Monthly Archives: November 2011

Race to the Top money will drive UTeach expansion in Florida

As Leslie Postal reported this evening in the Orlando Sentinel, some of Florida’s Race to the Top money will fund four new UTeach replication sites at postsecondary institutions in the state.  FSU and UF already have replication sites funded by … Continue reading

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Sloan Foundation report highlights fact-free rush to online “learning”

The Sloan Foundation has released a report that presumably highlights the rise of online courses at the postsecondary level.  What it does instead is demonstrate how the rise of virtual learning relies on a perception of effectiveness that in many … Continue reading

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Senator Wise’s bill on high school graduation requirements in math and science: Really, it’s OK!

Ever since the 2010 Florida Legislature passed new graduation requirements in math and science for Florida’s high schools, there have been repeated attempts to dilute the requirements for Algebra 2 and “chemistry or physics” which many district officials and school … Continue reading

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FSU Physics Professor Susan Blessing wins university’s most visible award for service to students

From Florida State University’s Media Relations Office: FLORIDA STATE PHYSICS PROFESSOR WITH A GIFT FOR MENTORING RECEIVES THE 2011 ROSS OGLESBY AWARD TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Young women with a passion for science and engineering usually know they’ve met a kindred spirit … Continue reading

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From K-12 Science Framework Committee Chair Helen Quinn to the physics community: How to get involved

From Dr. Quinn’s “Back Page” commentary in the November issue of “APS News”: Many physicists have asked me what roles they can play in advancing K-12 science education. First and foremost, educate yourself about research on learning and about the … Continue reading

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Here’s a shocker (not!): Engineering and physical science students are working harder than other undergraduates

From the New York Times report: Business majors spend less time on course work than other college students, but they devote more hours to nonschool duties, like earning money and caring for family members. In contrast, engineering students spend the … Continue reading

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Governor Scott’s university information request: Some highlights from the response of the FSU Physics Department

Since several Florida universities have released their responses to Governor Scott’s questionnaire about how well universities are preparing their students for the workforce, I thought you should see some of what we said about our own department to our institution’s … Continue reading

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