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UA Biosphere 2's Discovery Nights will be open for extended hours on 3 Saturday evenings; October 4th, 18th, and 25th. It's a family-friendly night of stargazing and hands-on science activities, and nighttime tours of the iconic research facility will be offered. Have Dinner! Nonna Maria's Ristorante and Pizzeria will sell pizza and other fare inside the Human Habitat from the original Biospherian kitchen! The activities will change on a week-to-week basis so please check the Biosphere website for more info: www.b2science.org.
Contemporary movements, such as those initiated after the recent shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, can be born seemingly overnight in the digital age. UA researchers point to several factors.
(Family Features) Whether quick and efficient or long and relaxing, 61 percent of Americans would rather give up brushing their teeth for a week than remove showering from their daily routines, according to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet. While people may recognize the value of a steaming shower, they may not consider the effects water temperature and beauty rituals have on the body and mind.
(Family Features) Beyond their bottom lines, a growing number of companies and brands are harnessing their products, services and resources to help make the world a better place.
(NAPSI)—Recently, a program that helps put young people on a path to careers in science put one young man on a path that led to the White House.
(NAPSI)—Kids learning bystander CPR may be the answer to reducing death from the 420,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. Sadly, most of those victims die because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. Further complicating the issue are the disparities among Latinos and African Americans, who are 30 percent less likely to have bystander CPR performed on them in an emergency, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. People who live in lower-income, African-American neighborhoods are 50 percent less likely to have CPR performed.
(BPT) - William "Rick" Richter was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago. Now, the avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and outdoors-enthusiast is sharing his story in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September. Richter hopes to encourage others with advanced prostate cancer to speak up about their symptoms and seek out all treatment options via informed decision making with their care team.
The University of Arizona is helping to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, as one of just eight sites in the United States chosen to participate in a major national STEM education initiative.
In June 2013, the Association of American Universities announced that the UA and seven other project sites would receive grant funding through the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, which was established to address a nationwide demand to improve STEM education and to retain more majors and expand the workforce in STEM fields.
Since then, the UA has made important progress with course redesigns and faculty programs intended to make STEM teaching and learning more engaging.
"We need more STEM majors," said Gail Burd, UA senior vice provost for academic affairs and a principal investigator on the UA's AAU grant. "A lot of evidence points to a loss of students from STEM majors because of the way they're being taught. These are hard subjects, and if it's not engaging and it's hard, students drift away."
Under the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, which is funded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the UA established the UA-AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project — a comprehensive, interdisciplinary effort intended to expand STEM-related collaborations, curricula and funding opportunities.
Funded through 2016, the UA-AAU STEM Project saw a number of successes in its first year.
Course redesigns promote active learning
Under the leadership of John Pollard, the UA's director of general chemistry, andVicente A. Talanquer, a chemistry and biochemistry professor, a foundational UA chemistry course has been restructured to more actively engage students.
The redesigned "Chemical Thinking" course, in development for three years, debuted this fall to more than 2,400 students in general chemistry, course 151. It incorporates more group-based discussions, problem-solving activities and other forms of active engagement, with less than 10 minutes of the hourlong class devoted to traditional lecture.
Students in an earlier pilot of the course reported better information retention and overall satisfaction with the redesigned course compared to traditional chemistry classes. This fall, four additional instructors are teaching general chemistry using the revamped curriculum for the first time.
"We are working to understand challenges and successes these new faculty might have to implementing the new curriculum with more active and engaged instructional approaches," Burd said.
Modeled after the chemistry course's success, a similar redesign is being introduced in a foundational UA biology class this semester. Meanwhile, the University's introductory course in computer programming for engineering applications has been restructured to include lab time and to emphasize student participation.
New instructional approaches also were introduced in a pilot general physics course last spring, with students reporting positive results in learning outcomes. A redesign also is in the works for the UA's introductory chemical engineering course.
Learning communities, workshops encourage teaching differently
As part of the effort to make STEM classes more engaging, the University has launched professional development opportunities intended to get instructors to think about teaching in new ways.
About 30 STEM faculty members participated in Faculty Learning Communities last year, in which they were tasked to come up with two weeklong engagement activities to teach in their classrooms each semester.
