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  1. 1. I. Basic Information Full Name: Ruth Workman SUU T#: T00638461 Email: Phone: 702-378-6921 College: Science and Engineering Major (and minor): Biology: Emphasis in Zoology Title of Project: Biology Club President Expected start date (Semester/Year): Fall 2014 Expected Project End Date (Semester/Year): Spring 2015 II. Project Information 1. Many biologists are deeply involved in the outdoors, how to preserve the natural outdoor environment, and how different environments and habitats work. The Biology Club at Southern Utah University is a club centered around educating students and specifically biology majors/minors about careers in biology. The club also spends quite a bit of time outdoors doing various activities learning about the different organisms that are in our local environment (Cedar and St. George). This fall, I will be the President of the Biology Club. I will be organizing hikes and other outdoor activities for the club to do this fall. This will help me in my professional goals because it gives me experience working with other professionals, organizing events, and being in a leadership position. The Biology Club is funded by SUU. I will be working with those funds and with two members of the biology staff at SUU to organize a semester full of educational speakers, outdoor hikes/campouts, and other outdoor activities that are focused around biology. These activities are meant to be both educational and fun.
  2. 2. 2. Timeline TASK (what) Date of task or deadline (when) Estimated Time Needed to complete (when) Contact (Who) Location (where) Done Plan Hikes Fall 2014 Summer 2014 Fred Govedich Cedar and St. George area Plan Speakers Fall 2014 Summer 2014 Betsy Bancroft SUU Plan GPS Activity Fall 2014 Summer 2014 Betsy Bancroft SUU Plan Overnight Campout Fall 2014 Summer 2014 Fred Govedich and Betsy Bancroft Dixie National Forest 3. a. Substantial Content and Quality within Outdoor Engagement Theme Learning Goals: 1. I want the club members to gain more factual knowledge about how they can better their chances of getting into the biological outdoor career they want to (how to build their resume). 2. I also want to organize more hikes and outdoor activities so that the club can get an idea of what it would be like to work out in the field. 3. Another thing I want for the club members, is for them to gain some experience teaching others about biology. I would have us go around to local high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools to give presentations on biology and maybe even do some after school programs for those students as well. Biology is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a branch of knowledge that deals with living organisms and vital processes.” My job, being the Biology Club President at SUU, is to help educate and show others the many amazing things that are out in the world around them. Biologists are extremely concerned with the outdoors and all of the organisms that reside in them. Some things that the Biology Club does every semester is go out on nature hikes. A couple of the biology professors come along and we examine the many plant and animal species around us. Another thing we do is have other outdoor activities like how to use a GPS and scavenger hunts that help the members learn more about the biological aspect of the outdoors. As a president, I am constantly trying to find new things that will educate my club members and get them excited about working in the outdoors with living organisms. b. Connect to Academic Goals and Theories The way that many people participate in outdoor engagement is to do recreational things in the outdoors. Biology has many facets or subgroups within the area of study that deal particularly with the interactions between humans and other living organisms. There is a long
  3. 3. history of biological professionals in the education system who try to share the importance of engagement in the outdoors. In California, there was even a program created called Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS) at UC Berkley to try and better educate students on their roles in the biology of the outdoors (Falk et al. 1975). Conservation biology is the major subgroup of biology which deals with how we as humans can help conserve and revive species of organisms that are getting killed off because of our actions. Another biology education professional explained that the importance of teaching younger people to appreciate and participate in the outdoors is crucial to many organisms’ survival (Greene 1968). In the Grand Canyon, there has been observations of spawning and species density decreasing as a direct result of the Glen Canyon Dam being constructed (Elfring 1990). Many efforts around the country are being made to reduce the effects that our everyday living has on local wildlife. Regulating off-roading trails and other things like that have been done to help conserve biological organisms locally, here in Utah (Box 2006). This goes along with research that has been done recently investigating the effects that hikers, mountain biking, and motorized vehicles affect the wildlife around them in a Utah State Park (Taylor & Knight 2003). These kinds of things are of a particular interest to the community of Cedar City, Utah because we have many state parks near us. Many people go out and hike the local trails here just to see wildlife. As well as educating the students at SUU about biology in the outdoors, we often go out to local elementary and middle schools to educate younger students as well. This way, everyone in the club gets to show others how exciting and fun the outdoors and biology can be. Box, T.. 2006. Listening to the Land: Rangeland, Recreation, and Resurrection. Rangelands 28: 34-35 Elfring, C.. 1990. Conflict in the Grand Canyon. BioScience 40: 709-711 Falk, J., L. Malone, and M. C. Linn. 1975. Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies: Development and Evaluation. The American Biology Teacher 37: 162-164,173 Greene, K. L.. 1968. Outdoor Education. The American Biology Teacher 30: 285-287 Taylor, A. R. and R. L. Knight. 2003. Wildlife Responses to Recreation and Associated Visitor Perceptions. Ecological Applications 13: 951-963 c. Initiative, Personal Relevance, Independence Being the Biology Club President will help me professionally because I wish to go into a career in the field of biology. I love public speaking and being in a position where I can guide and show people what is out there in the world of biology. It will give me experience in organizing events for a group and working to get speakers to come and speak to the group about current research, job opportunities, and other programs or things the students could be doing to be a better candidate for a career in biology. This position also looks really good on my resume. Now, they can see it on paper that I can organize events and be in a leadership position.
  4. 4. d. Reflection & Dissemination The way I want to reflect on my project when it is completed is to present it at the Festival of Excellence. This way I could present what I learned and my experiences either in a talk, or in a poster presentation. Throughout the project, I will reflect by taking pictures of our outings and ask the club members questions about their experiences. I believe that my reflection will prepare me for presenting my dissemination to an appropriate audience. e. Advisor/Mentor My mentor is Betsy Bancroft. She is an Associate Professor of Biology at SUU and the advisor over the Biology Club. Email: f. Budget Expense List $ Notes Transportation 200 Camping Lodging 0 Provided by SUU Permits/fees 100 Park fees Materials 100 Misc. Rentals 0 Provided by SUU Equipment 0 Provided by SUU Food 200 TOTAL 600 Revenue List $ Family/Allowance 750 SUU Funding Request Wages 50 Red Fridays Other 100 Club Goals Achievement TOTAL 900 g. Risk management plan (Hikes) Environmental Factor Hazards 1 Terrain 2 Climate Mitigations 1 Have them wear appropriate shoes/attire 2 Stay on the path 3 Sunblock 4 Hats 5 Bring water
  5. 5. Human Factor Hazards 1 Communication 2 Fear 3 Skills 4 Physical condition 5 Knowledge Mitigations 1 Pay attention 2 Slow down if too tired 3 Leader and rear leader for hikes 4 Pick trails that are not very hard 5 Have a talk before hikes about safety and where the trail goes 6 Explain the trail as we are walking