CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Summer 2008 Fifteen years ago I received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to create
educational partnerships and provide science opportunities for students. Ten years ago, with
Volume 1 additional funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science
Foundation, we created LIGASE (Long Island Group Advancing Science Education). The
LIGASE mission was to provide science research and education opportunities for all who wish
to learn. LIGASE reached tens of thousands of middle and high school students,
undergraduates, teachers and many University faculty.
Last year the mission was enlarged, as the Provost merged LIGASE with the teacher
Center Faculty……2 educational components of the Mathematics Department to form the Center for Science and
Mathematics Education. The timing was fortuitous, as improving science and mathematics
education is now at the forefront of the national agenda. We are building bridges, creating new
Goals……………...2 partnerships and seeking new funding streams for current programs and those yet to be
implemented. I invite your ideas, your participation and your support.
K-12 Education …3
U.S. CONGRESSMEN TIM BISHOP AND BART GORDON VISIT THE CENTER
New York Congressman Tim Bishop (Member of the House Education and Labor
Committee) and Tennessee Congressman Bart Gordon (Chair of the House Science Committee)
Faculty & Staff…..7 visited the Center for Science and Mathematics Education on May 5. The visit was in advance
of Dr. Bynum’s talk on “Entrepreneurship in Science Education” at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center on May 6th and a similar talk the next day at the Rayburn House Office
Building. The congressmen were interested in viewing the innovations taking place in the
Center and their potential to impact science and mathematics education on a national level.
“Scientific technology and
innovation are driving the global
economy like never before, and
America needs to do more than ever to
stay ahead,” said Bishop. “Stony
Brook University is providing much-
needed leadership in this regard
through its efforts to enable more
American students and researchers to
succeed, opening the way for future
discoveries and breakthroughs, so
America can continue to be a world
leader for generations to come.”
Congressman Tim Bishop, laboratory director Joan Kiely,
Congressman Bart Gordon, graduate student Farah Daccueil,
David Bynum, laboratory manager Delon Callender
CENTER FACULTY LISA BERGER, DIRECTOR OF MATHEMATICS
EDUCATION, BRINGS NEW ENERGY TO
DAN MOLONEY AWARDED MILLION DOLLAR PROGRAM
Dr. Lisa Berger joined the Department of
Mathematics and the Center last fall after obtaining her
Dr. Dan Moloney has been awarded a 5 year,
doctorate in Mathematics at the University of Arizona.
$ 1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of
Her thesis and present work involves the ranks of elliptic
Health to direct the Bridges to the Baccalaureate
curves and she also has extensive background in
mathematics education. She has a strong drive to
improve mathematics education at all levels and since
her arrival we have sponsored a middle school
mathematics camp last fall and an elementary school
math competition this spring. She is also actively
working on a proposal to improve mathematics
education at the high school level. She also serves as a
college students from
co-principal investigator on the NSF Robert Noyce
award and is actively working to strengthen the
populations who are
mathematics component of the master’s degree in
interested in biomedical careers and helps them succeed
teaching mathematics. Her work is at the forefront of
in achieving their goals. Up to 24 community college
the national education agenda and we are delighted she
students spend five weeks at Stony Brook in the
is at Stony Brook.
summer, working in a molecular biology laboratory and
carrying out a research project.
BioPREP was conceived by Dr. David Bynum
who directed the program from 1994 to 2007. Since KEITH SHEPPARD SOLIDIFIES THE CENTER’S
inception, more than 300 community college students
have participated; 75% have obtained or are in the LEADERSHIP IN SCIENCE EDUCATION
process of obtaining a bachelor’s degree with more than
Since his arrival from Columbia’s Teachers
80% of these in math, science or a biomedical field.
College a year ago, Keith has quickly put his stamp on
Approximately 25% of BioPREP alumni are pursuing or
science education at Stony Brook. From being a
have obtained a graduate degree.
principal and co-principal investigator on grants, to
reviewing them, to presenting his work at the National
GOALS OF THE CENTER
●Attract, educate and retain more students, and increase diversity in the fields of
science and mathematics
●Broaden the science and mathematics knowledge base of the general public
●Enhance Stony Brook University’s nationally recognized teacher education
programs in science and mathematics
●Integrate science and mathematics throughout the K-16 curriculum
●Work with business, educational organizations, public and private schools and
community colleges to accomplish these goals
Science Foundation, he is always on the lookout for new teaching (MAT) biology. Zuzana Zachar, a faculty
opportunities. He just submitted a $ 4.8 M grant to NSF member in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, was selected
to work with five Long Island school districts and to direct the program and the rest is history. Zuzana is
improve elementary school science education. While an ideal director, dividing her time between doing bench
currently supervising his last two doctoral students at science and educating prospective teachers. Our
Teachers College, he is creating a doctoral program in applicants are outstanding with a mean undergraduate
science education at Stony Brook, set to take in students GPA of 3.3; many are older with professional careers
next year. While at Teachers College he also received and this year’s class has two dentists and a physician.
