Wednesday, April 21, 2010

All Fired Up


“All Fired Up: Building STEAM: Math, Science, and Technology in Everyday Life”
1:00pm - 3:00pm

"All Fired Up: Building STEAM: Math, Science, and Technology in Everyday Life," a panel discussion by experts in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics (STEAM), will explore the relevance of these disciplines to the challenges of everyday life.

The program is presented by the NJCU Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs through a $3.3 million Title V grant awarded to NJCU and Union County College (UCC) from the United States Department of Education for "Improving the Pipeline in STEAM (science, technology, agriculture, engineering, and mathematics) Education." "Improving the Pipeline in STEAM Education" is a five-year, unique partnership between the two Hispanic-Serving Institutions that seeks to improve the academic success, retention, and transfer rate of Hispanic and other low-income minority students in education, mathematics, biology, and chemistry.

"All Fired Up: Building STEAM: Math, Science, and Technology in Everyday Life" will feature a keynote address by Gregory Olsen, president of GHO Ventures and the third private citizen to orbit the earth.

Panelists will also include: Kathleen Bergin, program director of the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership; Dr. A. James Hicks, program, director of the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation; Dr. William Montgomery, NJCU chair and associate professor of geography/geoscience; Kevin O'Neill, D.P.N., NJCU chair and assistant professor of nursing and laboratory coordinator; Owen Ryan `85, a partner with Deloitte Touche, LLP; and Dr. Laura Zieger, NJCU Associate Professor of Educational Technology.

The panelists will discuss discoveries and new applications in these fields which contribute in myriad ways to improving the quality of life. The conversation will explore academic approaches and teaching techniques to help students build their STEAM skills–skills and knowledge that extend well beyond the lab and classroom and are as often applied in the kitchen, on a hike, or in practical problem-solving.

The program is part of NJCU's 80th Anniversary "Birthday Bash and Reunion Week," a special campus series of events that includes lectures, concerts, a silent auction, athletic competitions, exhibits, and a dinner. F or further information call Ruddys Andrade, NJCU assistant vice president for academic affairs/grants and sponsored programs, at (201)200-3364.

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