The American Statistical Association (ASA) has issued recommendations regarding the use of value-added models (VAM) in research, which is used by Data Connections. The ASA endorses wise use of data, statistical models, and designed experiments for improving the quality of education. Read the statement here.
Yinjing Shen, graduate research assistant for Primarily Math and a student in Child, Youth and Family Studies, won the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award from the College of Education and Human Sciences. She is being honored during a reception on April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon Art Gallery.
Alysia Augustus, a Papillion-La Vista teacher from Primarily Math Cohort 2, was named as one of Nebraska's two winners of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, announced on Dec. 20, 2013. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C., event in the coming year. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2012 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion.
Congratulations to five NebraskaMATH teachers who earned master's degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Dec. 13, 2013. Two LPS teachers earned a Master of Arts for Teachers (MAT) from the Department of Mathematics: Alicia Davis and Matt James. Kim Ocampo of Laurel-Concord also earned a MAT degree. Three elementary teachers who participated in Primarily Math earned a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education: Jessica Dickes of Gretna, Nanette Kissler of Scottsbluff and Cassie Krueger of Lincoln.
The University of Nebraska Foundation has released this video on YouTube of the amazing field experience that is GEOS 898: Methods in Geoscience Field Instruction, offered through the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes. Teachers who embark on this 14-day inquiry-based field course come away with a one-of-a-kind experience. View this video to hear first-hand accounts from science teachers about their experiences. NET is also working on a video about the field course, which will be broadcast in November as part of the NET series 'Nebraska Stories.'
Robert Pappalardo, a visiting scientist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, will discuss "Ice and Oceans in the Outer Solar System," in a 7:30 p.m. lecture April 14 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public. The talk will include information about how Jupiter's frozen moon Europa could be hiding an ocean of life. Pappalardo is visiting three UNL departments — physics and astronomy, earth and atmospheric sciences and biological sciences. He is a senior research scientist at the California Institute of Technology and an expert on Europa.
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.