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People: Christoph Bodstedt at the AMO
WIS Seminar Today: Assessing Students' Science Learning
Around SLAC: Belties

SLAC Today

Wednesday - October 28, 2009

People: Christoph Bodstedt at the AMO

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Video by Calla Cofield and Brad Plummer.

Atomic, Molecular and Optical instrument scientist Christoph Bostedt gives an inside view of AMO operations and first user science at the Linac Coherent Light Source in this SLAC video profile.

 




WIS Seminar Today:
Assessing Students' Science Learning

(Photo - Susan Schultz)

Today, the Women's Interchange at SLAC will host a noontime seminar by educator Susan Schultz, previously SLAC's Education Officer and now a member of the Department of Education at Stanford University. In her talk, "Assessing Students' Science Learning: Lessons from a Statewide Pilot Project in Ohio," Schultz will discuss the nationwide focus on accountability and the need to develop reliable performance assessments to measure students’ learning. Based on initial development work with Envision Schools in San Francisco, she will share an exciting pilot project she has been collaborating on with the Ohio Department of Education and exemplary science teachers from across that state. Project goals are to improve the learning process, increase student achievement and design reliable assessments to measure achievement in science learning.

Schultz is currently the associate director for Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Stanford School of Education's School Redesign Network. She also teaches and mentors science teachers in the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Schultz taught science at Menlo Atherton High School for ten years before earning her doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Science Education at Stanford.

The seminar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, and is free and open to all.

(Photo - cows)
(Photo by Nicholas Bock.)

Around SLAC: Belties

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has its famed buffalo herd; SLAC has these Belted Galloways—sort of. The cattle, often visible from PEP Ring Road on the hillside behind the LCLS Near Experimental Hall and Collider Hall, live on leased Stanford land just east of the SLAC campus. The herd is kept by Palo Alto resident Kevin Chambers, who also manages the Portolla Valley Equestrian Center just south of the lab. The rationale behind the cows? For Chambers, it’s all about aesthetics.

"I just think the Galloways look neat," Chambers said. "Some people like statues and windmills; I like having the cows out there."

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