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University to host summer math/science institute for area middle/high school teachers

Alfred University and the Rochester Area Colleges’ Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RAC-CEMS) are teaming up to offer a hands-on science institute for teachers in Alfred.

The institute at Alfred is one of seven, no-cost, intensive learning opportunities to be offered this summer throughout West Central New York for K-12 teachers of math, science, and other related technologies. Teachers can find out more about RAC-CEMS or register for the Institutes online on the RAC-CEMS Web site at

The Institute to be offered at Alfred University is the Hands-on Environmental Science Activities Using GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) for middle and high school teachers. It will take place at Foster Lake, Alfred, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29.

Dr. Michele Hluchy, professor of geology at AU and director of the institute in Alfred, points out that there has been an increased interest in learning about environmental issues in K-12 classrooms. She said the local institute will introduce teachers to some of the GLOBE protocols for studying soil and water and allow them to practice using these protocols with their students in follow-up visits to Alfred University’s outdoor field laboratory at Foster Lake in the fall.

Hluchy said the specific protocols to be covered in the Alfred institute will include atmospheric, hydrology, soil, and land cover/biology. She noted participants will be provided with the equipment necessary for the outdoor activities which they can take back to their respective school districts.
The RAC, first organized in 1970, consists of 19 area institutions including 12 private colleges; four, four-year public institutions; and three community colleges. The RAC-CEMS, housed at Nazareth College, Rochester, was created in February 2007.

RAC-CEMS is charged with leveraging the resources of the 19 RAC institutions to increase the quality and quantity of K-16 students pursuing curricula in math and science and related technologies and to increase the quality and quantity of K-12 teachers of math and science.