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NDeRC 2010-2011

NDeRC 2010-2011



This is the Principle Investigator's section of the 2011 NDeRC Annual Report. NDeRC is an NSF-sponsored GK-12 program at the University of Notre Dame.

This is the Principle Investigator's section of the 2011 NDeRC Annual Report. NDeRC is an NSF-sponsored GK-12 program at the University of Notre Dame.



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    • NDeRC Annual Report—PI Section<br />The Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC) project (DGE-0638723) is completing its fourth year. Professor Mitchell R. Wayne is PI, and Dr. Rachel Fulcher-Dawson is the project external evaluator. This annual report covers the period from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011.<br />A. Participants<br />1. Senior Personnel<br />Senior PersonnelDescription of PositionTime on ProjectAffiliation & PositionDescription of ContributionMitchell WaynePI4 yearsChair, Department of Physics, University of Notre DameCoordinates Senior Personnel; Oversees relations with NSF; Coordinates with University PartnersThomas LoughranManaging Co-PI4 yearsProfessional Specialist, Dept of Physics, University of Notre DameProject articulation, development of partnerships, communication strategiesDaniel KarmgardCo-PI4 yearsResearch Professor, Dept of Physics,Univ of Notre DameAdvises particle physics outreach; technical supportDouglas ThainCo-PI4 yearsAssoc Prof., Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, Univ of Notre DameCoordinates with College of EngineeringPatrick MooneyProject Coordinator4 yearsProfessional Specialist, Dept of Physics, Univ of Notre DameResponsible for day-to-day operation of the project, assisting with project articulation and reportingRachel Fulcher-DawsonExternal Evaluator9 monthsIndependent ScholarExternal evaluation: some data gathering, gives formative input to PIs<br />2. Fellows<br />Active NDeRC Fellows (2nd year of Cohort II)year in programmajorresearch topicstatement of graduate location & nature of graduate workethnicity & genderKatherine Rueff4th yr of PhDPhysicsStar formation and the interstellar medium in the thick disks of spiral galaxiesCollege of Science & conducing researchwhite & femaleAranda Slabbekoorn5th year PhDChemistry & BiochemBiochemical analysis of the Alzheimer protein Tau and its interaction with microtubules of different conformations and the investigation of Tau-Tau interactions at the microtubule surface.College of Science & conducing researchwhite & femaleMichelle Dolan7th year PhDPhysicsComputational modeling of stellar evolutionCollege of Science & writing dissertationwhite femaleMichael Crocker6th year PhDComputer Science and EngineeringCircuits and architectures for emerging nanotechnology: nanomagnet logic College of Engineering & completing dissertationwhite & maleCarrie Rodak5th yr of PhDCivil Engineering and Geological SciencesProbabilistic Risk analysis using system performance criteria for wellhead protection and the identification of human health risksCollege of Engineering, conducting research and writing dissertationwhite & femaleRebecca Quardokus4th yr of PhDChemistry & BiochemScanning Tunneling Microscopy Study Comparing Neutral and Mixed-Valence Dinuclear Organometallic Molecules on Au(111)College of Science & conducting researchwhite & femaleValerie Goss5th yr of Ph.D.Chemistry & BiochemPotential Dependent DNA Origami Binding on Silicon Surfaces & In Situ Atomic Force Microscopy Liquid ImagingCollege of Science & Preparing for Candidacy Examblack & female<br />Active NDeRC Fellows (1st year of Cohort III)Year in graduate programmajorResearch topicStatement of graduate location & nature of graduate workEthnicity & genderAprell Carr6th yr of PhD (starting)Cellular BiologyRole of the Stil gene in dopaminergic cellsCollege of Science & conducting researchafrican-american/black femaleFrancis Raycroft5th year of PhDBiologyRetinal Regeneration in ZebrafishCollege of Science & conducing researchwhite & maleJamie Antonelli6th yr of PhDPhysicsMeasuring the decay of the Z boson using the CMS detector at the LHCCollege of Science & writing dissertationwhite & maleJessica Mikels3rd yr of PhD (5th yr at ND)SociologyHuman/environmental interaction, cultural constructions of nature, place-based environmental educationCollege of Arts and Letters & Preparing for Candidacy Examswhite & female<br />Past NDeRC FellowsYear in graduate programMajorResearch topicStatement of graduate location & nature