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PIMMS Founder Rosenbaum Dies at the Age of 102

Robert Rosenbaum

Robert Rosenbaum, University Professor of Mathematics and the Sciences, Emeritus, died on Dec. 3 at the age of 102.

Rosenbaum received his AB from Yale in 1936, and his PhD in mathematics from Yale in 1947. He joined the Wesleyan faculty in 1953 and taught mathematics here for 42 years until he retired in 1985.

He was a member of the “Mystic Nine” — a group of faculty in the early 1960s who were instrumental in developing Wesleyan’s graduate programs. He became dean of sciences in 1963, provost in 1965, the first-ever vice president of academic affairs and provost in 1967, and chancellor in 1970, after a brief term as acting president between Edwin Etherington and Colin Campbell. He returned to full-time teaching in 1973.

Green Street, PIMMS Benefit from 2 Grants

In January, two Green Street Teaching and Learning Center programs received grants.

Pratt & Whitney awarded Green Street with a $5,000 award to support its Discovery AfterSchool Program, which serves 80 Middletown students in Grades 1-8 each year. The program offers a range of classes in the arts, math, and sciences and helps children to build self-esteem and problem-solving skills.

Also, the Connecticut Mathematics and Science Partnership Program presented a $168,437 award to the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) to support a continuation of PIMMS’ Intel Math Institute. The institute gets K-8 teachers excited about math, prepared for Common Core, and equipped with a toolkit of activities to bring key math concepts into their classrooms through the arts and more. The grant will also provide training for Cameron Hill, assistant professor of mathematics, to be a new Intel-trained instructor for the summer courses.

PIMMS Hosts Math Institute for Local Teachers, Teaching Artists

Wesleyan's Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) is hosting an Intel Math Institute for local teachers. PIMMS, a partner of the Green Street Arts Center, developed the course for Middletown and Meriden teachers. Thirty K-8 teachers are attending, along with two teaching artists from Green Street.

Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) is hosting an Intel Math Institute for local teachers. PIMMS, a partner of the Green Street Arts Center, developed the course for Middletown and Meriden teachers. Thirty K-8 teachers are attending, along with two teaching artists from Green Street.

The 10-day Institute began June 23 and offers a space for interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

The 10-day Institute began June 23 and offers a space for interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

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The Institute is co-taught by Christopher Rasmussen, assistant professor of mathematics (pictured at left), and math education specialist Sharon Heyman, currently the only Intel-trained instructors based in Connecticut (not pictured). Rasmussen taught an Intel Math course to teachers in the Danbury, Conn. area in 2013. Sara MacSorley, director of PIMMS and the Green Street Arts Center, is serving as project coordinator.

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The Institute pairs an intensive, 80-hour math course with ongoing academic-year professional development and arts integration workshops, to help teachers link common concepts to classroom instruction.

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The institute is supported by a Connecticut State Mathematics and Science Partnership grant.

Chemistry’s Taylor Leads Biofuels Workshop for Area Teachers

On April 26, Erika Taylor, assistant professor of chemistry, assistant professor of environmental studies, led a biofuels workshop for area teachers at the Green Street Arts Center.

On April 26, Erika Taylor, assistant professor of chemistry, assistant professor of environmental studies, led a biofuels workshop for area teachers at the Green Street Arts Center.

Taylor led a presentation about her biofuel research and led an activity where the teachers made biofuel from cooking oil. The workshop was funded by a Connecticut Teacher Quality Partnership grant, which supports professional development of high school teachers in alternative energies and project-based learning.

Taylor led a presentation about her biofuel research and led an activity where the teachers made biofuel from cooking oil. The workshop was funded by a Connecticut Teacher Quality Partnership grant, which supports professional development of high school teachers in alternative energies and project-based learning.

State Grant Supports Intel Math Institute Hosted by PIMMS, Green Street

PIMMS/ Green Street Director Sara MacSorley and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Rasmussen.

PIMMS/ Green Street Director Sara MacSorley and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Rasmussen.

A new state grant will support the creation of an Intel Math Institute for local teachers at Wesleyan starting this summer. The Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS), a partner of the Green Street Arts Center, will develop the course for Middletown and Meriden teachers, supported by the Connecticut State Mathematics and Science Partnership grant of $158,483.

The Institute will pair an intensive, 80-hour math course with ongoing academic-year professional development and arts integration workshops, to help teachers link Common Core concepts to classroom instruction. Artists from Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center will take the math course alongside the teachers and develop workshops for K-8 educators that integrate the arts into math instruction.

“The arts, like science and math, build skills in observation, visual thinking, pattern recognition, and problem-solving – all valuable skills for the next generation,” said PIMMS and Green Street Arts Center Director Sara MacSorley. “We want to create a space for interdisciplinary teaching and learning. This is the first time we’ve formally integrated the arts into a math professional development opportunity.”

The Institute will be co-taught by Christopher Rasmussen, assistant professor of mathematics, and Math Education Specialist Sharon Heyman, currently the only Intel-trained instructors based in Connecticut. Rasmussen taught an Intel Math course to teachers in the Danbury, Conn. area in 2013.

“I am proud and thrilled that Wesleyan has been awarded a Connecticut State Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant to implement an Intel Math Institute,” said Wesleyan President Michael Roth. “We have long practiced interdisciplinary math and science education on campus, and we are eager to share what we’ve learned with teachers from across the state.”