several teaching awards. Our Stony Brook students are Under her leadership we have now graduated over 200
now the beneficiaries of his grasp of the pedagogy and students, most teaching in surrounding schools and all
content of science, the policies and curriculum that are ambassadors for the Center and the University.
translate into educational success, and the strategies
needed to get there. Since joining the Center, he has
published three papers, reviewed others, given several
invited talks and presented at national meetings. He is
an invaluable colleague, friend and mentor to many of us
in the Stony Brook community.
JOAN KIELY DIRECTS HIGH SCHOOL
MOLECULAR MODELING COMPETITION, WINS
OSI GRANT TO CONTINUE
In April, 70 students from 24 teams participated
in the First Annual Stony Brook University Protein
Modeling Challenge. Students used 9 foot foam covered
wires to create 3-D color models of calmodulin, a small
calcium binding protein that mediates many essential
cell processes. The first event of its kind at Stony Brook
University, this competition helps high school students
visualize proteins in three dimensions, and to realize the
power and importance of using models to better
understand molecular structure and function. The
winning school was Lawrence-Woodmere Academy in Farmingdale High School Protein Model
Nassau County. Media coverage was provided by both
Channel 12 and Newsday.
Joan just learned that she was successful in
securing a $10,000 grant from OSI Pharmaceuticals
Foundation to fund the competition in the future. OSI K-12 EDUCATION
has been especially supportive of the Center, previously
funding fellowships for pre-service teachers who plan to MEETING THE NATIONAL CHALLENGE – A
teach in high needs schools, and we are particularly MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO
grateful for their continued support.
ATTRACT SCIENCE AND MATH TEACHERS TO
HIGH NEEDS SCHOOLS
ZUZANA ZACHAR AND THE LAST TEN YEARS – The Center now has fellowship funding for pre-
LEVERAGING BIOLOGY THROUGHOUT THE service teachers who will teach in New York City or in
CURRICULUM other high needs schools. Dean of Arts and Sciences
Jim Staros has obtained a $450,000 award from the
In 1998, after two years of effort, we obtained Petrie Foundation for pre-service teachers who commit
New York State approval to offer a master’s degree in to teaching for three years in New York City. Three of
these $15,000 awards have been given this spring. Keith
Sheppard also directs the $500,000 NSF Robert Noyce
Fellowship program which provides $10,000 fellowships of classes scheduled and the number of students
to students who commit to teaching in a high needs attending has more than doubled. Students from over
school for two years. We recently awarded seven Noyce 85% of the Long Island school districts have taken part
Fellowships making a total of 26 over the last three in BTC activities, enhancing their knowledge of
years. These award winners include some of our best molecular biology and appreciation of the university
students, with both academic and leadership qualities, environment.
and they continue to stay in contact with us while
teaching in the schools.
CENTER HOSTS ELEMENTARY STUDENT MATH
BIOTECHNOLOGY TEACHING CENTER HOSTS
40,000TH STUDENT “What is the largest prime number divisible into
168?” If you were an elementary school student at the
Each weekday in the spring, our Biotechnology 2008 Suffolk County Mathematics Tournament in April,
Teaching Center (BTC) hosts up to four classes of the chances are you would have had the answer in
middle and high school students as they carry out seconds. Over a hundred students from twenty two
experiments in forensics, biotechnology and genetics. schools competed in both individual and team events.
Classes are taught jointly with faculty and graduate The winners were Mount Elementary School,
students in science teacher education programs, and give Huntington Intermediate School and Port Jefferson
prospective teachers an excellent opportunity to teach in Middle School. It was especially gratifying the see the
a supervised setting. Some of these prospective teachers Chair of the Mathematics Department, David Ebin, pen
become so proficient that they receive job interviews and clipboard in hand, working out the problems with
based on their work in the BTC! These hands-on equal enthusiasm as the competitors.
activities are aligned with state standards and give the
students an opportunity to learn in a world class
laboratory while visiting a major research institution.
Teachers who schedule their classes attest to the first rate
quality of the experience and the fact that it could not be
performed in their school. In the last decade the number
Central Islip High School students at the Biotechnology Teaching Center
education and research. This year we are directing 27
different programs for students and teachers at all levels.
We invite you to come by and see what we’re about.
