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Adams, Kristalink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
Arthurs, Leilanilink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- NSF, WIDER: Adopting Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Enhancing
- NDE: Nebraska Partnership TEAMS: Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science (co-PI)
- Building a Comprehensive Geoscience Learning Experience
Bhattacharya, Devaratilink icon email icon K-16 STEM Education Fellow, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
ProjectsMy current research focuses on developing climate literacy resources for the K-12 formal education settings. As a part of a newly funded research project, I will be working with geoscience teachers to develop climate literacy curriculum focused on developing epistemological knowledge of the learners.
Brassil, Chadlink icon email icon Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences
Couch, Brianlink icon email icon Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences
Dauer, Jennylink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Science Literacy
- NSF, IUSE: Decision-making about socioscientific issues in multidisciplinary postsecondary learning environments (PI)
- University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Seed Grant Application: Developing a MOOCocracy Prototype to Increase Public Understanding of Food Insecurity (co-PI)
- USDA-NIFA: Excellence in Education for Food, Energy and Water (E2FEW) (co-PI)
Forbes, Corylink icon email icon Associate Professor and Director/Coordinator
- High School Students’ Climate Literacy through Epistemology of Scientific Modeling (CliMES)
- Professional Development for K-12 Teachers: Water Education Leaders for Secondary Science (WELS2)
- Faculty Development: Nebraska Collaborative for Food, Energy, & Water Education
Griep, Marklink icon email icon Associate Professor, Chemistry
- NSF, EPSCoR RII Track-1: Center for Root and Rhizobiome Innovation (CRRI) (2016-2021) PI: Fred Choobineh; Griep coordinates development of the microbiology course at Nebraska's Tribal Colleges
- NSF: REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chemical Assembly" (PI, 2015-2017)
- NSF Building Diversity in the STEM Fields: Framing the Chemistry Curriculum, (PI, collaborative project with Nebraska's tribal colleges, with co-PIs Mary Johnson and Janyce Woodard, 2013-2018)
Lai, Yvonnelink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education
- NSF, APLU: Mathematics of Doing, Understanding, Learning, and Educating for Secondary Schools (MODULES)
- NSF: Building Understanding and Measurement of Secondary Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (Collaborative award NSF #DGE-1445551, #DGE 1445630)
- NSF: NebraskaNOYCE Phase II: Investigating the Impact in High-Need Districts (NSF #DUE-1439867)
Lewis, Elizabethlink icon email icon Associate Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education
- NDE: Nebraska Partnership TEAMS: Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science(co-PI)
- NSF: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Grant Track I, Phases I & II (PI)
- NDE: Improving Teacher Quality: Enhancing Nebraska 6-12 Science Teachers' Knowledge of Earth Science Content (co-PI)
- UNL Laymant Grant: Moving Beyond Marginalization: Investigating Earth & Space Science Education (PI)
Current NewsMeeting Challenges of 21st Century Classrooms: To meet the state’s and the nation’s need for more highly qualified science teachers, the 14-month Master of Arts with emphasis in science teaching (MAst) program was established in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with a Robert Noyce, Track I, Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded in 2010. This report presents a summary of the accomplishments of this Noyce grant, in which 60 post-baccalaureate science majors and professionals were provided with Noyce stipends to become science teachers.
Graduate ProgramsGraduate students can pursue coursework for their degree in seminars that I offer periodically (specifically: "Assessment in Science and Math Education" and "Equity in Science and Math Education"). One can also earn a master's degree or doctorate in science education through the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.
Mamo, Marthalink icon email icon Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
Moore, Chrislink icon email icon Haddix Community Chair in Physical Science, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Nebraska at Omaha
ProjectsTeaching Science Thinking: Cross-Cutting Concepts and Science Reasoning for the NGSS; Development and validation of an assessment of physics practice abilities for use in the reform of introductory laboratories; Improving scientific reasoning and metacognition via a conceptual physics course (NSF-TUES)
Rivera-Reyes, Presentacionlink icon email icon Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering
ProjectsCrossing the Threshold of Problem Solving: Abstraction in Electrical Engineering vs. Chemistry Courses, Collaborative Research: Spatial Visualization Skills and Engineering Problem Solving
Current NewsWe are conducting educational research in different EE courses. We have been collecting data since 2013 and currently, we are analyzing the data and planning to disseminate the results. We have submitted work-in-progress reports to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Frontiers in Education (FIE). In addition, we are showing preliminary results during DBER meetings and later, publish the final results in a journal of educational research.
Smith, Wendylink icon email icon Associate Director, CSMCE
Current NewsStrengthening a Community of Teacher Leaders: Since 2011, Nebraska's Noyce Master Teaching Fellows and Teaching Fellows have engaged in a wide variety of teacher leadership as mathematics teachers in high-need schools and districts across the state. From becoming math coaches and leading professional development for peers, to giving presentations at national conferences and chairing curriculum committees, the 30 MTFs and 13 TFs demonstrate through their accomplishments the accumulation of efforts by the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education to form school-university partnerships that can provide opportunities for teacher leadership. The NebraskaNOYCE grant was funded by the National Science Foundation, as was a Phase II grant to allow us to continue to study these remarkable Noyce teachers.
Graduate ProgramsIn the Mathematics Department, mathematics education (research focused on graduate/undergraduate level of mathematics) is available as a research focus for a dissertation.
Stains, Marilynelink icon email icon Associate Professor, Chemistry
- NSF CAREER: "The Winding Roads to Effective Teaching: Characterizing the Progressions in Instructional Knowledge and Practices of STEM Faculty" is a five-year grant that aims to explore STEM faculty instructional practices, ways of thinking about teaching, and factors that impact instructional decisions.
- In the News: Nebraska Today
- In the News: Science 360
Graduate ProgramsCourses of interest to STEM graduate students: Evidence-based Teaching Methods for the Postsecondary Classroom: The overarching goal of the course is to provide graduate students interested in pursuing an academic career with training in teaching at the postsecondary level. Specifically, the course is intended to introduce graduate students to instructional practices that have been empirically demonstrated to enhance students’ learning and attitudes toward science and their associated learning theories. Moreover, the course is intended to provide students with opportunity to develop, implement, and receive feedback on a unit and lecture of their choice as well as develop a teaching philosophy grounded in research on how people learn.
Practicum in Chemistry Teaching: The course is intended to train TAs in student-centered teaching by requiring them to implement strategies in real context while receiving constant feedback and support.