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Graduate School waives program application fees for Maine nurses, educators

The University of Maine Graduate School is waiving application fees for Maine nurses and educators seeking to enroll in a graduate program with the School of Nursing, and College of Education and Human Development, respectively. Fee waivers are available until June 30 for any upcoming term. Read full UMaine News article here: Graduate School waives […]

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NSF awards RiSE Center $1.35M for STEM education project in coastal schools

A Maine Center for Research in STEM Education initiative to explore how engaging students in coastal research projects can help them build data literacy and career competency while also informing local policy and planning has received a $1.35 million award from the National Science Foundation. Read full UMaine News article here: NSF awards RiSE Center […]

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RiSE Center’s Justin Dimmel Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

With the increasing availability and popularity of consumer virtual and augmented reality devices, Dimmel’s research focuses on how such technology can be used to represent geometric diagrams in three-dimensions rather than two. He recently received a nearly $672,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support this work. It’s the organization’s most prestigious award for early […]

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RiSE Center Matching Gift Challenge

Education is constantly changing, even more so in the past two years. We constantly need to evaluate our work in the classroom to ensure that we are meeting the needs of every student. We want every student to have access to the strongest programs delivered by passionate and knowledgeable teachers and to prepare students to […]

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RiSE Center Faculty Create Interactive SunRule Sculpture in Webster Park

An interactive sculpture that harnesses the rays of the sun to help users explore multiplication and division will be installed in Orono’s Webster Park, the product of a unique partnership between the University of Maine and the town of Orono. It will be the first public installation of the SunRule, which was invented by UMaine assistant professor […]

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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: Researchers assess […]

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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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