of graduate workEthnicity & gendere-mailJill Dzurisin6th yr of PhDChemisty & BiochemistryThe study of cytoskeletal proteins that interact with microtubules and membranesCollege of Science – Writing Dissertationwhite & femalejdzuris1@nd.eduRyan ConnaughtonEnd of 5th year of PhDComputer Science & EngineeringCombining face and iris Biometrics for automatic person identificationCollege of Engineering - Conducting experiments and writing dissertationwhite & malerconnaug@nd.eduJoseph RibaudoFinished Ph.D. Astrophysics May 2011PhysicsInterstellar MediumMoving to tenure track position in upstate NYwhite & malejribaudo@nd.eduDouglas BerryEnd of 4th year of PhDPhysicsHiggs Boson decaying to 2 photons in the CMS detector at the LHCGeneva Switzerland - Preparing early analysis framework for Higgs to diphoton analysis.Biracial (Caucasian & African American) & Maledberry2@nd.eduJames WhitcombGraduated with PhDBiologyThe role of vitamin D and its receptor in immunity to Leishmania infectionResearcher at Siemens, Inc.white & malejames.whitcomb@siemens.comBrighid Corcoran5th year PhDChemistry & BiochemistryElectron Beam Lithography of SAMs and their potential for nanoelectronicsCollege of Science – research and dissertationwhite & femalecorcoran.15@nd.eduAnnette Raigoza7th year of PhDChemistry & BiochemistryScanning tunneling microscopy studies of mixed self-assembled monolayersCollege of Science & writing dissertationhispanic & femalearaigoza@nd.edu<br />3. Organization Partners<br />Table of Primary Fellow-Teacher Classroom Interactions<br />IndianaSchool NameSettingType% F/R lunchAYP?Class Name, gradeDescription of ActivityNSF-Funded Fellows, Teachers#T,#F, #TAdams High SchoolUrbanPublic51-60%No Honors Earth/Space Science9, 10, 11, 12ASTRO Week; twice-weekly classroom visitsKatherine RueffCaroline Fletcher1,1Bremen High SchoolRuralPublic31-40%NoAstronomy11, 12 Twice-weekly classroom visitsMichelle Dolan Michael McNeely1,1Clay High SchoolUrbanPublic51-60%NoBiology9Twice-weekly classroom visitsAranda Slabbekoorn Mark Ballentine1,1Edison Intermediate CenterUrbanPublic71-80%NoScience 5, 8ENVIRO WeekCarolyn Rodak Janelle Moran,Karen Kennedy1,2Heritage Intermediate SchoolUrbanPublic31-40%NoScience5ENVIRO WeekCarolyn Rodak Beth Hawn1,1Holy Family SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AScience5NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Jeanne DuBois 3,1John Young Middle SchoolUrbanPublic51-60%NoScience 8NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Walt Buras3,1LaSalle Intermediate CenterUrbanPublic41-50%YesScience6ASTRO WeekMichelle Dolan, Katherine Rueff Stephanie Modlin2,1LaSalle Intermediate CenterUrbanPublic41-50%YesScience8ENVIRO WeekCarolyn Rodak Madeleine Martinez, Patricia Chrenka1,2LaSalle Intermediate CenterUrbanPublic41-50%YesScience6NANO WeekValerie Goss, Rebecca QuardokusSharon Brandt2,1Marian High SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AResearch Survey11, 12NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Ken Andrzejewski3,1Marquette Montessori AcademyUrbanPublic71-80%YesEarly ChildhoodKindergartenWeekly Environmental Science ActivitiesJessica Mikels Kathe Streeter1,1Mishawaka High SchoolUrbanPublic51-60%NoBiology9, 10ENVIRO WeekCarolyn Rodak Alicia Harkins-Pritchett1,1Mishawaka High SchoolUrbanPublic51-60%NoChemistry10, 11NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Dave Dobrzykowski, Dan Witt3,2New Prairie High SchoolUrbanPublic21-30%NoBiology9ENVIRO WeekCarolyn Rodak John Gensic1,1Northridge Middle SchoolUrbanPublic31-40%YesScience8NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Erin Wagner,Amy Hively3,2Osolo Elementary SchoolUrbanPublic71-80%NoScience 4NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Bryan Nowakowski3,1Penn High SchoolUrbanPublic11-20%NoChemistry10, 11NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Lynda Rose3,1Prairie Vista ElementaryUrbanPublic1-10%YesScience5ENVIRO WeekCarolyn Rodak Nancy Koontz1 ,1St. Bavo SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AScience4, 5ENVIRO WeekCarolyn Rodak Gina Mynsberge1,1St. Joseph’s High SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AEnviron-mental Science11, 12ENVIRO WeekCarolyn Rodak Michael Walsh1,1St. Joseph’s High SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AChemistry11, 12Week-long Intro to Particle Physics Workshop with CMS run dataLouis Antonelli Brian Dolezal,Chris Culver1,2St. Joseph’s High SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AGenetics11GENO WeekAprell Carr, Francis