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Finkelstein named CU’s first Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador
Inspired by the past and building toward the future, a new outreach program at the University of Colorado is tapping educators to promote discussion of teaching and learning in schools and communities across the state.
Receiving the honor of being named the inaugural Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador is Noah Finkelstein, Ph.D., President’s Teaching Scholar and professor of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. ...read more

AAU project website now available
CU Boulder is one eight project sites chosen for the AAU's Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative. You can now read more about the project and its progress to date by visiting the project website at www.colorado.edu/csl/aau/.

CSL Fellow, Mike Klymkowsky, wins BFA Excellence Award
The Boulder Faculty Assembly has announed that Mike Klymkowsy, CSL fellow, is one of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching award recipients . Congratulations, Mike! Read the full article.

CSL Fellow, Stan Deetz, fetured in CU Connections
An interview with CSL fellow, Stan Deetz, has been published in the January 23, 2014 edition of CU Connections. Read the full article.

Kathy & PhET featured on SPIE webiste!
Kathy Perkins and the PhET Interactive Simulations Project were recently featured on the International Society for Optics and Photonics website. Read the full article.

Steve Pollock named U.S. Professor of the Year!
Steven Pollock, one of the first recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education, has been named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Read more in the Daily Camera, the campus news release, and CU Connections.

CU-Boulder awarded grant to continue mathematics teacher prep programs
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and its Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTEP) $1.05 million to continue redesigning secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. CU-Boulder and the CUTeach program are MTEP partners with the APLU, and will be sharing in this grant. Professors Eric Stade, David Webb, Robert Tubbs, and Kimberly Bunning head the CU-Boulder MTEP division and will continue to prepare more, better, and more diverse secondary mathematics teachers. The MTEP partnership is two years old and includes 68 universities, 87 school systems, and 9 community colleges across the country. For a list and map of all MTEP partnership teams, please visit www.aplu.org/MTEP_Teams.

Scalable Game Design featured on WIRED.com
It is estimated that a total of 1.4 million jobs in computer programming will be available in the next decade. The problem isn't in job availability, however, it's with being able to find enough programmers to fill the positions. The estimated number of graduates with degrees in computer science in the next ten years will only reach about half a million. The need to increase student interest in computer programming is growing larger, and Scalable Game Design is ready to take on the challenge. The article describes ways in which teachers, communities, parents, and schools can engage students in coding.
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Scalable Game Design wins NSF ITEST Scale Up Award!
Alexander Repenning and the rest of the Scalable Game Design crew have received a $1.92 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve their very successful Scalable Game Design project. As popularity in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) increases, the need to engage and recruit computer programmers is consistently going up. Scalable Game Design helps schools get students interested in computer programming, starting with kids as young as five years old. Congratulations Scalable Game Design! View NSF Award

Albert Bartlett, pioneer in physics education, dies at age 90
Professor emeritus and internationally celebrated lecturer Al Bartlett died on Saturday, September 7, at the age of 90. We are grateful for all that Al has done for physics, for the University of Colorado Boulder, for the Boulder region, and for his work nationally and internationally. A full obituary and kind thoughts from his friends and colleagues can be found in the CU Alumni Association press release.

CU Connections' "Five Questions for..." Features Noah Finkelstein
Noah Finkelstein, a Center for STEM Learning Director, was recently featured in the University of Colorado newsletter. The article, "Five Questions for Noah Finkelstein," discusses his work in STEM education research, his principal investigation in the Physics Education Research group, and the goals and successes of the Center for STEM Learning. Read the full article

New branch of CU Teach caters to Engineers
CU Teach, the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate science and mathematics teaching licensure program, is branching out. The program that offers science and mathematics majors the opportunity to earn a secondary teaching license in conjunction with their degree is now encouraging engineering majors to do the same. The engineering branch of CU Teach will be GE+, General Engineering Plus. Students who join the program will work towards an engineering degree and gain experience working with secondary (middle and high school) students and earn a teaching license for either a science or math discipline. Read the full article. Also see a blurb about this in the Boulder County Business Report.

