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December 2020

RiSE Colloquium: Shandy Hauk

December 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquia & Seminar Series Presents Shandy Hauk, PhD, San Francisco State University Monday, December 7, 3-4 p.m. via Zoom Collegiate Mathematics Education Research Sampler Abstract: This session is a sampler across four studies. First, are results of a recent examination of Khan Academy use in community college algebra. Then come preliminary findings from a study on flipped approaches to teaching calculus at institutions in the California State University system. Early results from…

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February 2021

RiSE Colloquium: Nuri Emanetoglu

February 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquium Series Presents Nuri Emanetoglu, University of Maine Monday, February 1, 3-4 p.m. via Zoom Abstract: ECE 342 Electronics I is a required course for both electrical and computer engineering majors. The three primary semiconductor devices (diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs) and their applications are introduced in this course. Electronics is a difficult topic for students. Prof. MacKenzie Stetzer and his Ph.D. student Kevin Van De Bogart ran a comparative study of…

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March 2021

RiSE Colloquium: Will Hall

March 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquium Series Presents Will Hall, Washington State University on Monday, March 1, 3-4 p.m. via Zoom Same, but Different: A Qualitative Study of the Ways Students from the Biological and Life Sciences Solve Similar Calculus Accumulation Tasks Set in Different Contexts BIO: Will Hall is an assistant professor of mathematics education at Washington State University (WSU, go cougs!) in Pullman, WA. His research interests include the teaching and learning of calculus…

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April 2021

RiSE Colloquium: Virginia Flood

April 5, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquium Series Presents Virginia Flood, University at Buffalo – SUNY Monday, April 5, 3-4 p.m. via Zoom (link available by email) Tuning in to “conversations of gesture” in STEM education Abstract: When we talk and make meaning together, we constantly involve our hands. How do teachers and students take up and build on one another’s gestures in STEM educational contexts? In this talk, I present new findings on how gestures can…

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November 2021

Thesis Defense: Brianna DeGone

November 15, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Brianna DeGone, a candidate for Master of Science in Teaching, will be defending her thesis titled, “The Impact of Project-Based Learning on Students in High School Chemistry in Rural Maine.” Zoom only: for the Zoom link and password, please contact Brianna DeGone at brianna.degone@maine.edu. Brianna DeGone Thesis Advisor: Dr. Susan McKay The Impact of Project-Based Learning on Students in High School Chemistry in Rural Maine Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional strategy that is promoted throughout education for its use of…

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February 2022

Thesis Defense: Paul Wilson

February 22, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Paul Wilson, a candidate for Master of Science in Teaching, will be defending his thesis titled, “Teacher Growth in Knowledge of Conservation of Energy and in Self-Efficacy.” Zoom meeting: for the Zoom link and password, please contact Paul at paul.h.wilson@maine.edu. Abstract This study examines a conversation between a group of three in-service teachers during a professional development workshop. During the workshop, the teachers collaborated to answer a set of survey questions pertaining to energy concepts in physical science. The teachers…

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Dissertation Defense: Anica Miller-Rushing

February 22, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Anica Miller-Rushing, a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in STEM Education, will be defending her dissertation titled, “Agency of In-Service Elementary Science Teachers During a Global Pandemic.” Zoom meeting: for the Zoom link and password, please contact Anica at anica.miller.rushing@maine.edu. Abstract In-service teachers of science work with unique content and pedagogical experiences. Understanding teacher agency in these circumstances will help researchers understand the actions that these teachers take, actions that are consequential for shaping teacher patterns and establishing the scientific practices…

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Thesis Defense: Gabrielle Brodek

February 24, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Gabrielle Brodek, a candidate for Master of Science in Teaching (Research in STEM Education), will be defending her thesis titled, “Youth’s Expressions of Personal Significance in an Informal Learning Setting that Bridged STEM and Experiential Learning.” Zoom meeting: for the Zoom link and password, please contact Gabrielle at gabrielle.brodek@maine.edu. Abstract When youth relate to environmental science on a deep, personal level they are more likely to retain information, as they make neural connections to significant lived experiences, and are more…

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March 2022

RiSE MST Student Reunion and Impact Discussion

March 22, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

As part of our RiSE Center 20th anniversary celebrations, we are inviting all of our Master of Science in Teaching (MST) students and graduates to participate in this reunion and discussion event. Please join us and share the impact of your MST experience. Faculty, staff, past students, and interested colleagues are also welcome to attend. Register for this event!

