Dr. Larry Rudd, Assistant Professor at NSC’s School of Education, was recently awarded the NeCoTIP grant in the amount of $96,000 for his project titled Climate Change Science: Content and Inquiry Methods for Secondary Teachers. This project provides essential professional development for secondary-level science teachers in the application of climate change science in classroom teaching. Teachers will participate in a two-week workshop hosted at NSC that involves both field trips and lab work to study climate change.
This, however, is not Dr. Rudd’s first awarded grant. He has received funding for five consecutive NeCoTIP grants totaling $439,000 and, together with Dr. Paul Buck from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, one five-year EPSCoR grant totaling $400,400.
When asked about the significance of these grants and how they benefit students at NSC, Dr. Rudd responded, The grants are significant in that they teach science teachers both local geology and climate change and inquiry-based teaching techniques for teaching these topics. The grants involve work with in-service science teachers in CCSD and help increase the profile of NSC in the community.
Dr. Rudd continues, The two-week summer workshops for these grants are both held on the NSC campus and raise awareness about the college
among local teachers. I have also had former NSC students who are employed as science teachers with CCSD involved in NeCoTIP and EPSCoR summer workshops.
Teachers who are involved in both programs find the information on local science to be helpful in creating their own science lessons. Dr. Rudd has visited numerous CCSD science classrooms and noticed the enthusiasm in which science is taught, especially with former NSC Education students.
NeCoTIP is the Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement Program funded by the US Department of Education under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. NeCoTIP projects require partnership between local school districts, faculty from a College of Education, and a faculty from a College of Liberal Arts and Science.
EPSCoR programs provide funding for faculty to acquire state-of-the-art research equipment, upgrade and improve research facilities, and attract high-quality graduate and undergraduate students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research areas.