[MSTA ] Opportunities

Deborah Duncan deb50duncan at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 10:15:56 CST 2012

The George Hague Memorial Travel Award****
The National Mole Day Foundation, *NMDF* was created with the intention to
get everyone, especially students, enthused about chemistry. The
*NMDF* supports
many different avenues for instructors to generate enthusiasm among
themselves and their students. The biennial ChemEd conference is an
outstanding resource for teachers.****
George Hague was a Board member of the *NMDF *and a strong supporter of
Chemical Education. George passed away in the summer of 2002 and this
travel award is established to financially support a young chemistry
instructor in attending a *ChemEd *conference as a tribute to George Hague
and all he meant to chemical education. A maximum of three grants may be
Purpose:              To offer financial support for a young Chemistry
instructor to attend the* ChemEd* conference the year of this award.****
Award Amount:  Not to exceed $750 U.S. funds****
Deadline:             March 1, 2013 (To attend ChemEd2013 in Waterloo, Ont.)
Eligibility:             Any Chemistry Instructor that is a member of the
NMDF with 2-6 years of  Chemistry teaching experience and has never
attended a ChemEd conference by the application deadline.****
*Grant Guidelines*****
               The applicant must be a Chemistry teacher with 2-6 years of
Chemistry experience. They               must also be a member of the NMDF.
The award winner can only win one grant.****
               All grant application materials must be completely filled
out and submitted by the deadline.****
               The funds will not exceed $750. This money can be used to
cover: Registration Fees               ;Lodging and Meals
;Workshops        ;Travel****
               Any costs in excess of the awarded $750 are the
responsibility of the award winner.****
               The winner must attend the Mole Day Breakfast at the *ChemEd*
               The winner must also complete and submit a Final Summary
after the *ChemEd* conference to the NMDF along with itemized receipts.****
               Grant awards will be provided in two portions. Up to
one-half of the award will be paid directly to the *ChemEd* conference for
Registration Fees, lodging, and the costs of the Mole Day Breakfast. The
other half will be paid upon completion of the Final Summary and submission
of any necessary receipts and attendance at the Mole Day Breakfast.****
To print application, click on the link to the right. The George Hague
Memorial Travel Award


Astrobiology Institute
** **

*Would you like to learn more about the interdisciplinary field of
Astrobiology? *Are you looking for a contemporary thematic science
curriculum that is standards based? Are you in search of an exciting
professional development opportunity? Are you ready to share your
enthusiasm for science teaching with others? If so, we invite you to become
an ASSET teacher.****

The ASSET experience will be intense and exciting, interactive and content
rich, with presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI
Institute, NASA, and the California Academy of Sciences. Scientists will
share the latest in astrobiology research on the origin of life on Earth,
the extreme conditions in which life exists, Mars exploration, the
formation of planetary systems around Sun-like stars, and the search for
life in the universe. The workshop features a combination of cutting edge
science, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and leadership skills
development to support you as a teacher and teacher trainer. Participants
receive the entire *Voyages Through Time* curriculum and complementary
astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, for use
in their classrooms.****

ASSET is funded by the SETI Institute, Educate America, NASA’s
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Education and
Public Outreach Program and NASA’s *Kepler Mission* Education and Public
Outreach Program.****

ASSET 2012 will be held July 23 - 28, 2012
Applications due April 13, 2012****
Your commitment to ASSET:****
·        Arrive on July 22, 2012 and attend the ASSET Institute, July 23 -
28, 2012; and participate in the ASSET electronic community throughout the
academic year.****
·        Implement at least one module of VTT in your classroom.****
·        Participate in a pending NSF research investigation of
professional development****
·        Conduct significant outreach activities involving VTT over the
next two years, for example:****
o   Plan and lead a teacher professional development workshop or course for
teachers based upon your ASSET training and the VTT materials.****
o   Mentor other teacher(s) using the VTT curriculum.****
o   Produce an outreach activity appropriate to your school or district.****
ASSET’s commitment to you:****
·        Six days of science content, and hands-on experiences with VTT, at
the SETI Institute and San Francisco State University in the San Francisco
Bay Area.****
·        VTT curriculum package: six modules.****
·        Travel assistance within the U.S., room and board.****
·        Continuing support via on-line community, materials for outreach
activities, and teleconferences.****
·        Interaction with other top-notch science teachers interested in
astrobiology and evolution.****
·        Field trip.****
·        Inquiry Immersion Experience****

Applications from teams of two high school teachers, from a school or
district, are encouraged. *Both team members must each complete a separate
application*. Singleton applications are accepted. Due to federal funding
of the program, only applications from teachers in U.S. schools are

3 graduate credits in education will be available through San Francisco
State University for an additional $300 fee (subject to adjustment). Upper
division undergraduate credit may be made available at a lesser fee.****

For more information, contact Pamela Harman at pharman at seti.org or (650)

