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2019 Texas CAST

11-21-2019  - 11-23-2019Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas

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Visit Our Exhibit Booths 134, 136 and 138


Thursday Workshop

9:00-10:00AM Senator’s Lecture     Where in the Cell Are We? Exploring Cellular Watercolor Landscapes
Engage students in a thoughtful exploration of the invisible molecular world using vibrant, accurate watercolor landscapes that illustrate proteins and other cellular structures and visualize where protein synthesis and other processes occur. Trace the production and secretion of antibodies and how antibodies work to block the influenza infection cycle.

Friday Workshop

4:00-5:00PM Sapphire     Of All The Nerve! A Molecular Perspective of Neurotransmission
Engage students with models and active thinking to explore response to neuronal stimuli. Construct a neuronal synapse model with sodium-potassium pump, calcium, sodium and potassium channels. Model resting and action potentials and neurotransmitter release. Develop explanations of ways drugs and toxins disturb neuronal communication. Handouts provided!

Saturday Workshops

8:00-9:00AM Obelisk A     Let's Do The Twist! Exploring the Dynamic Nature of DNA Structure
Lay a foundational understanding of DNA structure through the practice of modeling!  Students often perceive DNA as a static twisted ladder structure.  Change their perception through construction and exploration of a moveable model that can be used to compare DNA, RNA and ATP structure!

9:30-10:30AM Grand Ballroom B     Proteins and Enzymes in Action
Investigate enzyme structure and function and the role water plays in protein folding using 5E instructional design. Engage students with molecular phenomena by exploring and explaining the properties of water and enzyme structure and function using hands-on, minds-on materials. Elaborate and evaluate with an insecticide enzyme inhibition model.

12:30-1:30PM Stemmons C Half Circle     Connecting CRISPR Biotechnology to What You Already Teach in Biology
CRISPR-based genome editing is revolutionizing the biomolecular sciences! Join us in a hands-on/minds-on exploration of how you can model this exciting new technology to engage your students in understanding the foundational concepts of molecular biology and biotechnology through two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations of the CRISPR/Cas9 protein.