Monthly Archives: May 2020

Florida Legislature must keep education at the top of its priority list despite the challenges of mass unemployment and public health and safety.

The number of urgent crises our state and nation are facing right now seems overwhelming. Unemployment and hunger are at Great Depression levels. Our first responders are being tested in a particularly punishing way by a combination of civil unrest … Continue reading

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From FSU News: “FSU nuclear physics lab wins $5.7M NSF grant”

Six physicists at Florida State University have received a $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. The grant supports operations of the John D. Fox Accelerator Laboratory at … Continue reading

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How should college physics professors respond to the disruption of the STEM pipeline caused by the pandemic?

Years before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the introductory science courses that college students majoring in engineering and the physical and life sciences take early in their undergraduate years were identified as a point in the STEM career pipeline where many … Continue reading

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On a measure of adult numeracy, Florida ranks 44th among states plus DC.

On a measurement of adult numeracy recently released by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), Florida ranks 44th among the states plus DC (51 total jurisdictions). The NCES used the results of PIAAC (Program for the International Assessment of … Continue reading

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Congressional Democrats throw in the towel on K-12 education with their $58 billion opening bid for federal aid to schools.

Democratic leaders in Congress have thrown in the towel on K-12 education. The federal aid package now being considered by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats, includes only $58 billion for public K-12 schools out of … Continue reading

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio should support including K-12 schools in the next federal aid package because teachers are on the front lines of the pandemic response.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is interested in providing substantial federal aid for state and local governments. He said so during an appearance on Fox and Friends on Wednesday. The Senator said he would be interested in replacing state and local … Continue reading

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A federal aid package for K-12 schools of more than $100 billion is likely needed to continue providing the opportunity for children to become scientists, engineers and health professionals.

The last few months have shown how important scientists, engineers and health professionals are to the future of Florida and the nation. Children from every school and neighborhood in our state deserve the opportunity to join the next generation of … Continue reading

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In physics, the most effective instruction is in-person interactive engagement pedagogy. The hard work I’m investing in making the most effective fully online course possible will not change that.

The most effective way to teach physics is with interactive engagement pedagogy in a physical classroom designed specifically for that purpose. During a Zoom meeting yesterday, some of my colleagues expressed concern that those in positions of authority at our … Continue reading

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A Nuclear Medicine and Science Summer Camp for the Pandemic Era: University faculty supporting the efforts of K-12 teachers to open STEM opportunities for Florida students.

If college and university faculty in engineering and the sciences want to have students from a broad range of backgrounds in the undergraduate and graduate programs for their disciplines in the post-pandemic world, they will have to work with K-12 … Continue reading

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