University to Host NSF Conference Friday and Saturday
October 14, 2005
COLLEGE STATION - October 14, 2005 - Sixty-seven teachers,
graduate students, and directors from six states and ten National
Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 programs will attend the first
Southwest Regional NSF GK-12 Conference on October 21 and 22, 2005
held at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
at Texas A&M University.
NSF GK-12 programs around the country finance graduate students
to be resources in mathematics and science content in public
schools, to improve the use of inquiry learning, and stimulate
interest in mathematics and science careers in K-12 schools,
according to Larry Johnson, PhD, Professor of Veterinary
Integrative Biosciences at Texas A&M. "Graduate students
benefit from honing their organization and communication skills as
they develop an avocation for future public school interface as
scientists or other types of professionals," said Dr. Johnson.
The purpose of the regional conference is to establish
collaborations and share resources and ideas to enhance
effectiveness of the collective GK-12 programs. The conference
program consists of a reception, presentations from each of the
GK-12 groups, group activities as would be presented in public
schools, panel discussions and poster presentations. The meeting
will be recorded in a peer-review proceedings.
Notable features of the conference will be an address by Dr.
Karen Watson, Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M, on "Recruitment
of Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics," and the attendance of Dr. Sonia Ortega of the
National Science Foundation and the director of 144 GK-12 programs
across the United States. The public is welcome to attend the
poster presentations on Saturday from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m. on the
second floor of the Veterinary Medical Science Building at the
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. For more
information visit http://peer.tamu.edu.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
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