The Arizona Partners in Science program provides Arizona high school science teachers the opportunity to work on summer research projects in collaboration with individual science faculty at universities within the state. The main goals of this program are to help improve grade 9-12 science education and increase the number of students who choose to pursue science careers. The deadline for proposal submission is now December 10, 2013. AZ Partners in Science accepts applications from two-member teams composed of a science faculty from the University of Arizona and a Tucson-based science high school teacher. Proposals are submitted by the university faculty and endorsed by the University of Arizona. To be eligible, the science faculty should be research active and the high-school teacher should have a current appointment to teach courses in natural sciences.
Tucson, AZ –June 13, 2013 – Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), the nation’s oldest foundation devoted wholly to science, announced today five new Scialog® awards totaling $750,000 to support innovative research in the area of solar energy conversion. The five awards consist of three single-investigator and two multi-investigator awards, resulting in seven new Scialog Fellows. More
Nine groups of researchers came together on the final day of Scialog 2013 to propose innovative new projects aimed at improving efficiencies in solar energy conversion.
A peer review committee composed of noted experts in the field immediately began evaluating the proposals and will quickly make recommendations to the RCSA Board of Directors as to which teams should receive RCSA Collaborative Innovation Awards.
The winners will be announced within a month, said RCSA Program Directors Silvia Ronco and Richard Wiener.
The Scialog program, begun in 2010, is a hypothesis-driven experiment founded on the premise that RCSA can accomplish more by combining the funding of early-stage discovery research with intensive dialog and intentional collaboration building than can be accomplished by funding these processes in isolation.
Seventy scientists and officials attended the conference, which was held at the Biosphere2 facility 20 miles north of Tucson, Arizona.
“The mix of attendees included early career faculty whose highly creative proposals have been funded in the program during the past three years, the Scialog Review Panel members and representatives of federal agencies and national laboratories with a focus on solar energy research,” said RCSA President Jack Pladziewicz. “We also sprinkled in scientists with funding from the NSF SOLAR program and CRSP (Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion) and representatives of private foundations and industry. It was a potent ‘brew’ and the right atmosphere for creative thought and an open exchange of ideas.”
Conference keynote speakers included George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) located near Chicago at Argonne National Laoboratory; Teri Odom, professor of chemistry & materials science engineering, Northwestern University; Luping Yu, professor of chemistry, University of Chicago and the James Franck Institute; Prashant Kamat, John A. Zahn Professor of Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory, University of Notre Dame; and Clifford Kubiak, professor of chemistry, University of California, San Diego. More
Research and the Transformation of Science Education The 19th-annual Cottrell Scholars Conference featured a rich mix of communication and collaboration as top teacher-scholars from some of America's leading research institutions came together July 10-12 in Tucson, Ariz. More
Improving STEM education was part of the conversation at the 2013 Cottrell Scholar Winter Conference, held Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, AZ. Primarily a strategy and planning event, 15 Cottrell Scholars from around the nation attended. More
Under the leadership of former Research Corporation President John P. Schaefer, the Foundation has played key roles in the origination of two distinct projects expected to greatly advance modern astronomy -- the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) currently operating atop Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona; and the Large Synoptic Survey< Telescope (LSST), planned for Chile’s El Peñón peak on Cerro Pachón.
Four scientists from the University of Washington are building on their discussions at a Scialog conference as well as funding from the RCSA program. They have formed a research team, and their institution is rewarding them with new research space designed for interdisciplinary collaboration. More
RCSA Program Director Silvia Ronco, testifying before the National Science Board (NSB) August 15th in Washington, D.C., said the single most important priority in improving undergraduate science education in the U.S. is to build strong communities of educators, both on-campus and nationwide. More
Despite an official national unemployment rate of about 7.6 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, thousands of relatively high-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continue to go unfilled in the U.S. today. More.
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