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Colloquia, Seminars and Thesis Defenses

RiSE Center Colloquia and Seminars
Schedule subject to change without notice

All colloquia and seminars for the Center will be held in Rm. 165 Barrows Hall, the Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium in the Engineering Science and Research Building (ESRB) unless otherwise noted.  Presentations will be held on Mondays and begin promptly at 3 pm.

Date Event Place
Fall 2013 Colloquia, Seminars and Thesis Defenses
October 7 Natasha Speer, Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics and Maine RiSE Center, University of Maine, and Brian Frank, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Middle Tennessee State University.
Developing knowledge for teaching velocity and acceleration
Hill Auditorium
 Thesis Defenses
October 18
9:00 am
Levi Lucy
“Correlations between teachers’ knowledge of students and energy and students’ performance on assessments”
Hill Auditorium
November 1
3:15 pm
 Kalee Gwarjanski (Gurschick)
“Paying attention to theory in science classroom argumentation” – (NOTE the different venue)
119 Barrows
November 18 Daniel Bragdon
“University Students’ Graph Interpretation and Comprehension Abilities”
Hill Auditorium
Spring 2014 Colloquia, Seminars and Thesis Defenses
 February 3  Paula Lemon, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, “Helping Biology Students Develop Problem-Solving Skills” Hill Auditorium
March 17 Lauren Barth-Cohen, Center for Research in STEM Education, University of Maine, “Evidence Construction in a Field Geology Environment” Hill Auditorium
March 21 Warren Christensen, Assistant Professor of Physics and Director of Growing Up STEM REU, North Dakota State University, “Student reasoning about matrix multiplication: a window for investigating math/physics frame shifts” Hill Auditorium
April 7 Eric Pandiscio, College of Education and Human Development, University of Maine, “Differentiated student thinking while solving a distance vs. time graph problem” Hill Auditorium
April 28 Vicki Sealey, Department of Mathematics, West Virginia University, “Lessons Learned from Research on Student Understanding of the Definite Integral” Hill Auditorium
Thesis Defenses, Spring 2014
April 9 Thesis Defense – Shahram Firouzian – 4:30-6:30pm
“Correlations Between Students’ Multiple Ways of Thinking About the Derivative and Their Abilities to Solve Applied Derivative Problems”
Hill Auditorium
April 17 Thesis Defense – Jon Janelle – 2:00-4:30pm
 “Proof Conceptions of College Calculus Students”
207 Boardman
May 27 Thesis Defense – Zachary Batz – 12:00-2:30pm
“Reaching Struggling Introductory Biology Students with a Targeted Peer Tutoring Program”
113 Estabrooke (Conference Rm.)
August 5 Thesis Defense – Kendra Michaud – 2:00-3:00pm


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The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
5727 Estabrooke Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5727
Phone: (207) 581-4672 | Fax: (207) 581-9555E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469