UA Board of Regents approves two new science teaching, outreach options

The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved two new
programs that strengthen science teaching and outreach, wrapping up a
two-day meeting today at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

The 11-member board approved a new graduate certificate in Science Teaching
and Outreach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, to be offered beginning
with the spring 2014 semester using existing courses and faculty. The
certificate answers a demand for enhanced teaching and outreach skills by
science graduate students.

The board also approved a Master of Education in Science Education K-8 at
the University of Alaska Southeast. No such program currently exists in
Alaska for current certified teachers. The mostly online program is
designed to strengthen teachers’ understanding of science, with a special
emphasis on scientific inquiry and content in the K-8 curriculum.

“The UAS Master’s program in Science Education will provide K-8 teachers in
Alaska with an effective model and solid skills for teaching science,” said
UAS Education Dean Deborah Lo. “The program meets a high demand across the
state for Alaska teachers who are committed to helping students fulfill
their potential in science and math.”

The program will be made available using existing faculty, at minimal
increased cost, and could draw upon faculty members at University of Alaska
Anchorage and UAF as well.

In addition, the board gave formal project approval for a renovation of
UAA’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex; renewal of the Technical Education Center
at UAS; and a major upgrade to the UAF Heat and Power Plant.

Board members attended UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers’ 2013 Celebration of
Giving event Thursday night at the UA Museum of the North and toured the
UAF Heat and Power Plant late Friday afternoon. The board elected the
following to officer positions: Pat Jacobson of Kodiak, chair; Jo Heckman
of Fairbanks, vice chair; Ken Fisher of Juneau, secretary; and Mike Powers
of Fairbanks, treasurer.

Contact Kate Ripley at 907-450-8102 or 907-460-1442 or for information.