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Duke Resources Supporting Science Education

Academic Resource Center
This Center provides academic services for Duke students including time management, study strategies, group peer tutoring, and support services for students with documented learning disabilities or ADHD.
Contact: Donna Hall dhall@duke.edu

CIT: Center for Instructional Technology
CIT supports the academic mission of Duke University by helping instructors find innovative ways to use technology to achieve their teaching goals.
Contact: Lynne O’Brien lynne.obrien@duke.edu or cit@duke.edu

COEP: Community Outreach and Education; Center for Comparative Biology of Vulnerable Populations
COEP partners with local health departments, community organizations, and health care providers to provide communities with information that allows them to create preventive environmental interventions that protect children before they become sick.
Contact: Richard T. Di Giulio richd@duke.edu

Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology
The Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology is the Southeast’s regional referral center for Hyperbaric Medicine. This internationally recognized facility offers tours for the Duke community as well as other education groups by appointment.

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership
This partnership coordinates and implements science education and other educational programs within the greater Durham K-12 community. The partnership supports community goals to improve life in neighborhoods around campus and to boost student achievement in local schools through provision of educational enrichment for youth.
Contact: David Stein david.stein@duke.edu

DukeEngage provides funding and arranges placement for Duke undergraduates to pursue intensive civic engagement experiences anywhere in the world. Through DukeEngage, students can apply what they have learned in the classroom to address societal issues at home or abroad.
Contact: Eric Mlyn eric.mlyn@duke.edu or dukeengage@duke.edu

Duke Lemur Center
The Duke Lemur Center offers educational tours for K-12 groups to learn more about the similarities and differences between lemur species. Additional programs also give research & training experiences with no barriers between you and the animals.
Contact: Keith Morris keith.morris@duke.edu

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Duke Program in Education
This program offers courses and supervised field experiences for undergraduates with interest in examining critical issues in society related to education including instruction in teaching practices in K-8 science through partnerships with local schools.
Contact: pie@duke.edu

Duke Teaching Observatory
This observational facility is designed to enhance astronomy instruction at Duke by providing hands-on observation experiences and opportunities for small-scale research projects to Duke undergraduates and serve as a platform for K-12 outreach activities. Local schools and community groups can schedule a visit to experience astronomical observations and to meet with Duke faculty and students. The general public is invited to come to the observatory on Open House Fridays.
Contact: Ronen Plesser plesser@cgtp.duke.edu

Human Simulator and Patient Safety Center
The Center provides hands-on activities during field trips for 7th grade and up in the Human Simulator Lab that fit with the standard course of study for many grade levels.
Contact: Jeffrey Taekman simcenter@mc.duke.edu

OCR: Office of Community Relations
OCR sustains collaborative relationships throughout the region to foster good will and provide funding and opportunities to enhance access to health and health awareness for families & local neighborhoods as well as provide community liaison between Duke Medicine, the region and global community.
Contact: Michele Burgess michele.burgess@duke.edu

Office of Postdoctoral Services
The Office of Postdoctoral Services is the central resource for postdoctoral appointees on campus, and serves as a liaison between postdocs, faculty, administrators, and staff. By providing a complete menu of services, from orientation seminars to career development programs to exit surveys, the OPS promotes postdoctoral training at Duke and prepares Duke postdocs for successful careers.
Contact: Molly Starback molly.starback@duke.edu

PATH: Primates and Their Homes
The PATH programs are designed for K-12 groups to enhance their experience at the Duke Lemur Center. Each age-appropriate program is followed by a tour, and provides students with an opportunity to explore the world of primates and their homes. Two programs are offered year-round, other programs are offered on a rotating schedule.
Contact: Heather Thomas hmthomas@duke.edu

Physics & Astronomy Curricula
Developed in collaboration with local K-8 schools and teachers, a collection of curricula used as a educational supplement in Durham Public Schools is now available to teachers online.
Contact: Ronen Plesser plesser@cgtp.duke.edu

RISE: Raising Interest in Science EducationRISE was developed in 2005 by Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, Professor of Pharmacology, to provide validated and engaging science education resources and tools related to pharmacology for teachers and students in biology and chemistry. RISE programs and affiliated courses include:

The Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership (APEP)
A-PEP is a parallel curriculum to PEP (see next item), but devoted to alcohol. This high school program includes a series of modules that presents basic concepts of biology and chemistry in the context of alcohol pharmacology. Funded by a science education award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, high school teachers across the US contributed to development of curriculum activities to accompany APEP. Teachers field-tested APEP in their classrooms (over 13,000 students)–early results indicate that students increased achievement in both biology and chemistry. APEP is now available to the public HERE.

