Matt Seimears, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education
Western Kansas - STEM Experiences for All - Ks. Board of Regents; 4/1/13-9/30/14; $264,112
“Robots and WK-SEFA Invade Western Kansas"
C. Matt Seimears Ph.D., Associate Professor of Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education/Special Education, Chris Pettit Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Dusti Howell Ph.D., Matt Howe, Assistant Professor in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Joseph Kern, MS, were recently awarded a $264,112 NCLB Teacher Quality Grant to train teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The vision of this project: WK-SEFA (Western Kansas-STEM Experiences For All) is to design a testbed partnership between an Institution of Higher Education (IHE), USD 457, 480, and 466 school districts, and a STEM education company (DEPCO LLC), that will improve teachers’ and students’ content knowledge of STEM as well as provide a means to stimulate and motivate student participation in STEM careers.
The WK-SEFA project will create a research-based teacher preparation program that develops teacher professionals who are committed to making a difference for students in high-need schools and who are well-prepared to teach challenging STEM content in ways that will help all students learn. The project will focus on: 1) deep content knowledge in STEM concepts, 2) intensive training in teaching strategies that support learning for all students, 3) developing leadership, 4) self-reflection and growth through mentoring.
The WK-SEFA project will implement three strategies to support the learning and competencies of teachers and students, and will provide teachers and their districts with a STEM instructional model that will facilitate teacher and student learning beyond the duration of the project. More than helping just the participating teachers and districts, the curriculum materials developed and the potential for certified Kansas Education Robotics Specialists to provide ongoing workshops for other districts can aid all Kansas teachers in implementing STEM programs for their students.
Lucie Eusey, Jones Institute for Educational Excellence
Mastering the Continuum of the Kansas Mathematics Common Core Standards - Ks. State Department of Education; 3/1/13-2/28/14, $150,000, yr. 1 of 3
This project will address the issues of isolation and lack of resources of small, rural school districts by designing a reform-based professional development program that will connect teachers to university faculty, teachers to other teachers, and teachers to their students, and will also strengthen mathematics instruction and student achievement in six Kansas school districts: USD 420-Osage City, USD 434-Scranton, USD 251-North Lyon County, USD 454-Burlingame, USD 244-Burlington, and USD 421-Lyndon.
Jason Brooks, Multicultural Affairs
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; 9/1/13-8/31/16; $1,200 and the "Created Equal" film set
On behalf of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute provides the above-referenced film set and a small programming stipend to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history and civic life. The "Created Equal" film sets include The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders. Over the course of the grant, Multicultural Affairs will offer film screenings, and discussion events and programs free of charge and open to the public.
James Hoy, Center for Great Plains Studies
A Welsh Farmstead: The Store of the Howe Family from 1858 - Kansas Humanities Council; 4/17/13-10/31/13; $6,170
The aim of this project is to increase awareness of and appreciation for both the tangible Howe homestead and the rich oral history remaining with individuals fortunate enough to have shared experiences with the Howe family decedents. Additionally, the project seeks to preserve through oral history, educational exhibits, and video documentary the broader significance of Welsh history, immigrant artisans, and community settlement in Lyon County. Constructed in 1867 by Richard Howe, a Welsh immigrant stonemason, the Howe House holds a unique place in the history of Emporia and surrounding communities. The Howe's were leaders in the Welsh community, and their home served as a gathering place for their fellow countrymen. In 1995 the homestead was willed to the Lyon County Historical Society by Sarah Howe, the granddaughter of Richard Howe.
Kenneth Thompson, Physical Sciences
GIS and Remote Sensing for Teachers on a Constrained Budget - NASA in Kansas, Ks. Space Grant Consortium, WSU; 7/1/13-12/31/13; $17,208
Summer workshop activities will enhance teachers' backgrounds in the sciences and mathematics, instill confidence, and introduce them to resources and geographic information systems (GIS) technology. GIS is a rapidly growing industry that has vast potential applications both in and outside the sciences. Greater awareness of GIS possibilities is needed for GIS to reach its potential. Teachers' increased awareness, knowledge, and skill development will enable them to nurture their students toward a greater awareness of, interest in, and commitment to the long pipeline for workforce development and STEM careers. Financial support is provided to workshop participants, as an incentive and as a buffer for the burden of cost that might be incurred otherwise.
Kansas Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE)
Funded through the National Institutes of Health Center for Research Resources (NCRR) for the purpose of strengthening biomedical research and training researchers in the state of Kansas. The network's lead institution is the University of Kansas Medical Center. The program includes four Partner Institutions (University of Kansas-Lawrence, Kansas State University and Wichita State University) and six Outreach Institutions: (Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Langston University, Pittsburg State University and Washburn University). K-INBRE identifies a specific scientific focus area, Cell and Developmental Biology, consisting of four themes: 1. Reproduction and embryonic development, 2. Organogenesis, 3. Developmental neuroscience and 4. Cellular and developmental pathologies. ESU works within the aims of the K-INBRE proposal by providing research support for faculty and student researchers who conduct research consistent with these themes. The goal is to inspire outstanding undergraduates to pursue careers in biomedical research in Kansas and to strengthen the biomedical research environment at ESU. The following six subawards are for 5/1/13-4/30/14:
Undergraduate Support - Tim Burnett, Biological Sciences; $30,900
Outstanding Mentor Award - Tim Burnett, Biological Sciences; $13,000
Summer/Semester Scholars - Tim Burnett, Biological Sciences; $20,000
KINBRE Recruitment Package - Diane Nutbrown, Physical Sciences; $25,000
Institutional Core Facility Support - Centrifugation - Kim Simons, Physical Sciences; $30,221
Institutional Core Facility Support - Tissue Embedding Workstation and Microtome - Yixin Yang, Biological Sciences; $24,405