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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
March 14, 2005
Volume 40, Number 8

Tuition-paid courses offered for teacher

New Mexico teachers will take one-week university-level courses in biology, astronomy, geology and chemistry this summer thanks to a collaborative effort between UNM, Sandia National Laboratories and APS.

The three partners joined to form the Science Education Institute of the Southwest, or SEIS, to advance science education and learning. SEIS’ primary effort now is to support middle school science teaching.

The program also offers a course on the integration of literacy and science for elementary teachers.

Offered through the UNM College of Arts and Sciences, each course is three credit hours. Tuition and course materials are offered at no cost to teachers, thanks to support from Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Martin. Enrollment is limited to 20 teachers in each course.

Four one-week courses, taught by UNM faculty, are planned for this summer for middle school teachers. They are: “Natural History of New Mexico,” Ursula Shepherd, biology; “The Physics of Sound, Motion and Energy in the Classroom,” Kathy Dimiduk physics and astronomy; “Classroom and Field-based Investigation of River Systems: The Jemez River and Beyond,” Matt Nyman and Amy Ellwein, earth and planetary sciences; and “The Periodic Table of Elements: All You Need to Know About Chemistry,” May Nyman, chemistry.

SEIS is a collaborative effort spearheaded by individuals from APS, UNM and SNL with support from Lockheed Martin. SEIS’ mission is to advance the quality of the teaching and learning of science. The institute plans to focus much of its work on professional development for the classroom teacher.