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Incorporating Worksheets To Enhance Active Learning In A Laboratory Course, Zakiya S. Kelley Oct 2020

Incorporating Worksheets To Enhance Active Learning In A Laboratory Course, Zakiya S. Kelley

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

Study Goals:

To create worksheets that would aid the students in properly completing the required experiments and challenge them to do more than just follow the instructions. Each week there were often multiple experiments to be completed and pre-made samples to be observed within the class period. By providing the worksheet, I ensured the students completed all tasks and comprehended the covered material before class ended.

Objectives:

  • To improve student participation and information retention when completing laboratory experiments in the classroom
  • To emphasize key points of the topic being explored


Mitchell Center_Safety Nets And Boostraps Talk Webpage, University Of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center For Sustainability Solutions Oct 2020

Mitchell Center_Safety Nets And Boostraps Talk Webpage, University Of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center For Sustainability Solutions

Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

Screenshot of webpage regarding a talk from the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions titled "Safety nets and bootstraps: Mainers and food security in the time of COVID-19".


A Working Paper*:Environmental Issues And Perceptions Of Rural Nebraskans, John C. Allen, Sam Cordes, Amy M. Smith, Mike Spilker, Amber Hamilton Sep 2020

A Working Paper*:Environmental Issues And Perceptions Of Rural Nebraskans, John C. Allen, Sam Cordes, Amy M. Smith, Mike Spilker, Amber Hamilton

Publications of the Rural Futures Institute

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.............................................................I

INTRODUCTION .................................................................................. 1

METHODOLOGY .......................................................................... 1

RESPONDENT PROFILE........................................................................... 2

FINDINGS ................................................................................................ 3

The State's Role in Groundwater Protection .............................................. 3

Regulation and Compliance Costs................................................................ 4

Agriculture and the Environment ....................................................... 6

Conjunctive Use ............................................................................... 8

CONCLUSIONS ......................................................................................... 10


A Working Paper*: Nebraska State And Federal Tax Issues: Opinions Of Rural Nebraskans, John C. Allen, Sam Cordes, Amy M. Smith, Matt Spilker, Amber Hamilton Sep 2020

A Working Paper*: Nebraska State And Federal Tax Issues: Opinions Of Rural Nebraskans, John C. Allen, Sam Cordes, Amy M. Smith, Matt Spilker, Amber Hamilton

Publications of the Rural Futures Institute

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ...................................................................... i

INTRODUCTION .........................................................................................1

METHODOLOGY..............................................................................1

RESPONDENT PROFILE ...........................................................................2

FINDINGS .......................... 3

Nebraska Tax Issues ...................................................................................3

Federal Government Deficit Reduction .....................................................5

Federal Taxation Options...................................................................................5

Federal Program Reduction Alternatives ................................................................6

CONCLUSIONS...................................................................................................8


A Working Paper*: Quality Of Life Of Rural Nebraskans: How Are They Doing And What Is In The Future?, John C. Allen, Sam Cordes, Amy C. Smith, Matt Spilker, Amber Hamilton Sep 2020

A Working Paper*: Quality Of Life Of Rural Nebraskans: How Are They Doing And What Is In The Future?, John C. Allen, Sam Cordes, Amy C. Smith, Matt Spilker, Amber Hamilton

Publications of the Rural Futures Institute

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.............................................................................. i

INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................... 1

METHODOLOGY AND RESPONDENT PROFILE....................................... 2

FINDINGS ................................................................................................ 4

Global Well-Being (Figure 1)............................... 4

Change in the Modern World (Figure 2)...............................6

Personal Well-Being............................... 6

Availability of Services and Amenities (Figure 3)............................ 8

Dissatisfaction with Services and Amenities (Figure 4)........................... 9

Dissatisfaction with Services/Amenities by Region (Figure 5)...................... 10

Dissatisfaction with Services/Amenities by Community Size (Figure 6)............ 12

Dissatisfaction with Services/Amenities by Income Level (Figure 7)............... 13

CONCLUSIONS ................................................................ 14


A Working Paper*: Nebraskan Work Patterns And Available Benefits, John C. Allen, Sam Cordes, Amy M. Smith, Matt Spilker, Amber Hamilton Sep 2020

A Working Paper*: Nebraskan Work Patterns And Available Benefits, John C. Allen, Sam Cordes, Amy M. Smith, Matt Spilker, Amber Hamilton

Publications of the Rural Futures Institute

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ................................................................................ i

