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Higher Education Incentives Award Recipients

Each year, the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium awards a number of Higher Education Incentives grants to faculty and staff from WSGC Affiliate Member colleges and universities to support value-added, higher education teaching/training projects related to any space or aerospace discipline. This is a seed-grant program for undergraduate education projects which support the most innovative ideas on how to increase the space and aerospace content of undergraduate university and college offerings.

WSGC is pleased to announce and congratulate the following recipients of the Higher Education Incentives Awards.

2015-2016


Lindsay McHenry
UW-Milwaukee
Project Title: Google Mars for an intro-level online Geology of the Planets course
Synopsis: Developing online “lab” activities using Google Mars for an online-only, introductory course on Planetary Geology.

Benjamin Robert
UW-Whitewater
Project Title: Direct from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope: Introducing Citizen Science into Wisconsin Universities and Colleges
Synopsis: An initiative to introduce instructors and students at Wisconsin universities and colleges to the wide zooniverse of Citizen Science. This project will involve students and instructors in the excitement of discovery using data coming directly from NASA Spitzer Space Telescope, turn astronomy classes across the state of Wisconsin intro research communities, and will provide instructors with training on how to use existing zooniverse projects in their own lesson plans and how to create private zooniverse projects for their students.

Robin Mello
UW-Milwaukee
Project Title: Tale of Scale
Synopsis: Tale of Scale integrates astronomy and theater to educate students about space science, an investigation in how immersive technology impacts STEM learning, and new student-developed outreach programming at the UWM Planetarium.

Christopher Stockdale
Marquette University
Project Title: Synchronous Sharing of Upper Division Physics Courses Between Jesuit Universities and Colleges
Synopsis: This program will develop a process that will allow universities and colleges to share upper division physics courses with one another’s students. 

2014-2015


Lindsay McHenry
UW-Milwaukee
Project Title: Incorporating Astrobiology into an Intro-Level Online Geology of the Planets Course
Synopsis: Creating and testing do-it-yourself astrobiology lab activities for an online, intro level Geology of the Planets course.

Nadejda Kaltcheva
UW-Oshkosh
Project Title: Minor in Astronomy Re-establishing at UW-Oshkosh
Synopsis: A small observatory to facilitate student research and for curriculum development of class content and laboratories connected to the re-established astronomy minor.

Erlan Wheeler
Carthage College
Project Title: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program at Carthage College
Synopsis: Our long-term goal is a program based at Carthage College that uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), colloquially known as drones, to motivate and facilitate undergraduate research.

2013-2014


Jeffrey Clark
Lawrence University
Project Title: Remote Sensing of Models and Mars
Synopsis: To develop laboratory activities on the evolution and measurement of scale-model landforms using IR and color cameras. The models will be compared to remotely sensed imagery from Earth and Mars.

2012-2013


Douglas Arion
Carthage College
Project Title: Observational Astronomy of Planetary Nebulae
Synopsis: We will study morphology of planetary nebulae, utilizing narrow-band imaging. This research is relevant to studies of extra-solar planets, such as are being studied through the NASA Kepler mission.

Kerry Kuehn
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Project Title: Physics: A student’s guide through the great texts
Synopsis: To facilitate the publication of a textbook which provides an undergraduate level introduction to physics based on the reading and analysis of selections from foundational texts.

Lindsay McHenry
UW-Milwaukee
Project Title: Developing an online, intro-level lab course on the geology of the planets
Synopsis: I seek funds to develop an online, intro-level lab course on the geology of the planets at UWM to be offered in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Harald Schenk
UW-Sheboygan
Project Title: Lab development for AST 291-Astronautics
Synopsis: We wish to add a lab to our Astronautics course. It will include a high-altitude balloon component.

Matthew Traum
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Project Title: MechE Interconnectivity Via Integrated Multicourse Model Rocketry Projects
Synopsis: Design, construction, flight testing, and analysis of student-built rockets interconnect disciplines via multi-course projects, providing continuity across four years of the MechE curriculum.

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