AUBURN – A team of Auburn University educators will play a key role in redesigning and improving preparation programs for high school mathematics teachers.
The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities selected the Auburn team from among a national applicant pool. Their goal is to work with other university and K-12 educators to jumpstart research and development efforts designed to ensure that new teachers are adequately trained in secondary mathematics instruction.
“Auburn is recognized for its mathematics teacher education,” said Marilyn Strutchens, Auburn University professor of mathematics education and president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, will dedicate the new Molette Biology Laboratory for Environmental and Climate Change Studies on Friday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Rouse Life Sciences Building rotunda. The new facility will enable COSAM faculty and students to expand their scientific research within freshwater and marine systems in the context of global climate change. The dedication is open to the public and will feature a short presentation, reception and interactive tours of the lab.
In the last 18 months, three faculty members in COSAM have been instrumental in securing more than $3.5 million in research grants. Biological sciences professors Kenneth Halanych, Scott Santos and Kevin Fielman were awarded these funds because of their extensive and ongoing research with various terrestrial and aquatic species, focused mainly on marine segmented worms and other invertebrates. The understanding of such organisms will contribute to scientific knowledge of how climate change and other large-scale human disturbances, like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, affect species’ growth, adaptation, genetics and overall development.
AUBURN – Marie Wooten, Scharnagel Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and associate dean for research in Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, has been named dean of the college, effective Aug. 1.
“Dr. Wooten has been an integral part of the College of Sciences and Mathematics for a number of years,” Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “She is an experienced classroom instructor, an internationally recognized scientist and a leader in interdisciplinary research and outreach.”
Wooten, an Auburn faculty member since 1987, has served as associate dean for research in the college since 2000. In this role, she has guided the creation of several programs, enhanced interdisciplinary research, developed strategic partnerships and sought to diversify the college’s research portfolio. Under her leadership, external funding secured by the college has doubled over a 10-year period.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Education, has been awarded $600,000 from NASA to produce modules in the varying science focus areas of global climate change. The program, “Bringing Global Climate Change Education to Alabama Classrooms,” will partner with the Alabama Science in Motion, or ASIM, program to effectively train teachers and educate students in grades 9-12 about the changing planet.
Steve Ricks, director of the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, said the partnership with Auburn University will allow Alabama’s teachers and their students to experience first-hand how scientists investigate global change. Teachers and students will gain unique insight into the science behind one of the most prevalent scientific issues of our time – the environment and its effect on our lives.