Raycroft, Aranda SlabbekoornTracy Gergely3,1St. Joseph’s High SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AGenetics (Fall Semester)10, 11, 12GENO WeekAprell Carr, Francis Raycroft, Aranda Slabbekoorn Jann Brunner,Tracy Gergely3,2Stanley Clark SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AScience2NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Michelle Havens3,1Stanley Clark SchoolUrbanPrivateN/AN/AAstroWeek2ASTRO WeekMichelle Dolan, Katherine Rueff Michelle Havens2,1Swanson Primary CenterUrbanPublic61- 70%NoScience1NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Rebecca Quardokus Cindy Skoczylas2,1Trinity School atGreenlawnUrbanPrivateN/AN/AChemistry/Biochemistry10GENO WeekAprell Carr, Francis Raycroft, Aranda Slabbekoorn John Lee3,1Trinity School at GreenlawnUrbanPrivateN/AN/APhysics & Computer Programming11Semester-long daily assistance with MATLABMichael Crocker Patrick Malone1,1Trinity School at GreenlawnUrbanPrivateN/AN/APhysics & Computer Programming12Particle Physics: CMS run data analysis with MATLABJamie AntonelliTom Loughran (co-PI)Patrick Mooney (PC)Tom Finke1,2,1Kandel Lab, University of Notre DameN/AN/AN/AN/ASaint Joseph High School Research Community student researcher in labbiweekly STM/AFM investigation of alpha-bombarded surfacesRebecca Quardokus1Washington High SchoolUrbanPublic71-80%NoHonors Biology9GENO WeekAprell Carr, Francis Raycroft, Aranda Slabbekoorn Susan Rathwick3,1Woodland Elementary SchoolUrbanPublic91-100%NoScience4NANO WeekMichael Crocker, Valerie Goss, Rebecca Quardokus Michael Wagner3,1 <br />BioEYES Weeks: Teacher/Fellow-initiated, Teacher-staffed, Fellow-assisted<br />Note: while we follow the NSF-suggested guidelines for the table of primary Fellow-Teacher interactions, we modify that format for the unusual BioEYES case to highlight the number of students impacted (each impacted over a period of 5 classes in a single week) by the BioEYES activity, which was launched by Fellows but maintained largely by teachers.<br />IndianaSchool NameSettingType% F/R lunchAdYrlyProgress?Class Name, gradeDescription of Activity(note: this activity was begun by Fellows but sustained by staff teacherNSF-Funded Fellows NSF-Funded TeachersUnfunded (FY ’10-‘11) TeachersNumber of studentsAdams High SchoolUrbanPublic51-60%NoBiology9BioEYES (H), a week-long zebrafish genetics & embryology activity, with 3 different levels (Primary,Middle,High)Anita BeebeEmily Zablocki150BrownUrbanPublic81-90%No Science6, 7BioEYES (M)Aprell CarrAnita BeebeSharon Tipton, Jason Zook160Christ the KingUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science1, 2BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeJanelle MillerLee Jolly85Clay High SchoolUrbanPublic51-60%No Biology9BioEYES (H)Anita BeebeCarrie BidwellMark Ballentine225Discovery MiddleUrbanPublic11-20%YesScience7BioEYES (M)Anita BeebeTim Braunsdorf150Edison IntermediateUrbanPublic71-80%NoScience5BioEYES (5)Anita BeebeJanelle MoranMary Cook, Aaron Patterson90Good Shepherd MontessoriUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science3BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeBarbara GarlandJudy Hatch30Heritage IntermediateUrbanPublic31-40%NoScience3BioEYES (P)Francis RaycroftAnita BeebeMark Anderson, Kahil Schertz, Carla Kasten, Anne Toth, J. Raycroft125Jackson IntermediateUrbanPublic71-80%NoScience6, 7BioEYES (M)Anita BeebeMary SwopeSalima Oughdiri170Kennedy Primary AcademyUrbanPublic31-40%YesScienceK, 3BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeBrad RakerRachel McDonough,Lindsey Althouse,C. Belt 185LaSalle IntermediateUrbanPublic41-50%Yes Science6, 8BioEYES (M)Aranda SlabbekoornAnita BeebePat Chrenka,Madeleine MartinezStephanie ModlinSharon Brandt375LaVille Jr. Sr.Urban Public31-40%NoScience7, 9BioEYES (M, H)Anita BeebeLynn Barden155Mishawaka H.S.UrbanPublic51-60%No Biology9BioEYES (H)Anita BeebeAlicia Harkins180New Prairie High SchoolUrbanPublic21-30%No Biology9BioEYES (H)Anita BeebeJohn Gensic150New Prairie MiddleUrbanPublic31-40%YesScience6BioEYES (M)Anita BeebeJeff MeinhardLori Rose275Nuner PrimaryUrbanPublic71-80%NoScience3BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeRobert Guerrero60Riverside IntermediateUrbanPublic51-60%YesScience6BioEYES (M)Anita BeebeAnna MillerKim BurnsTillie KainSue Turpin280St. BavoUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science5BioEYES (M)Anita BeebeGina Mynsberge15St. Joe Grade School S.B.UrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science5BioEYES (M)Anita