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.
Seven Nebraska middle and high school mathematics teachers who are NSF Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellows through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earned National Professional Board Certification during the 2013 application cycle. These seven teachers have doubled the number of active mathematics Board-certified teachers in Nebraska from seven to 14. The seven teachers are: Shelby Aaberg, Scottsbluff High School, Scottsbluff Public Schools; Danielle Buhrman, Grand Island Senior High School, Grand Island Public Schools; Alicia Davis, Scott Middle School, Lincoln Public Schools; Katie Garcia, Bryan High School, Omaha Public Schools; Jill Luschen, Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, Omaha Public Schools; Dan Schaben, Arapahoe Public School; and Katie Soto, Lincoln Southeast High School, Lincoln Public Schools.
NebraskaMATH OPS TLA Primarily Math teacher Angela Holdren earned National Professional Board Certification in 2013 in the category of generalist/early education. Holdren is a teacher at King Elementary.
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.
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.