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- This spring, the UNL Department of Mathematics will offer Math 805T: Discrete Mathematics for Teachers (Class # 24135), taught by UNL's Dr. Annika Denkert, as an online course. The semester begins January 13, so you will need to have completed your registration in either MyRED or through Teach Nebraska by December 20. To read more about the MAT online degree, please visit: http://online.unl.edu/math.
- Thirteen UNL faculty members have been selected for the 2013-14 Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure faculty successfully compete for grants. Two of them are closely affiliated with the Center: Yvonne Lai in mathematics and Joe Dauer in natural resources.
- NebraskaMATH colleagues Marge Petit and her daughter Liz Cunningham spent a week in Alaska training teachers as part of the Ongoing Assessment Project, which is based on the math education research on how kids learn mathematics. Petit is an independent educational consultant focusing on mathematics instruction and assessment who is on the NebraskaMATH leadership team. Cunningham is a doctoral candidate at UNL. She is currently a research assistant and instructor for Primarily Math.
- Helping students improve their math skills by investing in outstanding math teachers is behind the logic of a $5.5 million grant made by two Omaha foundations, The Sherwood Foundation and the Lozier Foundation. This grant to the University of Nebraska Foundation supports a three-year partnership between Omaha Public Schools and UNL's Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education to form the NebraskaMATH Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy. Fifty-five teachers have been accepted to the 2013 cohorts of either Math in the Middle or Primarily Math.
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- Tiffany Heng-Moss has received the 2013 National Teaching Award for Food and Agriculture Sciences. Heng-Moss, a professor of entomology who is highly involved with science education for the CSMCE, was one of two professors in the nation to be honored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
- UNL associate dean and CSMCE science director Jon Pedersen is an editor of the new book, "Going Back for Our Future: Carrying Forward the Spirit of Pioneers of Science Education." This book is the first volume of an attempt to capture and record memories from the pioneers themselves or from those who worked closely with them. The other editors are Kevin D. Finson, Bradley University; Barbara S. Spector, University of South Florida; and Paul Jablon, Lesley University.
- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was awarded a $2 million WIDER grant from the National Science Foundation in August 2013. The grant, Adopting Research-Eased Instructional Strategies for Enhancing STEM Education, aims at bridging the gap between research and practice in STEM education. Lance Perez, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is the Principal Investigator, while the co-PIs are Ruth Heaton, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education; Kevin Lee, Physics and Astronomy; Marilyne Stains, Chemistry; and Leilani Arthurs, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The project is drawing upon prior research on effective pedagogies and theories of change to effect institutional transformation in undergraduate STEM education with a particular emphasis on introductory classes where student attrition is most pronounced.
- Mark Griep, associate professor of chemistry and instructor for the NMSSI's CHEM 898 course, will be the principal investigator on a five-year, $749,000 National Science Foundation grant to work with tribal colleges to develop a chemistry curriculum that incorporates real-world topics from the communities the colleges serve. The grant, a Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 3 award, is part of a pilot program through NSF and EPSCoR to target underrepresented populations in STEM fields. Griep applied for the grant upon learning that Nebraska Indian Community College in Macy, Neb., hadn't offered chemistry courses in six years.
- Doug Golick is trying to generate a little buzz. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor of entomology is working to craft the ideal bumblebee domicile - and he's turning to the public to get the project off the ground. "This is a citizen science project," Golick said. "We are crowdsourcing the funding. Everyone who makes a pledge gets to take part in the research." Working through Kickstarter, a company that provides tools to raise funds for creative projects, Golick is pursuing $3,300. The money will be used to build bumblebee nest boxes and develop a website for data collection.
This spring, the UNL Department of Mathematics will offer Math 805T: Discrete Mathematics for Teachers online, taught by Dr. Annika Denkert. The semester begins January 13, 2014. The Class Number in MyRED for Math 805T, section 700, is 24135. The main goal of the course is to deepen knowledge of discrete mathematics as it relates to topics covered in middle through high school curricula. Course topics (such as graph theory and counting techniques) are introduced through "hands-on" explorations through which various problem-solving strategies are emphasized. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help with registration. Read more about the MAT degree at http://online.unl.edu/math.
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