Volume XXV No. 10 March 9, 2001
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directs graduate student on action research project
Learning in the Lab....Positively Influencing Student Attitudes Toward
Chemistry" was published in the February 2001, edition of The
Science Teacher, the National Science Teachers Association journal.
This action research project was conducted by Ms. Robin Strain,
MSCI graduate under the direction of Dr. Kristi Pearce, College of
project highlighted the use of constructivist practices to engage high
school students in inquiry-based learning.
The results demonstrated that to help students learn
constructively, it was necessary to change from a textbook-teaching
approach to incorporating interactive learning
The secondary students concluded, "it is a more interesting
way of teaching than a lecture-based class."
Likewise, they found that they gained confidence with continued
use of lab equipment and learned more by performing multiple
action research project uncovered that designing classroom learning
experiences to involve group work both on daily assignments and lab
activities makes learning more interdependent and student-directed.
In addition, using constructivist practices for assessment allows
students to work as many or as few problems as they need to achieve the
grade they want on the exam while using a rubric to evaluate student
performance. This provides the students with the direction that they
need for success.
receives a grant for lizard study in Antigua - Top
Brian Smith, professor of biology at Black Hills State University,
was recently awarded a $6,000 grant from Fauna & Flora
International to study a possibly endangered Antiguan ground lizard,
Ameiva griswoldi, in the small islands off Antigua.
According to Smith, “it
appears that populations of the Antiguan ground lizard have been
seriously reduced throughout their limited range through the
depredations of introduced mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) and rats (Rattus
rattus) and extensive habitat loss.”
He proposes to census populations of the lizard on
small offshore islands of the Antiguan bank and on the main island
of Antigua to make a preliminary determination of the conservation
status of the Antiguan ground lizard.
Smith said, “preliminary data have shown that the
lizard is common on mongoose- and rat-free islands around Antigua.
However, data have also shown that the lizard is rare or extinct on
a variety of other offshore islands, including those with mongoose
and rats and also islands that are rat- and mongoose-free. Antiguan
ground lizards on Antigua appear to be isolated to remnant
populations in some villages and urban areas.”
He said, “standard mark-recapture and census
techniques will be used to assess population sizes and basic
population demography on representative offshore islands and in
comparison populations on the main island of Antigua.”
Smith has been a member of the BHSU science faculty
since 1997. He earned a Ph.D. in quantitative biology from the
University of Texas in 1996.
receives grant to purchase supplies for special ed. classes - Top
C. Gregory Cooch, assistant professor of education at Black Hills
State University, was recently awarded a grant from the Office of
Special Education in Pierre in the amount of $20,663.
grant money will be used to purchase assessment materials, such as
the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, and Battelle
Developmental Inventory, for use by students at Black Hills
notes that “assessment is an integral aspect of instruction. It
enables educators to gather and interpret information about students
and to make decisions. Assessment provides information about what
individual students can and can not do, know and do not know. When
connect instruction with assessment and use this information to
change or modify teaching and learning activities, students
education instructor adds, “the faculty at Black Hills State
University is committed to preparing its students for a career in
special education. Paramount to this commitment is proper and
thorough instruction and application of assessment procedures.
Procurement of [these materials] will ensure that Black Hills State
University graduates in special education will be the best-prepared
individuals in the area.”
Cooch has been a member of the BHSU faculty since
1999. He earned his Ed.D. degree in 1996 from the University of
South Dakota with a major in curriculum and instruction.
Turner takes a deep look at the web - Top
As vast as the World Wide Web
appears with all its links and site connections, today’s
cyberspace phenomenon just scratches the surface of an internet
world known as the invisible or Deep Web.
Laura Turner, computer technology
instructor for the College of Education at Black Hills State
University, dug below the web surface in a four-page article for the
March/April issue of “The Book Report,” a magazine for secondary
schools library media and technology specialists. What she found was
a much larger and relatively unknown web content that is found in
Although the Deep Web was first
described as invisible Turner said, “The deep web is not really
invisible, but because searchable databases are not index-able or
query-able by today’s search engines, they appear invisible to the
average Internet user searching the Internet.”
The BH instructor says
Completeplanet.com estimates the surface Web at 1 billion documents
and the Deep Web at 550 billion documents.
Most search engines on the web are
designed as web sites that enable people to find information by
using special software and an indexing system.
“Currently, the best and biggest
search engines index only from one third to one half of the publicly
available documents on the Internet,” Turner said.
Some of the top traditional search
engines listed in the article are altavista.com, askjeeves.com,
directhit.com, nothernlights.com, fastsearch.com, and yahoo.com,
For an expanded search, Turner says
the newer Metasearch engine that has a capacity to search up to 45
other search engines is available. Some metasearch sites include
dogpile.com, metacrawler.com, mamma.com, etc.
“The change in the WWW from web
page-based to database-based has been,
of Education computer technology instructor Laura Turner uses
some of the latest electronic classroom technology to teach a
class titled “Integrating Computers Into the Curriculum.”
and continues to be, a gradual
movement,” says the BH computer instructor. “It is estimated
that 100,000 searchable databases are in the Deep Web.”
The Deep Web has lots of relevant
information and it is publicly accessible with no fees or
subscriptions. Information is found in topic specific databases.
Sixty of the largest Deep Web sites
contain one trillion bytes of information or 40 times more
information than the surface web.