National Human Genome Research Institute
Summer Workshop in Genomics****
*The Short Course*****
*August 6 - 10, 2012*
** **
** Grants for Education in Microbial Science (GEMS)**** *Next application
deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2012!*****
C-MORE awards grants (up to $1500) to foster awareness in microbial
science. Any educator may apply for one of these grants, but preference
will be given to public school teachers, non-profit organizations, and
first-time applicants. C-MORE-affiliated students and researchers are also
encouraged to apply for grants to help fund their outreach activities.
Funds may be requested for equipment, consumable supplies, substitute
teacher compensation for relevant professional development experiences, bus
transportation for field trips, and other projects related to microbial
science. Every grant requires a C-MORE or University of Hawai‘i sponsor, so
we expect this program to significantly promote interaction between C-MORE
scientists, other stakeholders in science and education, teachers and
students. To find a sponsor, please visit the C-MORE team
Any member of the C-MORE team, including graduate students, can serve as a
*If you are interested in applying,* download the GEMS application
form<http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/downloads/cmore_GEMS_app.doc> (Word
.doc, updated 07-26-10).****
View examples of completed projects:****

*ECO Classroom: Cultivating the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards*
*Northrop Grumman Foundation and Conservation International collaborate to
provide a unique field experience for science teachers nationwide*****


*Learn All About Mining at the world-famous Colorado School of Mines from
more than 85 of the world's leaders in the mining industry.*****
 *Learn About:*****

   - Modern Mining Techniques****
   - How Mining Protects the Environment****
   - Contribution of Mining to America's Growing Economy****

You can participate along with dozens of enterprising teachers****
** **
Join NSTA and Holbrook Travel for a unique professional development
opportunity this summer! Investigate the rich habitats of Costa Rica, a
country world-renowned for its tropical forests, biological diversity, and
dedication to environmental conservation. During the course of the program,
educators will have the opportunity to visit a variety of ecosystems and
perform critical research for national and international scientific
projects using GLOBE protocols. The program is designed to highlight the
principles of earth system science, life science, and species conservation
through activities such as actively collecting data, analyzing findings,
and participating in inquiry-based learning modules. In addition to its
scientific core, threads of cultural exchange and service have been woven
throughout the itinerary, providing participants with a comprehensive
foundation for widening perspectives and strengthening global science
understanding both in the field and the classroom.****
** **

*Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)*****
Funded by the National Science Foundation <http://www.nsf.gov/>, this
six-week summer residential program for U.S. citizens gives K-12 teachers
from across the country the chance to participate in real-world science and
cutting-edge magnetic field research. Through weekly seminars, discussion
groups, professional development and technology workshops, teachers develop
strategies and resources to translate the experience into material for
their classrooms.****
Each teacher accepted by the program receives a stipend, classroom
materials and, if necessary, travel support and housing. Teachers are
expected to return to their jobs as leaders in service education,
implementing science research in their classrooms.****
§  The program is for US citizens only.****
§  The program pays a stipend of $3,600.****
§  Travel reimbursements of up to $500 are paid to non-local residents.****
§  Housing is provided for non-local participants.****
§  Participants are required to participate in the entire six weeks of the
§  Participants are required to attend all daily and weekly meetings,
seminars, field trips and workshops.****
** **
A Summer Institute for Science, Math, and Technology Teachers
at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst****
** **
Program Features:****

   - Monday to Friday, June 25 - 29, 2012 at UMass Amherst****
   - Funded by the National Science Foundation****
   - Sponsored by the STEM Education Institute****
   - Middle and High School Science, Math, and Technology Teachers****
   - Teams of science and computer teachers encouraged****
   - Participants MUST bring a digital camera, and are encouraged to bring
   a laptop computer (see note at bottom)****
   - Stipends ($375 summer, $300 academic year), materials, parking, lunches
   - Housing and meals for those outside the commuting radius****
   - 3 graduate credits available at reduced cost; free PDP's (Professional
   Development Points)****
   - Academic year follow-up with UMass faculty assistance****

[image: http://www.umassk12.net/digital/nsflogo.jpg]We are pleased to
announce a new NSF funded STEM Ed program entitled STEM Digital Images in
Geoscience Investigations: Teaching Analysis with Light, or STEM DIGITAL.
It will enable high school and middle school teachers and students to
conduct environmental research aided by the analysis of images from digital
cameras, scanners, and the Internet.****
Image analysis plays a large role in the workplace and offers excellent
career opportunities. Digital cameras are powerful tools for inquiry based
curricula, classroom research, and learning about image analysis. They have
become ubiquitous as their prices plummet and capabilities improve, making
them affordable for classroom use. However, teachers and students mainly
use digital images for documentation: creating PowerPoint presentations,
handouts, posters, etc. There are good examples in the literature of how to
use digital imaging as an investigative tool, but these are seldom seen in
STEM DIGITAL will show how digital image analysis can be applied to
environmental quality issues in ways that[image:
http://www.umassk12.net/digital/bobetsm.jpg] can readily be introduced into
STEM courses, engaging students and encouraging them to think about related
careers. The project will develop research agendas that will employ a
variety of image analysis tools. The air quality theme, led by Steve
Schneider (Astronomy), will focus on the three components of the atmosphere
that primarily affect visible, infrared and ultraviolet light,
respectively: particulates and aerosols, carbon dioxide, and ozone. The
water quality theme, led by David Reckhow (Engineering) will look at the
role of plant biomass on drinking water quality and on global carbon
cycling. Arsenic is listed as number one in the US in terms of
environmental contaminants that pose a potential threat to human health;
research topics will include the identification and mapping of local
arsenic contaminated sites and bioremediation possibilities. This will
expand on the impressive arsenic outreach program of Julian Tyson

