Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-10-05

Samford University will host Advanced Placement (AP) science teachers from around Alabama for a two-day professional development conference sponsored by the A + College Ready organization Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8.

            A total of 120 teachers from 63 schools that are members of the organization will attend.  They teach AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Environmental Science.

            The program is sponsored by the Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education at Samford.  A + College Ready works to expand AP offerings in math, science and English and to increase the number of students receiving qualifying scores on AP exams.

            Samford biology professors Larry Davenport and Ron Hunsinger will address the teachers.  Dr. Davenport will discuss the Cahaba Lily and Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, and Dr. Hunsinger, the department chair, will speak on ecotoxicology in Alabama, how toxins affect the state’s biodiversity..

             Master teachers from within the program and from Birmingham metro high schools will present other programs.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.