Vancouver, Canada (June 27, 2011) Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue was awarded the Best Paper honor (out of 134 papers) for the K-12 Division of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference in June 2011 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her single-authored, peer-reviewed, empirical paper was entitled Classroom Teacher - Enrichment Teacher Pairs: Co-teaching as a means to implement elementary engineering education. It was presented in the session, Research Related to Learning and Teaching Engineering in Elementary Classrooms, on Monday, June 27. The paper examined co-teaching as it impacted the way in which teachers taught science-technology-engineering blended units of instruction within the SySTEmic Project in Harford County Public Schools. Learning some of the benefits of co-teaching for engineering education, Dr. Lottero-Perdue applied her research findings and co-taught two summer Engineering Adventures Camps for children at Harford Community College with six former students: TU graduates Erin Grippi (EESE 2011), Anna Hagan (EESE 2011), and Becky Knight (ELED 2011), and TU seniors in the Harford County EESE program, Nicole Oakley, Shawna Maxey, and Jamie Schaller.
Dr. Gail Gasparich Appointed to NCAA Cabinet
Towson University (May 26, 2011) — Dr. Gail Gasparich, Associate Dean of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, has been appointed to a four-year term to the NCAA's Division I Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid Cabinet. Dr. Gasparich also serves asTowson's NCAA faculty representative.
Towson University Field Station Holds Open House
Monkton, MD (May 7, 2011) — The Towson University Filed Station Open House was held Saturday, May 7th between noon and 4 p.m. in Monkton, Maryland. The weather cooperated and scores of visitors, including faculty, staff, alumni, local residents and their families enjoyed nature hikes, turtle tracking, interactive wildlife exhibits, as well as displays of student research posters. Faculty and Graduate students from the Center of Biodiversity provided exhibits of insects and plants and the Shields lab in Biological Sciences manned a display outlining gypsy moth research at TU. In addition, Alex Storrs (PAGS) had the portable planetarium on hand and young and old alike enjoyed the wonders of the night time sky in the middle of the afternoon!
The Field Station which is located on 223 wooded acres adjacent to the Gun Powder River in northern Harford County has facilities for teaching and research. Since its establishment in 2010 the Field Station it quickly living up to its slogan, "A place where faculty and students investigate the natural world."
John T. Beynon is Presented with 2011 Dean's Recognition Award
Towson University (May 5, 2011) — Mr. John T. Beynon, Mathematics '73, received the 2011 Dean's Recognition Award on behalf of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics. John is President of Beynon Sports Surfaces, a Fieldturf Tarkett company. He started his company with the vision of creating high-performance synthetic athletic surfaces designed for both competition and daily training, and now Beynon sports surfaces are found in the most renowned athletic facilities world-wide. John and his wife, Robin, also a TU graduate, have been strong supporters of Towson athletics and were very pleased to be honored by the Fisher College.
Dr. Brian Fath has been Awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Environmental Sciences
Towson University (May 4, 2011) — Brian Fath, an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Towson University, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Environmental Sciences at the Parthenope University of Naples, Italy for Spring Semester 2012. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Awardees are eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.
Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Honors Its Students
Towson University (May 1, 2011) — The Fisher College of Science and Mathematics held its 21st Annual Honors Convocation where outstanding students in the college are recognized for their scholarship. In his opening remarks, Dr. David A. Vanko, Dean of the College, described the day as a day of celebration! We are gathered to present awards to many of the most outstanding students in our College. We honor you for your scholarship and we honor you for your leadership. Your identification as individuals who have reached a high level of excellence surely represents the culmination of many years of hard work, and although you probably had the support of family, friends, teachers, or community, we know that one common ingredient that you all have shown is determination. So, just as teachers don't give grades - you have to earn them; we don't simply give out honors, awards and scholarships - you have had to earn them, too. Dean Vanko congratulated the students on a job well done.
Dr. Marcia Welsh, Interim President, addressed the audience with some very encouraging words for all of the students present.
