The ALL has expanded its services to include the calculus-based physics course (PHYS 2325/2425). An updated schedule reflecting these changes is posted below. The new schedule has been posted on the JBWS 267 door for reference.
For any questions regarding the ALL and its hours of operation, please contact Richard Kopec at firstname.lastname@example.org or Weston Wilson at email@example.com.
Thanks to all who are keeping the ALL staffed and ready!
See the new story on the US News rankings. In addition to our #14 ranking in the West Regional Universities, SEU has been recognized for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, “the foreign student factor,” “A+ Schools for B Students,” and “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
Congrats faculty, staff, and students!
The National Science Foundation has awarded St. Edward’s University a supplemental award to the Community for Achievement in Science, Academics, and Research (CASAR) grant of $9,346. This brings the total CASAR award up to $599,867 through the life of the grant, which ends on July 31, 2017.
This supplemental award aims to support additional assessment activities for CASAR, which is under the direction of Drs. Richard Kopec, Lisa Goering, Charles Hauser, Michael Saclolo, Mary Kopecki-Fjetland and Michael Kart. For more information on this award, as well as other awards issued to SEU, please visit http://think.stedwards.edu/sponsoredprograms/grants.
The Edinburgh Castle, near the Edinburgh International Conference Center, site of the 2016 Quadrennial Ozone Symposium.
Once every four years, scientists from around the world gather to discuss the state of ozone in the atmosphere: the Quadrennial Ozone Symposium (QOS for short). This year’s event is being held 4 – 9 September in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. You can learn more about the symposium here. This year’s symposium follows a long tradition of such gatherings, organized by the International Ozone Commission, dating back to 1929!
St. Edward’s connection to the event is provided by the Dean of Natural Sciences, Gary A. Morris. When not performing administrative duties or teaching, Dr. Morris continues his work studying ozone pollution via three funded projects:
- Austin ozone profiling and surface ozone measurements – funded by the Capital Area Council for Governments
- Houston, TX and Idabel, OK ozone profiling as part of the Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project – funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Ozone and Sulfur Dioxide profiling as part of the TICOSONDE project in Costa Rica – funded by the NASA Division of Earth Science.
Dr. Morris, attending his second QOS, presented two posters at the meeting: one on the Houston profiling record and the other TICOSONDE project at the QOS. He also is a co-author on another TICOSONDE presentation given by NASA scientist, Dr. Henry Selkirk.
“I hope that 4 years from now, I’m able to bring my students to show their research results at the next Quadrennial Ozone Symposium Meeting. All of the top ozone scientists from around the world attend, and it’s a great meeting to catch up on all the latest ozone science,” said Dean Morris at this year’s event.
You can read Dr. Morris’ posters online here (links coming soon).
Dr. Gary A. Morris presented two posters at the 2016 QOS Meeting.
The stage at the Edinburgh International Conference Center, home of the 2016 Quadrennial Ozone Symposium
You might have noticed the bright gold box between Andre Hall and the Munday Library. That box is a Shared Studios portal — a technologically decked-out space that can transport you to meet with someone or a group of people in countries around the world. “Take On Your World” St. Edward’s University.
You can read more about the Portal in my prior post here.
To make a reservation for your journey, visit the Shared Studies Reservation WebSite for St. Edward’s University.
The “Book a Time” link will take you to a calendar view where you can click on a posted time and RSVP. The times currently on the calendar are just the beginning and more times will be added as the schedule gets built out.
Here are some links to stories to learn more about the Portal:
Tweet about your experience in the portal: @sharedstudios, @stedwardsu and use the hash tag: #SEUPortal.
The Portal has been brought to you by the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Instructional Technology, the Global Engagement Office (GEO), the School of Humanities, the School of Natural Sciences, Facilities Management, St. Edward’s University, and Shared Studios.
Downtown Camera view of sunset, 24 August 2016.
Enjoy the sunset captured by our St. Edward’s University downtown and sky cameras! Click on each image to watch the movies!
View the live shots: downtown and all sky, or visit the archive of images and make your own movies.
View of 24 August 2016 sunset in Austin from the St. Edward’s Skycam. North is to the lower left in the picture.
The Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project (TOPP) team conducted its third successful balloon flight from campus on Wed., 24 August 2016. The flight lifted off around 1:40 pm CDT from in front of the Mary Moody Northen Theatre.
