New Publication in the Journal of Chemical Education by Chemistry Faculty Member

Dr. Santiago Toledo (Assistant professor of Chemistry at SEU) and his collaborator Dr. Justin Dubas just published an article in the most recent issue of the Journal of Chemical Education titled, “A Learner-Centered Grading Method Focused on Reaching Proficiency with Course Learning Outcomes.” This work discusses an alternative form of thinking about grading to encourage students to focus on their mastery with the course learning outcomes. This proposed method couples the use of Marzano’s Taxonomy of learning and its cognitive levels to the feedback students receive.  This approach was implemented in general chemistry courses at SEU and it is now operational in some organic chemistry and other advanced level courses.  This work is a follow-up of earlier work by Dr. Toledo on using Marzano’s Taxonomy to draft student learning outcomes for chemistry courses.

 

You can get access to the full article at the following link: http://pubs.acs.org/articlesonrequest/AOR-dJB9aIyKEpFDi9tiijKc

 

The article’s DOI is: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00651

The abstract is available at Dr. Toledo’s Research gate account: Research Gate

FARM Workshops for Freshmen Enrolled in One or More LLCs

Calling all incoming FRESHMEN enrolled in one or more LLCs! The School of Natural Sciences will be offering Freshmen Accelerated Research Workshops (FARM), a 3 day series workshop comprised of class and laboratory sessions that are intended to give you a head-start in your respective science disciplines. Interested? Click the link for more information!

http://kopec.create.stedwards.edu/farm_workshop/

Atmospheric Science Talk: Friday at 10 am

Rennie Selkirk from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and PI the TICOSONDE Balloon Sounding Project will give a talk Friday, May 26 at 10 am in JBWS 362 (the physics lab room).

“The TICOSONDE Balloon Sounding Project: Profiling Water Vapor, Ozone and Sulfur Dioxide in Costa Rica Since 2005.”

All are welcome to attend.

SELKIRK-Ticosonde

Joining Art and Conservation at Wild Basin – Artist in Residence Presentations – Sat, May 13

Join us at Wild Basin this Saturday for 2 special presentations by local wildlife artist and Wild Basin’s first Artist in Residence, Andrea Wolf. Andrea will give presentations for both children and adults.

“Kids, Animals & Art” 2-3 pm. Special presentation for children. Learn about John Audubon and how to draw a Golden Cheeked Warbler.
Sign-up here

Adult program, 4-5:30pm. Andrea will be discussing wildlife art and its relationship to conservation efforts, using art as a form of communication followed by the opportunity to observe a painting demonstration.

Wild Basin Featured in NY Times Article

Check out this post.  Our own Amy Belaire is quoted in the article.  Kudos to Wild Basin!

 

Open Office Hours with Dean Morris

Dear NSCI Student Majors,
Dean Morris will hold office hours for the final time this semester at Jo’s (Meadow’s Coffeehouse) tomorrow, 03 May, 2.30-4.00pm.  The coffeehouse is located on the west end of the Ragsdale center.
You are encouraged to stop by and chat with Dr. Morris during this time, no appointment necessary.  Should you have any questions or if you need to schedule a private appointment with the Dean, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Reyna.

Earth Week Film Screening: Dr. Merlin Tuttle and Living Springs Short Films

Join us on Wednesday evening for an evening of engaging short videos and discussion with renowned bat ecologist, Dr. Merlin Tuttle and documentary film producer, Karen Kocher.

The event is hosted by Wild Basin Creative Research Center and will take place in Carter Auditorium (Room 186) in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center-South Building.

Dr. Merlin Tuttle has over 50 years of in-depth knowledge and experience as a renowned bat expert, educator, and wildlife photographer. Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation is the most recent contribution by Dr. Tuttle to the world of bats. He will be presenting a short documentary that follows a group of citizen scientists searching for bats in the rain forests of Trinidad.

Karen Kocher is a documentary media producer and a senior lecturer in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the recipient of the 2015 SXSW Interactive Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for her work as the creator and producer of Living Springs, a multi-platform, immersive, interactive exploration of Austin’s beloved Barton Springs. Living Springs explores the historical, social, spiritual, and scientific value of the Springs. The project is available online, in an installation at the Barton Springs Education Center, and for broadcast.

LOCATION: John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center-South Building, Room 186, Carter Auditorium, St. Edward’s University
3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704

TIME: Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Chemistry Professor Featured in Discover Magazine

First-year Assistant Professor of Chemistry Raychelle Burks was recently identified in a Discover Magazine story entitled, “The Heroes of Science” as one of the “Science Stars of the next generation.”  The list of “Heroes” includes Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Carl Sagan — pretty good company, indeed!  Congrats to Dr. Burks!

CS Professor Michael Kart Recognized at 2016-2017 Distinguished Teaching Award Winner

Congratulations to yet another in a series of well-deserved teaching award winners from the School of Natural Sciences.  This year, Prof. Michael Kart of Computer Sciences has won the Distinguished Teaching Award.  Quoting from the letter:

“The Distinguished Teaching Award Committee was impressed by your thoughtful and pedagogically rich teaching materials, and they equally admired your engaging work in the classroom.”

Dr. Kart will receive his award at the Faculty Recognition Ceremony at 4 pm on April 27 in the Mabee Ballrooms.  Please make sure to congratulate him next time you see him.

Come build an app with Robert Li from Google! 4/23/17 at 1pm in JBWS 267

You are invited to join Robert Li from Google headquarters in California for this Sunday’s Android Workshop. Please come if this is your first time or if you have attended previous weekends. You will be building the Binary Search Tree activity. The pre-work is a quick read here, reviewing the Binary Search Tree.

Be sure to start reviewing the process for the Code Sprint as well. You’ll be breaking into teams to develop a basic app/game!

The workshop will start at 1pm and will end at 6pm in JBWS 267.  Students do not have to stay the whole time and you are welcome to come in a bit late. Please bring your laptop and review the material above!

Have a good week,

Michael Lykaios Guerrero

Also, please email me at mikelg@stedwards.edu if you have any problems with the links.