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STEM Fair 2017

San Marcos High School - February 11, 2017

 

STEM Fair 2017

 

San Marcos Preparatory School

December 9, 2016

San Marcos Prep

Veronica AugustynDr. Veronica Augustyn, North Carolina State University

October 31, 2016

High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage with Hydrated & Layered Tungsten

 


National Science Foundation, Directors' Meeting

October 19, 2016

PREM Students, Scott Barrett, Daniel Hernandez, and Erica Osta presented posters at the Directors' Meeting in Washington DC.

Ms. Osta won 3rd Place.

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Dr. Jeff Glass, Duke University

October 14, 2016

Graphenated Carbon Nanotubes in Electrode Applications:  from Micro-mass Spectrometers to Supercapacitors

Innovation, Professionalism and Leadership in the Real World


PREM Student Outreach Picnic

October 7, 2016

PREM Student Picnic

 


National Night Out

October 4, 2016

Group Pic National Night Out


Hispanic Welcome Reception

September 12, 2016

Hispanic Reception

Hispanic Welcome Reception PREM



 

PREM ACADEMY 2016

July 25 -28, 2016

PREM ACADEMY 2016
Kari Bennett, Tammy Nevil, Russ Krummel, Dr. Ben Martin, and David Joiner

PREM Student Research Summer Conference


 

Texas State University Students at Duke University and North Carolina State University for REU Program

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Biomaterials Day at UTSA

June 6, 2016

Janet Vela Ross PREM
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Tugba Ozel:  Biomaterials Day Poster Award


 

Dr. Davoud Mozhdehi (Duke University)

April 29, 2016

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PREM Group Mozhdehi


Dr. Shannon Weigum presents at Duke University

April 26, 2016

Weigum presents at Duke University


Ting Ge (Duke University)

April 15, 2016

PREM Duke University Ting Ge

PREM Outreach Blanco Vista Elementary


 

PREM Duke University Reyes Rhodes Brittain

PREM Duke Stiff-Roberts


Seminar:  Organic and Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Thin Film Deposition by Resonant Infrared, Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation 

Dr. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

February 29, 2016


Dr. Jan Genzer PREM NCSUSeminar:  Protein adsorption on polymer surfaces:  Nightmare or blessing?

Dr. Jan Genzer, North Carolina State University

February 1, 2016

 


 

PREM Academy Ed Cape's Dam

 


 

PREM OUTREACH


 

PREM ACADEMY TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY GOODNIGHT MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL

 


Seminar:  Programming the Assembly of Soft Materials

Dr. Nick Carroll, Duke University

September 14, 2015

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Texas State University PREM Students win Best Presentation (Travis Morgan) and Best Poster (Erica Osta) at MRSEC REU at Duke University.

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Travis Morgan with Dr. William Brittain 
PREM MRSEC Osta Li
Lingying Li (Duke) with Erica Osta (Texas State University)

PREM Education Outreach


PREM Academy, Brittain, Martin, Rhodes, Betancourt, Irvin, Smith, Westerlund, Cooper, Gray, Machalec, Bonner


 

PREM Students at North Carolina REU

Texas State PREM Students in North Carolina participating in the 2015 REU Challenge Course.


 

PREM REU Students at Duke University
Duke University REU Summer 2015:  Yaying Feng, Travis Morgan, Kate Marusak, Shiva Rastogi, Rengeng Gu, and Dr. William Brittain

 

Dr. Betancourt Texas State University Chemistry PREMBiomaterials Day Symposium

Society for Biomaterials at Rice University, June 1, 2015

Dr. Tania Betancourt, Texas State University

Polymer-enabled nanomedicine:  engineering nanostructures for diagnostic and therapeutic applications

 


 

Alice Linying Li Texas State University Chemistry PREM   Alice Linying Li, Duke University

   May 11, 2015

   Seminar:  Hollow Silica Microspheres for Density-based Bioseparation

 

 

 

 

 


 

SMCISD Students Tour Texas State University On STEM Field Trip
May 1, 2015

Texas State University PREM
Sumeet Mishra, North Carolina State University, with Dr. Christopher Rhodes and Chemistry Students
April 9, 2015

 

Dr. Zauscher PREM Texas State University  Dr. Stefan Zauscher, Duke University

  April 6, 2015

  Seminar:  Condensation-Mediated "Living" Chain Growth Polymerization:  

  Towards New DNA Nanostructures

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dr. Rhodes PREM Texas State University
Dr. Rhodes at Family Science Night  
March 26, 2015
Blanco Vista Elementary, San Marcos, Texas

 


 

DUKE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENTS VISIT TEXAS STATE
October 27, 2014
 

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  from Duke University and Triangle MRSEC visited Texas State PREM to discuss on going research. 


