experience. This session will explore opportunities to build virtual learning communities that connect across national boundaries, introducing undergraduates to the global scientific community.
    F. Sheldon Wettack, Vice President & Dean of Faculty, Professor of Chemistry- Harvey Mudd College

  • Overcoming barriers to providing international experiences for undergraduate engineering/science students: The WPI experience
    Despite the recognition of the shrinking world in which professional scientists and engineers will live and work upon graduation, there are significant structural barriers to international study for undergraduates in these fields. This session will explore: what institutional structure works? how do we know it works? how can our experience inform the planning of other institutions?
    Natalie A. Mello, Director of Global Operations, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division- Worcester Polytechnic Institute

12:00 - 1:15 pm


1:15 - 2:30 pm

Plenary VI
The professional and personal impact of involvement in the global scientific and technological community

Ramesh D. Arasasingham, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry- University of California, Irvine

F. Sherwood Rowland, Bren Research Professor, Department of Chemistry & Bren Research Professor, Earth System Science- University of California, Irvine

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Breakout session B

  • Taking undergraduate research global
    This session will enable those considering establishing any sort of international research collaboration involving students, ranging from informal one-person activities to institutional level connections, to ask questions of and engage in discussions with persons with experience in such programs, including with funding issues, costs and benefits, and cultural dimensions of such programs. A range of programs will be discussed, including the most appropriate kinds of programs for different kinds of institutions that involve exchanges to and from other national communities. After a general discussion, participants will move into peer groups, representing different institutional types and different models of research collaborations.
    Laura L. Mays Hoopes, Professor of Biology and Molecular Biology- Pomona College
    Tingxiu Wang, Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics- Oakton Community College
    David Statman, Professor, Departments of Chemistry & Physics- Allegheny College
    Cynthia Crow, Program Officer- Council for International Exchange of Scholars

  • Taking advantage of NSF support for undergraduate research abroad
    Through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and other programs, the NSF encourages and supports the efforts of undergraduate institutions to provide international learning opportunities for their students. Facilitators will outline steps for institutions of all kinds to apply to and benefit from NSF programs, and a draft proposal will be developed by participants.
    Daniel A. Wubah, Professor of Biology, Associate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics- James Madison University
    Larry Weber, Senior Program Manager, Office of International Science and Engineering- National Science Foundation

  • Linking the research experience to the undergraduate curriculum
    Embedding the international experience into the formal curriculum sequence for undergraduate STEM majors is one way to signal that the integration of education and research is a key ingredient of programs that work.
    Verna M. Case, Chair and Professor of Biology, Department of Biology- Davidson College
    Carol Bender, Director, Undergraduate Biology Research Program- University of Arizona

4:00 - 5:15 pm

Plenary session VII & Breakout session C
Networks for new and continued collaborations

Many different players have interest in and commitment to infusing a global dimension into the undergrraduate STEM learning environment, and to building the global connections that enhances the work of undergraduate STEM leaders. After brief introduction about the variety of networks, participants will move into discussions with colleagues about specific networks of potential interest.
Carol B. Muller– President and CEO- MentorNet
Brian Whalen, Associate Dean & Director, Office of Global Education- Dickinson College
Rob Whelan, Dean, Faculty of Science- University of Wollongong, New South Wales
Ignatios Vakalis, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science- Capital University; International Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium; & Phi Beta Delta
Gary Cretser, Chair, Behavioral Sciences Department- California State Polytechnic University; & Representative- Phi Beta Delta
A representative of Community Colleges for International Development

5:15 pm

Shuttle back to the hotel

6:15 pm

Shuttle to evening on the town

Sunday, November 16, 2003

7:45 - 9:00 am

What works: A primary goal of all 2003 PKAL assemblies is to identify a set of characteristics of institutions that work. During this breakfast discussion, we will identify such.

9:00 - 10:00 am

Plenary XIII: Panel
Strategic planning to build, develop, manage and sustain a global dimension within the undergraduate STEM learning environment

Gretchen Kalonji, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science- University of Washington
Brian Whalen, Associate Dean & Director, Office of Global Education- Dickinson College & Advisory Council- Forum on Education Abroad

Presenters will advocate for pursuing international science education through strategic partnerships across borders. Only by developing long-term, effective international science partnerships will the goals of STEM international learning be met. Faculty development and training, curricular integration, study abroad programming, faculty and student exchange, and international field research can work together as a whole to provide a comprehensive international science program. These efforts are best realized through mutually beneficial institutional partnerships that assure that programs will be sustained over time.

Examples of the University of Washington's global partnerships and Dickinson College's partner institution model of global education will highlight how global partnerships multiply opportunities for teaching and learning. An international perspective will be provided by representatives of universities abroad who are actively engaged in partnerships with U.S. institutions.

The presentation and discussion will center on the benefits, challenges, and critical issues involved in planning, building, and maintaining partnerships as part of an overall strategic plan for international science education. Topics will include:

  • considerations in choosing a partner institution
  • nuturing partnerships
  • curricular integration
  • financial modeling
  • faculty development
  • assessment of programs and learning outcomes.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Plenary IX
Comments from international colleagues

A delegation from the People's Republic of China's Association for Science and Technology

10:30 - 11:30 am

Plenary X
Taking the institutional perspective on building leaders for the 21st century global STEM community

David W. Oxtoby, President- Pomona College

F. Sheldon Wettack, Vice President & Dean of Faculty, Professor of Chemistry- Harvey Mudd College
persons representing all the players who need to be at the table to make all this happen

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Finalizing and sharing agendas for action & box lunch

12:00 pm

Assembly concludes