Volume XXVII  No. 30 • July 30, 2003

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Teachers learn inside a traveling science lab which is now at BHSU - top

Science teachers from across the state are doing science lab work inside a 53-foot semi-trailer that has been transformed into a mobile science lab during the ‘Science on the Move’ summer institute which is at Black Hills State University this week.

The semi-trailer, with bold red lettering proclaiming it ‘Science On the Move,’ pulled into the parking lot at BHSU to set up for the workshop that will then allow the teachers to bring the truck to their school district and involve middle school and high school students in a variety of activities inside the unique traveling science lab.

The truck, specially designed and built to hold a traveling science lab with nearly $100,000 worth of science equipment, is one of two operated under the auspices of the Center for Advancement of Math and Science Education at BHSU. As an outreach program, BHSU will make the mobile science lab available to school districts across the state.

According to Jerry Opbroek, coordinator of ‘Science on the Move’, the lab has 12 workstations equipped with everything needed to do a multitude of scientific work. The stations are also wired to computers. The van is equipped with state-of-the-art science equipment that very few South Dakota schools have and will provide inquiry-based science learning developed to create more interest and exposure to science for the state’s students.

“The labs cover all science disciplines,” Opbroek said. “We have labs for chemistry, physics, biology as well as astronomy.”

Each day of this five-day workshop is spent focused on a specific science discipline: physics, chemistry, biology, criminalistics and environmental science.  Opbroek noted that participants have the opportunity to do DNA fingerprinting, microscopic work, EKG and physical fitness labs, global positioning, protein analysis, water quality index labs and many other activities.

The workshop at BHSU this week is the last of three ‘Science on the Move’ teacher workshops in the state. The 75 teachers who participated in the training institutes will then introduce the lab to their middle school and high school students as it travels throughout the state during the school year.

“Sometime during the year we hope to go to those school districts and work with as many students as we can,” Opbroek said.

“Obviously, it’s crowded at times,” Opbroek said, “but teachers and students function just fine.”

The ‘Science on the Move’ van is equipped with a computer at each workstation, biotechnology equipment for DNA analysis, lasers, oscilloscopes and wave generators for sound, spectrophotometers for chemical analysis, global positioning systems, dissecting and binocular microscopes, a sound system, a DDN connection, access to the internet and all the other supplies a modern science classroom would need.

The traveling lab was the brainchild of several university professors in South Dakota who envisioned a way to get high-tech science to students who don’t have access to that type of equipment. William Janklow, who was then governor, supported the project and eventually the entire truck was outfitted with a unique science lab that is now being made available to students throughout the state.

Trade supervisors directed inmates at the state prison who basically built the lab inside the trailer according to Opbroek. The science labs were constructed in nine months with more than 6,000 hours of inmate labor.

“The inmates did a phenomenal job putting it together,” Opbroek said.

The truck was officially unveiled last December and hit the road in February. Since that time Opbroek has logged approximately 3,000 miles with the science lab. He expects the two trucks to visit between 25 and 30 school districts during the year.

“In five days we've covered everything from physics and chemistry to biology and environmental science. We've been exploring the activities our students will be working on when the trailer arrives in Rapid City,” said Rapid City teacher Carlene Roper. “What a tremendous learning experience for all involved.”

Jerry Opbroek (center), coordinator of Science on the Move, gives instructions to science teachers who are doing a multitude of science lab activities in a 53-foot traveling science lab as a part of the summer institute at Black Hills State University. The truck will travel statewide to school districts to provide high-tech learning opportunities for middle-school and high-school students.

Ochse's entry included in Shakespeare database - top

An annotated entry by Dr. Roger Ochse, professor of humanities at Black Hills State University, for "Digital Shakespeare: Integrating Texts and Technology" has been entered in the World Shakespeare Bibliography (WSB) database.

The entry will appear in the annual WSB in Shakespeare Quarterly and in the next update of WSB Online, the most complete and authoritative source for Shakespeare studies, at www.worldshakesbib.org. The reference is edited by James L. Harner, Samuel Rhea Gammon professor of liberal arts at Texas A&M University.

The WSB Online provides over 83,000 annotated entries for important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other materials related to Shakespeare. Its range is international, extending to more than 92 languages and representing nearly every country. BHSU is an institutional subscriber of WSB Online.

Ochse received his master’s in English from the University of Rochester and his doctorate in education administration from the University of South Dakota. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1993.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received July 17-23 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or email requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Landmarks of American History: Workshops for School Teachers Program. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) expects to grant five awards of up to $300,000 each to support a series of weeklong, residence-based workshops for K-12 educators. The deadline is Aug. 15. www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/landmarks.html
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Special Initiative: Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the expedition of Lewis and Clark, NEH has invited nonprofits to apply for funding for projects “commemorating this epic journey and its historical consequences.” Applications must be submitted to one of NEH's existing programs at its determined deadline. For a full list of programs and their specific requirements, visit www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html. This special initiative will run through 2006.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends. Summer Stipends provide individuals with an opportunity to pursue research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Successful applicants will receive an outright award of $5,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Projects should be completed during the tenure of an award or represent part of a long-term endeavor. Recipients might eventually produce scholarly articles, a monograph or a specialized subject, a book on a broad topic, an archaeological site report, a translation, an edition, a database, or other scholarly tools. The deadline is Oct. 1. www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html
  • American Chamber Music Players (ACMP) Foundation fosters the singing and playing of chamber music at all levels. Grants encourage and create opportunities for chamber music programs. Most funds are used for scholarship aid and to underwrite staff salaries. Program goals stress the importance of incorporating chamber music activities into curriculum to boost overall student growth and learning. Community Music applications will be accepted through mid-December. First-time applicants are encourage to contact ACMP prior to applying. Special Events applications will be accepted the last day of February, May, August and November each year. www.acmp.net/foundation.html
  • Mockingbird Foundation supports music education. The Mockingbird Foundation, funded by Phish and its fans, supports music for its own sake, for education initiatives, and for children and youth. Preference will go to applicants “working with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, or philosophies.” Education grants may be used to acquire instruments, texts, and office materials; improve learning, practice, and performance spaces; and support instructors or instruction methods. The foundation is particularly interested in projects addressing self-esteem and creative expression. The deadline is Aug. 1 for letters of inquiry. www.mockingbirdfoundation.org/funding/guidelines.html
  • National Geographic Society (NGS). The National Geographic Society (NGS) awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE). All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other fields and be of broad scientific interest. Applying for a grant from the CRE is a two-step process. Pre-applications must be submitted online. For assistance with the online pre-application form, email cre@ngs.org. Pre-applications are accepted throughout the year, but must be submitted at least 10 months prior to anticipated field dates. Electronic submission of all documents is strongly encouraged.
  • Indian Education Demonstration Programs (ED). The Department of Education is soliciting applications for pre-K readiness and college preparatory programs to enable Native American preschoolers to enter kindergarten and secondary school students to make a successful transition to postsecondary education. The deadline is Aug. 25. www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html
  • Indian Education Professional Development (ED). The Department of Education is inviting applications for pre-service professional development and training to increase the number of qualified Native American teachers. Proposals will be funded that support and train Native Americans to complete a pre-service education program that meets requirements for full state certification. The deadline is Aug. 25. www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html

Faculty research funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available in the Grants and Special Projects Office, Woodburn 309, or can be printed from the website.

It is 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. Applications are now being accepted for faculty release time for spring 2004. Release time is awarded to full-time faculty who teach on the BHSU campus. The next application deadline is Monday, 
Aug. 18 at 12 p.m.

The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup, Earl Chrysler, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 

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