BeebeKristin Darden55St. Joe H.S.UrbanPrivate N/AN/A Biology9BioEYES (H)Anita BeebeTracey GergelyDeb SemmlerPaul Carrier, 240St. Joe MishawakaUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science6BioEYES (M)Anita BeebePatty Karban30St. JudeUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science3, 6, 8BioEYES (P, M)Anita BeebeJaclyn VossKathy Wolfram90St. MonicaUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science7, 8BioEYES (M)Anita Beebe, Aileen Mattimore41St. PiusUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science7, 8BioEYES (M) Anita BeebeLisa Nyers34Stanley ClarkUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Science1, 2BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeMichelle HavensPatrice HindsleyHeather Kerckhove75Swanson PrimaryUrbanPublic61-70%NoScience3BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeBetsy Steele100Tarkington TraditionalUrbanPublic31-40%NoScience3BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeMargaret MooreMary Anderson60Trinity School at GreenlawnUrbanPrivate N/AN/A Biology9BioEYES (H)Anita BeebeMatt Bartek30Warren PrimaryUrbanPublic71-80%NoScience1 ,2, 3BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeMark AlexanderBeth Bokhart75Washington H.S.UrbanPublic71-80%NoBiology9BioEYES (H)Anita BeebeSusan Rathwick,Larry Laskowski,Kasi Bolden280West Side Middle, Elk.UrbanPublic71-80%NoScience6, 7, 8BioEYES (M)Anita BeebeDeb Giles25WilsonUrbanPublic71-80%YesScience3BioEYES (P)Anita BeebeCarol Govek25Total Schools: 32Total Students: 4020<br />4. Other Collaborators<br />Non-K-12 CollaboratorsActivity descriptionContributionsKey PersonnelGenotypProduct development and testing in Summer Institute and classroom implementations of Genotyp’s Cloning a Fluorescent Gene module; Lesson prep materialsGenotyp: led teacher workshopNDeRC: troubleshoot CAFG moduleFellows: Carr, Raycroft, Slabbekorn;Project Coordinator MooneyBioEYES at University of Pennsylvania & Carnegie Inst. for ScienceNDeRC collaborates on authoring, reviewing, printing booklets for all BioEYES sitesauthored & produced booklets, surveysFellows: Carr, RaycroftTeacher: Beebe, plus 34 other funded (and many nonfunded) teachers this yearMichiana Astronomical SocietyCollaboration on Transit of Venus component in 2011 ASTRO Institute for teachers; lunar sample bag testing with scanning probe microscopyfrom each: time on collaborationFellows: Rueff, DolanCo-PI LoughranNISMEC, with support from SiemensSupport of NISMEC/Seimens-sponsored Sensing Our World with water source mapping NISMEC/ Siemens: management of SOW weekFellows Rodak, Mikels, Crocker; Teachers Gensic, Walsh; Co-PI LoughranSaint Joseph County Public LibraryScience Alive!SJCPL provides space, publicity, lunchFellows:ETHOSScience Spooktakular!ETHOS: space, publicityFellows Rodak, Goss, Quardokus; Proj. Coord. Mooney; Co-PI LoughranJHoSDigital Visualization TheatreFellows trained to lead DVT presentations in astronomy to visiting K-12 school groupsDVT provided training; NDeRC Fellows led toursFellows: Rueff, DolanFormer Fellow: RibaudoTeacher: FletcherJoint Institute for Nuclear AstrophysicsCollaboration on Middle School astroimaging project during two middle school science visits (Edison Middle, Riverbend Community Math)JINA coordinated visits; NDeRC led astroimagingFellows: RueffFormer Fellow: RibaudoCo-PI LoughranRiverbend Community Mathematics CenterCollaboration on Summer 2010 Sensing our World water source mapping project Spring 2011; JINA-NDeRC-co-sponsored student visit to NDRiverbend provided GPS units; NDeRC trained studentsFellows: Rueff, Rodak, Mikels, Ribaudo (from previous cohort)Teachers:Gensic, WalshCo-PI LoughranExpanding Your HorizonsFellows discussed STEM careers with middle school girls as part of EYH day-long activity at Notre DameEYH provided venue and logistics; NDeRC Fellows presentedFellows: Goss, QuardokusNotre Dame QuarkNet CenterHoused offices, meeting space; maintenance support; collaboration in various outreach activitiesStaff support from NDQC donatedBlacketor (staff)Beebe (teacher)Proj. Coord. MooneyCo-PI LoughranND Office of Public Affairs & CommunicationProvided web site, photography support; co-sponsored annual Forum$1500 Forum supportAll 11 Fellows, nearly all teachers, Sr. Personnel Wayne, Mooney, LoughranND Graduate SchoolInclusion of endowed Schmitt Fellows in MichianaSTEM blogging; Forum support$2000 Forum SupportSame as aboveND College of ScienceCommunications support; Forum support$2000 Forum SupportSame as above<br />B. Project Summary<br />1. Goals and Activities<br />This 2010-11 year has been exceptionally busy in support of NDeRC’s project goals. These goals amount to including Fellows as leaders and interns in an integrated STEM community in Michiana. While most of the data in support of this activity is presented in tabular form in section A and in Section B2 below, textual summaries of our primary modes of activity are included under each of our project goals in this section B1.