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SEMINAR SPEAKER
DR. BENJAMIN WILEY, DUKE UNIVERSITY

October 15, 2014

Dr. Benjamin Wiley of Duke University vistied Texas State University for research collaboration and to present a seminar to Chemistry Faculty and students.


INVITED LECTURER AT FLUOROPOLY CONFERENCE 2014
October, 2014

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Dr. Chad Booth presented a lecture at the FluoroPoly Expo held October 27th in San Diego, CA.  This meeting is held every two years and Dr. Booth is a part of the executive committee.


PREM EXTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD
October 10, 2014

Texas State PREM External Advisory Board visited Texas State and met with PREM faculty and students to assess the progress and sucess of the program so far.

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GIBBS CONFERENCE ON BIOTHERMODYNAMICS
CARBONDALE, IL

September, 2014

Dr. Steven Whitten and Undergraduate student Micheal Tarver attended the Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics in Carbondale, IL in September 2014.

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Dr. Steven Whitten                               Right:  Micheal Tarver

TEXAS STATE PREM SEED WORKSHOP
Duke University

September 15, 2014

 

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PREM Grand Seed Faculty Dr. Xiaopeng Li, Dr. Shannon Weigum and Dr. Christopher Rhodes as well as PREM Faculty Dr. Benjamin Martin and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Carlos Gonzalez traveled to Triangle MRSEC for an all day workshop September 15, 2014. PREM Facutly shown here with Dr. Joe Tracy of Triangle MRSEC.

 

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Dr. Xiaopeng Li presenting                                  Dr. Shannon Weigum presenting

 

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Dr. Chris Rhodes presenting                              Dr. Carlos Gonzalez presenting


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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
JULY 20-22, 2014

PREM Post Doctoral Researcher Dr. Carlos Gonzalez was invited to attend the Future Faculty Workshop hosted by the MIT Department of Chemistry July 20-22, 2014.


3RD ANNUAL PREM ACADEMY
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

June 16-20, 2014
 

The 3rd Annual PREM Academy was held at Texas State University June 16-20, 2014.  This year's participants included 7 middle school teachers from the San Marcos School District and was led by Dr. Gail Dickinson of Texas State. 

PREM ACADEMY ATTENDEES


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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FELLOWSHIP AWARDEE

MARCH, 2014

reyesChristpher Reyes was selected to receive a 2014 NSF Graudate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship. 
His selection was based on his outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as his potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.  Congratulations to Chris on his selection.  We wish him much success in his graduate studies and continued success in achieving his career aspirations.


HERNANDEZ ELEMENTARY, SAN MARCOS, TX
Spring, 2014

Dr. Tania Betancourt and PREM students held a Chemistry Introduction for students at Hernandez Elementay School in San Marcos, TX.

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DR. RENPENG GU
March, 2014

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 Post Doctoral Resesarcher Dr. Repeng Gu of Triangle MRSEC visited Texas State PREM to meet with faculty and students, and to present a seminar to Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and students.


DR. ORLIN VELEV
Feburary 24, 2014


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Dr. Orlin Velevl of North Carolina State University and Triangle MRSEC visited Texas State PREM to meet with faculty and students, and to present a seminar to Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and students.


STEM FAIR
(Science | Technolory | Engineering | Math)
February 1, 2014 - San Marcos Activity Center

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Texas State University was one of the sponsors for the annual STEM fair February 1, 2014 at the San Marcos Activity Center.  Sudents assisted with a variety of events, including a hands-on portion with science demonstrations and discussions.


Christopher Reyes, Texas State PREM Graduate Student was recently featured on the Texas State's Rising Stars portion of the University website.  Click here to see read more about Christopher, his reseasrch, and his role with the PREM!

