Nearly 300 students from 34 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will present research during the 17th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, Jan. 23-25. The conference will offer outstanding undergraduate women mathematicians at all stages of their careers opportunities to discuss their research and to meet other women who share their interest in mathematical sciences. For more information about the conference, go here.
Jim Lewis, director of UNL’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, will receive the Mathematical Association of America’s highest award for service at a Jan. 11 session of the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio. The association will present Lewis with the Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics, which annually honors extraordinary contributions that have shaped mathematics and mathematical education on a national scale.
Professor David Harwood's innovative geosciences field course for science teachers, which is offered as part of the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes, will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 on Nebraska Educational Television. The show, "Rockin' the Big Red Van," will be the third segment in the hourlong "Nebraska Stories" program. A link to the video can be found on YouTube.
With nearly $1 million of support from the National Science Foundation, an interdisciplinary team from UNL and UNO is crafting a curriculum that will allow students to learn the science behind the fashion-forward technology. The three-year project will offer inquiry-based activities to roughly 900 students in grades 4-6 who attend public school in Nebraska and is led by CSMCE youth engagement director Brad Barker, associate professor and 4-H science and technology specialist.
Learning the life sciences in the 21st century and beyond is about much more than memorizing information for a test and then moving on to the next subject. Students must learn in a more dynamic environment that ties the threads of science together into a whole from the start of their undergraduate experience, say UNL professors leading an effort to develop new teaching methods that meet these demands. The project is funded by a four-year, $2,321,012 grant from the National Science Foundation.
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.'