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RiSE Colloquium – October 5 – Justin Dimmel

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquia & Seminar Series PRESENTS Justin Dimmel Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and Instructional Technology University of Maine Exploring the paradox of change without difference: An investigation of teacher’s attitudes toward instruction that departs from the routine when doing proofs in geometry For as long as […]

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Smith’s Research Hot Topic for ScienceInsider

UMaine News – January 22, 2015 Written by Beth Staples Top 10 lists are compiled annually — last year there were lists for best books, Seinfeld characters, movies and restaurants. In 2014, an article about a University of Maine professor’s research made a best-read list. Michelle Smith, assistant professor in the School of Biology and […]

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Helping Struggling Students in Introductory Biology: A Peer-Tutoring Approach That Improves Performance, Perception, and Retention

Helping Struggling Students in Introductory Biology: A Peer-Tutoring Approach That Improves Performance, Perception, and Retention The high attrition rate among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors has long been an area of concern for institutions and educational researchers. The transition from introductory to advanced courses has been identified as a particularly “leaky” point along […]

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Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science

Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science – December 18, 2014, NSF.gov, Discovery page A science education advocate (Michelle K. Smith) who trained as a molecular biologist uses her analytical background to create teaching strategies that energize both students and faculty. Remember BIO 101? The professor lectured uninterrupted while some students scrawled pages […]

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Thesis Defense – June 12, 2015 – Joshua Case

ORAL THESIS DEFENSE MST Student Joshua Case Thesis Advisor: Dr. Natasha Speer An Abstract of the Thesis Presented in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Teaching August 2015  Calculus Students’ Understanding of Logical Implication and its Relationship to their Understanding of Calculus Theorems In a typical calculus course, students are often presented with definitions, lemmas, propositions, and theorems. These statements are conditional, that is, they […]

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Promotions – 2014

Promotions, Promotions – 2014! If you see them around, please congratulate Francois Amar on his promotion to Full Professor and Dean of the Honors College, Michael Wittmann on his promotion to Department Chair of the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, and Sarah Nelson on her promotion to Associate Research Professor, Senator George J. Mitchell Center […]

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Mitchell Bruce – 2014 Fellow by the American Chemical Society

2014 Fellows by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Mitchell Bruce, an associate professor of chemistry (and member of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education), was named a 2014 fellow by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Bruce is one of 99 scientists recognized by the society for demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and making […]

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Commencement Speaker 2014 – Justin D. Lewin

Commencement Speaker 2014 – Justin D. Lewin Justin D. Lewin of Castle Hill, Maine, majored in biology. He also began graduate work toward a Master of Science in Teaching in January. His numerous academic honors include an Armed Forces Communication & Electronics Association STEM Teachers for America’s Future Scholarship and Maine PSP Summer Undergraduate Research […]

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RiSE Center Education Conference – January 24, 2015

The Maine Physical Science Partnership (MainePSP) and the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) at the University of Maine, in collaboration with the Penobscot River Education Partnership and the Southern Maine Partnership, will host an effective education conference on January 24, 2015, 12:00pm – 3:00pm at the University of Maine in Orono […]

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Monday, April 6 – Marilyne Stains

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquia & Seminar Series  Presents  Marilyne Stains Assistant Professor of Chemistry University of Nebraska – Lincoln  How do university science faculty really teach? There is growing interest in transforming the instructional practices of faculty teaching science courses at the university level. As faculty development efforts expand, […]

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