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Travis Cantu, a Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (MSEC) student who is part of the PREM program was selected to present his work at the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium at the American Chemical Society annual meeting. Cantu is co-advised by Dr. Tania Betancourt and Dr. Jennifer Irvin.

 
Selection to this symposium is a distinct honor and recognition among the polymer community. As an honorary speaker in this symposium, Travis will present his work on the development of polymeric nanomaterials that can be used for laser-induced photothermal ablation of tumors. The symposium will take place in Dallas, TX, on March 16-17, 2014. 
 
Cantu's research was recently featured at KEYE TV Channel news:
 
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WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (WISE) CONFERENCE
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

November 21-22, 2013

Texas State PREM students participated in the 4th annual WISE Conference held at Texas State Unviersity.  The conference allowed the science and engineering students to network with industry professionals, faculty, and alumni, and attend mentoring and career success workshops. Keynote adress was given by Dr. Karen Stiles, IBM Software Engineer and Region V Vice President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. 


HARMONY SCHOOL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE VISIT
November 2, 2013
 
A group of high 25 high school students, 8 teachers and 2 parents from Harmony School of Policital Science visited the Department of Chemisry and Biochemistry at Texas State to learn more abouth the research projects and the opportunities in the laboratories.  Texas State PREM team members, including students, organized and hosted the event.  Team members who participated in the evn included Dr. Gavin Kirton, Dr. Carlos Gonzalez and Dr. Ozcan Gulacar, as well as students from Dr. Tania Betancourt and Dr. Jennifer Irvin's labs. 
 
The program began at 11:00 am with a presentation providing information about the department, PREM Center, and the university.  The group then split into four smaller groups to participate in lab activities designed by Dr. Kirton, Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Betancourt and Dr. Irvin.  Each group had a chance to spend about 20 minutes in each lab and learn about different projects.  Our PREM students, Zachary Iszard, Katherine Williams, Travis Cantu, and Robert Danso did an excellent job in explaining the research projects to their young fellows. 
 
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BOY SCOUT TROOP VISITED PREM LABS
October 30, 2013
 
On October 30, 2013 Dr. Chad Booth of Texas State PREM opened his lab to 4 boy scouts from Troop 222 at Canyon Lake and assisted them in getting their Chemistry Merit Badges.
 
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DR. JOSEPH TRACY
September 23, 2013
 

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Dr. Joseph Tracy from North Carolina State University and part of the Triangle MRSEC, visited Texas State PREM to visit with PREM Faculty and students and to present a seminar to Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.


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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION PREM DIRECTOR'S MEETING

September 14, 2013
 

Texas State PREM faculty and students traveled to NSF Headquarters in Arlington, VA to attend the annual PREM Director's Meeting to discuss best practices and new initiatives

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Texas State PREM students took time out to tour our nation's capital!


DR. KAREN LOZANO
August 21, 2013

 

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DR. KAREN LOZANO of North Carolina State University and Triangle MRSEC visited Texas State PREM to meet with faculty and students, and to present a seminar to Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and students.


MIRT/MRSEC Joint REU Symposium
North Carolina State University
July 26, 2013

Texas State PREM REU students, Zachary Iszard, Joseph Lamas and Christopher Reyes attended and submitted posters the the REU sypmosium and brought home awards for their posters!

 

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TOP POSTER AWARDEES Zachary Iszard and Joseph Lamas

 

REYESHONORABLE MENTION AWARDEE Christopher Reyes


PREM TEACHING ACADEMY
July 15-19, 2013
Texas State University Chemistry Department


The 2nd PREM Teaching Academy was held July 15-19, 2013.  This year 3 teachers from San Marcos High School participated and early portions of the workshop were devoted to experimental laboratory work with faculty, and later sessions were devoted to project development within the calsroom.  By the end of the week each teacher participant designed a complete project to be implemented into their classroom in the coming year.  

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TEXAS STATE MSEC TECHNICAL SEMINAR AND COMMERCIALIZATION FORUM
June 14, 2013

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 Dr. Lui Sun of Texas State PREM presented at the MSEC Technical Seminar and Forum.


 


ACS National Meeting
Dallas, TX

March, 2013

Texas State PREM graduate student Travis Cantu was selected to attend the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in Dallas March 16-23 to present his academic pursuits in reforming cancer treatment through biomedical polymer engineering.