<br />Goal 1: To incorporate graduate students into the life and work of the Michiana STEM Community so as to awaken in them a sense of responsibility for education and public outreach and to provide them with an Integrated STEM Community model for effective exercise of that responsibility. (See https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=d98wjv3_693gn88jjhh) <br />Primary supporting activities:<br />All-hands biweekly meetings of Fellows, Teachers, and Project Management (Mooney, Loughran) occurred every other Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30, with teachers joining as their schedules permitted, usually just for the second hour. Topics for discussion included: updates on research; progress in classroom visitations, both weekly and on the STEM-Week model; planning informal educational events; public communication about science; online activities (blogging and wikis.)<br />Collaboration-specific activities included Summer fellow-teacher-student laboratory experiences, the planning and implementation of Summer Institutes for K-12 teachers, and the STEM-Week model of week-long classroom activities.<br />Classroom visits varied by collaboration: in addition to the series of STEM-Week (NANO, ENVIRO, ASTRO, GENO, and BioEYES) visits documented in the table above, Fellows Rueff (with Teacher Fletcher), Dolan (one trimester with McNeeley), Crocker (with Malone), and Slabbekoorn (with Ballentine) worked together in classrooms once or twice-weekly, year-round. <br />Support of informal education activities (in libraries, community centers, planetariums, science fair competitions, etc.) was an ad hoc but reasonably frequent component of the NDeRC pattern of life. See section A4 for details.<br />Maintaining a vibrant web presence (blogs, wikis, other social media) was a regular part of NDeRC activity in support of all 3 NDeRC goals. See section B2 below for URLs and a map of the NDeRC blogosphere. This year saw an 11-month 39% increase in blog posting from last year, and 250% increase in subscriptions.<br />Goal 2: To bring the experience of belonging to the research community to a wider range of K-12 teachers and students in the surrounding area.<br />Primary Supporting Activities<br />Collaborating for Research and Education Forum IV (linked here) was held in January 2011; 100 teachers, 15 graduate fellows, and 15 university faculty/staff participated in the event. Presentations were made by half a dozen collaborating partners; U.S. Representative Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana 3rd) attended. 100 of the attendees at this forum accepted invitations and are now subscribed to the MichianaSTEM Community blog.<br />Summer Institutes (BioEYES, NANO, ENVIRO, ASTRO, GENO) were held during Summer 2010. A total of 93 teachers (25 BioEYES, 15 NANO, 24 Enviro, 23 ASTRO, 6 GENO) attended these week-long institutes. Stipends were provided at $100/teacher/day. <br />Note on Stipends: this year no stipends were provided neither for the Forum--whose attendance slipped from roughly 200 to roughly 100 teachers—nor for the upcoming Summer Institutes—also down, with 51 teachers currently registered. Some of this 50% decrease may be due to the lack of stipends, and due to saturation of the market, and some due to advertizing. Forum attendance is linked to Institute attendance, since the Forum is our primary vehicle for marketing the Institutes to teachers. We view it as encouraging that our attendance for both the Forum and the Institute held as well as it did, in the aftermath of eliminating stipends, which was done both for budgetary reasons and as a step toward a more sustainable model for these activities.<br />Figure 1: NANO Week introduction of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) at Swanson Primary Center. See their published presentations on their NANO and BioEYES weeks embedded and linked from this NDeRC blog post.