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April 2022

RiSE Colloquium: Mindi Summers

April 11, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquia & Seminar Series Presents Mindi Summers, Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Calgary Monday, April 11, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Zoom only (link and password available by email) Engaging students as scientists: Designing community-based research and experiential learning in biology Abstract: In this session, I will discuss ongoing efforts to design and evaluate undergraduate course-based research and community-engaged learning experiences in biology. Students have surveyed insect biodiversity in partnership with The…

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Thesis Defense: Eliza Jacobs

April 14, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Eliza Jacobs, a candidate for Master of Science in Teaching, will be defending her thesis titled, “Middle School Science Teachers’ Vulnerability in the Written Discourse of a Professional Learning Community.” Zoom meeting: for the Zoom link and password, please contact Professor Beth Hufnagel. Abstract Vulnerability is omnipresent in personal and professional human experiences (Gilson, 2011; Lasky, 2005) and an unavoidable condition of work as a teacher (Bullough, 2005; Kelchtermans, 1996). It plays a role in teachers’ interaction with themselves, their students,…

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May 2022

Thesis Defense: Hazel Cashman

May 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Investigating Student Science Identity in a Middle School Social Studies Classroom Hazel Cashman Master of Science in Teaching Thesis Defense Friday, May 27, 2022, 9–11 a.m. Zoom: https://maine.zoom.us/j/81245782822 Abstract Many science identity researchers theorize identity as a process of authoring and re-authoring oneself while being recognized by others, and therefore theorize science identity as negotiated (for example, see Avraamidou, 2019 and Calabrese-Barton et al., 2013). It is widely accepted that recognition by others shapes students’ negotiations of science identity (Carlone…

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August 2022

Thesis Defense: Anupam Raj

August 3, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Investigating the Teaching and Assessment Experiences of Maine Secondary Science Teachers During the COVID-19 Lockdown Anupam Raj Master of Science in Teaching Thesis Defense Wednesday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom Abstract In March 2020, an unexpected event changed the educational systems throughout the world. In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic caused public places to close down, including schools. To continue education, schools in Maine went online. This study describes how Maine secondary science teachers taught and assessed their…

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Thesis Defense: Trevor Robertson

August 19, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Horizon Content Knowledge and its Integration into Physics Education Research: Case Study Analysis on Physical Science and Physics Teachers Trevor Robertson Master of Science in Teaching Thesis Defense Friday, August 19, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom Abstract Teachers focused on just one year of instruction may neglect what students need most – a coherent structure of learning across disciplines that advances students’ understanding. The topic of coherence has been a major motivator for education research, including investigations in student-teacher interactions, epistemological…

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October 2022

Productive Talk in the STEM Classroom 2022–23

October 27, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Professional learning series sponsored by the Maine STEM Partnership at the RiSE Center, University of Maine Create a classroom culture that promotes rich discussions and facilitates sense making of mathematics and science content. This community will learn, practice and share their experiences with specific strategies that promote sense making discussions between and among students. These sessions are adapted from “Talk Science” developed by the Inquiry Project at TERC. High school and middle school examples will be highlighted in the sessions…

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January 2023

Social Emotional Learning in the STEM Classroom 2022–2023

January 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Professional learning opportunity sponsored by the Maine STEM Partnership at the RiSE Center and facilitated by Maine teachers Grace Coffe from Brewer HS, Nick Innis from Mt. Ararat HS and Betsy Trenckmann from Hermon HS. The six sessions will be held on Zoom, 4:00–5:30 p.m. on Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 13, March 7, March 21 and April 4. Each session we will highlight a teaching strategy and how it can be used to support the social emotional learning of…

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RiSE Center Teaching Fellowship Associate Membership 2022–23

January 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Professional learning opportunity sponsored by the Maine STEM Partnership at the RiSE Center, University of Maine The Maine STEM Partnership is opening up an exciting new way to participate in the RiSE Center Teaching Fellowship program. Associate members will have access to this established community of experienced teachers, early career teachers, and RiSE Center staff, through supportive meetings, special interest groups, and collaborative relationships with fellow teachers. Becoming a 2022–23 associate member will connect you with highly motivated teachers around…

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