Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

Fall 2003


Revised 8/6/2003 - Note changes on September 6, November 15


Revised 8/25/2003 - The trip originally scheduled for October 18 has been moved to October 25.


Online seminar registration (required):

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-       Designed for science teachers

-       New teachers are especially welcome

-       Five Saturdays in the 2003 fall term; 8:30-1, mostly at UMass Amherst

-       Free educational materials, refreshments, parking, PDP’s

-       Advance registration is required; capacity is limited

-       4 PDP’s per half day session

-       An option to register for 3 graduate credits at reduced cost with additional assignments

-       Funded in part by the Raytheon Corporation and the National Science Foundation


September 6.  Introducing the concepts of Food Safety through hands-on classroom activities. Chenoweth Laboratory Room 329.  76 million people suffer foodborne illnesses each year in the US from over 250 known diseases. Food is a convenient platform to teach basic microbiological concepts since it is apart of the students’ day-to-day lives. We will introduce classroom safety techniques and do hands-on activities based on "Science and our Food Supply", a curriculum developed by the FDA and NSTA. Participants will receive a teaching kit with a CD and print materials. Lynne McLandsborough, Food Science 


September 20. Geology field trip. Starts at Greenfield Community College. Eastern Border Fault, pillow lava, current and abandoned waterfalls, armored mud balls, sand dunes, dinosaur footprints, Lake Hitchcock delta, kettle holes.  Richard Little, Geology, Greenfield Community College.

  • MEET AT: 8:30 at the GCC Rock Park (rear of Main (brick) Bldg) If rain, the GCC Geology Lab, N301, is open. Signs will be posted.

  • To Get To GCC: I-91, exit 26 (1st Greenfield Exit), Rotary to Rte 2 WEST, right at first light. Campus on left, one mile.....

  • PARK: In lot E, NW corner (uphill side) and walk up roadway to rear of bldg and the Rock Park.

  • The PROGRAM: We will have an introduction to CT Valley geology, look at GCC displays including specimens of world importance: armored mud balls and the incredible faulted fish. Field trip will follow to selected sites around Greenfield, ending on Rte 63 in Sunderland. Be prepared for short woodland walk on a trail. Dress for the weather!

October 25. Civil engineering field trip.  *** note date change *** Starts at Hasbrouck Lab. All day (double workshop) trip to Hoosac tunnel, bridges, etc. Al Lutenegger, Civil Engineering. Bring your lunch and a travel coffee mug.


November 1. Environmental Evolution. Location LGRT 1033. Lynn Margulis, Distinguished University Professor; Dept. of Geosciences. Environmental Evolution Teaching Modules: Carbon Cycle: What Happens to Trash and Garbage? Living Sands: Mapping Time and Space with Forams.

November 15. Teaching basic physics concepts. Lederle 1033. Measuring time with a pendulum, mass with an inertial balance, human horsepower in stair climbing, coefficient of friction with sneakers, … Chris Emery and Steve Murray


November 22. Weather makeup day if needed.


December 6. Recall for those enrolled for graduate credit.


Note that there are 4 half-day workshops, an all day workshop, and the closing session for those registered for grad credits; some terms we have had 5 half-day workshops. You can omit any one half-day session and still get graduate credit. There is a charge of $225 for 3 Continuing Education credits plus a $30 registration fee. Teachers may obtain credit for the seminar as many terms as they wish, but only 3 credits may be applied to UMass Amherst degrees. A lesson plan and a book report will be required for those enrolled for graduate credit.


Questions: Mort Sternheim,, 413-545-1908;

Online seminar registration (required):

Registration for graduate credit: At the first session. Bring a checkbook or credit card.