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Faculty - Francois Amar

François Amaramar
Associate Professor of Chemistry
and member of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

Office:  253 Aubert Hall
Phone: (207)581-1196
Email
: amar@maine.edu

Research:

I specialize in theoretical and computational chemistry with an emphasis on the dynamics of nanoscale systems. I also work in the area of Chemical Education Research with interests in lab curriculum and active learning strategies for large introductory courses, and am interested in interdisciplinary research and teaching.  Below are a few of my specific interests:

Recent publications:

Using the workshop model for modular, student-centered leader training, Amar, F., Stewart, B.N., Fortin, H., Bruce, M.R.M. (2009). Progressions: The Peer-Led Team Learning Project Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring.  Online at [ http://www.pltl.org ]http://www.pltl.org.

Four Leader Training Modules for PLTL: Getting started; Group Development; Communication; Mattering and Marginality. Amar, F., Fortin, H., Bruce, M.R.M. (2009). Progressions: The Peer-Led Team Learning Project Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring.  Online at http://www.pltl.org.

Four Faculty Guides for PLTL training modules: Getting started; Group Development; Communication; Mattering and Marginality. Amar, F., Fortin, H., Bruce, M.R.M. (2009). Progressions: The Peer-Led Team Learning Project Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring.  Online at http://www.pltl.org.

Leader Training Module and Faculty Guide for PLTL training module: Why There Are No Answer Keys, Amar, F., Stewart, B.N., Fortin, H., Bruce, M.R.M. (2009). Progressions: The Peer-Led Team Learning Project Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring.  Online at [ http://www.pltl.org ]http://www.pltl.org.

 

Presentations:

“Laboratory Learning Survey:  Student Inclinations for Lab Work”, Mitchell R.M. Bruce, Alice Bruce, Carly Gaudette, and François G. Amar, Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Education Research and Practice, Colby College, Waterville ME, June 21-25, 2009.

“Guiding Multiple Groups: A Successful Alternative Model for PLTL in General Chemistry”, François G. Amar, Barbara N. Stewart, Mitchell R.M. Bruce, PLTL National Conference, CCNY, New York, NY, July 6-10, 2009.

“Do Students Have Different Laboratory Learning Styles In General Chemistry?” Mitchell R.M. Bruce, Alice Bruce, Carly Gaudette, and François G. Amar, NERM 2008, Burlington, VT,  June 29-July 2, 2009

“Lab Curriculum Development and Evaluation Using InterChemNet”, Barbara Stewart, François Amar, Mitchell Bruce, and Matthew Leland, Symposium on Web-based Applications for Chemical Education, held at the 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, West Lafayette, IN, July 30-August 3, 2006.

“Modular Leader Training at the University of Maine”, Barbara Stewart, Tracy Pelletier, Zahirah Salahudin, François Amar, and Mitchell Bruce, PLTL National Conference on Leader Training, Houston, April 20-23, 2006.

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