Enrollment Growth for Spring 2014

March 12th, 2014

The School of Natural Science and Mathematics has, in the past year, seen a tremendous growth in both the number of enrolled students, as well as the number of credit hours our faculty is teaching.  As of the first day of classes (January 13), student enrollment in Spring of 2014 has grown by 29.6% over enrollment numbers from Spring 2013.  Overall, our faculty is teaching 6,318 credit hours this semester, which is 138 hours more than last Spring.

We are excited about this progress, and look forward to reaching more students each semester.

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Welcome NSM Alumni

December 3rd, 2013

Welcome to the premier edition of Indiana University East School of Natural Science and Mathematics newsletter. Our goal is to connect our alumni with current happenings in our school, elevate our perspective, and spark ideas to educate the next generation of mathematicians and scientists for the world of tomorrow.

Note from the Dean

December 3rd, 2013

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter!  I am new to the position of dean but have been teaching in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics since 1991.  I have spent most of my academic life here at IU East because I love the interactions I have had with faculty, staff, and especially students.  This has been, and continues to be, a very good fit for me. NeilSabine

As dean, I am committed to offering our students every opportunity to be successful. This is a particularly exciting time because innovations in student learning are taking place both in traditional and virtual classrooms.

Regardless of how our students take our classes, we are focused on providing them with high-quality learning experiences.  We measure our effectiveness by the success of our students and it is our hope that all of our graduates will pursue fulfilling careers and invest their efforts in improving their communities.

I am excited about what the future of our school holds – it is bright!  As we share some of our achievements over the coming months, I am sure you will find them as informative and rewarding as we do.

Neil Sabine
Dean
IU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics
765-973-8389

The Bigger Picture

December 3rd, 2013

IU East celebrated the second year of the “One Book, Many Voices” project this fall. The project mission is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge, and inspire action towards positive civic engagement and improvement.DocHendley

The featured book was Wine to Water, by Doc Hendley. Just as the subtitle indicates, the book is about “how one man saved himself while trying to save the world.” A bartender from North Carolina, Hendley became aware of the global water crisis and decided that he needed to and could do something about it.

The project continues with events through December 2013. Hendley visited Richmond and speak at an event open to the public on November 13 at IU East as well as at the university’s annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon on November 14.

Community partners intersected with existing events. Helping Young Professionals Engage Richmond (HYPE) has agreed to donated a portion of its proceeds from its annual wine tasting event, “For the Love of Grapes,” to Wine to Water, book clubs are reviewing the book, and other events are being planned that will be included on the project website and community calendar. Books are available for purchase at the IU East Bookstore as well as available for borrowing at the Morrisson-Reeves Library.

The School of Natural Science and Mathematics is took an active role in this year’s “One Book, Many Voices” by connecting our students with their environment – namely, water sources.

Students from the Biology-L101 and L102 classes learned about pollution, toxins, and their effects on our water supply. In addition, each student will learn proper methods of sample collecting and put that knowledge to use by taking samples at designated locations throughout Wayne County. Chemistry students then analyzed the water samples and chart the results.

By engaging the students in the “One Book, Many Voices” project, the School of Natural Science and Mathematics is promoting not only the application of literature, but also real-world processes that our students can carry with them throughout their academic career. Our hope is that our students will gain a better appreciation, understanding, and concern for the world around them – starting close to home.

For more information on this, and other projects that the School of Natural Science and Mathematics are working on, please visit our website at iue.edu/nsm or e-mail the Dean Neil Sabine at nsabine@iue.edu.

Applying the Knowledge: The Math and Science Resource Center

December 3rd, 2013

Help with math or science is just a click away for students at IU East.  The Math & Science Resource Center is available to all students who are enrolled in a biology, chemistry, math, or physics class at IU East.  Students may stop in for one-on-one help, work with a group of students and mentors, send their questions online to a mentor, or even phone the Math Hotline.

There are two math and science mentors available during regular hours to assist students with preparing for quizzes and exams, offer tips and study strategies, help students gain self-confidence,  and to show students other ways of looking at the problems while offering alternative explanations.

Neena Wilson, coordinator of the Math & Science Resource Center, is excited to share that during the last academic school year, science mentors were added to the growing team of mentors.  She wrote, “By spring semester, it was clear that we needed at least one science mentor working any time the center was open. We are happy to say that by the end of the same spring semester, science assistance, in terms of visits and hours logged at the center, was occurring at almost the same level as the math assistance.”

And that’s not all that has changed. Wilson said that the Math & Science Resource Center has expanded again this year to offer online assistance in both math and science.

Over the summer, the online math and science mentoring team successfully piloted an online version of the Math & Science Resource Center with select math and science courses. As of August 26, the online center was open 24/7 to IU East students. To take advantage of this service, students simply need to email their IU East username, course number and question to iuemath@iue.edu or iuesci@iue.edu with a screenshot or digital picture of the problem he/she is asking about. A mentor will respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

In addition to mentoring IU East students via email, the online mentoring team is building an OnCourse site for the Online Center. This state-of-the-art site will contain a bank of resources for select math and science courses offered at IU East.  In time, these resources might include videos, worksheets, study guides, and other items for IU East students taking IU East math and science courses.

“These are exciting times for the School of Natural Science and Mathematics as well as our Resource Center as we increase our presence in the online academic world,” Wilson said. “Next time you are in the area physically or virtually, stop in and ‘see’ us!”

For more information, visit our website at iue.edu/nsm/mathcenter or stop by Whitewater Hall, room 280.

The Center’s Hours in the fall 2013 semester are:
Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applying the Knowledge: Students Enjoy the Tropical Heat

December 3rd, 2013

Seventeen students completed a tropical biology course by spending 16 days in the Central American country of Belize. The first part of the trip was spent at the La Milpa Field Station which is in the center of the Rio Bravo Conservation Area (245,822 acres), the largest private reserve in the country.  

The students learned first-hand about diversity by learning local birds (ex. parrots, toucans, motmots) throughout the trip. They also learned about current resource practices within the conservation area, village life, and the history of the Mayan civilization by visiting several archaeological sites. The third largest Mayan ruin in the country was within walking distance. Students then went to the foothills of the Mayan Mountains where they explored the geology of the region by canoeing rivers and through caves.

Students also visited a butterfly farm, the Belize Botanical Gardens and Mayan sites at Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. The last leg of the trip was spent snorkeling on the barrier reef (the second largest in the world). Students saw a variety of marine habitats which was highlighted by a trip to Shark Ray Alley in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (4,448 acres). Students saw nurse sharks, a variety of rays, fish of many shapes and sizes, and unspoiled coral reef systems. In spite of daily temperatures of 95+ and 90 percent humidity, many students were disappointed when they had to return home.