January/February 2014  issue of the Center for Science and Math Education E-Bulletin. 
Jan/Feb 2014

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Science Trivia Fridays

Every Friday, the CSME posts a science trivia question on its Facebook page. Answer the weekly question correctly and be entered to win a gift certificate at the end of the month.  

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SLVSEF hosts science benefit carnival 

The Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair (SLVSEF) hosted a Science Benefit Carnival at Westminster College on Friday, January 24, 2014. The event was carried out by the Student Advisory Board to raise money for the fair and also as their yearly outreach event. More than 500 people attended the carnival where there were 17 science booths ranging from extracting DNA from bananas to 3D printing. One of the more popular booths, with supplies donated by Glogerm, was a bacteria gel booth that demonstrated where bacteria is missed when washing your hands. There were also physics demonstrations carried out by Adam Beehler of the Physics and Astronomy department at the U. Julie Callahan, from the Telescope Array research team in the Physics and Astronomy department at the U, worked with the Student Advisory Board on how to present and also provided many of the supplies for the carnival. The carnival was a big hit and raised more than $2,000 for the fair. For more information on SLVSEF 2014, visit www.slvsef.org.

MSSST Program graduates 4 during Fall semester

2 MSSST Math fellows, Monica French and Fung Lin “Annie” Burr, and 2 MSSST Bio/Chem fellows, Katharine Bylerline-Thayer and Victor O’Brien, graduated Fall 2013. Monica French completed a final project in “Components of Uncertainty in Climate Change Models”, while Annie studied “Origami Geometry in High School Geometry Curriculum”.  Victor was able to do field research with Dave Chapman and studied “Ground Temperature and Air Temperature tracking at the Emigrant Pass Observatory Northwest, Utah” while Katharine did research with Josh Schiffman on “SMARCB1's Role in Ewing's Sarcoma”. We are so proud of all the hard work these students put into their final projects!

CSME hosts four lectures

The CSME hosted two lectures in December and January. The first by Steven Case from Kansas University entitled “The Path to STEM Literacy: traveling a hard road” and the other by Jan Van Holten from the Netherlands entitled “HiSPARC: an experiment in science and education.” The CSME will be hosting two lectures in February,: one by David Temme from the biology department on February 5th @ 4pm in ASB 210 entitled “How can the brain (a biological organ) best be schooled by school?” and the other by Eric Mazur from Harvard University on February 28th @ 4pm in JFB 101 entitled “Confessions of a converted lecturer.” For more information on the upcoming lectures or to watch the videos of past lectures, simply click on the name of the lecturer. 

CSME launches INSPIRE program

The CSME's INSPIRE (Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated) program plans to bring science lectures, research and conservation projects, job training, and sustainable operations to correctional facilities in Utah. Current plans include a greenhouse project at the Salt Lake County Jail and a lecture series at the Jail and at the state prison in Draper. INSPIRE is seeking faculty members who would be interested in participating in this unique public engagement opportunity. Contact gaines@math.utah.edu for more information.

Sports 'n Science hosts drawing

Help improve our Sports 'n Science awareness campaign by giving us feedback on our "Science Behind the Sport" posters! Anyone that fills out a short (10 minute) survey at sportsnscience.utah.edu/drawing can enter a drawing for one of three prizes: Utes apparel, a science kit, or sports and science books. All survey responses are anonymous and optional; once you submit your responses, you will be provided with a link to enter the drawing. The drawing will be held on March 10th (3/10/14). You may only enter the drawing once. If you are under the age of 13, you will need a parent or guardian to enter the drawing on your behalf.
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