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This is what college is supposed to be like. University of Northern Iowa sophomore, Joseph Tibbs, has been at UNI for just over a year and has already has made some great memories in and out of the classroom. “Last year was probably the best year of my life,” he said. He went on to say the UNI community is great, he loved meeting new people, doing new things and that it was very different from high school. As a freshman, he was able to make his own path, and got completely out of his comfort zone.
From exploring caves in Iowa to studying the Elymi people in the Mediterranean region, Dr. Chad Heinzel has done both. Chad is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Northern Iowa and is involved with some valuable programs.
Living a happy life is very important to UNI sophomore Akanksha Sahni. “If you are happy from the inside, you can function the best… This is how you can have a positive outlook on life and will be able to deal with things. It is very important to work on the self.” This outlook on life is perfect for Akanksha who is a BioMedical and Psychology major with a minor in Mental Health. Her goal is to understand the body, the mind, and how they work together.
Science is all around us. UNI Alumni and Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) Education Coordinator, Eve Halligan, is working hard to bring science into focus for students and adults. She is the bridge connecting educators to the IAS and students to the Junior Academy of Science.
In 2014, twenty-four secondary science teachers began a path of personal growth through the Integrating Crosscutting Concepts in Iowa Science Classrooms (ICCISC) project. A three-year grant awarded to UNI Science Education faculty from the Iowa Department of Education Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnership funded the ICCISC project. The purpose of the program was to help teachers meet science standards. This was to be done using research-based instruction and helping students prepare for STEM-related fields.
With aspirations of making math fun and easy to kids in low income areas, Alexis Steinlage came to UNI in the Fall of 2016 ready to be challenged and have some fun. Her dreams of becoming a teacher started in 7th grade when she was inspired by her Algebra I teacher, Ms. Kuene, and wanted to bring math to others in the same way.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse was visible across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Events were scheduled along the Eclipse’s path and off the path of totality including one here on the University of Northern Iowa campus, where about 90% of the sun was blocked.
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.
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