Everybody has a story. The who they are, what they’re all about and where they’re going. Programs like LSAMP give some UNI students the chance to write a really great story about their life, and here’s how.
Faculty & Staff
Programs, events and resources for UNI Faculty and Staff.
Almost 50 years ago, Dr. Leland Wilson, a professor of chemistry, was selected as the first head of the University of Northern Iowa’s newly established Department of Chemistry. While he was head of the department, the American Chemical Society accredited the undergraduate chemistry curriculum at UNI. During his 24 years of teaching at UNI, Wilson continually looked for opportunities to help students succeed and share his love of chemistry with them.
Derek Bradley, a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry, has his mind set on the future. With many of college students still trying to figure out what classes they will be taking next semester, Bradley is thinking far ahead of his peers, having already been accepted to medical school for the fall 2016 semester at Des Moines University. He is waiting on decisions from the University of Iowa, Creighton University and Mayo Medical School before making his final decision as to where to further his education next fall.
17 years ago, Dr. Joshua Sebree watched in awe as his 8th grade science teacher conducted an experiment. As the teacher filled a glass beaker with water and held a piece of sodium over the opening, he said, “This is too much, probably,” and dropped the piece of sodium into the beaker. He took a step back, the sodium and water created an exothermic reaction too big for the small beaker to handle and the entire beaker exploded. 17 years later, Dr.
Science isn’t just for the scientists; it’s for you too! The UNI Earth Science Department, in conjunction with BMC Aggregates, is holding the 15th annual Sunday at the Quarry event at the Raymond Quarry (6900 Dubuque Road) in Waterloo, Iowa on October 4, 2015. From 11 a.m.
As an elementary student, Samuel Kapler, now a senior math education major, was big into math and could often times be found teaching his younger cousins how to do math problems. However, as he grew up and his world expanded, a career in math education wasn’t something that was on his mind.
Each year, second year presidential scholars are tasked with planning and implementing an initiative here at the University of Northern Iowa. In fall 2012, the UNI Presidential Scholars noticed that they did not know where their food in the dining center originated from and set out to change that.
Energy Factions – Are you divergent? camp is June 29th- July 3rd from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily for students entering 8th through 12th grades. Discover how conventional and alternative energies impact our daily lives. This course will build your knowledge and skills with respect to addressing some of our societies’ ‘Wicked Problems’. Participate in role-playing games to determine the role energy will play in the US Economy in 2040. Field trips will investigate local limestone quarries, the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, and a Hydroelectric Dam (near Maquoketa).
Personal experience introduced Jess Reuter to Speech Pathology at a young age. While Jess was in second grade, a friend suffered several medical events, which resulted in a coma. “Once out of the coma, she could not walk, talk, or even eat; she had to learn how to do all those basic tasks again. The strange medical events happened again when we were in 7th grade, but this time I had a better understanding of what was going on.”
There is a new initiative at UNI. The Provost and Executive Vice President’s Office at the University of Northern Iowa is pleased to announce a new collaborative initiative entitled, the Provost’s Initiative for Environmental Equity and Resilience, PIEER.
US Education Laws and Regulations - Resources and Information
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect in the 2017-2018 Academic year. This law makes changes to the national, state, and local roles of accountability, funding, and programs in K-12 education and thus also has implementations for teacher prep and coninuing education. The resources listed below provide background on ESSA and recommendations from national science, mathematics, technology, engineering and education organizations about ESSA implementation.
Comparing ESSA to NCLB
- Comparison of the No Child Left Behind Act to the Every Student Succeeds Act - ASCD
- ASCD ESSA Title II Resources (not specific to STEM)
ESSA & STEM Overview
- April 2016 - Dear Colleague Letter to States and Schools about ESSA and STEM - US ED, Outlines laws funding or requiring STEM related programs.
- US Department of Education ESSA Website and ESSA Policy Website (with state plan information)
- ESSA Overview - National Science Teachers Association
- ESSA Overview - Education First
Resources and Recommendations from National Organizations with Regard to STEM Education
- Resources for commenting on state ESSA plans - NCTA Tool Kit
- Is STEM and Sci Ed a priority in your state's ESSA plan? - NSTA Video & NSTA ESSA talking points, FAQ, and other resources
- Coalition Analysis of Key STEM Provisions in ESSA - STEM Education Coalition
- ASCD webinar on ESSA & Title II (free but requires registration)
Iowa's ESSA Plan