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Thanksgiving Edition, STEM features, faculty funds available

Nov. 22, 2013 – -

Faculty, Staff, and Students, have a Very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!!!!!!!!!


VT-STEM K-12 outreach initiative activity VT-STEM K-12 outreach initiative activity

What is STEM? Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are four disciplines that merged together to become a mantra for economic development, teacher preparation, curriculum reform, career pipeline initiatives, and community action. (description by Sue Magliaro)

We continue to have numerous impressive STEM research-supported projects going on in our School at this time ~ these cover an array of educative topics in the areas of teaching and learning.

Congratulations to Our Externally-Funded Research Grant Recipients (source of current featured content: new OERO brochure—thanks Barb Lockee and Lori Berry!)


Brenda Brand Mathematics and Science Partnership Competitive Grant Program from Longwood University
Ron Lewis (APSC), Barbara Lockee Engaging the New Biology: Integrating quantitative genetics and genomics in animal breeding graduate learning from USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grants Program
Beate Schmittman (PHYS), George Glasson, Brenda Brand The Virginia Tech Phystec Project from the Physics Teacher Education Coalition


Doug Bowman (HCI), David Hicks EXP: Exploring the potential of mobile augmented reality for scaffolding historical inquiry learning from NSF
Stephen Eubank (VBI), Michael Evans Synthetic Information Systems for Better Informing Public Health Policymakers from NIH
Peggy Meszaros (CITICYF), Elizabeth Creamer NSF/Gender in Science and Engineering/Extension Retreat from NSF
Peggy Meszaros (CITICYF), Barbara Lockee Appalachian Information Technology Extension Services (AITES) from NSF
Francis Quek (CS), Michael Evans II-EN: Device and Display Ecologies from NSF
Mark Sanders, John Wells, Tom Sherman Technology Education Teaching/Learning Outcomes Research from Technical Foundation of America
Medhi Setareh (A+D), Brett Jones Integrating Web-based Visualization with Structural System Understanding to Improve the Technical Education of Architects from NSF


Michael Evans, Brett Jones Studio STEM: Networked Engineering Projects in Energy for Middle School Boys and Girls from NSF ITEST
Aditya Johri (EngE), Gary Skaggs TILES: Trajectories of Informal Learning among Engineering Students—Mapping and Evaluating Opportunities, Participation and Outcomes from NSF
Susan Magliaro Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) - Subcontract from George Mason University
Kathleen Meehan (ECE), Peter Doolittle Lab-In-A-Box: Development of Materials to Support Independent Experimentation on Concepts from Circuits and Electronics from NSF
Marie Paretti (VTECC), Brett Jones Mixed-Methods Study of the Effects of First-Year Project Pedagogies on the Retention and Career Plans of Women in Engineering from NSF
John Wells Collaborative Research: Understanding High School Pre-Engineering Student Design Cognition Comparisons with Engineering Students from NSF
Chris Williams (EE), Brenda Brand Research Experiences for Teachers: Innovation-based Manufacturing from NSF


Michael Evans Gateways to Algebraic Motivation, Engagement and Success (GAMES) from NSF DRK-12 (10-610)
Michael Evans, Jay Wilkins Social Organization, Learning Technologies & Discourse: System Features for Facilitating Mathematical Reasoning in Pre K-3 Students from NSF
Anderson Norton (MATH), Jay Wilkins Virginia Teach: Serving Mathematics Students in Need from NSF
Gary Skaggs, Serge Hein, Jay Wilkins Determining Algebra Readiness and Cognitive Skills Profiles by Using a Diagnostic Cognitive Model to Set a Performance Standard on Pre-Algebra Test from NSF REESE
Min Sun Mathematics Instruction in the U.S. and China from NSF (sub from Vanderbilt University)
Catherine Ulrich, Jay Wilkins Virginia Teach, Phase II: A Community-Based Approach to Serving Mathematics Students in Need from NSF, Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Jay Wilkins K-8 Mathematics Specialist Program (Abingdon) from Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center