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Dr. Tania Betancourt, Travis Cantu, and Dr. Jennifer Irvin.


DR. CAROL HALL
April 8, 2013


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Dr. Carol Hall of North Carolina State University, and Triangle MRSEC visited Texas State PREM to meet with faculty and students, and to present a seminar to Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and students.


HSI RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
March 20, 2013

The HSI Research Symposium was held at Texas State University on March 20, 2013 and included presentations by Students, Faculty and the Hispanic Association of Colleges asnd Universities (HACU). 

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Dr. Brittain and Dr. Sun were both invited to present seminars to the attendees. 
 

hsi   PREM Students Travis Cantu and Renato Samuel Navarro with Dr. Tania Betancourt at HSI.


PREM students participated in the Symposium’s poster session, receiving awards for their submissions:

cantu poster   Travis Cantu, Graduate Student from the MSEC Ph.D. program received "best poster" award in the "Hispanic Students involved in Research Category".  His poster was titled "Organic Amphiphilic Nanostructures for Photothermal Ablation of Tumors". 
 

 

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   Jose Dominguez (primary author) and Sarah Warren (second author) received "best poster" award in the "Research Funded through HSI-related Grants" category.  Their poster was titled "Assembly of Amyloid Nanostructures from Hybrid Peptide-Polymer Molecules". 


FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT
DEZAVALA ELEMENTARY, SAN MARCOS, TX

March 21, 2013

PREM Faculty and students visited DeZavala Elementary School in San Marcos, Texas and showed the students the fun in science and chemistry!  Here, Dr. Benjamin Martin conducts an experiement for the students, teachers and parents in attendance.
 

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CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY RESEARCH OPEN HOUSE
February 15, 2013, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

A Research Open House was held at Texas State University for all Texas State students considering pursuing a degree in chemistry or biochemistry. Students learned about undergraduate research opportunities and toured research laboratores on campus.

The National Science Foundation and the Texas State PREM sponsored a reception from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. outside Chemistry 100.  Faculty members were on hand to answer questions and visit with students. 

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CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE
November 3, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

An Open House was held at Texas State University for all area high school students interested in a degree in chemistry or biochemistry. Students learned about career options available to them, the necessary courses to be taken, and undergraduate research opportunities available. They also toured nine research laboratories and were able to take a firsthand look at the beautiful Texas State campus.

The Open House sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Texas State PREM.

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FRANK TALAMANTES, PhD. 
November 15, 2012

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Dr. Frank Talamantes visited Texas State PREM and met with Faculty and students.
 


FAMILY FUN & SCIENCE NIGHT
BLUEBONNET ELEMENTARY, LOCKHART, TX

October 30, 2012

Texas State PREM Faculty were invited to participate at the annual Family Fun & Science night at Bluebonnet Elementary school in Lockhart, Texas.  This event was a wonderful opportunity to show first through fifth graders the importance and excitement that the world of chemistry offers.  As it was held the day before Halloween, students were encouraged to wear their constumes and it added to the enjoyment of the night! 

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POSTERS PRESENTED AT RECENT CONFERENCES
(*All undergraduate authors supervised by Dr. Tania Betancourt)
October 2012

1. McFarland J.*, Betancourt T. - Versatile Amphiphilic Branched Terpolymers for Applications in Nanobiomedicine.
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA, October 25, 2012.

2. Marks F.M., Betancourt T. - Target Responsive Hydrogel Particles for Molecularly-Controlled Drug Delivery.
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA, October 25, 2012.

3. Marks F.M., Betancourt T. - Hybrid DNA-Polymer Hydrogel Particles for Molecularly Triggered
Drug Delivery.
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition
Chicago, IL, October 17, 2012

4. Hamon C.*, Barnes E.*, Dominguez J.*, Oakland D.*, Dorsey C., Hudnall T., Betancourt T. - Near Infrared Fluorescent Nanoparticles for Imaging of Cancer Cells.
UTSA College of Sciences Research Conference
San Antonio, TX, October 5, 2012

5. Richter R.*, Betancourt T. - Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-b-poly(L-lysine)-g-poly(ethylene glycol): Synthesis
and Self Assembly
UTSA College of Sciences Research Conference
San Antonio, TX, October 5, 2012

6. Hall D.*, Nguyen L.*, Marks F.M., and Betancourt T. - Responsive Hydrogel Particles for Molecularly
Triggered Drug Delivery
UTSA College of Sciences Research Conference
San Antonio, TX, October 5, 2012


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INVITED LECTURE AT FLUOROPOLY 2012 BY DR. CHAD BOOTH

Fall 2012

Dr. Chad Booth presented a lecture "Anti-Reflective Coatings for Polycarbonate Lenses via MAPLE Deposition" at the FluoroPoly Expo held in the Fall 2012 in Las Vegas Nevada.  This meeting is held every two years and Dr. Booth is a part of the executive committee.