<br />STEM-Weeks continued to be a success as a vehicle for extending an invitation into STEM community with teachers to their students. Like NDeRC’s adaptation of the BioEYES Institute, every STEM Institute devotes roughly a third of its time to each of the following categories: 1) the content of the STEM-Week classroom activity; 2) providing content knowledge as background to the activity; and 3) tours/presentations of university research related to the activity, led by NDeRC Fellows. Details of participation are present in the table found in Section A3 above. Participant numbers by STEM-Week type are summarized here: BioEYES: 62 K-12 teachers, 4020 students; NANO: 14 K-12 teachers, 1006 students; ENVIRO: 11 K-12 teachers, 977 students; (143 wells tested and mapped: http://erc.nd.edu/blogs/blog/2011/05/16/a-unique-data-set/); ASTRO: 4 K-12 teachers, 180 students; GENO: 4 K-12 teachers, 198 students.<br />TOTALS from STEM Weeks: 6636 students; 107 teachers, 70 schools, 259 different classes in the past year alone. All of these contacts are at least a week long in duration. Of these totals, 3251 students and 58 teachers experienced at least one week-long interaction with Fellows. These numbers are evidence for proof-of-concept success for a central NDeRC strategy: increasing the surface area of our capacity to issue invitations to Michiana K-12 teachers and students into Integrated STEM Community.<br />Goal 3: To strengthen and expand avenues of collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and surrounding K-12 institutions.<br />This third goal has been clarified for us in light of the Integrated STEM Community model: it is not just Notre Dame’s relationships with surrounding K-12 institutions we seek to foster, but a broader network of University-K-12-Community ties; our supportive activities illustrate our pursuit of this broader goal.<br />Primary Supporting Activities<br />NDeRC’s ongoing collaboration with more than 70 K-12 schools has been documented in detail in the tables above (section A3.)<br />As is evident in part from our table of collaborating partners (table A4), NDeRC has maintained a visible and catalytic presence with its community partners. The number and kind of these interactions is large and difficult to quantify. Below is a list of highlights:<br />NDeRC’s Collaborating for Research and Education Forum continued to bring together a wide arrange of university partners, including this year two parent groups (No Parent Left Behind and Home Management Services: see http://www.michianastem.org/family) who had never worked together until NDeRC called them together to plan for this Forum.<br />Carnegie Classification for Civic Engagement : NDeRC was a central player in the <br />University of Notre Dame’s successful petition to achieve this classification. <br />Education Collaborative Council: PI Wayne and Co-PI Loughran participate monthly in the ECC. From their web site: “Comprised of 18-20 administrators, faculty, and staff from the University of Notre Dame, the South Bend Community School Corporation, Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, and Ivy Tech Community College, the Education Collaborative Council is a mutually beneficial partnership whose purpose is to help guide strategic, long-term efforts to positively influence student performance and test scores, and to improve graduation rates in South Bend.” (http://publicaffairs.nd.edu/k-12-education/education-hub/.)<br />Chamber of Commerce Education event: NDeRC send a contingent of some dozen PIs, Fellows and Project Manager Mooney to participate in a community-wide breakfast discussion on the importance of education for community prosperity.<br />Nanotechnology Plunge: NDeRC joined the Midwest Institute for Nanotechology Devices (MIND), and the Memoral Hospital Foundation in their effort to provide a “Nano Plunge” to 100 business leaders from Michiana. Half a dozen NDeRC senior personnel and Fellows attended the event, showcasing our three mobile scanning probe microscopes in the foyer of the event. See http://science.nd.edu/research/profiles/nderc_nanotechnology.htm<br />Event broadcasting to 100 K-12 teacher blog subscribers: NDeRC’s MichianaSTEM Community blog is becoming a venue for announcements: four times this Spring announcements of events (two from Physics, one from Public Affairs and Communication, one from the Northern Indiana Science, Mathematics and Engineering Collaboration) were make to K-12 educators<br />Visitations to ND from local schools or other student groups: This year NDeRC organized, co-hosted or otherwise supported a variety of one-day visits from a variety of local schools, always working with other university partners. See the table in section A4 of this report, and Table 2.1 of our evaluator’s appendix.