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Hidden truths permeate our world; they’re inaccessible to our senses, but math allows us to go beyond our intuition to uncover their mysteries. In this survey of mathematical breakthroughs, Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani speaks to the thrill of discovery and details the sometimes perplexing life of a mathematician. “Beautiful mathematical explanations are not only for our pleasure,” he says. “They change our vision of the world.”
The recruitment coordinator, Jen Johnson, for NAU’s College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences is looking for recruits. Jen Johnson also manages an NSF grant funded program called Transfer-GEMS (Transfers to Graduates in Engineering, Math and Science), which provides financial, academic and social support to Arizona community college transfer students. They are recruiting there third year cohort of 14 students into the Transfer-GEMS program and would love to have applicants from our institution, GCC.
Attached is a flyer and a link to the scholarship application: http://www.nau.edu/CEFNS/Student-Resources/Scholarships/.
NAU’s priority deadline is March 21, but we will be accepting applications through April 2016.
Please let Jen Johnson know if you have any questions about the Transfer-GEMS program or any of our bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields @ NAU.
College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences
Northern Arizona University
Biological Sciences (Bldg #21), Rm. 132
PO Box 5626, Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Looking for a makerspace or group in the Valley? Here is a great place to get started finding inspiration and like-minded creative spirits.
Here’s one from my friend Jay, for all of you Star Wars fans! The real science inspired by Star Wars. May the Force be with you!
Using a simple set of loudspeakers, scientists have figured out a way to levitate and rotate objects in midair. If perfected, this “sonic tractor beam” could find uses ranging from treating kidney stones to creating artificial gravity on the International Space Station.
Scientists have used sound to levitate objects before. That feat isn’t surprising, as sound is a wave of pressure strong enough to move your eardrum. However, instead of audible sound, sonic levitation utilizes higher ultrasonic frequencies that are beyond the range of human hearing. When blared from loudspeakers in the right configuration, these sound waves can combine to form a sonic scaffolding called an interference pattern—a sort of a force field that can hold a small object aloft.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has been an advocate for STEAM on Capitol Hill for years. Their efforts have led to the potential passage of STEAM as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) scheduled for final passage this December. If passed, ESEA legislation will help RISD President Somerson and other leaders continue to show that there is no more relevant education to the needs of today’s world than one that offers students the ability to develop critical, innovative thinking and problem solving capabilities through hands-on making. Go RISD! Thank you for your efforts on the behalf of those who agree and believe in STEAM education.
Not to be missed!
Here are more links to read.
STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/11/18/ctq-jolly-stem-vs-steam.html
STEM vs. STEAM http://education.arts.ufl.edu/resources/stem-vs-steam-girl/
What is STEAM? http://stemtosteam.org/
Why STEAM? http://steam-notstem.com/
STEM or STEAM? We’re missing the point http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vince-bertram/stem-of-steam-were-missin_b_5031895.html
STEAM ahead: Merging Arts & Science Education. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/the-movement-to-put-arts-into-stem-education/