PIMMS, with 35 years of demonstrated experience in delivering high-quality professional development for math and science teachers, will lead this partnership. MacSorley will serve as project coordinator. She  cited the award as a model for the state’s commitment to maintaining  workforce competitiveness through improved math and science instruction – with an arts-integration twist.

(Photo of Sara MacSorley by Catherine Avalone/ The Middletown Press)

PIMMS Receives Science Advocate Award

On April 24 at the New Haven Lawn Club, the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) at Wesleyan was recognized for its successful, effective, and influential program in professional development for mathematics and science teachers in Connecticut.

PIMMS received the Dr. Sigmund Abeles Science Advocate Award at the annual awards banquet of the Connecticut Science Teachers and Connecticut Science Supervisors Associations for Excellence in Science Education and Supervision. The award is designed to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated staunch advocacy for science education in Connecticut as evidenced by their substantial and sustained support and contributions. The award was established to honor Dr. Sigmund Abeles, State Science Consultant emeritus for his outstanding leadership and service to science education in Connecticut.

Robert Rosenbaum, chair of PIMMS, Sara MacSorley, PIMMS director, accepted the award together at the ceremony.

“It’s such an honor to come into a well-regarded organization and to be able to work with Dr. Rosenbaum. I’m looking forward to continuing to support the professional development of Connecticut’s science and math teachers,”  said Sara MacSorley, director of PIMMS and the Green Street Arts Center.

For more information see this link.

PIMMS Enriches Local Math, Science Teachers

Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) taught area middle school and high school teachers how to build wind turbines during an Alternate Forms of Energy Generation workshop on July 12. Pictured are local teachers Jeanette Compton and Richard Pelczar.

PIMMS Hosts Science Workshop for Area Teachers

Wesleyan's Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) hosted its fourth year of eesmarts summer workshops for Connecticut teachers. The eesmarts program, which is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, is designed to improve the science teaching skills of teachers of pre-kindergarden through 9th grade students. Pictured is Regina Markovitz, a teacher from the Thames River Academy in Norwich, Conn. at a 6th to 9th grade workshop on climate change, held on July 11.

Glenn Elliott, a teacher from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, participates in a PIMMS workshop. (Photo by Bill Tyner '13)

For more information on the eesmarts program, go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/pimms/

PIMMS, CCEF Teach Connecticut Teachers about Solar, Wind Energy Generation

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund sponsored a two-day workshop on solar energy generation and wind energy generation for Connecticut teachers July 15-16 in Usdan University Center. Wesleyan’s Project to Increase the Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) taught the workshops. The teachers participated in a number of activities appropriate for use with middle and high school-level students.

The solar energy workshop included lessons on measuring solar angles, solar radiation, convection heating, building a solar house and solar cooker and photovoltaics. The wind energy workshop included lessons on hurricane winds, measuring wind speeds, wind and windmill generation, blade design, generator and motor comparisons, geographic effects on wind power and wind generation in Connecticut.

For more information on the program, visit the  Learning for Clean Energy Innovation initiative website.

Below is a video of the wind-power workshop:

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Below are photos taken during the July 15 workshops:

PIMMS to Lead Solar Energy, Conservation Workshops

This summer, Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) will offer professional development workshops on alternative energy technologies for Connecticut science teachers.

On March 25, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) awarded PIMMS a contract to design and administer the workshops under CCEF’s Learning for Clean Energy Innovation (LCEI) program.  Two workshops will be held at Wesleyan, and others will be held at other locations around the state.

In addition to administering the workshops, PIMMS will update the program’s solar energy lessons, incorporating operating data from solar panels on schools and other buildings and explaining the important links between energy conservation, electricity, solar energy and wind energy.

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PIMMS Awarded New Contracts to Promote Energy Efficiency

Bob Borello, associate director of science for PIMMS, works with Karen Aduskevich, a fourth-grade teacher from Thalberg Elementary School in Southington, Conn. on an energy transfer experiment. PIMMS was recently selected to provide professional development workshops for local teachers regarding energy and energy-efficient behaviors and technologies.

Bob Borello, associate director of science for PIMMS, works with Karen Aduskevich, a fourth-grade teacher from Thalberg Elementary School in Southington, Conn. on an energy transfer experiment. PIMMS was recently selected to provide professional development workshops for local teachers regarding energy and energy-efficient behaviors and technologies.

Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) has been selected by The United Illuminating Company (UI) and The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) to provide professional development workshops for eesmarts teachers regarding energy and energy-efficient behaviors and technologies.

These new contracts provide funding for a fourth year of the program and are renewable for an additional two years. The first three years of the program provided nearly $1M in funding to PIMMS to conduct the program. Funding for the next three years show a slight increase.

eesmarts is an energy-efficiency learning initiative that is funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) and administered by UI and CL&P. The vision of eesmarts is to develop an energy-efficient ethic among all school age students in Connecticut, encouraging them to incorporate energy-efficient practices and behaviors into their lives at home and at school.

The program is supportive of the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT), Connecticut State Framework and the National Science Standards. The eesmarts program offers packaged curriculum units, professional development workshops, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and educational tours of the SmartLiving™ Center in Orange, Conn. The eesmarts program’s products and services are available to teachers at no cost and all schools within both companies’ service territories are eligible to participate.

PIMMS Awarded Grant for Teaching Workshops on Energy

Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) received a nearly $1M grant from the United Illuminating Company (UI) and The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) to provide professional development workshops for eesmarts teachers regarding energy and energy-efficient behaviors and technologies. These new contracts provide funding for a fourth year of the program and are renewable for an additional two years.

Read more on the grant here http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2010/02/02/pimms/.