The University also launched a series of "Teaching Talks" and a three-hour workshop, specifically geared toward STEM educators on campus.
"The goal is to stretch beyond those five redesigned introductory courses and change the culture around the way we're teaching all STEM courses," Burd said.
Additional workshops and talks will take place in the coming year, including a daylong workshop with an architect and an expert on learning spaces that will look at how faculty can make the best use of physical spaces to make them more engaging.
As part of that workshop, Pollard will spend a week or two teaching in a nontraditional space — a redesigned journal reading room in the Science and Engineering Library.
As the UA continues to forge new territory in STEM education, it is carefully tracking and analyzing its efforts to determine their effectiveness. Postdoctoral student Jonathan Coxis helping to lead that ongoing assessment, beginning with the redesigned general chemistry course, Burd said. Jane Hunter, an associate professor of practice in the UA's Office of Instruction and Assessment, also has joined the AAU project to provide project support and management.
Other goals for the UA-AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project, Burd said, include establishing a teaching symposium and developing and expanding teaching awards that recognize and financially reward outstanding STEM educators on campus.
In addition to Burd, the UA-AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project leaders include co-principal investigators Deb Tomanek, associate vice provost for instruction and assessment; Lisa Elfring, associate professor of molecular and cellular biology; andVicente Talanquer, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
The AAU is a nonprofit organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. The 60 AAU universities in the United States award more than half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in the sciences and engineering.
On Friday, October 3, Tucson is invited to support awareness and education about women’s heart health at the Tucson Go Red Luncheon. Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Tucson for those 55 and better, is one of the local sponsors of the event. “We’re proud to support this important event,” says Tom Rios, Experience Director at Splendido. “We have a strong focus on wellness here, including all the opportunities we offer in our 10,000-square-foot fitness center and are very supportive of residents pursuing a heart-healthy lifestyle.”
It rained. But the sun came back out.
The Marana Police Department received six automated external defibrillators (AEDs) from the Steven M. Gootter Foundation. The foundation presented the AEDs to the department during a brief ceremony last Friday.
Raising money to put towards the research of neuroblastoma, Tee Up for Tots, hosted its 16th annual charity golf tournament at Omni Tucson National Resort.
(BPT) - The term smooth sailing doesn’t always apply, especially when faced with rough waters and stormy skies.
(BPT) - Lots of things can trigger a person’s heart to beat irregularly: exercise, stress or feeling startled can make your heart race or skip a beat. For an estimated five million Americans, an irregular heartbeat is a sign of a potentially life-threatening health condition called atrial fibrillation, or AFib.
(BPT) - Every day the average American family uses 300 gallons of water for everything from brushing their teeth and washing clothes to running the sprinkler and flushing the toilet, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beyond this, families also use lots of water in ways they don’t see.
(BPT) - The first months of the school year are full of new lessons and experiences for children. While subjects like history, science and math aim to prepare kids for college and careers, there’s one vitally important educational goal that falls to parents to fulfill – financial education.
(StatePoint) If you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs October 15 through December 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage.
(BPT) - Exploring different cultures has become increasingly mainstream in today’s culinary world. Fusion cuisine has claimed its stake on restaurant menus and can make an appearance in home kitchens for less effort than you might imagine. By utilizing popular and emerging ethnic flavors, home chefs can experiment with dishes to bring an international flare to their food.
Patricia Haynes in the UA College of Medicine has been awarded $3.1 million to study the relationship between unemployment and putting on pounds.
(NAPSI)—Nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers can be prevented each year with better driver’s education, recent research shows. Teenagers often lack the essential knowledge and skills that can help keep them safe on the roads.
(NAPSI)—While intimate partner violence (IPV), or domestic violence, is one of the most common health risks to women in the United States and can have a profoundly negative impact on health and well-being, there are ways to prevent it. Unfortunately, every minute, 24 people are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by a partner or spouse in the United States, according to a National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
(NAPSI)—The keys to your child’s success in school, college and beyond may be the ones that fit the locks on his or her suitcase.
Why is it that David Garcia, the Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, has locked up major endorsements from Republicans, Democrats, the business community and educators, while his Republican opponent Diane Douglas has no big names in her corner?
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