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Midwest Regional Node Meeting – February 1, 2024

The Midwest Regional Node held an online, professional development meeting for faculty on February 1st from 7-8:30 pm CST.
GEP Regional Node Meeting Virtual

The Midwest Regional Node held an online, professional development meeting for faculty on February 1st from 7-8:30 pm CST. The planning of the meeting was a collaborative effort of the Node, with special thanks to Node Leader Dr. Jenny Mierisch for taking a primary role in organization and participant recruitment. Nine current members of the Midwest Node attended, four of whom presented on different pieces or uses of curriculum. The schedule for the meeting was:

  • 7:00-7:20 pm Intro to HIV Curriculum by Don Paetkau
  • 7:20-7:35 pm Development of AI-Focused Curriculum by Ken Luzynski 
  • 7:40-8:10 pm Using R in the Classroom by Sarah Justice and Ken Saville
  • 8:10-8:30 pm Time for Socializing and Node Event Planning


Topics for these sessions were proposed both at the Node’s in-person fall meeting as well as a planning session that occurred in November as areas of interest to Node members. Presentations included faculty walking participants through the curriculum as well as discussions of how faculty have integrated these curricula in different classes. For anyone who is interested, a recording of the meeting and materials from the session can be found on the Midwest Node’s Trello card and in the associated Google Drive folder.

In addition to the sessions themselves, the last bit of time was used to discuss an upcoming student-focused virtual event the Node will be hosting in April.

What worked well for your event that might help others plan similar events?

Gathering contributions from Node members of what would be topics of interest as well as having different faculty present on interesting pieces of curriculum that aren’t traditional GEP materials.

What would your Node do differently based on your experiences?

Maybe consider a different time or recruit harder. 


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