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Welcome to the Science and Math Education Center

Wow, Peterson Planetarium is getting an update!

JimAber StarLift  hemispherical mirror SusieAber MarkPerkins StarLift

Duties for the director of the Science & Math Education Center include Peterson Planetarium.  After a long year of trying to keep the unpredictable, failing equipment repaired, we received funding support from Emporia State University!  These funds allowed us to  upgrade the planetarium by choosing Ash Enterprise.  Workers were here in October 2014 and back in November for some electrical improvements.  For a summary of Peterson Planetarium, past and present, visit our special events page, and coming soon will be a listing of our new video show selections, Peterson PlanetariumGrand opening is coming in January with the beginning of a new year and spring semester!

In the meantime, this semester SMEC has been busy with cataloging new acquisitions, helping students find needed resources, and working with Advisory Committee members on workshops and conferences.  SMEC volunteers, who discovered a signifcant fossil site, have been busy labeling and photographing the vertebrate fossil collection, which will be soon placed in a museum repository.  Read on to learn what we do and who we are...

Our Purpose
Search our Collection
Our Hours, Location, & Contact
Our Staff

2014 Special Events - Summary of Peterson Planetarium
Past and Present

2013 Special Events

Our Governance & Advisory Board

Our Mission & History
The Kansas Science Teacher

Our Purpose

The Emporia State University Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC) serves students, faculty, and area teachers!  The Center includes library resources, planetarium programs, and educational outreach.  We have a plethora of K-12 physical sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics resources in formats including kits for classroom use, teacher resource books, student activity books, literature books, textbooks, professional materials, assessment resources, audio-video & interactive white board DVDs.

We are committed to the improvement of pre-service and in-service preparation for teaching. These services include dissemination of curriculum materials, hands-on outreach activities, staff development, research within school districts, state-wide research, and science and mathematics curriculum development.

SMEC is supported financially with funding from donations as well as the Departments of Biology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences as well as the The Teachers College.  Our resource center is open to the ESU community as well as the greater Emporia and surrounding communities* for your use.  While we are not funded by the main library, our 10,000 available items complement the University Libraries & Archives collection. This win-win situation means our resources can be searched in the Center and by using the Kellogg on-line catalog.


SMEC Resources

SMEC Office
          SMEC Office       Science & Math

* If you are not currently an ESU student, staff, or faculty, then you need to obtain a Kansas Resident Card to check out our resources. The KRC is available at ESU White Library circulation desk (see campus map for White Library or WL location).  What do you need to bring? A Kansas drivers license or official Kansas photo id card and $20.00 per year. Thanks for supporting us!!

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Our Hours, Location, & Contact

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
& by appointment-in summer!
Location: Science Hall 177
Phone: 620-341-5636
Mail: Emporia State University, SMEC
Campus Box 4030
  1 Kellogg CR
  Emporia, KS  66801-5415

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Our Staff

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Planetarum Staff - October 2014 - left to right> Chris Hayen, Lizeth Magana, Rhyan Sawyer,
Alyssa Floro, Bryan Longwell
SMEC Staff - September 2014 - Sarah Noller, Christian Lollar, Bryan Longwell, Rhyan Sawyer, Lizeth Magana

smec staff 10-2013  October 2013-May 2014

smec staff 8-2013

August-October 2013

Susan Aber SMEC Director
Susan Aber, PhD (620.341.5636)
Lecturer, Earth Science, Emporia State University

Sarah Noller

Graduate Student Assistant, Biology & Chemistry Resource Coordinator
Sarah Noller

Graduate Student, MS Candidate, Biological Sciences, Emporia State University

  Rhyan Sawyer

Student Assistant, Astronomy & Physics Resource Coordinator
Chemistry Resource Coordinator
Rhyan Sawyer
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, Emporia State University

Lizeth Magana

  Student Assistant,  Astronomy & Physics Resource Coordinator
  Lizeth Magana
  Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, Emporia State University


 Chris Hayen

Student Assistant, Planetarium
Christopher Hayen
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, Emporia State University

Alyssa Floro

Student Assistant, Planetarium
Alyssa Floro
Undergraduate, BSE Candidate, Middle & High School Teaching, Emporia State University


Student Assistant, Earth & Physical Sciences Resource Coordinator
Bryan Longwell
Graduate, MS Candidate, Earth Science Emporia State University


Student Assistant, LibGuide Creator, Math Resource Coordinator 
Christian Lollar
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Earth Science, Emporia State University

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Latest update 11/25/2014.