FOR UNDERGRADUATES WHO WANT TO TEACH
– COMBINED DEGREE PROGRAMS
In the last five years enrollment in science and
math MAT programs has more than doubled. Now the
Center is prepared to attract and retain additional
talented students with the offering of combined
bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. Available in
biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and
mathematics, these 5-year programs allow prospective
teachers to accelerate their education by one to two
BIO 103 Introduction to Biotechnology course
MEETING THE UNDERGRADUATE CHALLENGE –
SCHOLARSHIPS AND COURSES FOR
CENTER SUMMER OFFERINGS CONTINUE TO
The Center has always had a primary mission of
For over a decade the summers have been the
making undergraduate education stronger at Stony
busiest time for the Center. Last year we hired 48
Brook. Our sponsored courses Molecular Diversity
additional pre-service and in-service teachers, graduate Laboratory, Introduction to Biotechnology, Molecular
students and post-doctoral fellows to work in our science
Immunology, Bioinformatics and Computational
camps, workshops and courses. This “flocking” together
Biology, Bioethics and Policy, and Cancer Genetics,
of students and teachers from Long Island and beyond
have all been extremely well received. The first course
has become an annual ritual, and one that assists in
we developed in 1995, Techniques in Cellular and
making the Center a leading learning community on Molecular Biology, is now entering its 14th year!
Long Island. Hundreds of individuals of all Additionally we have awarded over 3 million dollars in
backgrounds live, learn and work together to make
available increased opportunities in science and math
HHMI National Scholars kayaking trip
fellowships and recipients have co-authored over 200 30. This program showcases undergraduate research and
papers and abstracts. For the second consecutive year is open to all Stony Brook undergraduates conducting
we are sending students to the laboratories of Howard faculty mentored research and creative activities. A
Hughes Medical Institute International investigators and central component of the celebration is an all day poster
bringing in outstanding students from around the country session where students present their work to the Stony
for summer research. Our reach now extends around the Brook community. The celebration participants get
World! published in the annual URECA Collected Abstracts
book. Under the excellent leadership of Karen Kernan
of the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the
program participation has grown every year, almost
STONY BROOK MARC STUDENTS HAVE tripling in the last five years.
AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
The remaining three undergraduates in
our NIH MARC program are graduating this spring and
all will enter graduate school. Cynthia Okoye will enter
the M.D./Ph.D. program at Albert Einstein University.
Jean Christian Brutus will join the Mechanical
Engineering Program at Stony Brook. Kerri Keng is
enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Program at MIT.
The MARC program has been highly successful at Stony
Brook for over a decade but our latest grant was not
renewed. We are applying again, responding carefully
to the reviewer’s criticisms, and hope to have the
program back on board next year with Dan Moloney as
the new principal investigator.
Dr. Sheppard instructs faculty on how to
use technology in the classroom
CENTER STRENGTHENS CONTACTS BETWEEN
Keith Sheppard, faculty member in
Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is the principal
investigator (PI) on an NSF Robert Noyce fellowship
award with Lisa Berger from Department of
Mathematics. David Bynum is a co-PI with Gil Hanson,
a faculty member in geosciences, on the NSF GeoPrep
award and is a co-PI on the NSF MARIACHI award
MARC student with his research project with physics faculty member Helio Takai. What better
way to link faculty together than successful grant
awards? And as we are writing many more such
proposals, this is only the beginning.
CENTER PROVIDES FUNDING FOR URECA
For the second consecutive year the Center is
pleased to support Stony Brook’s annual Celebration of
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity on April
CENTER FACULTY AND STAFF
Joan Kiely, M.S.
David Bynum, Ph.D.,
Director of the Biotechnology Teaching Center
Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education
Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Robert McCarthy, Ph.D.
Director, Masters Degree in Teaching Physics
Janet Andersen, Ph.D.
Daniel Moloney, Ph.D.
Director of the Biotechnology Teaching Center
Instructional Support Technician
Lisa Berger, Ph.D.
Director, Masters Degree in Teaching Mathematics
Linda Padwa, M.A.T.
Director, Field Experiences for Science Education
Caren Gough, Ed.M.
Instructor, Science Education
Keith Sheppard, Ed.D.
Director, Science Education
Gilbert Hanson, Ph.D.
Director, Masters Degree in Teaching Earth Science
Zuzana Zachar, Ph.D.
Director, Masters Degree in Teaching Biology
Nadia Kennedy, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Mathematics Education
Top left: Linda Padwa, Debra Pelio, Zuzana Zachar, David Bynum, Judy Nimmo, Janet Andersen, and Patrick Aro
Bottom left: Joan Kiely, Keith Sheppard, Lisa Berger, and Dan Moloney
Center for Science and
Mathematics Education CENTER SPONSORS
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
094 Life Sciences Building
National Institutes of Health
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5233 National Science Foundation
Stony Brook University
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STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
STONY BROOK, NY 11794-5233