International recognition of CU STEM efforts continues to rise
In April 2012, a Swedish television producer visited CU-Boulder looking to feature its efforts in STEM Education in an episode of a program on education. The program, called UR Play, features stories and documentaries about education across all disciplines. The specific episode featuring CU nicely weaves together the stories, interviews, and classroom footage to form a wonderful representation of the goals we as a university are continuously striving to accomplish. View the episode here

AAU selects CU Boulder as STEM Initiative project site finalist
Recently, the University of Colorado Boulder submitted a concept paper to the Association of American Universities in support of its Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative. The AAU was determined to select STEM project sites to implement frameworks supporting undergraduate education. The AAU has completed its initial review which concluded at the University of Colorado Boulder is one of eleven candidate institutions as a potential project site. When the selection process is complete, eight institutions will serve as project sites for a three-year period. The selection process is expected to end in late June.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Chancellor's Awardees!
April 1, 2013 marked the deadline for applications for the University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education. The awards support faculty and student engagement in innovative research on student learning and implementation of research-based STEM education programs and initiatives. Five faculty awards were given this year including two combined awards, which were given to: Barbara Demmig-Adams, William Adams, and Sara Wise; and Teresa Foley, Chris Link, and Molly Welsh. The other three faculty awardees are Katie Hinko, Shaw Ketels, and Ben Zwickl. The four graduate awards went to Susanna Kohler, Kyuhan Koh, Jeffrey LaMarche, and Ben Van Dusen. For brief synopses and information about the research projects the awards will support, visit the Chancellor's Scholars page.

CU Teach and LA Program recognition continues to rise
The CU Teach and LA Programs were recently featured on the CU Boulder news web page. The article highlights the specific goals and outcomes for each of the programs, including their constant stride to encourage the best students to become secondary math and science teachers. Caleb Ulliman, a CU Teach student, tells how his experience as an LA led him to pursue a career in secondary science teaching--all with the support and encouragement of Julie Andrew and Kim Bunning, the program's master teachers. Read the full article

Ben Van Dusen wins NCAR art program!
The National Center for Atmospheric Research selected Ben Van Dusen as the winner of the NCAR art program. He will be having a 2-month showing of his math and science inspired art from December 2013 to January 2014. Congratulations Ben! Ben's designs are available at his website, a link is provided here.

APS honors Valerie Otero as Woman Physicist of the Month!
The American Physical Society has named CU-Boulder's Valerie Otero the Woman Physicist of the Month for April. She is recognized for her work in Physics Education Research and for holding positions as Principal Investigator for the CU-Teach and LA Programs housed in the School of Education. Nominees for this award have positively impacted other individuals' lives and careers. Each Woman Physicist of the Month will be featured on the APS website and recognized at a national APS meeting. More information is available on the award web page.

Eric Stade honored by the Boulder Faculty Assembly
Congratulations Eric! The Boulder Faculty Assembly has announced the recipients of the 2013 BFA Excellence Awards. Eric Stade was recognized for Excellence in Service as a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics, and as a lead of the Libby Residential Academic Program. Each of the BFA Excellence awardees receives a $3,000 cash prize funded by the Office of the Chancellor. Photographs of the ceremony and the reception will be available on the BFA website after May 1, 2013. Please follow this link to the Boulder Faculty Assembly website.

Klymkowsky honored with OUSTA Award for outstanding science teaching
Every year, the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST) awards the Undergraduate Science Teacher Award to a well-deserving recipient. For the 2012-2013 year, that recipient is Mike Klymkowsky. Recognition of deficiencies in student achievement have led to his developing of a new introductory chemistry program called Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything (CLUE). The OUSTA award honors his achievements in this project and in enhancing the science teaching profession. For more information on the award, see the 2012-2013 OUSTA Awardees article or the article featured on the University of Colorado Boulder news page.

