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2009 STEM Conference Features 38 Presentations by Representatives from 20 Institutions of Higher Learning Nationwide

Conference Organizing Committee Chair Roman Kezerashvili, PhD

On October 30, 2009, New York City College of Technology hosted a day-long conference, “Synergy in STEM: Bringing Mathematics, Physics and Engineering Together,” in the College’s Atrium Amphitheater. The aim of the conference was to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences among those interested and involved in the transfer of learning in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. The Plenary Session, four subsequent Parallel Sessions and a Poster Session provided a forum for presenting and discussing current research and applications in which the major emphasis was on the transfer of learning in the STEM disciplines. Thirty-eight presentations from these sessions covered the wide spectrum in STEM education.

This conference provided the opportunity for 98 participants from 20 institutions to demonstrate the high quality research they are conducting and to discuss the results of their research and the future in STEM education. The participating colleges and universities were Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Brooklyn College, California State University/Long Beach, City College of New York, Florida A&M University, Graduate School and University Center/CUNY, Hostos Community College, Kansas University, LaGuardia Community College, Nassau Community College, Penn State Erie/The Behrend College, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin/Madison, University of Washington/Tacoma, Savannah State University, Syracuse University, Western Michigan University, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, and City Tech.

Presentations were made in the following topical areas:

  • The Role of Laboratories in the Undergraduate Education of STEM
  • Best Practices for Teaching Online STEM Courses
  • The Art and Science of Physics, Mathematics and Engineering Teaching
  • Interactive Lecture Demonstrations in STEM
  • Instructional Innovations in the STEM Curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborations Supporting STEM Studies
  • Best Practices Using Technology to Support STEM Teaching and Learning

This was the first conference of its kind ever held. Conference organizers were  City Tech Professors Roman Kezerashvili, chair, Candido Cabo, Boris Gelman, Sunghoon Jang, Hong Li, Janet Liou-Mark, Djafar Mynbaev, Alexander Rozenblyum, Justin Vazquez-Poritz, Viviana Vladutescu and Special Assistant to the President Stephen M. Soiffer.

Welcoming remarks and greetings were provided by Dr. Russell Hotzler, president of New York City College of Technology, Dr. Pamela Brown, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Kezerashvili. The conference was partially supported through a U.S. Department of Education MSEIP Grant #P120A060052 and an MAA/Tensor Foundation Women and Mathematics Grant. The City Tech School of Arts & Sciences and the City Tech Foundation also provided support.

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