Upcoming Undergraduate Educator Network Webinar on Toxicology Laboratories Using Fish: December 15

By Archive User posted 12-03-2015 14:25


Registration is open for the next Undergraduate Educator Network Webinar, “Using Fish to Illustrate Toxicology Principles in Undergraduate Lab Classes,” which will be at 2:00 pm ET on Tuesday, December 15.


Hello Educators,

If you are like me, you are wrapping up final exams and submitting grades (whew!), but now you need to think about your syllabi for next semester. The Society of Toxicology Undergraduate Educator Network (SOT UEN) offers the upcoming webinar to provide you some successful examples of laboratory exercises that you may want to incorporate into your existing or new courses.

This exploration using fish includes three examples of laboratory activities of various lengths (e.g., short, multi-week, and semester-long). All of the laboratories have been routinely conducted by the speakers, so you will have the opportunity to ask technical and logistical questions of the presenters during the webinar. Finally, teaching protocols for these activities will be available in the SOT Undergraduate Curriculum Resource Collection.

After your participation in the webinar, we expect that you will be able to: 

  • Adopt up to three examples of the use of fish (zebrafish and other types of fish) as model systems for undergraduate laboratory exercises focusing on toxicology.
  • Use these labs to incorporate the process of science, quantitative reasoning (through dose-response relationships), evolution, and structure and function (through embryological development) into your lessons.  

The topics and speakers will be:

  • Use of a Behavioral Assay to Determine the Chronic Effects of Chlorpyrifos on Developing Zebrafish, Larissa Williams, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
  • A Multi-Week Toxicological Study Using Zebrafish as a Model, Mindy F. Reynolds, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland
  • Molecular Biology Lab Class as a Vehicle for Teaching Environmental Toxicology: Cloning and Expression Analysis of CYP1A from Diverse Fish Species, Wade H. Powell, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

The Undergraduate Education Subcommittee has as a strategic goal of enhancing undergraduate education in toxicology by providing high-quality resources for teaching and professional development of undergraduate educators. The Undergraduate Educator Network Webinars provide excellent models of instructional approaches and are recorded for later access.

We hope you will be able to join us on December 15!