Take me to the river

Bill Rosser, a biology teacher from Fayetteville, Ark., and Barbara Schaal, Ph.D., the Spencer T. Olin Professor of Biology in Arts & Sciences, gather aquatic invertebrates from a pond at Tyson Research Center during the ecology component of the inaugural Life Sciences for a Global Community summer institute, held at various parts of campus July 8-27. Schaal is principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded institute, which provides teachers across the nation the opportunity to earn a master’s degree at no cost. The institute includes two summers (three weeks each) in residence at WUSTL and continues during the subsequent two academic years through online courses. Partnering with WUSTL in the institute are the St. Louis Public Schools, Monsanto Co., Pfizer Inc., the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.