INTRODUCTION ..........................................................................................1

METHODOLOGY...............................................................1

RESPONDENT PROFILE ..............................................................................2

FINDINGS ..............................................................................................3

Nebraskans and Work............................................................................3

Rural Nebraskans and Benefits....................................................................5


Covid-19_Umaine News_Bdn Interviews Coffin About Contact Tracing For Livestock, University Of Maine Division Of Marketing And Communications Sep 2020

Covid-19_Umaine News_Bdn Interviews Coffin About Contact Tracing For Livestock, University Of Maine Division Of Marketing And Communications

Division of Marketing & Communications

Screenshot of UMaine in the News regarding Donna Coffin, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor, being interviewed for a Bangor Daily News story about contact tracing for livestock


Covid-19_Umaine News_Mccarty Highlights Supply Shortages In Maine Public Segment, University Of Maine Division Of Marketing And Communications Sep 2020

Covid-19_Umaine News_Mccarty Highlights Supply Shortages In Maine Public Segment, University Of Maine Division Of Marketing And Communications

Division of Marketing & Communications

Screenshot of UMaine in the News regarding Kate McCarty, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension food systems professional talking with Maine Public about the increase in home canning during the pandemic, and the resulting shortage of food preservation supplies.


Covid-19_Umaine News_Marble Talks With Daily Bulldog About Virtual Fair, University Of Maine Division Of Marketing And Communications Sep 2020

Covid-19_Umaine News_Marble Talks With Daily Bulldog About Virtual Fair, University Of Maine Division Of Marketing And Communications

Division of Marketing & Communications

Screenshot of UMaine in the News regarding Tara Marble, University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth development professional talking with Daily Bulldog about their virtual fair


Identifying Fox Squirrels And Their Damage In Your Yard, S. Nicole Frey, Jessica Tegt Aug 2020

Identifying Fox Squirrels And Their Damage In Your Yard, S. Nicole Frey, Jessica Tegt

All Current Publications

Native to the eastern United States, fox squirrels (Sciurus niger) were first documented in Utah in 2011. It is unknown how fox squirrels made their way into Utah; however, it is possible they followed riparian corridors (areas along rivers, where trees often grow) through Colorado into Utah and were only detected once their populations grew in number. Since the Utah Natural Heritage Program began tracking them, there have been over 500 observations of this species, predominantly around Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front. Fox squirrels are the largest tree squirrel in the U.S. (17–28 inches, and 17 ...


Mammals Of Cedar Breaks National Monument, S. Nicole Frey, Natalie D'Souza, Ethan Hammer, Bryan Larsen, Jake Nielson Aug 2020

Mammals Of Cedar Breaks National Monument, S. Nicole Frey, Natalie D'Souza, Ethan Hammer, Bryan Larsen, Jake Nielson

All Current Publications

This document is the result of a study of the terrestrial mammals found at Cedar Breaks National Monument from 2017-2019. During this time, we conducted a survey of mammals using a series of trail cameras. We used survey results to provide an index of terrestrial mammals (excluding bats) within the park. Our goal is to provide a beginner’s guide to the mammals at Cedar Breaks National Monument. We include information regarding appearance, diet, habitat, and population status according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The guide represents the species a visitor to Cedar Breaks National ...


Resilience In Nonmetropolitan Nebraska: Capacity To Overcome Disasters And Hardships. 2020 Nebraska Rural Poll Results, Rebecca Vogt, Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, Brad Lubben, L.J. Mcelravy, Timothy Meyer, Steve Schulz, Jason L. Weigle Aug 2020

Resilience In Nonmetropolitan Nebraska: Capacity To Overcome Disasters And Hardships. 2020 Nebraska Rural Poll Results, Rebecca Vogt, Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, Brad Lubben, L.J. Mcelravy, Timothy Meyer, Steve Schulz, Jason L. Weigle

Publications of the Rural Futures Institute

The definition of resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Synonyms include toughness, perseverance and grit. Last spring’s severe weather events and this year’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are likely testing the resilience of rural Nebraskans. Given that, how do rural Nebraskans rate their communities on dimensions that measure their resiliency? How confident are they that the federal government or local emergency management authorities can contain infectious disease outbreaks? How do they rate their ability to help their community handle adversities? How prepared are rural Nebraskans to deal with financial emergencies? This paper provides a detailed analysis ...


