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Associate Professor Jill Koyama is the new director of the Institute for LGBT Studies. In addition, she serves as the Faculty Fellow at the Women's Resource Center. "We were so impressed with Jill's record of collaborative leadership, community engagement and scholarship at the intersection of social inequities and educational policy," said Associate Vice President for Research R. Brooks Jeffery. "She will continue the Institute's legacy of supporting faculty to advance interdisciplinary LGBTQ research and broadening impact across communities at multiple levels."

Graduate student fellow Meshack Audu from New Mexico State University observes young students Easton, Ethan, and Rene as they experiment with the relationship between temperature and calories. By burning a walnut, students learned how to measure stored energy in plant sources. This was one of the labs in the recent 4-H summer camp, Biofuels Powering your World. Taught by educator Craig Bal, the summer camp was an education outreach piece of the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions project, for which Assistant Dean Sara Chavarria is the education partner. Students presented their energy project on the final day. Craig was impressed with how quickly the students grasped the biofuel and energy vocabulary.  There is potential energy to be found in these young scientists, that is certain!

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Photo credit: Torran Anderson

Rising seniors at Cholla High School, Anyssa Montaño and Jessica Valdez are enjoying the UA Rec Center facilities as part of Upward Bound's summer programming. The week's academic focus is on math instruction and came with the perk of guest speakers in the fields of physics, chemistry, math, engineering, and higher education. After four weeks of academy, there will be a student showcase and a road trip to see Arizona colleges.
UA Upward Bound is a program that makes higher education a reality for the 60 students from Cholla and Pueblo high schools whom they serve. Key to this program are peer-mentoring, family involvement and, Saturday academies that offer cultural enrichment and college preparation activities. UA Upward Bound is run by director Arlett Perez and coordinator Maria Mata. Read more on this program and its objectives here.

By Lisa Burris for United Way: The woman behind the Legacy Projects has been leaving quite a legacy of her own, not just with United Way or Southern Arizona, but with early education as a whole here in the United States. Naomi Karp is a pillar here at United Way. Known for her lifetime of experience, extensive knowledge, huge heart and quick wit, Naomi is our Senior Director of Early Childhood Professional Development. She was born and raised in Tucson, the 3rd of 5 children for her parents, both local attorneys who set high standards for their children.

Mount Lemmon Sky Center was busy this June hosting middle and high school students kicking off an exciting new initiative called Project POEM (Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students with Visual Impairments in STEM). This million-dollar project funded by NSF provides hands-on learning over 14 months to VI students and fosters mentor/mentee relationships with UA students majoring in STEM areas. While STEM fields such as astronomy can be highly visual in nature, they shouldn’t be considered inaccessible to blind or low-vision students, says Sunggye Hong, associate professor in Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. Hong is collaborating with UA’s Planetary Sciences and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The students will continue to participate in a science curriculum that uses 3-D modeling.
People with visual impairments continue to be highly underrepresented in STEM. “Not a lot of visually impaired students are choosing STEM as their potential career area,” Hong says. “We wanted to work together to come up with some motivational, inspirational, scientific projects that increase the motivation of kids who are blind or visually impaired toward STEM.”

This information came from azbigmedia.com, UA helps visually impaired ‘see’ science.

 

We know skilled teachers leave lasting impressions on their students, and for Jennifer Chee, her students did the same in turn for her- right on the fabric of her dress. Jennifer Chee, who was named 2018 Outstanding Student Teacher in Early Childhood, created unique, wearable art with the students she taught as a student-teacher at Gale Elementary and at Gentle Hands Center for Children. The early childhood program director, Donna Jurich, noted that Jennifer connected head and heart in her approach to build an inclusive classroom community using funds of knowledge. Congratulations, Jennifer on earning you degree with flying colors!

We are each affected by water supply issues. Scientists use immense datasets to develop computational models to explain what is happening and to develop solutions. To address these problems, the general public needs a level of environmental science literacy. This video on CompHydro is a submisstion to an annual video showcase, funded by NSF to improve STEM learning and teaching.

DPS Professor Shirin Antia was the keynote speaker at the college's convocation ceremony. The speech was so well received that many have requested a copy, which you can download here.

Photo by John de Dios.

Undergraduate Sarah Azhar earned a selective summer internship at NASA to work in their Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. The Jet Propulsion Lab is the leading center of robotic exploration of the solar system. Azhar will be creating online training and education modules for lab staff. She will graduate with her Bachelor of Science in Literacy, Learning & Leadership in May. It goes to show the many directions that education can lead.

Monique Perez, a Literacy, Learning, and Leadership alumna, was selected to intern as a project assistant for the Library of Congress. Working at the largest library in the world was a dream job for Perez, who by the age of 8 had decided she wanted to become a career librarian.

The internship was an opportunity through a program with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. She is now pursuing a master’s in Library & Information Science at UA.