2010 News

2010 News

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Faculty in the News

David Rudge (Biological Sciences & The Mallinson Institute for Science Education) presented an invited paper ("Whither the VNOS?") on behalf of himself and Eric Howe, a former Mallinson Institute for Science Education graduate student (and currently an Associate Professor at Assumption College), at the 8th International Conference for the History of Science in Science Education, which was held 16-19 Aug 2010 at the Maresias Beach Hotel, Sao Sebastiao, Brasil. He also made remarks at the opening and closing sessions of the 1st Latin-American Regional Conference of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST-LA) held 19-21 Aug 2010 at the same location, as president of the parent organization (IHPST). It was the group's first regional conference and attracted well over 200 scholars from 13 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States. A total of 101 papers were accepted for oral presentation and 37 other papers were included in two poster sessions.
David Rudge at International Conference
From left to right: Cibelle Celestino Silva, the conference organizer and a professor at the Instituta de Fisica de Sao Carlos, USP, Brasil; Michael Matthews, Past President IHPST; Angel Yefrin Ariza Bareno, a graduate student at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina; and David Rudge, President IHPST.
Posted: August 25, 2010

Faculty and Students in the News
Dr. David Schuster and 3 MISE Physics Education students (Rex Taibu, Chaiphat Plybour and William Mamudi) gave two presentations at the Michigan section of the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting at Hope College, Holland, Michigan in April, 2010. The talks were on observational and theoretical approaches to the concept of image in optics, and discussion of the pedagogical content knowledge involved. All four shared roles in the presentations, which combined demonstrations, discussion and simulations.
Posted: April 26, 2010

Guest editors Dave Rudge, of the Mallinson Institute, and Kostas Kampourakis (Geitonas School, Athens Greece) announce the publication of the first part of a special issue of Science & Education devoted to Darwin and Darwinism. The special issue actually comprises five numbers and over 500 pages. It includes eight invited essays from highly respected scholars, including Michael Ruse, David Depew, and Robert Pennock. The first part (vol. 19 nos. 4-5) is devoted to studies of Darwin and Darwinism from historical, philosophical and cultural perspectives, and will appear at the end of the month of April. The second part (vol. 19 nos. 6-8) is devoted to studies of Darwin and Darwinism from various pedagogical perspectives, and will be distributed at the end of June."

MISE Alumna in the News
Lansing Community College Board of Trustees presented to Dr. Mary Brown a resolution recognizing her Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. In part the resolution reads "whereas Dr Brown has devoted her career to understanding how people learn science and then effectively teaching to that process, and whereas, as a result of her efforts, Dr. Brown has earned the respect of students, peers, colleagues and friends, as she made Lansing Community College a more pleasant, efficient and fun place to work and learn...Now and therefore, be it resolved that the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees honors, commends and thanks Dr. Mary Brown for her outstanding work on behalf of Lansing Community College."

Congratulations Mary. Well done!

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Faculty, Students and Alumni in the News

Please join the MISE Community in congratulation Dr. Heather Petcovic who has been named Associate Editor for Research for the Journal of Geoscience Education. Her term in this office runs  through the end of 2012. Well done, Heather!

We are pleased to note new publications by Dr. Charles Henderson.

Henderson, C. & Dancy, M. (2009) The Impact of Physics Education Research on the Teaching of Introductory Quantitative Physics in the United States, Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research, 5 (2), 020107.

Henderson, C.& Harper, K. A. (2009). Quiz corrections: Improving learning by encouraging students to reflect on their mistakes. The Physics Teacher, 47 (9), 581-586.

Dave Rudge was one of three invited international speakers at the /Darwin 2009 GEITONAS School Conference-Teaching Evolution: Theoretical and Pedagogical Issues/ held in Athens, Greece, November 7-8, 2009. Two of his previously published papers were translated into Greek for the conference volume.

Well done, Dave!

Dr. Eric M. Howe, a recent graduate of the MISE doctoral program, has been elected as a member of the Nominating Committee of the International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group (IHPST). He takes office immediately and will serve in this capacity until July 2011.

Congratulations Eric!

Congratulations to MISE faculty and students who presented research in geoscience education at the recent national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Portland, Oregon.

  • Heather Petcovic with Libarkin, J.C., Hambrick, D.Z., Baker, K.M., Callahan, C.N.,
    Rench, T.A., Turner, S.P., and Wisniewska, M.K., Geology expertise: Evidence from field and laboratory geocognition research
  • Caitlin Callahan with Petcovic, H.L., Baker, K.M., and Libarkin, J.C., Tracking expert and novice geocognition during field mapping
  • Matthew Ludwig with Petcovic, H.L., Exploring connections between assessment, motivation, and metacognition
  • Jeff Barney with Bentz, A.E., Noakes, L., Ludwig, M.A., and McCowen, R.H., Using interactive web-based applications to implement AfL practices
  • Kate Block with Petcovic, H.L., and Koretsky, C.M., Investigating student conceptions of environmental systems in a field-based undergraduate course

Dr. Renee' Schwartz has just received an new grant as part of a team from WMU. The project is: Virtual laboratory for engineering and applied sciences education (EASE). Hewlett Packard. HP Catalyst. Global Social Innovation. PI: Pnina Ari-Gur. Co-PIs: Renee Schwartz, Roman Rabiej, Pavel Ikonomov, Daniel Litynski. (1/2011 - 12/2012). Award amount: $150,000.
Posted: September 20, 2010

MISE is pleased to note that Dr. Heather Petcovic has been invited to become a National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-11. Congratulations Heather!
Posted: September 20, 2010



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