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RiSE Center’s Erin Vinson Among Biology Education Researchers Awarded NSF Grant

The scientific community’s push to improve undergraduate biology education over the past decade prompted the creation of numerous open educational resources. A group of researchers, including one from the University of Maine, will evaluate how well these materials have met this demand and deliver positive learning outcomes. Read full UMaine News article here.

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CourseSource Announces Addition of Introductory Physics Teaching Resources

The RiSE Center’s Erin Vinson, managing editor of CourseSource, will help oversee the expansion of the open-source online journal to include evidence-based physics curricula. Vinson, a STEM professional development coordinator for UMaine’s School of Biology and Ecology and campus programs coordinator for the RiSE Center, will serve as the principal investigator for the project, which […]

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Microscopy, Art, and Humanities Article by RiSE Faculty Member Sara Lindsay Published

An original article by RiSE Center faculty member Sara Lindsay, Associate Professor of Marine Sciences, was recently published in Invertebrate Biology (American Microscopical Society). Integrating microscopy, art, and humanities to power STEAM learning in biology (link to article) Abstract: Close observation is central to both art and science as practitioners in both disciplines describe, compare, […]

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Pre-Service Pilot Study by RiSE Faculty Member Franziska Peterson Published

RiSE Faculty member and Graduate Coordinator Franziska Peterson’s pilot study article was recently published in Educational Research: Theory and Practice. Working with Real-World Data: A Pilot Study of Pre-Service Elementary Teachers (link to article) Abstract: The purpose of this pilot study was to engage pre-service elementary teachers in a semester-long project to deepen their quantitative […]

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RiSE Faculty Member Mitchell Bruce Innovates to Support Remote STEM Learning

Professor Mitchell Bruce, a RiSE faculty member, supported the transition of chemistry laboratory activities to remote learning for over 1,000 UMaine undergraduate students. Bruce is a professor of chemistry, chemistry researcher, and STEM education researcher. One current focus of his education research is on using analogies to support student learning in chemistry laboratory activities using […]

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RiSE Faculty Member Natasha Speer Co-Authors New Book

What Could They Possibly Be Thinking!?!: Understanding your college math students David Kung and Natasha Speer We’ve all been there. You’re grading a problem and just can’t understand why a student wrote what they did. “What could they possibly be thinking!?!” Over years, good teachers understand their students’ thinking more and more, developing an encyclopedia […]

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