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.
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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.
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.
Her journey into the world of architecture began in the mid-1980s. Out of high school, done with pre-university courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, and ready for undergraduate studies, she felt architecture could be the best fit for her.
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.
UNI STEM is seeking a Graduate Assistant for the 2017-2018 academic year. The UNI STEM GA writes weekly stories about STEM Events, activities and people on campus and maintains social media accounts. See position descrption for more info. Apply by March 27th.
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.”
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.”