THE UNIVERSITY STAR
October 16, 2012

Professor Tania Betancourt's research on the development of molecularly responsive biomaterials based on DNA-enabled polymers was documented on th front page of the Texas State University's newspaper, The University Star.

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Dr. Tania Betancourt, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and
Biochemistry, observes Laison Nguyen, biology senior,
in the Betancourt Chemistry Lab. Betancourt, and her
team are researching ways to help chemotherapy target
specific diseases more efficiently.


TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING FOR UTPA PREM
September 28th, 2012

Several members of the PREM team will attend the Technical Advisory Board for the UTPA PREM on September 28, 2012. The UTPA is led by Professor Karen Lozano. This cooperation between Texas PREM Centers is part of our effort to establish the Texas PREM Network.


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POSTER PRESENTATION - DR. STEVEN WHITTEN

September 24, 2012

Reagan Meredith, James Campbell, Meloday Adam, and Steven Whitten - "Ligand-induced synthetic prions:  detection of a prion intermediate."
26th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics
Carbondale, IL, September 24, 2012


PREM ACADEMY HOSTS THE FIRST COHORT OF TEACHERS
August 21, 2012

The PREM Academy has hosted the first cohort of teachers during the week of July 30-August 3. Four chemistry teachers, two from Akins High School (Austin ISD) and two from Manor New Tech High School (Manor ISD), attended the academy. The main goal of the academy was to introduce the Project Based Learning method as an instructional strategy to convert the traditional classrooms into interactive environments where students can do science, develop 21st century skills, and improve understanding of subject matter while coming up with tangible products or solutions to everyday problems. The academy was split into two different groups of activities. In the mornings, the PREM faculty worked with the teachers in the laboratories and in the afternoons teachers spent time with science educators from Texas State University PREM Center and the University of Texas at Austin.

The academy was structured in this way so that teachers can learn about some effective pedagogical and technological tools, be exposed to cutting edge research, get familiar with the properties and the use of different materials including natural and polymeric nanoparticles, superconductors, and sol-gel as well as have opportunities to brainstorm together with the faculty from the Texas State University PREM Center and graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin on how the research ideas introduced in the morning sessions can be transformed into high school project units. In order to accomplish this and facilitate teachers’ effort, we also trained the teachers in the use of the Legacy Cycle guiding them to develop project units considering the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards and utilizing the research experience gained during the morning sessions that PREM faculty organized and led. In addition, Dr. Gulacar introduced and explained how the POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) method and Ubiquitous Presenter, a web-based collaborative tool, can be integrated into developed project units to enrich students’ learning experience in PBL classrooms.

Finally, a session on effective use of Vernier Technology (LabQuest, probes, and sensors) in students’ projects was conducted by Dr. Gulacar. The academy resulted in four project ideas (driving questions), one in biology and three in chemistry. Since a teacher from each school district will be responsible for teaching a biology course this upcoming year, developing a biology project unit was important and valuable for our teachers. As we work with the teachers, the project ideas will evolve into complete project units with all challenges and corresponding Legacy Cycles to be fully functional and ready to be implemented by chemistry and biology teachers around the world. Once the project units are completed, they will be posted on the website of Texas State University PREM Center. Following the implementation of completed project units at target high schools, the data on students’ performance, understanding of involved chemical/biological concepts, and attitudes toward PBL method and the use of Legacy Cycles will be gathered and documented.


kickoffOFFICIAL PREM KICKOFF MEETING AT DUKE UNIVERSITY
August 17th, 2012

The official PREM Kickoff Meeting will took place at Duke University on August 17, 2012. The purpose of this meeting was to further strengthen research collaborations and joint outreach/education activities.