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
- Nebraska girls outscored boys overall on the ACT exam in 2016-17, matching them in science and beating them in reading and English. Only in math did boys lead, by half a point. Wendy Smith and Julia McQuillan were featured in the Omaha World-Herald on April 8, 2018, for their expertise on the gender gap. Smith discussed that while the closing of the gender gap is excellent, if you break it down in other ways, such as by poverty or race, gaps still exist. McQuillan added that barriers such as societal stereotypes and hostile work environments in some male-dominated fields still exist to women turning great scores into STEM careers.
- Nebraska's Terri Norton, a two-time keynote speaker for the Women in Science Conference, is helping students — particularly those of color and young women — open doors to careers in engineering. The associate professor of construction engineering has reformed the Nebraska's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, established a nationally recognized earthquake research team, and launched a summer camp that introduces high school girls to science-based careers. Her work encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM fields received national recognition as Norton earned an Educational Leadership award on Feb. 10, 2018, during the Black Engineer of the Year Conference in Washington, D.C.
- The Nebraska Partnership TEAMS community is deeply saddened that our colleague Dave Markley of Kiewit Middle School passed away on Feb. 13, 2018. Dave was someone who cared about his teaching and wanted to keep learning to improve his teaching; he truly was a lifelong learner. Our thoughts and hearts go out to Dave's family, friends, and students. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the Nebraska Humane Society or Boy Scouts of America.
- Take a look online at our newly released 2018 schedule for the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes (NMSSI). Summer 2018 tuition has been updated on the costs page, but some of the fees have not been announced yet. A few class times may still be adjusted, so continue to check the course catalog for updates. Also, due to budget cuts at the university, we can no longer pay for lunches at any of the NMSSI sites.
- Kevin Lee, a research associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center's technology director, was interviewed by Channel 10/11 regarding a 2004 video that was released purporting to show a UFO off the coast of California. The incident is one of 12,000 encounters investigated by the recently declassified Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Lee said it's important to remember the "u" in UFO: unidentified. He said connecting alien visitors from another solar system to the video is not a good extrapolation of the data.
- Christian Science Monitor: Math makeover: Colleges swap lectures for active learning
- LPS: Class combines embroidery, computer programming
- LPS: Molding mathematicians at Hartley Elementary
- Omaha World-Herald: Millard teacher who died in Tuesday crash had a knack for connecting with students
- Channel 10/11: Nebraska astronomer unconvinced UFO is an alien vessel
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.