Funding for this research comes from the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) with additional support from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Below is a plot of the ozone profile data. You can see the ozone layer near 25 km altitude. Also is a Google Map of the balloon flight trajectory. Finders receive a $30 reward for returning instruments to us at St. Edward’s. Contact us for details.
Ozone (blue) and temperature (red) profiles for weather balloon flight on Wed., 24 August 2016.
Google Earth image of flight path for AT003 — a weather balloon launched from St. Edward’s on Wed., 24 August 2016.
NSCI welcomes Google to campus this Fall. Google is offering its Applied CS with Android workshop series on 5 consecutive Sunday afternoons (October 23 – November 20) from 1 – 6 pm in JBWS 363.
Applied CS with Android is a program designed for Juniors and Seniors that enhances concepts from their current CS curricular work, with the support of professional engineers. The program revisits concepts from Data Structures and Algorithms and uses Android as a development platform for its combination of modernity and easy to use graphical interface—also, it’s just fun.
The experience employs a ‘flipped classroom,’ where students complete independent pre-work, such as reading and software set-up to prepare for the workshops. Workshops are in-person sessions where students work in small groups to build the Android activity or game for each unit with the help of facilitators. Workshops also contain optional extensions.
Requirements for students to register:
- Java experience (specifically: language basics, inheritance, basics of generics)
- Prior coursework in Data Structures and Algorithms (familiarity with hash tables, heaps, queues)
- A laptop (helpful but not essential)
- Commitment to attending all workshops
- A gmail account
More details on how to register coming soon. Contact Michael Lykaios for more information.
In addition, Google welcomes applications from interested students who wish to serve as “student facilitators” at these workshops. Requirements for facilitators are:
- Enrolled in full-time undergraduate/postgraduate study
- Computer Science (or closely related) major
- Successfully completed and passed classes university-level Data Structures and Algorithms courses (strong understanding of hash tables, heaps, queues)
- Java experience (specifically: language basics, inheritance, basics of generics)
- Ability to dedicate 30 hours to program prep and execution on campus
- (Preferred) Experience mentoring, TA-ing or teaching programming or university CS coursework
- (Preferred) Experience developing with Android Studio
Expectations of facilitators from Google.
- Review all facilitator prep materials and and complete all trainings
- Run one full Applied CS program on campus
- Ability to attend and facilitate all five workshop sessions on campus
- Time commitment: ~30-40 hours total over two months
To apply for a facilitator position, click here.
Questions? Email Sarah Henderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
NSCI is pleased to welcome Women Who Code to campus. They’re brining an Intro to HTML and CSS class to St. Edward’s University on Wednesday, 28 September from 6:30 – 9:00 pm in JBWS 363. There are only 30 slots available at this workshop, which will be run by Cameron Buckingham from Galvenize. Click here for more info and sign up today!
This Fall, the School of Natural Sciences will be engaging in a Strategic Planning Process. Seven faculty members and the Dean will meet on those Friday afternoons without a Faculty Senate meeting or a NSCI General Faculty Meeting throughout the Fall Semester. By December, this group will have a draft strategic plan to present to the NSCI faculty.
The process will be iterative and solicit feedback from NSCI faculty members throughout the semester, with regular updates on the NSCI Dean blog site (open only to NSCI faculty). The completed Strategic Plan will be posted here by the end of the Spring semester.
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee consists of the following individuals:
- Tricia Shepherd – Chair and Professor of Chemistry
- Bill Quinn – Chair and Professor of Biological Sciences
- David Naples – Professor of Mathematics and Physics
- Edward Early – Associate Professor of Mathematics
- Santiago Toledo – Assistant Professor of Chemistry
- Terry Bilinski – Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
- Genaro Lopez – Adjunct Professor of Science
- Gary A. Morris – Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics
The committee will consult with interested faculty and host visitors to its Friday meetings given their expertise and as faculty express interest.
Justin Westcott (Westcott Coaching) led the NSCI Faculty at a May 2016 meeting to start the process, exploring the context of the St. Edward’s University School of Natural Sciences faculty. He returned to St. Edward’s to continue to step 2 of the process with an organizational cultural assessment discussion on August 2016.