<br />Activities added to partnering organization events: Other collaborative activities reached out to students neither in classrooms nor at the university, but in sites organized by co-sponsoring partners: Science Alive! at the Saint Joseph Public Library; Science Spooktakular at the ETHOS Center in Elkhart; at summer camps organized by NISMEC and the Michiana Astronomical Society; etc. <br />2. Communication<br />Presentations and Publications:<br />Achievement TypeCitationScientific product* Michael Crocker, X. Sharon Hu, and Michael Niemier, “Design and Comparison of NML Systolic Architectures” International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures, pages 29-34, June 2010 Oral presentation given June 2010 in Anaheim, California, USA Conference presentation/posterEducational product - Institutional presentation*Carr A, *Raycroft F, *Slabbekoorn A; An Invitation to the 2010 GENO Summer Institute: A presentation to local K-12 STEM Teachers at the Collaborating for Education and Research Forum IV; January 2011; University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, IN. Conference presentation/posterEducational product - Institutional presentation*Dolan M, +Fletcher C, +McNeeley A, *Rueff K; An Invitation to the 2010 ASTRO Summer Institute: A presentation to local K-12 STEM Teachers at the Collaborating for Education and Research Forum IV; January 2011; University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, IN. Conference presentation/posterScientific product*Quardokus, R.C., Yuhui, L., Wasio, N.A., Guo, S., Kandel, S.A., (2010) Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study Comparing Neutral and Mixed-Valence Dinuclear Organometallic Molecules on Au(111). 84th Colloid and Surface Science Symposium. University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA. Conference presentation/posterScientific product*Raycroft, F., Kassen, D., and Hyde, D. Role of Socs Proteins in the Light-damaged Regenerating Zebrafish Retina. Poster Presentation at 9th International Zebrafish Meeting. June 2010. University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin. Conference presentation/posterScientific product*Rodak, C. and Silliman, S. (2010) "Application of Probabilistic Risk Analysis and Fault Trees to Wellhead Protection". American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Dec 16, 2010. Conference presentation/posterEducational product - Institutional presentation+Brandt S, *Crocker M, *Goss V, *Quardokus R, +Rose L; An Invitation to the 2010 NANO Summer Institute: A presentation to local K-12 STEM Teachers at the Collaborating for Education and Research Forum IV; January 2011; University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, IN. Conference presentation/posterEducational product - Institutional presentation+Gensic J, *Mikels J, *Rodak C, +Walsh M; An Invitation to the 2010 ENVIRO Summer Institute: A presentation to local K-12 STEM Teachers at the Collaborating for Education and Research Forum IV; January 2011; University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, IN. Conference presentation/posterEducational product - Instructional product*Carr A, Peyer D, Peyer J, *Raycroft F, *Slabbekoorn A; GENOweek: Lesson Plans for K-12 Classrooms Curriculums and lesson plansEducational product - Instructional product*Dolan M, +Fletcher C, +McNeeley A, *Rueff K; ASTROweek: Lesson Plans for K-12 Classrooms Curriculums and lesson plansEducational product - Instructional product+Brandt S, *Crocker M, *Goss V, *Quardokus R, +Rose L; NANOweek: Lesson Plans for K-12 Classrooms Curriculums and lesson plansEducational product - Instructional product+Gensic J, *Mikels J, *Rodak C, +Walsh M; ENVIROweek: Lesson Plans for K-12 Classrooms Curriculums and lesson plansEducational product - Instructional product*Rueff, K., *Dolan, M., +Fletcher, C., +McNeeley A., +Modlin, S., +Havens, M., +Dove, C., +Chance, R.,: Digital Visualization Theater Presentation of A Journey Through the Solar System & the Universe. Instructional materialsEducational product - Educational research*Mikels-Carrasco, Jessica. 2010. Nature in our own backyards: Urban ecology and children. Children, Youth and Environments 20(2): 190-199. Journals - RefereedScientific product*Rodak, C. and Silliman, S. (2011) “Probabilistic risk analysis and fault trees: Initial discussion of application to identification of risk at a wellhead”. Advances in Water Resources xxx (2011) xxx-xxx. