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Our Mission

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.

The CSMCE assists not only faculty and organizations across campus but also education-focused organizations associated with the university community to host events, conferences, or workshops. Center staff members bring expertise in event planning and on-site coordination, design of promotional posters, written marketing communications, copy editing of proposals, and the creation and design of nametags, programs, and web pages.

News and Events

  • Nebraska researchers Angie Pannier and Marilyne Stains have received Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor presented by the United States government to scientists and engineers who are in the beginning stages of their research careers. It is reserved for individuals who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology fields. Pannier, a professor of biological systems engineering and a past Women in Science keynote speaker, was nominated for the award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Stains, an associate professor of chemistry and faculty for the CSMCE, was nominated for the award by the National Science Foundation.
  • Mathematics teachers can take a course online this Fall 2019 to earn graduate credit toward a Master of Arts for Teachers degree from the UNL Department of Mathematics or to earn graduate hours for teaching dual credit and community college courses. For the first time, the department is offering three online courses in one semester: Math 802T Functions, Algebra and Geometry (Class # 20568), Math 810T Algebra for Algebra Teachers (Class # 20463), and Math 811T Functions for High School Teachers (Class # 5103).
  • We are thrilled to announce that Primarily Math has been named the People’s Choice Award Winner in the NSF We Are Mathematics Video Competition! Thank you to everyone who voted for our Primarily Math video; we couldn’t have won without you and your ongoing support of Nebraska teachers. This competition aims to showcase NSF-supported work in mathematics and statistics, including applied mathematics and mathematics education. Our video, which highlights Primarily Math teachers who are improving the way math is taught and learned in Nebraska schools, was chosen as the winner out of 16 semi-finalists. It is fitting that we won following Teacher Appreciation Week, and we hope that you were celebrated for your outstanding work. Certainly, the winning of the People’s Choice Award demonstrates that our community appreciates its teachers. Share our good news with your friends, family and students on Facebook and Twitter. You can follow us on Twitter @NebraskaMATH.
  • Greg Snow, 65, professor of physics and astronomy, co-creator of the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project, died May 4. Snow joined the Husker faculty as an associate professor in 1993 and was promoted to full professor in 2008. Snow was co-creator of the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project. This statewide effort involved Nebraska high school students, teachers, and college undergraduates in the study of extended cosmic-ray air showers. Teams of students learned to operate school-based detectors they had constructed themselves. The project had more than 150 student and teacher participants from 26 schools, spread across 15 of Nebraska's 19 Educational Service Units. A memorial service is 11 a.m. May 9 at Roper and Sons Funeral Home, 4300 O St. There will be no visitation. A family obituary can be viewed and condolences can be left online at https://roperandsons.com/gregory-r-snow/.
  • Congratulations to NebraskaNOYCE doctoral graduate Patrick Janike and master's graduate Corie Lubash of Math in the Middle. They earned their degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on May 4, 2019. Janike, who is a Master Teaching Fellow, earned his Ed.D. in Educational Studies. Dr. Janike is a math teacher at Lincoln High School, and has taught several courses for NebraskaMATH over the years. Corie Lubash is a sixth-grade teacher at Lux Middle School and earned a Master of Education from UNL. She participated in Math in the Middle Cohort 4, which graduated with a Master of Arts for Teachers from the Department of Mathematics in 2009.
  • It is our pleasure to announce that five Primarily Math teachers earned master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in either December 2018 or May 2019, in part as a result of their participation in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Teacher Leader Academy, the Lincoln Public Schools Primarily Math Title I program, and the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes. Two teachers from Belvedere Elementary in OPS received a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education in December: Hannah Radio and Elizabeth Retzlaff. Three additional elementary teachers graduated in May: Elizabeth Whitaker Brower (Beals Elementary, OPS), Melanie Chavez-Nelson (Clinton Elementary, LPS), and Allison Domsch (formerly at Boyd Elementary, OPS).
  • Omaha Public Schools teachers and Math in the Middle graduates Maggie Douglas and Jessica Korth and Primarily Math participant Michelle Meyer are three of the 15 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award winners for 2019.
  • NebraskaSTEM Noyce Master Teacher Julie Rankin of Riverside Public Schools has received a $5,000 grant from Great Plains Communications in Blair, Nebraska. Rankin submitted details of her STEM Education Project, along with some pictures of her students using Sphero SPRK+ robots on loan from ESU 10. With the grant money, the school plans to purchase a 3D printer with filament, Dash and Dot robots, and Sphero SPRK+ robots with matching funds from the district. Rankin was also presented with the Great Plains Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and another $5,000 check.

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