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.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.