How can you get young people interested in science and mathematics? What efforts are there to integrate the experiences of middle school students into the things they need to do and learn in school? How can action sports, like skateboarding and bicycle motocross BMX, be used to teach physics, algebra, data collection, and help students to grow in their engagement and motivation in science and mathematics?
On November 15, 2013 Dr. Ron Wagler, Assistant Professor of Science Education, was awarded the "2013 Most Valuable Person Award" by the El Paso Water Utilities TecH20 Water Resources Learning Center. Dr. Wagler was given this award for his arthropod and environmental education outreach to the El Paso community over the last three years. His efforts have included participation in summer camps for kids and his annual living arthropod event that draws over 230 people to learn about, view and hold living arthropods.
A pioneering UTEP-led study will investigate how collaborations between University STEM faculty and high school students could lead to more of them becoming science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors – and professionals.
Robert Trussell has been appointed associate dean in the College of Education.
Trussell, Ph.D., associate professor of special education, has worked in higher education for four years preparing the next generation of professional teachers and educators, and was a member of the second cohort of UTEP's Leadership Development Institute in 2011-12.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have awarded UTEP faculty grants totaling more than $2 million to help strengthen minority interest, participation and education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related fields.
Longtime faculty member and administrator Stephen Riter, Ph.D., has been named Interim Dean of the College of Education. Riter, UTEP's vice president for Information Resources and Planning, assumed his new duties Aug. 26.