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Welcome to the STEM at UNI website, portal to all things science, technology, engineering and mathematics related at the University of Nothern Iowa. Use the menu to the left to navigate. Many links will connect you to STEM content within other sections of the UNI website. Bookmark www.uni.edu/stemed. Please submit comments and suggestions through our contact page. 

 

 

 

A teacher for teachers, mentor for mentors

The Iowa Academy of Science awarded Dr. Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Northern Iowa, the 2017 Excellence in Science Teaching Award for Science Supervisory at the academy’s 129th annual meeting on April 21, 2017.

The ESTA Awards, introduced in 1969, recognize science teachers of all grade levels for their work and innovation in science education.

Interestingly, it was not until the end of her college career that Dr. Del Carlo realized that she liked teaching.

It’s STEM Summer Camps time

As spring makes way for summer, and a long break looms, many parents in the Cedar Valley area may have already started wondering—and perhaps worrying too—how best their school-going children can spend the long days and weeks ahead. Fun is, of course, on the menu but wouldn’t it be nice too if they could learn something useful along the way? The combination of fun and learn that these parents seek for their children is a major feature of the STEM summer camps at the University of Northern Iowa.

The happy biology major

Michael Lashbrook is happy “looking towards future.” He is happy “living every day.” In fact, he has never been happier. It’s all mostly because of his biology major.

Michael or MJ, as he is known to his friends, has always wanted to study natural sciences in college. “I have always loved science,” he says.

So, the decision to major in biology ultimately came down to how interested he was in it. “Biology is such a diverse topic that it stood out to me most,” he adds.

The decision to enroll in the University of Northern Iowa was simple, too.

Seeking answers in a molecular maze — II

One ongoing project in Dr. Sliwinski’s lab is to continue tracking soil archaea using DNA fingerprinting.

“In addition to my work, other labs around the world have found DNA evidence of archaea in the soil. They are on every continent and in every soil tested,” he says. “Part of what now needs to get done is an accounting of which species of archaea are where, over space and over time.”

He has created a modified version of the DNA fingerprinting technique that he developed in graduate school to separate and differentiate the DNA sequences of different groups of soil archaea.

Seeking answers in a molecular maze — I

Dr. Marek K. Sliwinski, an associate professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa, believes “it is an exciting time to be a molecular biologist.”
 
“The progress made by the scientific community in only the past few decades has revolutionized biology,” he says.
 
“Molecular biology provides the most interesting answers to biological questions,” he adds. “So, research students in my lab design experiments at the level of DNA and proteins.”
 

Hoping to make the world a better place

Jake Parks enjoys learning how the physical world works; he has perpetually been in awe about the infinitude of the universe and its intricacy. So, the decision to major in physics was not difficult for him to make.

The decision to enroll in the University of Northern Iowa was not difficult, either; he found the sense of community here overwhelming.

“People here, from students to faculty, truly care about you,” Jake says. “It makes the intimidating experiences of college much more manageable.”

In fact, the experience has been awesome for him.

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