James Gentile Invited to International
  Conference on Science Education
          HOLLAND -- Dr. James Gentile of the Hope College
  faculty has been invited to participate in an international
  conference on science education that will be held in Sion,
  Switzerland, on Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 27-30.
          Gentile, who is dean for the natural sciences and
  the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Biology at Hope, is one
  of six members of the United States delegation to the
  conference.  Approximately 30 people are participating in
  the invitation-only event.
          The workshop is being held at the Institute Kurt
  Bosch in Sion.  Its purpose is to bring scientists from the
  United States and Europe together to discuss issues of
  mutual interest and concern relative to science education at
  the undergraduate and graduate levels.
          "From that there is a hope that a series of
  meetings could take place that would focus on science
  education and international collaboration in that field,"
  Gentile said.  "Particular attention will be paid to the
  trans- and interdisciplinary aspects of education in the
  life sciences."
          The conference is being held under the auspices of
  the Institute Kurt Bosch, the Swiss Science Council, the
  Swiss Academy of Sciences, the European Association for
  Higher Education in Biotechnology and the U.S. National
  Academy of Sciences.  The U.S. contingent was appointed by
  the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
          A member of the Hope faculty since 1976, Gentile
  has been active nationally and internationally in discussing
  issues related to science education.  He is a member of the
  Executive Committee of "Project Kaleidoscope," a Washington,
  D.C.-based initiative focusing on identifying and promoting
  effective models for undergraduate mathematics and science
  education.  He is also a council member for the Council on
  Undergraduate Research.
          His research in genetic toxicology has resulted in
  more than 60 papers during the past 15 years.  A past
  president of the Environmental Mutagen Society, he is the
  executive managing editor of the international journal
  "Mutation Research."
          Gentile is a consultant for the National
  Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, and is serving,
  at the appointment of Governor John Engler, on Michigan's
  State Hazardous Site Assessment Committee.  He is a
  consultant with the EPA's Office on Substances/Test Rules
  Development Branch, and a past consultant to the EPA's
  Science Advisory Board.  He is also a scientific program
  advisor to the Murdock Trust in Vancouver, Wash.
          In addition to Gentile, the U.S. participants in
  the conference in Switzerland are Dr. Susan Henry of
  Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Jay Labov of the National
  Research Council, Dr. Sondra Lazarowitz of the University of
  Illinois, Dr. Paul Williams of the University of Wisconsin
  and Dr. Robert Yuan of the University of Maryland.

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