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Faculty published in new STEM book; conference Monday, Tuesday

July 11, 2012

A book with contributions from University of Wisconsin-Stout faculty will be highlighted at the Advancing the STEM Agenda in Education, the Workplace and Society Conference to be held Monday and Tuesday on campus.

Advancing the STEM Agenda: Quality Improvement Supports STEM” was published recently by ASQ Quality Press, Milwaukee. The book, totaling 17 chapters, includes selected papers from last year’s conference at UW-Stout.

The publication is edited by Julie Furst-Bowe, former provost and vice chancellor at UW-Stout, now chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Cindy P. Veenstra, principal consultant with Veenstra and Associates; and Fernando F. Padró, educational leadership at Cambridge College, Cambridge, Mass.

Furst-Bowe, Veenstra and Padró will present at the conference and be on hand Monday for a book signing. For more information, go to the website.

Six of the book’s chapters include nine UW-Stout faculty: Charles Bomar, Kitrina Carlson, Petre Ghenciu, Jennifer Grant, Maleka P. Hashmi, Krista James, Kevin Mason, Laura McCullough and Sylvia Tiala. Their research focuses on aiding educators and policymakers to develop innovative high-impact ideas to inspire students to choose STEM-related careers, to improve delivery of STEM education at schools and colleges and to help STEM college graduates transition to the workplace.

The book, according to John J. Jasinski, president of Northwest Missouri State University, provides application and success stories backed by research and modeling. “The editors have successfully contributed to our need by focusing on collaborative models, building the K-12 pipeline, showing what works at the collegiate level, connecting across gender issues and illustrating workforce and innovative ideas," he said.

The 288-page, hardcover book has a photo of the UW-Stout Clock Tower on the cover. For information, contact ASQ Quality Press at 800-248-1946 or go to the website.

The conference is sponsored by ASQ, the American Society for Quality. UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen will welcome attendees Tuesday. Furst-Bowe, Carlson and James will give Tuesday’s luncheon keynote address.

For more information on UW-Stout’s STEM College, which offers 14 undergraduate and two graduate majors, go to the website.

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