Using Primary Literature On Sars‐Cov‐2 To Promote Student Learning About Evolution, Jeremy L. Hsu Jul 2020

Using Primary Literature On Sars‐Cov‐2 To Promote Student Learning About Evolution, Jeremy L. Hsu

Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences Faculty Articles and Research

The ongoing COVID‐19 pandemic caused by SARS‐CoV‐2 has caused widespread deaths, illnesses, and societal disruption. I describe here how I pivoted a discussion‐based senior biology capstone course to include a multiweek module surrounding one primary literature paper on the evolution of SARS‐CoV‐2 and the subsequent scientific discourse about the paper. Using a gradual reveal of the paper following the CREATE method (consider, read, elucidate, and think of the next experiment), I challenged students to learn new evolutionary principles and critically analyze the data surrounding the evolution and transmission of SARS‐CoV‐2 presented in ...


Cooperative Extension Covid-19_Maine State Virtual Fair 2020, University Of Maine Cooperative Extension Jul 2020

Cooperative Extension Covid-19_Maine State Virtual Fair 2020, University Of Maine Cooperative Extension

Cooperative Extension

Screenshot of University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Club's Maine State Virtual Fair 2020 webpage.


Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Research Conference: A Meeting Report, Erin L. Dolan, Michelle Borrero, Kristine Callis-Duehl, Miranda M. Chen Musgrove, Joelyn De Lima, Isi Ero-Tolliver, Laci M. Gerhart, Emma Goodwin, Lindsey R. Hamilton, Meredith A. Henry, Jose Herrera, Bethany Huot, Stacey Kiser, Melissa E. Ko, Marcy E. Kravec, Mark Lee, Lisa B. Limeri, Melanie E. Peffer, Debra Pires, Juan S. Ramirez Lugo, Starlette M. Sharp, Nicole A. Suarez Jul 2020

Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Research Conference: A Meeting Report, Erin L. Dolan, Michelle Borrero, Kristine Callis-Duehl, Miranda M. Chen Musgrove, Joelyn De Lima, Isi Ero-Tolliver, Laci M. Gerhart, Emma Goodwin, Lindsey R. Hamilton, Meredith A. Henry, Jose Herrera, Bethany Huot, Stacey Kiser, Melissa E. Ko, Marcy E. Kravec, Mark Lee, Lisa B. Limeri, Melanie E. Peffer, Debra Pires, Juan S. Ramirez Lugo, Starlette M. Sharp, Nicole A. Suarez

Biology Faculty Publications and Presentations

The 2019 Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Research Conference (UBER GRC), titled “Achieving Widespread Improvement in Undergraduate Education,” brought together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners working to identify, promote, and understand widespread adoption of evidence-based teaching, learning, and success strategies in undergraduate biology. Graduate students and postdocs had the additional opportunity to present and discuss research during a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) that preceded the GRC. This report provides a broad overview of the UBER GRC and GRS and highlights major themes that cut across invited talks, poster presentations, and informal discussions. Such themes include the importance of ...


Severe Weather In Nebraska: Impacts On Nonmetropolitan Nebraskans. 2020 Nebraska Rural Poll Results, Rebecca J. Vogt, Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, Bradley Lubben, L. J. Mcelravy, Tim Meyer, Steve Schulz, Jason L. Weigle Jul 2020

Severe Weather In Nebraska: Impacts On Nonmetropolitan Nebraskans. 2020 Nebraska Rural Poll Results, Rebecca J. Vogt, Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, Bradley Lubben, L. J. Mcelravy, Tim Meyer, Steve Schulz, Jason L. Weigle

Publications of the Rural Futures Institute

In March 2019, a bomb cyclone produced a historic blizzard as well as flooding that impacted many counties in Nebraska. Given that, did rural Nebraskans experience extreme weather events or natural disasters in 2019? To what extent were they harmed by these weather events? What personal impacts did they experience? How concerned are they about weather events? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions. This report details 1,979 responses to the 2020 Nebraska Rural Poll, the 25th annual effort to understand rural Nebraskans’ perceptions. Respondents were asked a series of questions about weather events. Comparisons are made ...


Alumni Association_Virtual Event: Summer Gardening, University Of Maine Alumni Association Jun 2020

Alumni Association_Virtual Event: Summer Gardening, University Of Maine Alumni Association

Alumni Association

Email from the University of Maine Alumni Association regarding a virtual summer gardening event from Kate Garland, Cooperative Extension, University of Maine.


