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MSU names director of research institute on mathematics, science education

MSU names director of research institute on mathematics, science education

Joseph Krajcik, a well-known science education expert, has been named director of the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education (IRMSE) at Michigan State University. The interdisciplinary center, launched during a Washington, D.C. conference last fall, is designed to address some of the most pressing challenges related to teaching science and mathematics by bringing… Read More »

Science education scholar leads effort to reform genetics instruction

Science education scholar leads effort to reform genetics instruction

Most middle-schoolers struggle to grasp the introductory concepts of genetics, a field of study considered crucial to advancing solutions to health problems and disease such as cancer, according to a study led by a Michigan State University researcher. In the journal Science Education, Michelle Williams suggests genetics and heredity lessons should be taught with broader… Read More »

MSU alumnus becomes superintendent of Royal Oak schools

Shawn Lewis-Lakin began his new position as superintendent of Royal Oak schools on July 1, 2011. Lewis-Lakin, who formerly served as superintendent at the Manchester Community Schools, earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry teaching from Michigan State University in 1982. “My first priority is to come to know the community and have them come to know me,” he said. “Together we… Read More »

Professor co-chairs national conference on learning progressions in science, mathematics

Professor co-chairs national conference on learning progressions in science, mathematics

Michigan State University Professor Charles (Andy) Anderson will help bring together more than 50 leading researchers, educators and policymakers next week in an effort to reach consensus about learning progressions – an emerging approach for reforming science and mathematics education. Research on learning progressions (or trajectories), which focus on improving how students develop scientific or… Read More »

MSU announces first group of fellows preparing to teach math, science in urban schools

MSU announces first group of fellows preparing to teach math, science in urban schools

Twelve aspiring science and mathematics teachers will begin their professional preparation at Michigan State University this summer as part of a new statewide fellowship program focused on preparing future educators for jobs in high-need classrooms. Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the inaugural cohort of fellows selected to complete the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan… Read More »

Ferrini-Mundy appointed to leadership role at NSF

Ferrini-Mundy appointed to leadership role at NSF

The National Science Foundation has selected a College of Education faculty member to be its assistant director for education and human resources. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, who has worked in the position on an acting basis during the past year, will assume her full-time duties March 1 and take a one-year unpaid leave of absence from MSU.… Read More »

Alum wins national award for research on science teaching

Alum wins national award for research on science teaching

Jeffrey J. Rozelle, who received his Ph.D. from the College of Education in 2010, is expected to receive an Outstanding Doctoral Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) during the organization’s international conference this April. Rozelle is one of two scholars nationwide selected for the honor, acknowledging that his dissertation has… Read More »

Did you hear Andy Anderson on NPR’s Science Friday?

Did you hear Andy Anderson on NPR’s Science Friday?

Professor of teacher education Charles “Andy” Anderson, who studies issues of teaching environmental literacy, was featured on the NPR program Science Friday with Ira Flatow on Jan. 14, 2010. He talks about students’ lack of understanding about the basic principles of the carbon cycle. Listen to the show excerpt.

College students lack scientific literacy, study finds

College students lack scientific literacy, study finds

Most college students in the United States do not grasp the scientific basis of the carbon cycle – an essential skill in understanding the causes and consequences of climate change, according to research published in the January issue of BioScience. The study, whose authors include several current and former researchers from Michigan State University, calls… Read More »

Out of the lab… and testing her teaching skills

Out of the lab… and testing her teaching skills

MSU alum changes careers through Fellowship focused on math and science education Final deadline for application is Jan. 12! More information. By Nicole Geary Two years ago, Georgia Watson was testing soil samples for heavy metals. She was a lab tech by training even though her heart, by that time, was aching with another aspiration.… Read More »