Some of the sites created to access
the online databases include Beaucoup.com, BigHub.com,
CompletePlanet.com, InvisibleWeb.com, etc.
“Media specialists work on a
daily basis with information requests,” said Turner. “To become
a better Internet information investigator, a media specialist
should: educate one’s
self…, become familiar with the Deep Web…, understand that at
present, Deep Web information can be located only by using some type
of directed query…, and one should be able to access a new
second-generation Web search tool. …”
has taught for 15 years in the area of computer technology. She
joined the BHSU faculty in 1997 and holds a bachelor’s degree in
information management and a master’s degree in business education
from the University of North Dakota.
receives BHSU Chiesman grant for purchase of books and materials - Top
Allbee, acquisitions librarian for the E. Y. Berry Library-Learning
Center at Black Hills State University, recently received a grant in
the amount of $3,012 for the purchase of books and curriculum
material related to the study of democracy and development of civic
The library was approved for the funding through the BHSU Chiesman
Endowment for 2001. The Chiesman Foundation For Democracy Inc. “is
a nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization that serves as a forum and
channel to provide greater awareness of the meaning and practice of
democracy while encouraging all citizens to
actively participate in the democratic process.”
The librarian said that the purchases will be strictly books this year,
although in the past the library has purchased videos. In regard to
how the books are chosen, she commented, “professor’s
suggestions are the primary tool in selections for the library.”
This is the third year that the BHSU library has received funds through
the Chiesman Foundation for curriculum materials.
Allbee has been
employed at the BHSU library for 10 years, and recently was promoted
to acquisitions librarian.
KNBN anchor to speak on non-traditional
career choices - Top
Hillier, KNBN-TV anchor and former Miss Montana, will be speaking at
Black Hills State University on non-traditional career choices March
16 from 10-11 a.m. in Jonas 305.
has been with KNBN-TV since September of 1996. She was originally
hired to anchor local morning cut-ins during the Today Show. When
NewsCenter1 debuted in September of 1997, she was promoted to main
addition to her anchoring duties she is very active in the
community. She serves on the board of directors for Working Against
Violence, Inc., is the chairperson for the United Way 2000 fund
drive, and is a popular emcee and host for several local events.
news anchor began her career in Miles City, Mont., at KYUS-TV, as
news director, producer, reporter and photographer. Her talents
extend beyond the news desk to the stage, as an accomplished
was crowned Miss Montana in 1988 and competed in the Miss America
Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. She was also chosen as one of six
Miss America contestants to travel to the Far East as part of a song
and dance road show, entertaining our military men and women.
and her husband Mitch, a Rapid City fireman, have two children, ages
two and eight.
presentation is sponsored by Student Life of Black Hills State and
is free to the public.
clubs support CASA benefit concert - Top
time to tap your toes and snap your fingers as a hard-driving blue
grass group known as Six Mile Road will be performing at a CASA
(Court Appointed Special Advocate) benefit concert, March 16 at 7
p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium on the Black Hills State University
university’s Human Services and Sociology Clubs are sponsoring the
benefit concert. Admission is $5 at the door. The concert is open to
Northern Hills Area CASA program is a community-based agency
committed to ending child abuse by serving the needs of children.
The advocacy group seeks to promote and protect the best interests
neglected children involved in
court proceedings through the
advocacy efforts of trained volunteers.
volunteers spend about 10 to 15 hours a month with the children,
foster parents, and social workers. Volunteers submit reports, based
on observation, research, and the child’s wishes, to the court as
to what course of action would be best for the child. There are
currently 35 active volunteers serving approximately 90 children in
the Northern Hills area.
Information on the CASA program or the benefit
concert is available by contacting the CASA office at (605) 578-1161.
Improvement Committee funds available - Top
Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through
monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific
teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.
Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty or
other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may
apply for grant funds administered by the committee.
Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of
$1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will
have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across
faculty members and/or disciplines.
Funds are available
for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and
learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to
workshops which enhance
teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and
teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with
faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU.
for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis.
The deadline for submission will be the third Thursday of each month;
a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal.
The original plus 10 copies of the proposals should be
submitted to the grants and special projects office, Woodburn 218, or to the
chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the
proposal and budget outlines following the specified format
available at the grants and special projects web
research funds available
faculty-research committee has funds available for the current
fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal
forms are available at the grants office or can be printed out from
anticipated that successful applicants will request support for
faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites
or research support for the production of creative work. Preference
is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education,
business, social sciences and humanities. A three-hour release time
is available for spring of 2002. Apply now. The next deadline for
proposals is April 27 at 3 p.m.
applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for
advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John
Alsup, Steve Anderson, Lyle Cook, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver
and Rob Schurrer.
The research committee will not provide salary.
The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research
assistants. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your proposal to
the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s office in
This week at BHSU
Submit items to Media
Relations or send to Unit 9512, BHSU.
Young Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Young Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stress Busters, Student Union 220, 2-3 p.m.
senior art show begins
Council meeting, Jonas 309, 3:30 p.m.
Senate meeting, Jonas 110, 3:15 p.m.
& Gold luncheon, Holiday Inn, noon
Howard Moore, Young Center, 7
Student Union, 7:30 p.m.
Becky Hillier, KNBN anchor Jonas 305,
Deposit Insurance Corp. summer internship interviews, contact Career Center,
Mile Road performance, Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m.
high school students on campus