From Hectares to Nanometers: GK-12 Multidisciplinary Explorations of Functional Nanoscience and Tropical Ecosystem

Ongoing/Completed/Pending: 

Completed

Abstract: 

From Hectares to Nanometers: GK-12 Multidisciplinary Explorations of Tropical Ecosystems and Functional Nanoscience This GK-12 project builds a strategic interdisciplinary partnership between the University of Puerto Rico?s Institute of Tropical Ecosystem Studies and Institute for Functional Nanomaterials, which together provide doctoral research projects to over eighty PhD students in chemistry, biology, chemical physics, and environmental science. It will strengthen 7th-9th teachers and students? scientific knowledge through multidisciplinary explorations of tropical ecosystems and functional nanoscience, while improving graduate students? abilities to communicate and teach science. Through this GK 12 project: 24 graduate students will be better prepared to be leaders and to communicate and collaborate effectively with colleagues and peer reviewers as well as with teachers, students, and the general public; 48 science teachers in eight 7th-9th level schools will broaden their science content knowledge and have a better understanding of nano and environmental sciences; 165 additional teachers will participate in the Summer Institute gaining science content knowledge and acquire educational materials development skills; 3,000 7th?9th students will experience the excitement of scientific research and improved understanding of science. This GK-12 project will increase and diversify the national pool of competent scientists, enhance teachers? content knowledge in two multidisciplinary science fields, provide 7th 9th students understanding of the core concepts and ideas in nano and environmental sciences, and develop modern educational materials. The GK-12 educational materials and other products will be incorporated into the Pre Service Teacher Science Methodology Course, impacting future teachers and their students, and they will be available online for teachers and students around the world.

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Media Year: 

March, 2016

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DES

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Funding Agency: 

National Science Foundation

Quantity Awarded: 

2 549 295.00

Period Awarded: 

2009 to 2015

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2009 to 2010

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2010 to 2011

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2011 to 2012

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2012 to 2013

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2013 to 2014

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2014 to 2015

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Investigator: 

Gerardo Morell

Investigator Project Role - DES: 

Principal Investigator

Investigator: 

Elvia Meléndez Ackerman

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Co-Principal Investigator

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Co-Principal Investigator

Investigator: 

Gladys Dávila

Investigator Project Role - DES: 

Co-Principal Investigator

Investigator: 

Klariluz Dávila

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Co-Principal Investigator

Investigator: 

Ana Rita Mayol

Investigator Project Role - DES: 

Co-Principal Investigator

Investigator: 

Lizzette Velázquez

Investigator Project Role - DES: 

Co-Principal Investigator

Investigator: 

Manuel Gomez

Investigator Project Role - DES: 

Co-Principal Investigator