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The mission of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education (CSMCE) is to support UNL faculty engaged in educational activities focused on improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at both the PK-12 and collegiate level. With support from UNL’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the CSMCE works to build partnerships among leaders in the higher education and PK-12 education sectors that further our basic mission.

News and Events

  • CSMCE Director Jim Lewis has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest general scientific society in the world. Lewis, Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics, was selected for distinguished contributions to mathematics and mathematics education, particularly his leadership and ability to bring diverse stakeholders together in support of positive change in mathematics teaching and learning. Fellows are chosen by peers for scientifically or socially distinguished achievements that advance science or its application. Currently, Lewis is acting assistant director of the NSF's Education and Human Resources Directorate.
  • The second Nebraska K-12 Science Education Summit will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center. This summit is a one-day statewide event bringing together an array of stakeholders engaged in K-12 science education in the state of Nebraska. The summit will give participants the opportunity to get an update on Nebraska's new College- and Career-Ready Standards; explore 3-dimensional learning, phenomena and integrated science; learn about innovative K-12 science curriculum, resources, and programs developed by university faculty; and engage with science education stakeholders from across Nebraska. Presenters can propose a breakout session on the registration form.
  • Noyce Master Teachers Alicia Davis and Sherry West of Lincoln Public Schools have each been named state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) by their professional teaching organization, NATM.
  • Ken Gross, professor emeritus at the University of Vermont and founder of the nationally recognized Vermont Mathematics Initiative, passed away on Sept. 10, 2017. Ken helped inspire our Math in the Middle grant and taught Math 800T to some cohorts. Obituary
  • The NebraskaMATH community is deeply saddened that our friend Jessica Haley Thompson of Superior, a Math in the Middle graduate, Noyce Master Teacher and NMSSI instructor, passed away on Sept. 6. Jessica, a math teacher for Superior Public Schools, was in cohort 4 of Math in the Middle and became a leader in her profession. She continued to teach throughout her journey with cancer, which began in 2013. We will miss her greatly. Obituary

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Meeting Challenges of 21st Century Classrooms

To meet the state’s and the nation’s need for more highly qualified science teachers, the 14-month Master of Arts with emphasis in science teaching (MAst) program was established in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with a Robert Noyce, Track I, Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded in 2010. This report presents a summary of the accomplishments of this Noyce grant, in which 60 post-baccalaureate science majors and professionals were provided with Noyce stipends to become science teachers. The MAst program is now in its sixth year, producing an average of 10 new science teachers per year. The project team, led by Dr. Elizabeth Lewis, was also awarded a second Noyce grant in 2015 to support 30 more individuals to become science teachers along with funding to continue to research the practices of beginning science teachers. The MAst program engages science professionals in a research-informed program of study that supports them in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to meet the challenges of the modern American secondary science classroom.



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