AALL Spring Conference 2024

Friday, April 26 | University of Arizona Biosphere 2

The 2024 AALL Spring Conference at Biosphere 2 will provide an inspiring day of activities geared toward connecting teachers to the cutting edge research happening at Biosphere 2. Emphasizing connections between food, culture and science, we will show how all of us can be part of solutions to the challenges of a changing world. We can help our students develop the skills they will need to address the socio-economic issues related to climate change, resource use and allocation, and sustainable development. A healthy future for all depends upon three pillars of sustainability: Quality education, meaningful work and a thriving biosphere.


Registration closes April 22

Guest Speaker
Joaquin Ruiz

Director, Biosphere 2 | 
Thomas R. Brown Chair | Executive Director, Alfie Norville Gem /
Mineral Museum | Executive Director, France-Arizona Institute | Vice President, Global Environmental Futures

Joaquin Ruiz received his B.S. (1977) in Geology and Chemistry from the University of Miami and his M.S.(1980) and Ph.D. (1983) in Geology from the University of Michigan. In 1983, he joined the University of Arizona Geosciences Department as Assistant Professor He served as Dean of the College of Science from 2000-2019, Executive Dean of the Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science from 2009-2018, and Vice President for Innovation from 2013-2019. He was appointed Vice President of Global Environmental Futures in 2019 and has served as the Thomas R. Brown Chair and Director of Biosphere 2 since 2013. 

He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and was named a National Researcher by the Mexican government in 2010, when he was recognized for his outstanding scientific contributions and efforts to enhance Mexico's scientific and technological capacity through collaborations with the UA and research institutions in Mexico. As a scientist with equal abilities in chemistry and in geology, Dr. Ruiz addresses many first-order problems in the Earth Sciences, such as the development of new isotope systems for studying ore deposits and the tectonic processes involved in the growth and evolution of Mexico. His research team addresses problems ranging from the origins of life to present-day climate change.

Keynote Speaker
Amy Liu Flores

Program Manager, Sustainability Teachers' Academy, College of Global Futures MA (pursuing), Learning Sciences, Arizona State University | BA, Elementary Education, Arizona State University, 2006 | Certified, Gifted Endorsement | Certified, Montessori AMS

Amy Flores is a Program Manager with the Sustainab
ility Teachers’ Academy, College of Global Futures in Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions. Before beginning her current role in 2022, Amy contributed as a mentor teacher, presenter and green team leader. She is described as being  “passionate about sustaining the communities around her and stewarding environments for them to thrive. She is a champion for school gardens with expertise in curriculum development, gifted education and Montessori pedagogy.”  Amy is currently pursuing her masters in the Learning Sciences at Arizona State University.

Guest Speaker
Ariane Umuringa
C0-Founder - Starlight Africa | MA (pursuing) - Arizona State University

Ariane Umuringa is a co-founder of Starlight Africa, an organization that provides experiential STEM learning for girls in Rwanda. She is a Learning Sciences, MA student at Arizona State University (ASU), and currently serves as an Instructional Design Assistant at EdPlus, ASU's enterprise dedicated to transforming higher education through online learning and innovative technologies.

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