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Stories from... 2009

Anne Baranger
Chancellor's Fellow Anne Baranger to Study Evaluation Methods for STEM Departments

September 2, 2009

Dr. Anne Baranger, Associate Professor in Chemistry, has recently been named an I-STEM Chancellors Fellow for fiscal year 2010. Her mission is to develop a method to evaluate teaching and instruction in STEM departments and to establish a campus STEM education task force.

photo courtesy of http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/usda-discovers-honey-bee-deaths/ Illinois’ Pollinatarium, a Discovery Science Center, is abuzz about pollination

October 23, 2009

Illinois’ new Pollinatarium is the first free-standing Discovery Science Center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators.

i>clicker Clicks Further

November 14, 2009

i>clicker, an innovative classroom technology invented by Illinois physics faculty, is continuing its successful trajectory in the commercial world. A team of four University of Illinois physicists invented i>clicker in response to curriculum reform begun as a result of physics education research. Because of a need to poll students, they began to try a variety of methods ranging from flash cards to hand-made clickers. They sold the easy-to-learn, easy-to-use i>clicker system to Macmillan in 2005. Two of the inventors, Tim Stelzer and Mats Selen, remain key visionaries, active members of the product development team, and are heavily involved in all product decisions and the overall vision of the software and hardware. They also continue to travel for i>clicker pedagogical training sessions as i>clicker deploys in more educational venues.

BeeSpace Exposes Students to Honeybees

November 17, 2009

MANY OF US have fond childhood memories of endless summer days, lounging in patches of fragrant clover that invaded our neighbors’ manicured lawns. Shuffled into those same memories are the equally vivid sightings of industrious and seemingly dangerous bees, which oftentimes abbreviated our lounging amidst said clover.

MathLinkIt's not your parents' math class anymore!

November 17, 2009

LAS’ popular online program, Math Teacher Link, which has helped hundreds of instructors nationwide, is bringing math instruction into the computer era.

Tristesse JonesIllinois Ag student Tristesse Jones is STEM education success story

December 9, 2009

Tristesse Jones, a senior majoring in crop sciences and preparing to be a research biologist, followed the STEM education pipeline to the University of Illinois.