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Wyoming Hall 453
Laramie, WY 82071
Greetings alumni, colleagues, students, and friends of the SMTC!
As I begin my second year as Director of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center, I am excited to share important news related to our goals and endeavors for the 2013-2014 year. First, I would like to share that the focus for this year is assessment. We are in the process of revising our mission statement and learning outcomes to meet the demands of Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core, and WIDA Standards. The assessment team and the SMTC advisory board will be meeting later this month. More information will be shared in a future message.
As a result of our focus on research in 2012-2013, the SMTC has garnered six new grants. Three of these grants are foundation grants: President Buchanan STEM grant: $25,000, Halliburton Foundation grant: $35,000, and Sigma Aldrich Foundation grant: $27,000. President Buchanan's grant will support SMTC collaborations with Tribhuvan University in Nepal and other SMTC initiatives, the Halliburton grant will support the Wyoming State Science Fair, and the Sigma Aldrich grant will support professional development and outreach with teachers and students in Douglas. The National Science Foundation (NSF) also funded two new grants. Andrea Burrows, Principal Investigator, received a five-year $1.1 million Noyce Scholarship grant entitled Sustaining Wyoming's Advancing Reach in Mathematics and Science (SWARMS) to work with post-baccalaureate students beginning in January 2014. I, along with Co-PIs, Alan Buss, Farhad Jafari, and Jerry Hamann, received a three-year $1.2 million ITEST grant entitled Visualization Basics, to conduct research on middle school students' development of computational thinking and visual spatialization. Finally, the Wyoming Mathematics and Science Partnership program funded one grant. Dr. Kate Welsh, received a third year of funding in the amount of $225,500 to continue her work on Place, Learning and Civic Engagement.
Finally, the SMTC welcomes Karlise Lewis as science fair assistant and Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson as the new Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator beginning in January 2014. The Wyoming State Science Fair will be held at UW on March 2-4, 2014. The Southeast Regional Fair will take place in Cheyenne, Wyoming, February 6-7, 2014 under the leadership of Caroline Ross. I am grateful to these three women for their hard work and leadership.
Please let us know how we may serve you and the state of Wyoming better. We are open to your suggestions and feedback.
Jacqueline Leonard, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, SMTC