Critical Relationships In Managing Students’ Emotional Responses To Science (And Evolution) Instruction, Lawrence C. Scharmann, Bette L. Grauer Jun 2020

Critical Relationships In Managing Students’ Emotional Responses To Science (And Evolution) Instruction, Lawrence C. Scharmann, Bette L. Grauer

Faculty Publications: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Background

If an instructional environment that is conducive to learning generally requires the development of good student–teacher relationships, then a classroom atmosphere of trust is an especially important consideration when we engage students in the teaching and learning of evolution. Emotional scaffolding, therefore, is crucial to the successful teaching and learning of evolution. Quinlan (Coll Teach 64:101–111, 2016) refers to four key relationships necessary to construct this scaffolding—students with teachers being merely one of the four key relationships comprising a comprehensive emotional scaffolding—the others being students with subject matter, students with other students, and students ...


College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Covid Related Teaching Materials Email, Pauline L. Kamath May 2020

College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Covid Related Teaching Materials Email, Pauline L. Kamath

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Email thread featuring messages between Jeffrey St. John, Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs University of Maine and Pauline Kamath, Assistant Professor of Animal Health Animal and Veterinary Sciences School of Food & Agriculture regarding Professor Kamath's submission of course material to the Provost Office on subjects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Transdisciplinary Approaches For The Dissemination Of The Switch School Wellness Initiative Through A Distributed 4-H/Extension Network, Gabriella Mcloughlin, Spyridoula Vazou, Laura C. Liechty, Ann R. Torbert, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, R. R. Rosenkranz, Gregory Welk May 2020

Transdisciplinary Approaches For The Dissemination Of The Switch School Wellness Initiative Through A Distributed 4-H/Extension Network, Gabriella Mcloughlin, Spyridoula Vazou, Laura C. Liechty, Ann R. Torbert, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, R. R. Rosenkranz, Gregory Welk

Kinesiology Publications

Background: Schools provide an ideal setting for promoting healthy lifestyles in youth, but it has proven difficult to promote the adoption and implementation of evidence-based programming by school leaders. The SWITCH® (School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health) intervention is a capacity-building process designed to help school leaders learn how to plan, implement, and sustain school wellness programs on their own.

Objective: The present study evaluates the transdisciplinary approaches used in establishing an integrated research-practice partnership with the state-wide 4-H/Extension network to support broader dissemination.

Method: The study used a mixed methods approach to evaluate the degree of engagement and ...


The Class Of 2020, Srinivasan Ragothaman May 2020

The Class Of 2020, Srinivasan Ragothaman

Creative Work

The is a poem written in honor of the class of 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has robbed them of many fun activities in their final semester in college. The graduating seniors missed out on so many rites of passage such as march madness, commencement, award banquets, sports, labs, practice, face-to-face classes etc. for the last two months. Seniors are encouraged to have fortitude, practice patience, be grateful and show grit. The class of 2020 will conquer the world in due course. It is hoped that graduates will have imagination, will innovate and transform the world.


Presence Of Electron Donor/Acceptor Radiographic Contrast Media In Unusual Photosynthesis Environment Of Fresh Plant Cells: Near-Infrared And X-Ray Characterization, Tetiana Soloviova, Subhendra Sarkar, Amina Shahbaz, Aldona Gjoni May 2020

Presence Of Electron Donor/Acceptor Radiographic Contrast Media In Unusual Photosynthesis Environment Of Fresh Plant Cells: Near-Infrared And X-Ray Characterization, Tetiana Soloviova, Subhendra Sarkar, Amina Shahbaz, Aldona Gjoni

Publications and Research

Photosynthesis is a chemical process through which light energy is used to convert inorganic material (water and carbon dioxide) into organic molecules. Anaerobic photosynthesis, also known as anoxygenic photosynthesis, is the process by which certain bacteria use light energy to create organic compounds but do not adequately involve oxygen. In this experiment we are trying to influence photosynthesis (light and dark reactions: PS-I and PS-II by electron rich gadolinium/iodine complexes like Eovist and Isovue. We also performed X-ray and NIR reflection spectroscopy (NIRS) to measure Gd difusivity and PS-I/II infrared response. The results for X-ray (45kvp and 5 ...


Applying Agriculture Curriculum As A Vehicle For Science Learning, Nicole Sorensen May 2020

Applying Agriculture Curriculum As A Vehicle For Science Learning, Nicole Sorensen

Theses, Student Research, and Creative Activity: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Agricultural educators in Nebraska are confronting increasing need to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education into agricultural curriculum. Though there are more than 80 agricultural education programs in Nebraska, the state does not provide many state-based curricula options within agricultural education pathways. The purpose of this exploratory survey research is to learn about the viability of an integrated, agriculture and science-based curriculum that is publicly available to agricultural education instructors. The study posed the questions: (1) What is the feasibility of a publicly available, science-integrated agriculture curriculum within Nebraska agricultural education programs? and (2) What are the benefits ...