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres. 2011.02.005 Article in press. Journals - RefereedScientific productGupta, K., Joyce, M., *Slabbekoorn, A., Zhu, Z., Paulson, B., & Goodson, H. (2010). Probing Interactions Between CLIP-170, EB1, and Microtubules. J Mol Biol 395(5) pp.1049-1062. Journals - RefereedScientific productLu, Y., *Quardokus, R., Lent, C.S., Justaud, F., Lapinte, C., Kandel, S.A., (2010) Charge Localization in Isolated Mixed-Valence Complexes: An STM and Theoretical Study. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 13519-13525. doi:10.1021/ja105958p. Journals - RefereedEducational product - Instructional product*Carr A, Peyer D, Peyer J, *Raycroft F, *Slabbekoorn A; 2010 GENO Summer Institute at the University of Notre Dame: Professional Development for K-12 STEM Teachers Teaching modulesEducational product - Instructional product*Dolan M, +Fletcher C, +McNeeley A, *Rueff K; 2010 ASTRO Summer Institute at the University of Notre Dame: Professional Development for K-12 STEM Teachers Educational product - Instructional product+Brandt S, *Crocker M, *Goss V, *Quardokus R, +Rose L ; 2010 NANO Summer Institute at the University of Notre Dame: Professional Development for K-12 STEM Teachers Teaching modulesEducational product - Instructional product+Gensic J, *Mikels J, *Rodak C, +Walsh M; 2010 ENVIRO Summer Institute at the University of Notre Dame: Professional Development for K-12 STEM Teachers <br />Website developed as result of GK-12 activities<br />TypeAddressPurposeWeb siteerc.nd.edua central site with background and links to complementary social mediaWiki Web Homemichianastem.orga web of wikis where members can create free educational wikis Collaboration Wikismichianastem.org/* (*=nano, astro, enviro, geno, bioeyes, etc for collaboration sites)Intentionally public workspaces for each of NDeRC’s STEM-area-focused collaborationsSpecial Project Wikiswellhead.michianastem.org/sow HYPERLINK "http://astro.michianastem.org/astroimaging" astro.michianastem.org/astroimaging (two examples)Middle School Water Source mapping and Astroimaging projectsMichianaSTEM Community Blogerc.nd.edu/blogsa multi-site, multi-user blog for general interest subscriptionIndividual Member Blogserc.nd.edu/blogs/* (*=krueff, vgoss, tloughran, etc for fellows, management blogs)Individual blogs for NDeRC Fellows, Teachers, Mgnt, open to other individuals in the MichianaSTEM communityCollaboration Blogserc.nd.edu/blogs/* (*=nano, astro, enviro, geno, bioeyes, gravitino, ndercadmin for collaboration-specific blogs)Subscription units of common interest, where individual blogs are cross-posted; bloggers can post here directly as wellTwitter@michianastem notification of blog posts and other announcements (71 tweets since 1/6/11)Facebookfacebook.com/pages/MichianaSTEM/220519632914to bring elements of STEM culture into informal / personal social networksFlickrflickr.com/photos/nderc/a bank of common images (~3600 uploaded to date) for convenient sharing across networks<br /> <br />NDeRC Blogs Table of Posts and Comments<br />Blogger Last Nameerc.nd.edu/blogs/BLOGURL (=jantonelli, etc)RoleTotal PostsApproved CommentsAntonellijantonelliFellow52BallentinemballentineTeacher31BeebeabeebeTeacher, Mgnt3221BehrenstbehrensHS Student2714BerrydberryFellow5879CarracarrFellow2425ConnaughtonrconnaughtonFellow42CrockermcrockerFellow2635Dolanmdolan2Fellow712DzurisinjdzurisinFellow1435GensicjgensicTeacher85GossvgossFellow4716LoughrantloughranManaging Co-PI13171McNeeleymamcneelyTeacher2710MikelsjmikelsFellow135MooneypmooneyProject Coord30QuardokusrquardokFellow3070RaigozaaraigozaFellow57RaycroftfraycroftFellow31RibaudojribaudoFellow729RodakcrodakFellow61106RoselroseHS Teacher18RueffkrueffFellow8375SlabbekoornaslabbekFellow2739ZieglerjzieglerTeacher51TOTALS668661prior to this reporting year:279not recordedTotal this year(as of May 31, 2011)389<br />The NDeRC Blogosphere as of May 31, 2011<br />During this past year, 100 posts from these individual blogs were published in the MichianaSTEM Community Blog. This is NDeRC’s most general-audience blog, with 139 subscribers, about 100 of whom are K-12 teachers. Authors are invited and sometimes encouraged to cross-list postings from their individual or collaboration-specific blogs into this most common blog.<br />Individual NDeRC blog posts (n=668), 40% of which were also posted to the collaboration blogs.<br />