STEM DIGITAL will use the AnalyzingDigitalImages software which provides
free, easy-to-use tools for spatial, temporal, spectral, and intensity
measurements. This package was developed by John Pickle, formerly at the
Museum of Science in Boston and now at Concord Academy. There will be three
cohorts of 30 teachers. The first two groups will attend one week summer
institutes in 2011 and 2012. During each of the following school years, the
staff will continue working online with the teachers on approximately six
more projects spread over the fall and spring semesters. The 2013 institute
will be entirely online, with a 6 week summer course which will become part
of an online M.Ed. program.****
[image: http://www.umassk12.net/digital/Teachers%20lab.jpg]****
Connections with curriculum standards and careers will be highlighted.****
As usual in STEM Ed programs, teacher incentives will include stipends,
food and housing as needed, and funds for materials. They will receive free
“Professional Development Points” needed for continuing licensure, or
optional reduced-cost graduate credits. The project will encourage
applications from teams with STEM teachers and computer teachers or
coordinators in order to strengthen the impact of the program in the school.
You may choose to also participate in an academic year follow up and work
on approximately six projects spread over the fall and spring semesters.
These will be a combination of new projects, extensions from summer
projects, and data sharing projects. The timing and content of these
projects will be largely decided by the teachers during the summer workshop
to match their curriculum needs. Three optional graduate credits will be
available for the institute; the cost will be $300 plus a $45 registration
fee. PDP's will be provided at no cost. Summer participants will be
required to submit a lesson plan and all accompanying materials by August
20th . Grades for the course or PDP's will be issued shortly after that.
Another 3 credits will be available at $345 for the academic year component.
STEM DIGITAL will enable teachers and their students to use digital images
and image analysis software for qualitative and quantitative analysis,
engaging students, improving their in-depth understanding of fundamental
science and technology, and ultimately increasing their interest in STEM
and information technology careers. It will add to our knowledge of
important environmental processes related to the movement of arsenic
compounds in the environment and the dissolution of natural organic matter.
It will also allow us to compare the efficacy of the in-person and online
professional development programs.****

*Short Course Announcement:*****
*Studies in Air Quality for Science Educators*****
July 15-20, 2012*****

The *S*cience center for *T*eaching, *O*utreach, and *R*esearch on
(the *STORM* Project) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) will sponsor
a short course entitled *Studies in Air Quality for Science Educators in
Summer 2012*. This intensive, one-week course is designed specifically for
middle school and high school science teachers. The course will be offered
July 15-20 (Sunday through Friday). The course is limited to 24

Participants will learn about conceptual models and computer-based tools
used to study and forecast air quality. A primary goal of the course is the
development by participants of classroom activities in air quality. STORM
seeks to produce a set of activities for national distribution.****

This will be an intensive course. We will begin on Sunday afternoon and end
by about 4 p.m. on Friday. There will likely be several evening sessions.
Everyone will be expected to participate in all sessions. Participants are
strongly advised to reside on campus for the duration of the course. The
instructor will be Alan Czarnetzki, Professor of Meteorology.****

Middle and high school science teachers are eligible to participate.
residents are encouraged to apply.*Previous experience developing classroom
materials will be given strong consideration. Completion of a
college-level, introductory weather course or equivalent (e.g., the
American Meteorological Society's DataStreme Atmosphere Course) would be
helpful, but all applicants will be considered. Tuition, on-campus housing,
meals, course materials, a *modest $1,000 stipend* and 2 graduate credits
from UNI will be provided by *STORM*. The value of the tuition alone for an
Iowa resident in Summer 2011 was $832. Travel support based on round-trip
mileage will also be provided. Participants are responsible for course
application ($25) and graduate admission fees ($50, plus transcript costs
if a previous degree is not from UNI).****

Applications will be accepted until session is filled, but those received
by February 17, 2012 will be given first consideration.Individuals who are
accepted will be notified by email on or shortly after February 23rd. Upon
acceptance, we will work individually with participants to ensure graduate
admission to UNI.****
****Note on cameras and computers: You don’t need to be an expert
photographer or computer user, but you should be comfortable with both.*

Beth Dunigan
Associate Chair of Biology and
Associate Professor of Biology
Mississippi College
Box 4045
Clinton, MS 39058

*MC's QEP*
*U-Research: Engage, Empower, Enhance*

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Deborah Duncan, Neshoba Central High School
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