Evaluation Of Maternal Diet And Its Effect On Milk Composition And Piglet Health And Growth Performance, Shana Barnett May 2020

Evaluation Of Maternal Diet And Its Effect On Milk Composition And Piglet Health And Growth Performance, Shana Barnett

Theses and Dissertations in Animal Science

Both graduate research and graduate teaching duties work together to help to develop a graduate student’s skills both in the classroom and on their research experiments. Being both a GTA and GRA allows a student to form more sound hypotheses, connect better with students, and better understand their own research.

During the time as a GTA and GRA four surveys were developed to analyze different groups of students and their learning environment and two animal experiments were conducted to evaluate maternal diet and its effect on milk composition and piglet health and growth performance

The surveys given to students ...


Life Science - Tracking Matter: Movement Of Matter, Cassandra Armstrong May 2020

Life Science - Tracking Matter: Movement Of Matter, Cassandra Armstrong

Model NGSS Lessons: 4th - 5th Grade

Energy exists in many forms and is constantly being transferred between forms. All energy types can be sorted into two main categories: potential and kinetic. Potential energy is stored energy. Chemical energy, nuclear energy, stored mechanical energy, and gravitational energy are all examples of potential energy. Kinetic energy is the energy of motion. Radiant (light) energy, thermal energy, sound energy, and electrical energy are all examples of kinetic energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred between the types of energy. Most energy we use on Earth stems from the nuclear energy from within the sun.


Physical And Life Science - Food And Energy: Animal And Plant Energy, Cassandra Armstrong May 2020

Physical And Life Science - Food And Energy: Animal And Plant Energy, Cassandra Armstrong

Model NGSS Lessons: 4th - 5th Grade

Energy exists in many forms and is constantly being transferred between forms. All energy types can be sorted into two main categories: potential and kinetic. Potential energy is stored energy. Chemical energy, nuclear energy, stored mechanical energy, and gravitational energy are all examples of potential energy. Kinetic energy is the energy of motion. Radiant (light) energy, thermal energy, sound energy, and electrical energy are all examples of kinetic energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred between the types of energy. Most energy we use on Earth stems from the nuclear energy from within the sun.


Life Science - Structure And Function: Internal And External, Patrick Young, Nicole Ross May 2020

Life Science - Structure And Function: Internal And External, Patrick Young, Nicole Ross

Model NGSS Lessons: 4th - 5th Grade

Plants and animals evolve to survive and reproduce in their environments. Both their internal and external structures will be well suited to support survival, growth, behavior and reproduction.

All animals have a mouth. Its function is to take in food, without which it could not survive to reproduce. The type of mouth, however, will vary between animals, depending on what they have evolved to eat. Internal organs of the digestive system will likewise vary depending on an animal’s diet. All parts of the system for eating and digesting food must work together.

Plants also have internal systems for processing ...


College Cocktail Competitions (1980-2020) - Version 1, James Murphy May 2020

College Cocktail Competitions (1980-2020) - Version 1, James Murphy

Other resources

2020 will commemorate a very important occasion, for it not only celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the first college cocktail competition in Ireland but also over 40 years of cocktail making activity in the Technological University of Dublin (TU Dublin) formerly known as [Dublin Institute of Technology-DIT & Vocational Education Committee-VEC]. This document highlights these College Cocktail Competitions, the recipes created, the overall winners, the many participants and the kind sponsors who helped to create 40 years of college cocktail competitions. The document helps to identify the many changes which occurred during this period of time in relation to this college ...


College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Bio 431 Emerging Infectious Diseases Covid-19 Response Email, Allison Gardner Apr 2020

College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Bio 431 Emerging Infectious Diseases Covid-19 Response Email, Allison Gardner

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Email from Allison Gardner, Assistant Professor, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine to the Provost Office regarding Professor Gardner's teaching BIO 431 Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Spring 2020 Semester and the incorporation of updates and discussion of COVID-19 into the course. Also, includes submission of interest in teaching a course on the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2022.


College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Wle 220 Ecological Statistics Description, Stephen M. Coghlan, Jr. Apr 2020

College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Wle 220 Ecological Statistics Description, Stephen M. Coghlan, Jr.

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Email from Stephen M. Coghlan, Jr., Associate Professor of Freshwater Fisheries, Ecology Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine to the Provost Office describing how he incorporated the COVID-19 pandemic into his class WLE 220 Ecological Statistics in the Spring 2020 Semester