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20th Anniversary Highlights of Hope

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SCIENCE EDUCATION It’s All About Inquiry! Van Andel Education Institute encourages both students and teachers to think and act like scientists. Instead of focusing on memorization, inquiry-based learning allows students to learn by asking questions and testing hypotheses. The Institute’s inquiry-based model centers on three dimensions: habits of mind, a sociallyand language-rich environment and the QPOE 2 ® investigation organizer. QPOE 2 highlights the scientific process of asking a question, making a prediction, collecting data through observation, developing an explanation and ongoing evaluation to refine and improve the process. From the Founding Into the Future – NexGen Inquiry ® In the late 1990s, when the founders envisioned an institute that would have the potential to revolutionize science education and inspire generations of students, the internet was a curious new technology. Today, the Institute harnesses the power of web-based connectivity in the form of NexGen Inquiry—a powerful web-based science education platform that provides an opportunity for interactive learning in K–12 classrooms worldwide. The platform, accessible to anyone with an internet connection, was designed by education experts with the goal of bringing the Institute’s inquiry-based education philosophy to an unlimited audience. NexGen Inquiry provides a solid foundation for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and gives teachers accessible tools to help their students develop important 21 st century skills and a life-long love of science. Jim Nicolette, associate director of Van Andel Education Institute, believes that the Institute’s future in science education is dependent on the ability to scale-up the inquiry-based science education model in order to reach more teachers and students. “The model we’ve worked to develop is truly golden, and now we have to introduce it to a larger audience,” Nicolette said. “Betty Van Andel and the Van Andel family’s original intent was to change the way science is taught at the national level. Today we are really in a place to realize this bold idea and help educate more students than ever before.” 2012 CONTINUED FROM PG 17 > 2013 Dr. George Vande Woude and Dr. Peter Jones named as Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy. First students graduate from VAIGS. VAIGS receives initial accreditation from Higher Learning Commission. VAI and area partners collaborate to create a world-class biorepository following the Program for Biospecimen Science’s accreditation by the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Peter Jones appointed Van Andel Research Institute’s Chief Scientific Officer. VARI commits to becoming a global epigenetics research hub. VAI launches Pathway of Hope, a multifaceted initiative to study tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). 18 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

Dr. Gordon Van Harn – a Legacy of Learning Dr. Gordon Van Harn was one of the early leaders who shaped the destiny of Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI). FORMER VAN ANDEL EDUCATION INSTITUTE DIRECTOR DR. GORDON VAN HARN. Following a stellar academic career that included serving for more than 30 years as a faculty member in Calvin College’s Biology Department, where he taught physiology, undertook muscle and cardiovascular research, and served as provost and academic dean for the natural sciences, Van Harn became an active member of the Institute’s leadership. Van Harn joined the VAEI Board of Trustees in 2000 and served with distinction as director of VAEI from 2001 to 2009. Under his leadership, Van Andel Education Institute expanded its programs across new spectrums of learning, including Van Andel Institute Graduate School, which offers a doctoral program in cellular and molecular biology. Van Harn defined the scope of VAIGS, secured its charter from the State of Michigan to confer degrees and enlisted an excellent board of directors to guide its development. In addition to VAIGS, Van Harn’s endless passion, creativity and planning helped found VAEI's Science Academy, which focuses on K–12 science education. 2014 VAI partners with Spectrum Health’s Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute in an effort to stimulate regenerative medicine for heart disease. The joint effort was made possible by a significant donation from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. VARI establishes the Van Andel Research Institute-Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team to foster epigenetics research collaborations and move promising therapies into clinical trials. VARI and U.K.-based research charity The Cure Parkinson’s Trust collaborate on the Linked Clinical Trials initiative. This effort aims to repurpose medications that have already been approved for use, and significantly reduce the time and cost required to bring new and more effective therapies to market. Dr. George Vande Woude receives the Fellowship Award in Biological Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 19

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