BLOrk: Boulder Laptop Orchestra
The Boulder Laptop Orchestra began as a result of an encounter between Professor John Gunther and doctoral student, Charles Dietrich. Musicians and artists produce music using a laptop, a hemispherical speaker, and numerous controls, including video game accessories. The general concept has been adapted from Princeton's Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), which began in 2006 and creates a music ensemble for both music and non-music majors. BLOrk is funded, in part, through John Gunther's Chancellor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education. For more information about BLOrk, please read the full article about the recent concert featured on the CU-Boulder website.

Boulder Laptop Orchestra Event, March 2nd!
The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk) will have a performance on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the ATLAS theatre. The event is open to the public, and audiences are advised to arrive 15 minutes early. Seating is first-come, first-served. BLOrk will perform works by John Cage, Ornette Coleman, and Pauline Oliveros, as well as original works by ensemble members. The concert will also incorporate research from CU-Boulder doctoral students, Charles Dietrich (Computer Science) and Chris Chronopoulos (Astrophysics). Experience data that was originally emitted from the sun and then recorded, cleaned, raised to an octave and tonality that humans can easily hear and turned into sounds that can be played on a keyboard. Chris Chronopoulos made this portion of the concert possible. A 3D camera will track the movement of the hands and fingers of Charles Dietrich. Using Intel technology, the frequency and volume of sound will changes with a wiggle and wave of his fingers, creating a new musical instrument.

BLOrk partners with leading artists in the fields of music, visual arts, and technology to showcase creative innovations in both art and technology. Among the tools that BLOrk uses in its shows: traditional acoustic instruments, iPads, laptops, software and hemispherical speakers that project sound in a way similar to that of acoustic instruments. BLOrk is the ensemble-in-residence of the ATLAS Institute’s Center for Media, Art and Performance and is led by College of Music faculty, John Gunther and John Drumheller. This concert is made possible in part by funding from the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education. For directions to the ATLAS building see here and here.

NSF grant funds 20-year-old STEM study update, CSL's first
The National Science Foundation has funded a five-year, $4.3 million grant to revive and update a study on why undergraduates leave STEM disciplines to pursue other majors. The study, titled "Talking about Leaving Revisited", stems from and expands upon the 1990s study "Talking about Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences," and is one of the first studies to be run through the Center for STEM Learning. The role of the Center is to provide a solid network of support to link people and ideas in order to catalyze information gathering. Read the full article

CSL announces a call for Chancellor's Award applications!
The Center for STEM Learning is now accepting Chancellor's Award applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications for faculty/staff and graduate awards will be due Monday, April 1, 2013. See the Chancellor's Award page for more information!

CU announces official launch of the Center for STEM Learning
December 20, 2012 marked the official launch of the Center for STEM Learning (CSL). CSL is housed within the Graduate School and is funded by the National Science Foundation and CU-Boulder. The Center for STEM Learning developed from Integrating STEM Education, an on-campus program that facilitated communication between STEM disciplines, students, and key members of the community. The purpose (mission) of the CU-Boulder Center for STEM Learning is to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning at the University of Colorado Boulder, and to serve as a state, national, and international resource for such efforts. Our vision for achieving this mission is to maintain an infrastructure of institutional support in order to transform STEM education, support education research within STEM fields and departments, and promote K20 faculty recruitment, preparation, and professional development, and to facilitate change in STEM education by integrating an interdisciplinary community of scholars, promoting, sustaining, and evaluating existing reform efforts, sponsoring new programs, advocating for diversity and access, influencing relevant policy, fundraising, and communicating with the public.

We are proud to announce the members of the center's executive board: Philip P. DiStefano (Chancellor), Russell Moore (Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), Frances Draper (Vice Chancellor for Strategic Relations), Steven Leigh (Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences), Lorrie Shepard (Dean of the School of Education), Robert Davis (Dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science), and John Stevenson (Dean of the Graduate School).


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