David Alexander, Michele Seibert Virginia Career VIEW from the State of Virginia
Jeremy Ernst
  • Virginia Beach MCASP Grant Program from National Institute of Aerospace
  • Transforming Teaching through Implementing Inquiry from NSF DRK-12
  • DRK-12-Transforming STEM Learning (TSL)-Challenge 1: Studying Existing Examples of Innovative Models for STEM Education from RTI Internatio


Sue Magliaro, VT-STEM Director, has been working on the advancement of the STEM agenda for over eight years. She serves as the director of the university’s VT-STEM K-12 outreach initiative as well as a co-PI on the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), the state-wide $34m science teacher professional development endeavor. Recently, she has lead the VT-STEM initiative to join a network of 54 STEM centers located on university campuses across the nation. Together, VT-STEM, VISTA, and the National Conversation on STEM Education Centers are working hand-in-hand to bring awareness to STEM education in Virginia and across the nation.

As part of the implementation of the university’s “Plan for a New Horizon,” VT-STEM is expanding its network to become a regional catalyst for STEM education in Southwest Virginia. Over the next 4-5 years, the network will expand from the historic partnerships between the university community and local K-12 schools to include the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Roanoke-Blacksburg, Technology Council, and many other advocates for STEM education. This regional focus aligns with the need to have a collective and collaborative effort at advancing the STEM agenda. By moving the work to regional visibility, VT-STEM has the potential to impact positively the quality of life in Southwest Virginia, and serve as a model for our state and nation.

While economic and community development are clear drivers for the focus on STEM, Magliaro sees her work as a way to provide access and opportunity for all. A clear advocate for high quality, public education, Sue notes that “In the very least, we need an informed citizenry.” Noting immediately that her areas of expertise are educational psychology and teacher professional development, and not the STEM disciplines, Magliaro considers herself a “STEM cheerleader.” She contends that the type of learning that can come from a problem-based integrative STEM curriculum to be a very valuable pathway for student success: “Our students need to be actively engaged in inquiry; they need to take risks and become autonomous learners.” Ultimately, an integrative design-centered pedagogy can be the perfect opportunity to engage students in creative and critical thinking.


Call for Proposal Submissions for Funding Consideration

The SOE Director's P. Buckley Moss Scholarship Award (supported by CLAHS)

Proposals due December 5, 2013 (by 5pm)
Funding amount: up to $1,000
Eligibility: SOE full-time faculty employment
Submit electronically to SOE Leadership Team via recipient Beth Lawton:
Proposal: Submit a one-page, single-spaced statement about unfunded research you are doing or plan to do that fits the scope of the foundation criteria.
On page 2 of the file include the timeline for your research, a very short budget (e.g., travel, meals, equipment, materials) with one-to-two sentences justifying each item, and all of your contact information. Please do not include any payroll line items such as wages since Foundation resources cannot be directly charged for this type of expense. (The email message should include one attached Word file, no additional files.) Scope of foundation criteria: Describe what you are doing with respect to professional development activities in your work with ICAT or not involving ICAT regarding professional development activities whereby, either way, the focus is on the arts/creativity, professional development, teaching, and research.

Subject line for emailed submissions: Proposal submission for the SOE Director's P. Buckley Moss Scholarship

The deadline for submissions for the October issue of News2Note is Wednesday, 27 November.
Submit relevant entries directly to Associate Dean Debby Stoudt:

This Call for Entries is from Debby:

Regarding faculty, staff, and departments/programs in general, the following items are being solicited:

  • Publications when published. Please include page numbers for article and chapters. To avoid repetition and to provide a complete reference, pre-publications online will not be noted until the print version of the publication appears.
  • Conference presentations with current Virginia Tech students
  • Keynote or plenary presentations only, not invited speakers in general
  • Awards, grants, honors, and other accomplishments of note*

Regarding students:

  • Conference presentations (papers or posters) and publications, either accepted or published
  • Awards, grants, honors, and other accomplishments of note*

Regarding alums:

  • Accomplishments of note*

*"Of note" is left to the discretion of the submitter and of the N2N editorial staff.

If the item includes the names of individuals not in your department/unit, please identify them. Please identify the status of all VT individuals named: faculty, staff, graduate students, or undergraduates.