2017 Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network Summer Meeting
STEM Students in the Community and Other High-Impact Practices

June 7, 2017 | Fitchburg State University | Hammond Building


8:00-8:45 AM: Breakfast and Check-In, Hammond Main Lounge

8:45-9:00 AM: Opening Remarks, Hammond Main Lounge

9:00-10:15 AM: Workforce Panel and Discussion, Hammond Main Lounge

In this panel, we will hear from three leaders in STEM industries in Massachusetts.  Dr. John Warner, President & Chief Technology Officer for Warner Babcock; Mr. Anthony Soares, Manager of Technical Service Business Optimization for Cisco Systems Inc.; Mr. Thomas Wesley, Director for Waters Technology Corporation will share their insight into the broad array of skills needed for new entrants to the Massachusetts STEM work force. In the discussion that follows, we will explore how faculty can best prepare tomorrow’s workers for long, productive STEM careers. 

10:15-10:30 AM: Coffee Break, Hammond Main Lounge

10:30-11:30 AM: Concurrent Session I

Session A. Service Learning in STEM, Hammond 314

  • Transforming Students' Introduction to STEM Using Service Learning
    Thomas Kling, Bridgewater State University
  • Service Learning Using Research in Biology
    Justin Golub, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  •  Service Learning in Geospatial Technology Courses at Fitchburg State University
    Jane Huang, Fitchburg State University

Session B. Promoting Success in STEM, Hammond G01B

  • Fostering Student Interest and Success in STEM Pathways: A Holistic and Comprehensive Approach
    Korynn Stoyanoff and Kehinde Ikuomenisan, North Shore Community College
  • Providing an Early Mechanism for Discovering and Sharing the Joy of Science has Increased Retention of Women in STEM
    Gina Semprebon and Lamis Jarvinen, Bay Path University
  • Scholarships and Programming to Support STEM Students
    Ann Billetz, Emily Maher, Elizabeth Hartung and Mark Cohen, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Session C. Innovations in STEM Course Development, Hammond 214

  • Developing and Teaching with Learning Modules in Precalculus
    Peter Staab, Jenna Reis and Catherine Buell, Fitchburg State University
  • Participation in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software in a Software Development Capstone Course 
    Karl Wurst, Worcester State University
  • An Introductory STEM Course, CHE 117 General, Organic and Biochemistry for Health Sciences
    Robert Alan Sanford, Salem State University

11:30-11:40 AM: Coffee Break, Hammond Main Lounge

11:40 AM-12:40 PM: Concurrent Session II

Session D. Technology in STEM Courses, Hammond 314

  • Semi-flipped General Chemistry Courses: A Success Story from a State School
    Jayashree Ranga, Salem State University
  • Incorporating on-line tools into on sight teaching
    Anna Radovic, Fitchburg State University
  • Kahoot in the Classroom
    Ann Billetz and Justin Golub, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Session E. STEM on a Budget, Hammond 214

  • Integrating Online Databases into Biology Courses: High Impact at a Low Cost
    Sheila Marie Schreiner and Thea Popolizio, Salem State University
  • Using hornworm caterpillars to help students understand biological transformations of matter and energy  
    Chris Picone, Fitchburg State University
  • Optimization with Bubbles
    Daniel Schultheis, Smith College

Session F. Intertwining Social Justice in the STEM classroom (workshop), Hammond G01
Catherine Buell, Jennifer Berg, Fitchburg State University

12:45-1:45 PM: Lunch, Hammond Main Lounge

2:00-3:00 PM: STEM Workshops

Session G. World Food Habits and Sustainability, Hammond 314

  • Using food to create interest and awareness in science and global STEM challenges
    Reena Randhir, Robert Dickerman, Springfield Technical Community College

Session H. Standards-Based and Specifications Grading (workshop), Hammond 214

  • Sarah Wright, Fitchburg State University