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DDCE @ UT Newsletter

July 2012

Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory VincentIn last month’s newsletter I talked about the importance of STEM subjects for our students and the ways that the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) works to boost student achievement in the STEM areas. We also work with high school teachers in three of our Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs. This week we had teachers who participate in our ChemBridge program on campus for professional development. ChemBridge is a partnership between DDCE, the College of Natural Sciences and seven school districts. The teachers are offered hands-on professional development twice a year, taught by Dr. Cynthia LaBrake who teaches in the Chemistry Department here at UT Austin.

ChemBridgeThis type of professional development is invaluable for classroom teachers—whether they have taught for years or just a few semesters. Dr. LaBrake brings exciting new lessons and experiments for the teachers to use in their classroom and shares the necessary science and critical thinking skills students need to attend the university. Sharing professional knowledge to help improve the academic success for students from underserved high schools is just one of the ways DDCE works to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds in the higher education pipeline. What starts here really does change the world.



UT Outreach–Austin Students Take on
Virology Research

A UT Outreach student in the labIt is rare that high school students get the opportunity to work on a real research project in a state-of-the-art microbiology laboratory alongside faculty and graduate students at a premiere research university. But that’s exactly what 14 Austin students had the chance to do in July.

The students are part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s UT Outreach-Austin, one of five outreach centers that assist high-achieving students who attend underserved high schools. Through a National Science Foundation Career Award grant, Dr. Chris Sullivan, assistant professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at The University of Texas at Austin, has hosted UT Outreach-Austin students the last three years for a two-week summer research seminar. Read More

Crystal City Senior Wins
Historia y Comunidad First Place

Emmanuel Briseno and family

Pre-College Hispanic Initiatives, a unit of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at The University of Texas at Austin, formally awarded a $1,500 scholarship award to Emmanuel Briseño, first place prize winner of the 2012 Historia y Comunidad Essay Competition. The essay competition is a unique opportunity for high school students to engage in scholarly research and record past and present contributions of Latina/o communities in Texas.

Emmanuel was awarded for his essay titled, “The Crystal City Walkout.” Emmanuel recently graduated from Crystal City High School and will be attending UT Austin as a mechanical engineering major in fall 2012.
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Intellectual Entrepreneurship Makes a Splash
in June Education Publications

Justin JeffersonTG, the organization also known as Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, touted Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) in several issues of its online newsletter AIEMail.

It began the series with a piece on “The Entrepreneurial Mindset,” which discussed how the qualities of entrepreneurs are desirable even in entry-level positions. The second piece, "The Entrepreneurial Mindset on Campus" was a short article about Intellectual Entrepreneurship and included an interview with Dr. Rick Cherwitz, founder of IE.  The final piece was “The Entrepreneurial Mindset: A University/Community Collaboration.“  It was a discussion of how IE is partnering with community groups to give high school students an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills in order to develop a pathway to college. It described IE’s partnership with E4Youth last summer. Read More

AVP Leonard Moore to Lecture at McNay

Dr. Leonard MooreMash-Up Lecture: Dub & Sports Politics
Thursday, August 16, 6:30 P.M.
Valero Learning Centers

The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio tackles Radcliffe Bailey’s themes of water, blues and blood with a new lecture series, inspired by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Two passionate experts present brief talks on specific, and very different, areas of interest. After fielding audience questions, once seemingly disparate subjects connect.

This lecture features Justin Boyd, artist and lecturer at The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Leonard Moore, associate vice president, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Hosted by Liz Lloyd, Museum Educator, Family & Teacher Programs.
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Leonard Moore to
Lecture at McNay

Thursday, August 16, 6:30 P.M.
Valero Learning Centers

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