In her 20th year as a science educator, Christine Muir Parker finds joy in teaching science literacy skills, fostering life-long learners, and encouraging students to believe in themselves and their abilities. Meaningful hands-on learning and critical thinking are cornerstones of her teaching philosophy. She holds a B.S. in Marine Science and an M.S. in Marine Biology and Biochemistry.
Shedding Light on Cancer: Creating understanding and connection through personal interviews
Our biology and our shared humanity connect us all. This workshop will highlight the inspiration and successes over several years of the Faces of Cancer Interview project with high school biology students. This project focuses on developing understanding and empathy for the human experience of cancer through personal interviews of patients, caregivers, and family. Students apply their knowledge, use oral and written communication skills, make meaningful connections between cellular and "real-world” biology, and most importantly actively practice the Benedictine value of "listening with the ear of their heart" as they begin to more deeply understand the human experience of cancer through the tradition of storytelling.