September 21

 

John Stoffolano

Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences,  

University of Massachusetts

 

“Once Your Course is Online, What Do You Do?”

 

Let me begin by telling you that after 35 years of teaching at Umass, I can confidently say “I prefer teaching online.” I firmly believe that there isn’t anything I can’t do online that I could do in a regular classroom. I will share with you how my course is organized and the types of instructional tools or materials that I use to deliver Ent. 671 – Using Insects in the Classroom to teachers and graduate students planning to teach. Finally, I will enter into the area of what one does once their course has been taught online for a few years. This is the exciting part and an area I believe few faculty take advantage of once their course is online.

 

October 5

 

Richard Yuretich

Dpartment of Geosciences,

University of Massachusetts

 

“Davis Mine in Rowe, Massachusetts: An Opportunity for Environmental Education”

 

Davis Mine in Rowe, MA operated from 1882 until 1911, producing pyrite from a mineralized zone in the bedrock of this part of the Berkshire Mountains.  Since the time of the mine collapse in 1911, the shafts have filled with water and produced very acidic (pH =2 to 3) effluent that contains very high concentrations of sulfate, iron, and trace metals from the exposed tailings piles in surface runoff and groundwater. This effluent flows into Davis Mine Brook, which is a subwatershed of the Deerfield River basin. Fish are absent from the entire length of Davis Mine Brook, more than 2 km downstream from the mine. In areas peripheral to the site of acid mine-drainage generation, there is evidence of an active microbial community that reduces the dissolved sulfate, and possibly iron, to remediate the acidic drainage. The project is exploring ways to enhance the activity of these organisms to help mitigate the effect of the mine drainage.

 

As part of this research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, we have included K12 teachers in the research team. These teachers have undertaken summer research projects in the laboratory and at the field site, and they have produced results that are fundamental to the progress of the research. Each teacher is developing a plan to integrate aspects of his or her research into their curriculum. In addition, the Davis Mine site is proving to be an excellent locus for environmental education of undergraduates and the general public.

  

October 19                             

 

James W. Walker

Department of Biology

University of Massachusetts

 

“Cosmos to Humanity: From the Big Bang to the Space Age: The Use of PowerPoint Presentations and Online Material in a Course Specially Designed for the Commonwealth Honors College”

        

 

November 9               

           

Avi Hofstein

Department of Science Teaching,

The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

 

“Professional Development for Science Teachers”

 

 

 

November 23 

           

Krishna Vedula

Former Dean, College of Engineering

University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

“Promoting Science and Engineering in Massachusetts and Across the Country”

 

 

December 7                           

 

Chris Emery

Physics

Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, MA

 

Mary Mawn

Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies,

University of Massachusetts

 

“Science Education Online:  Inquiry and Electricity and Magnetism Course - What We Learned”