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0 October 16, 2003
Volume 34 Number 3
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Physics Professor Zou Receives $92,000 from NSF

Xueli Zou, Physics, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation for almost $92,000. The grant, a portion of a $400,000 grant shared with colleagues at Rutgers University, will be used to continue her collaborative work in creating innovative approaches to teaching beginning physics.

Zou calls this two-year project "a next natural phase" of a previous $500,000 NSF-funded project in which Zou and colleagues from Rutgers developed a hands-on lab that employed innovative learning curricula and strategies. The work of this project is to develop formative assessment tools to evaluate student learning in the lab.

"The activities will be designed to improve students' abilities to represent physics processes in multiple ways, design and execute science investigations, analyze the complex problems of the world, and evaluate their own work and that of peers -- skills needed by scientists and engineers in the 21st-century workplace," said Zou.

Continuing Education Receives Program Award

In Service to Families, Children, and the Courts, a partnership between CSU, Chico Regional and Continuing Education and Butte County Superior Court Family Services, has been awarded the University Continuing Education Association Western Region Innovative Noncredit Programming Award for 2003.

The In Service program, started in 1999, provides training and relicensure for court-appointed mediators and child custody evaluators. These professionals, including attorneys, educators, and behavioral health professionals, make decisions that impact the safety and welfare of children and families.

The program's newest innovation, an online course series planned for launch in spring 2004, is designed specifically to meet new training requirements in the areas of domestic violence and child custody evaluation.

"The new skills and knowledge the participants gain through professional continuing education make a tremendous difference in the lives of those they serve," said Clare Roby, RCE, director of In Service.

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