This is a blog about Wyoming EPSCoR, the projects we do and the grants we are working on. From student internship programs, to grant work, to research, we're sharing our news and stories for our community to read and share. Thank you for visiting our site!
Retta Hudlow, a sixth grade science teacher in Pinedale,
Wyoming was one of the first teachers to use the CI-WATER Teaching Toolbox in
The toolbox includes a manual with multiple lesson plans for
various age groups and the equipment needed to conduct lessons and experiments
in the manual. There are games, books,
models and more to help students learn about everything from water modeling to
human use and impact on water.
The toolbox is designed for Utah and Wyoming K-12 teachers,
students and community groups. The experiments and lessons provided in the
toolbox meet state education standards.
“The Next Generation Science Standards include standards on
the water cycle, groundwater resources, human impact, modeling particle motion
in different states, along with scientific and engineering processes,” says
Retta. “The toolbox addresses many parts of these standards.”
The toolbox gave Retta an opportunity to add to the
curriculum she was already teaching.
“I already had a unit on water and weather,” says Retta.
“But this added more lessons on the properties of water, which were powerful
Retta has enjoyed using the toolbox and knows that her
students have learned a lot with their time using the toolbox.
“They have learned a great deal about water. Their pre- and
post-test scores were impressive,” she says.
For more information about the toolbox, please visit the
CI-WATER website or contact Beth Cable at email@example.com
Wyoming EPSCoR works to expand research opportunities around
Wyoming by building strong working relationships with Wyoming community college
faculty and students.
“Wyoming EPSCoR supports community college researchers by
increasing research capacity and encouraging innovation by educators and
students,” says Liz Nysson, Education, Outreach and Diversity Coordinator for
The three community college programs Wyoming EPSCoR sponsors
include the Community College Transition Program, the Community College
Research Program, and the Community College STEM Summer Research Projects.
The Community College Transition Program (CCTP) is for
students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math who are transferring
to the University of Wyoming to complete their undergraduate degrees. Awardees
receive $1,500 per semester for two years and gain research experience. During
the first semester, awardees rotate through several faculty labs and join a
laboratory during the following semesters to complete an undergraduate research
project with a faculty mentor. The application deadline for CCTP is April 1st,
2014 for the 2014 fall semester.
Community College Research Program (CCRP) is intended to encourage
research initiatives for community college educators by providing multiple
years of support. For the next three years, CCRP is in collaboration with the
Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG). Community
college projects with a strong tie to WyCEHG research and those that would benefit
from the use of WyCEHG equipment will be considered. The application deadline
for pre-proposals is March 3rd at 5 p.m.
The Community College STEM Summer Research Projects
(CC-STEM) aims to provide support to community college summer research projects
with students. Research projects must be within a STEM-related field. CC-STEM
recipients receive $7,000 for project and student support. The application
deadline for the Community College STEM Summer Research Project is March 21st
at 5 p.m.
If you are interested in applying for any of these programs,
please visit our website or contact Rick Matlock (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Liz Nysson (email@example.com) for more information.
Here is a list of interesting facts and figures about one
thing we love here at EPSCoR: Water!
Water and us! Water
is a crucial part of our everyday existence. Water makes up anywhere from
55-78% of a human’s body weight, making it literally
a part of our lives! At birth, water accounts for roughly 80% of the infant’s
People should drink water regularly. A person can drink
about 48 cups (that is roughly 3 gallons) each day. By the time a person feels
thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount!
Water in the World!Freshwater
only accounts for 3% of the water on earth. The remaining 97% is salt water. Of
that small percentage of freshwater, 30% of it is groundwater and most of the
world’s freshwater is found in glaciers.
Where you live can dictate how fast your water boils. Water
boils faster in Denver, Colorado than in New York City. So, a mile high also
means quicker tea water.
Happy Valentine’s Day to our most beloved Valentine, water.
As all residents know, winters in Wyoming can be brutally
cold. Deep snow, strong winds, and freezing temperatures are a recipe for
disaster for anyone caught unprepared.
To combat the dangers of winter weather in Wyoming, WyCEHG encourages
its researchers to take classes and learn to be better prepared for winter
Elizabeth “ET” Traver facilitated two trainings last week providing
WyCEHG researchers the tools they need to be prepared for many different winter
The first training was a snow safety training taught by Dan
McCoy of the Outdoor Program. The training focused on avalanche safety, how to
dress appropriately, and how to stay safe while outdoors. The second training
focused on snowmobile use and safety.
“I have a protocol about how to use these snowmobiles,” says
ET. “We went through it step by step, from how to hook up to the trailer, to
how to get the snowmobiles on and off the trailer, to making sure that people
always had their helmets on, so that they remembered, ‘this is an integral part
of being on a snowmobile’”.
Much of the research underway by WyCEHG researchers requires
them to hike into remote backcountry locations to take measurements and conduct
Because so much research happens in the mountains, trainings
like these are crucial for the WyCEHG team members, for many reasons.
“We have more and
more people out in the snow all day, doing all sorts of different research activities,”
says ET. “Our objective is to try to give people some skills and some knowledge
and get them thinking about how to stay safer while out in the snow.”
For more information about how to safe while in the snow,
please visit the following websites:
Elyn Saks, a law professor at the University of Southern
California Gould School of Law spoke to students and faculty at the University of Wyoming via live video feed on Wednesday, January 29th.
Professor Saks addressed the group of nearly 100 participants about
her experiences living with schizophrenia and her 2007 memoir, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through
Madness. After the discussion, Professor Saks answered questions from
"The presentation and book by Elyn Saks gave all of us new insights into mental illness. Her message was one of hope and activism: hope for people with mental illness that they can live up to their potential with active support from society," says Dr. Anne Sylvester, Wyoming EPSCoR Project Director. "Dr. Saks gave concrete suggestions for how the academic community can recognize and support students, colleagues and peers with mental illness. This is what disability awareness is all about and why Wyoming EPSCoR supports programs that promote disability awareness. Such new awareness would not be possible without hearing the courageous personal story shared by Dr. Saks.
As part of Wyoming EPSCoR’s Disability Awareness Program,
EPSCoR aims to increase knowledge, awareness and accommodation of those with
disabilities in STEM fields. To improve this awareness, EPSCoR brings
scientists and other academics with disabilities to campus to give a public
lecture and discuss ways to make programs more accommodating of a wide range of
To learn more about Professor Saks and her experiences living
with schizophrenia, be sure to watch her TED talk. For more information about
the Wyoming EPSCoR Disability Awareness Program, please visit our website.