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, this year’s focus is assessment. We have revised our mission statement and learning means 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 to meet these goals.
Our focus on
research in 2012-2013 garnered six new grants:
are foundation grants:
Buchanan STEM grant: $25,000
- Will support SMTC
collaborations with Tribhuvan University in Nepal
- Halliburton Foundation grant: $35,000
- Will support the
Wyoming State Science Fair
- Sigma Aldrich Foundation grant:
- Will support
professional development and outreach with teachers and students in Douglas.
National Science Foundation (NSF) also funded two new grants.
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.
Buss, Farhad Jafari, Jerry Hamann and Jacqueline Leonard, Co-Principal
- 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.
grant from Wyoming Mathematics and Science Partnership
- Received a third year
of funding for $225,500 to continue her work on Place, Learning and Civic Engagement.
SMTC welcomes New Faculty and Staff:
Lewis as science fair assistant
Joy Barnes-Johnson new Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator starting January
Galey as new Office Associate
Wyoming State Science Fair will be held at UW on March 2-4, 2014.
Southeast Regional Fair in Cheyenne, Wyoming, February 6-7, 2014 - Caroline
Regional Science Fairs will be announced as dates as finalized.
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