Three Faculty in the Fisher College of Science & Mathematics Receive USM Regents' Awards
Towson, Maryland (April 22, 2011) — Three FCSM faculty members have been named winners of the 2011 University System of Maryland Regents' Faculty Awards, the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members.
Brian Fath, associate professor of Biological Sciences, was awarded for the category of scholarship. Fath is an ecosystems ecologist focused on sustainability science, a field that encompasses ecosystem services, biodiversity, natural resources, human cultures and specific environments. He serves on the Baltimore Sustainability Network and is acting chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality. Fath has published extensively in scientific literature and books, and in the past three years has given over 30 presentations around the world.
Jonathan Lazar, professor of Computer and Information Sciences and director of the Universal Usability Laboratory, was named in the category of public service. Since he started teaching at Towson in 1999, Lazar's service to the university and community has been exemplary. He has coordinated curriculum and research partnerships between Towson and the National Federation of the Blind for nearly a decade, and served as adviser to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (which oversees stimulus funds), the Treasury Department and the White House.
Roland Patrick Roberts, associate professor of Biology, was selected for the category of mentoring. Roberts established a well-funded research program in the fields of plant population genetics and systematics. Previously a mentor to students participating in the National Science Foundation's "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" program at Towson, he goes to great lengths to involve undergraduate and graduate students in his diverse research programs, providing them with an invaluable opportunity to work with him in the laboratory.
NSF Awards $588,816 Grant to Fisher College of Science & Mathematics
Towson, Maryland (March 1, 2011) — The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $588,816 to Towson University for renewal of the project entitled "CoSMiC — Computing, Sciences, and Mathematics in College." This project establishes undergraduate need based scholarships for students majoring in: (a) Computer and Information Sciences, (b) Mathematics, or (c) Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics (MB3). Towson University has previously received nearly $1 million dollars through the CoSMiC program for scholarships and activities for our STEM students.
This project is under the direction of Dr. Martha J. Siegel (Professor of Mathematics), and two Co-Directors: Dr. Gail E. Gasparich (Associate Dean of the Fisher College and Professor of Biological Sciences) and Dr. Gabriele Meiselwitz (Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Sciences); and this project is effective through February 28, 2015.
Biological Sciences Professor receives a $388,000 Grant from NIH
Towson, Maryland (February 18, 2011) — The National Institutes of Health awarded a grant of $388,000 to Dr. Matthew Hemm, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Towson University. This grant will provide funding for his proposal titled "Role of Small Transmembrane Proteins in Cytochrome bd Oxidase Activity." This proposal focuses on the role and function of specific proteins crucial to cellular respiration and to the processes of infection and colonization by several bacterial species. Understanding the activities of these proteins may have significant implications for the public health industry in terms of infection control. This project is being funded through April 30, 2014.
This award has many benefits in store for Towson University. With the funds provided, both undergraduate and graduate students will have greater opportunities to participate in laboratory research, thereby fostering their talents for hands-on experimentation and information analysis. With the additional resources, there will be more room for trial and error in these experiments; this is especially important, as students will be able to correct procedural mistakes and therefore learn via repetition and review. The increase in the amount of time allotted for lengthier periods of problem solving is a luxury that can never be valued too highly in a scientific setting. Also, having additional funds available can accommodate further experiments suggested by discoveries in a current line of research. As Hemm will attest, every answer leads to another question for which one may need another experiment.
Dr. Jonathan Lazar leads TU Team that Receives TEDCO Grant for Innovative Challenge-Response Test
Towson, Maryland (February 4 , 2011) —Towson University has received a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) to further develop its alternative to CAPTCHA and patent the technology.
Towson’s new innovation, called SoundsRight audio CAPTCHA, was researched and designed by a group of faculty and students led by Dr. Jonathan Lazar, professor of computer and information sciences and director of the universal usability laboratory in the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.
“TEDCO is pleased to support the early-stage development of SoundsRight audio CAPTCHA through our University Technology Development Fund,” says Rob Rosenbaum, president and executive director of TEDCO.
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