HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University recently received two new grants approved through the Eisenhower Professional Development Program.
Dr. Paul Adams, associate professor of physics, and Dr. Karen Hickman, assistant professor of biological sciences, received a $63,326 grant for a second year of funding for Project IRIS. Project IRIS is a two-week workshop, June 3-14, 2002, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The project targets middle and high school teachers and will help them enhance their knowledge and skills in areas such as teaching through inquiry and integrating physical science and biology. The science content of the workshop will focus on the topic of astrobiology - how astronomy, plants and animals interrelate. Participating teachers receive a stipend and technology equipment for their schools. Housing is available for those living outside the immediate Hays area.
Adams, Nancy Costigan-Talbott, retired USD 489 teacher, and Dr. Maurice Witten, retired FHSU emeritus professor of physics, received a $41,062 grant for their project, the ABCs of Science Inquiry. The project focuses on helping teachers become more comfortable with the inquiry model and increase their knowledge in the area of physical science.
For more information on classes offered through the grants, contact Adams by phone at (785) 625-4500 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.