Wild Basin Welcomes Joy Hernandez- Administrative Coordinator

Wild Basin is excited to have on board Joy Hernandez as Wild Basin’s new Administrative Coordinator. Joy has a B.A in Zoology and over 10 years administrative and technical experience in the Natural Sciences, including managing daily operations at the UT fire ant laboratory and acting as a liaison between the regulated public and TCEQ. She is also a certified Master Naturalist. Joy is a wonderful addition to our team and she offers a wealth of knowledge about Central Texas flora and fauna. Feel free to reach out to Joy by email at jherna74@stedwards.edu.

Farewell Potluck Gathering for Kim Johnson at Wild Basin

After 7 years of service to St. Edward’s University and Wild Basin, our beloved Kim Johnson is moving on to new adventures. Over the past 7 years, Kim has been a vital member of the Wild Basin team and the driving force behind a broad range of Wild Basin programs, including directing Wild Basin’s social media, managing volunteer trail guides and tours, organizing countless events at Wild Basin including full-moon yoga and concerts by local musicians, spearheading Wild Basin’s role in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Hike & Lecture Series, and expertly mentoring many student interns.  Kim’s contributions to Wild Basin have made a deep and lasting impact on its programs.  We are so grateful for Kim’s expertise, hard work, and big heart — she will be greatly missed!  Kim’s last day will be Friday, August 11th. Please join us in a send-off celebration for Kim at Wild Basin on Thursday, Aug 10 from 5:30 – 8pm (potluck on the deck).

Wild Basin mentioned in Texas A&M article: “One of Four Summer Destinations on an Aggie Budget”

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve was mentioned as one of four destinations for students “on an Aggie budget” in Texas A&M’s online magazine, The Battalion. The article can be found here:

http://www.thebatt.com/life-arts/four-summer-destinations-for-the-aggie-on-a-budget/article_954b305e-674f-11e7-99c5-5f727cbfa56b.html

Wild Basin Welcomes Marissa Faris – Environmental Education Coordinator

The Wild Basin Creative Research Center is excited to announce the hiring of Marissa Faris as our new Environmental Education Coordinator! Marissa’s first day was July 14th and she is quickly getting up to speed on Wild Basin educational programming and activities, as well as SEU policies and systems. We will work to make opportunities for many of you to meet with Marissa – to discuss your ideas, experiences, questions, and dreams for the Wild Basin Environmental Education Program. Stay tuned for announcements regarding meeting opportunities and other events. In the meantime, please help us welcome Marissa Faris (mfaris@stedwards.edu) to the Wild Basin Creative Research Team!

Bio describing Marissa’s training and experience:

Marissa Faris joined the Wild Basin Creative Research Center team in July 2017 as the Environmental Education Coordinator. We are excited to welcome her and to benefit from her wealth of experience in environmental and outdoor education. Marissa has a Master’s of Agriculture in Horticulture from Texas A&M University and is a certified Texas educator with four years of full-time classroom teaching experience. At A&M, she served as the inaugural Program Coordinator for Experiential Education in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, where she was responsible for increasing participation in undergraduate research, internships, study abroad programs, and service learning. Her teaching experience includes working with students in kindergarten through middle school, college students, and mentoring new teachers. She also has experience training volunteers at the Chicago Botanical Garden, developing curriculum and creating an outdoor learning program for K-5 students, and producing interpretive garden literature for visitors of all ages.

Chemistry Faculty Member Attends IUPAC

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Raychelle Burks was invited to attend the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2017 49th General Assembly in Sao Paolo, Brazil 9 – 14 July 2017 as one of the Young Observers selected by the U.S. National Committee of the National Academy of Science for IUPAC.  Dr. Burks was one of only 8 young scientists selected as part of a national competition.

Dr. Burks also secured travel funding to support her attendance from the Central Texas Chapter of the American Chemical Society and from the ACS International Activities office.

Congratulations to Dr. Burks.  We look forward to hearing about your travels and what you learned at the conference!

Final Day of Go-for-Launch! Austin – Presentations

It’s been a fantastic first 2 days of our second annual Go For Launch! Austin at St. Edward’s University. We are excited to hear all the brilliant ideas the students who participated this year will present and want to invite you to join us for this!

You are welcome to join us for any, or all, of the following TODAY in Carter Auditorium (JBWS):

1:30-2:15   Talk From Astronaut Don Thomas

2:15-3:50   Student presentations of their experiment ideas

3:50 – 4:00  Overview of St. Edward’s University

4:00-4:30   Break with refreshments

4:30-5:00   Award Ceremony

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.