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Texas Higher Ed board awards grant to ACU for chemistry program

For immediate release
May 20, 2003

Abilene Christian University received nearly $80,000 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to fund a chemistry program for local high school chemistry teachers.

Dr. Kim Pamplin, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Lloyd Goldsmith, assistant professor of education, will direct the program, and are the recipients of the grant. The grant proposal was titled "The Chemistry of Energy in Our Society: High School Chemistry with Meaningful Applications," and the grant is a Teacher Quality Grant. These grants are federal money dispensed to higher education institutions for the purpose of providing intense professional development in math and science for Texas teachers, Pamplin said.

The year-long program will involve 18 chemistry teachers from Region 14, including teachers from Abilene, Wylie, Hamlin and even Colorado City.

The primary training will take place June 11-26 when the teachers will participate in a three-week program for six hours each day focused on studying energy in Texas. During those three weeks, the teachers will perform experiments involving various kinds of energy and will go on field trips to visit a nuclear power plant, a wind generation facility, a natural gas power plant and others.

In addition, each participant will receive a laptop and training on its software. The teachers will use the laptops to gather data during their field trips and experiments, and they will make presentations based on that data. They will also bring in a lesson plan and present it to the group using Power Point software.

"The participants will leave with the experience of having done several experiments, processed those experiments, presented those experiments and presented some lessons. At the end of it each of their lesson plans will be shared with all the other participants so everyone leaves with 18 ready to use presentations," Pamplin said.

During the rest of the year, the grant will provide money for the teachers to attend conferences and Pamplin and Goldsmith will visit the teachers and observe them in the classroom.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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