Skip to main content
Skip to navigation

Top University Teacher Influencing How High School Physics will be Taught

$5 million NSF grant initiative led by MU’s Meera Chandrasekhar leads to mobile instruction module

Aug. 31, 2015

Usually high school students take biology and chemistry before taking physics; yet, only 36 percent of students end up in physics courses, according to the American Institute of Physics. Meera Chandrasekhar, a professor of physics at the University of Missouri, received a $5 million multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to address this challenge. She and her team developed a hands-on physics course for ninth graders designed to give them a better chance at being successful in higher-level high school and college-level science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM courses. The handheld tablet and computer-based curriculum application modules called “Exploring Physics” were developed through this grant and have just become available for instructors and students.  Full Story
Related Mediaphoto icon photo

Human Development Could be Harmed by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Released During Natural Gas Extraction

Scientists recommend process to examine total endocrine disrupting activity from exposure to harmful mixtures

Aug. 27, 2015

More than 15 million Americans live within one mile of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations that combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas from underground rock. Scientific studies still are inconclusive on the potential long-term effects on human development. Now, Susan C. Nagel and Christopher D. Kassotis, researchers with the University of Missouri, and national colleagues have conducted a review of research on health effects associated with UOG operations and concluded these activities have potential for environmental release of a complex mixture of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that could potentially harm human development and reproduction.  Full Story

More news releases »