The Pharmacology Education Partnership (PEP)
PEP is a partnership with Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and high school biology and chemistry teachers across the United States that shares standards-based inquiry teaching materials and activities with high school science teachers. This free, web-based curriculum provides the science content and background for teachers and students to apply basic biology and chemistry principles to pharmacology topics. The PEP curriculum was evaluated nationally and recently featured in Science Magazine (Sept. 28, 2007); it showed increased student achievement in biology and chemistry compared to the standard curriculum.
Contact: Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom rise@duke.edu

Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE)
DiVE is a 3-meter3 theater that allows individuals to literally walk into a virtual reality display and interact with virtual objects. Managed by the Visualization Technology Group (VTG), collaborations with researchers from all academic disciplines foster the creation of rich, immersive, and interactive VR worlds that span the realms of scientific visualization, cognitive sciences and creative art experiences.
Contact: Rachael Brady rbrady@duke.edu

Science Education Enhances Knowledge (SEEK) About Tobacco
Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, we have developed a science education module for use in high school health education classes to address the science behind addiction and development of cancer from tobacco products, whether smoked or smokeless. It can also be used in Biology classes.  Health Ed teachers throughout NC participated in field-testing the module in their classes. Use of the module increased student knowledge about addiction and perceived risk of addiction. The SEEK module is now available to the public. For more information: sites.duke.edu/rise/seek

Duke Pharmacology 150’s Controversial Issues in Pharmacology
A series of modules on controversial issues in pharmacology developed by undergraduate students in Pharmacology 150 (“Pharmacology: Drug Actions and Reactions”) are available for use in high school science courses.
Contact: Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom rise@duke.edu

Real Experiments (REX)
Information to be provided soon.

Research Greenhouse
The Biology Department Greenhouses offer excellent educational opportunities for the community, with hands-on activities and resources for teachers and students from age 5 and up (fits with Standard Course of Study).  Tours can be scheduled.
Contact: Marcia Kirinus (919) 660-7334

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
In addition to publishing American Scientist, Sigma Xi awards grants annually to promising young researchers, holds forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society and sponsors a variety of programs supporting honor in science and engineering, science education, science policy and the public understanding of science.
Contact: Duke Chapter sigmaxi@duke.edu or Center education@sigmaxi.org

Service Learning Program, Program in Education
The Program in Education has been deeply involved in service learning since the early 1990s, when tutoring programs were created to match Duke undergraduates with children at risk for school failure.  Service learning links classroom learning with service to communities. Service opportunities are developed through collaboration among faculty, students, and community partners.
Contact: Kristin Wright servicelearning@duke.edu

SSRI: Social Science Research Institute
SSRI is an interdisciplinary research institute that serves scholars at all levels across Duke University and School of Medicine to foster programs that create and disseminate interdisciplinary knowledge in social sciences as well as to train scholars who are engaged in research and interested in collaboration.
Contact: Alexandra Cooper cooper@duke.edu

TeachEngineering is an extensive collection of K-12 curricular units that integrate engineering concepts with lessons and activities supporting national and state curriculum standards. Now part of the National Science Digital Library program, TeachEngineering was initiated by the merging of K-12 engineering curricula created by Duke and other universities to create a free searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math (engineering) come alive in K-12 settings.
Contact: Paul Klenk pak@duke.edu or Gary Ybarra gary@duke.edu

URS: Undergraduate Research Support Office
URSO provides information and links regarding research opportunities and project funding for summer and academic year undergraduate research projects.
Contact: ursoffice@duke.edu

Visible Thinking
In April, Duke celebrates the achievements of undergraduates in research and original scholarship in the humanities, the natural sciences and engineering, and the social sciences. The contributions of students to their respective disciplines are manifested in VISIBLE THINKING, a presentation of undergraduate research for the entire university community.

Writing Studio Community Outreach
Volunteers are Writing Studio tutors and trained undergraduates. Projects include in-service teacher training at Riverside High School and Durham School of the Arts (DSA), one-on-one tutoring with students in DSA’s “Academic Literacy” course, and the training of undergraduate mentors to work with students at Githens and Rogers-Herr middle schools in the Science Writers’ Investigative Field Trips (SWIFT) program.
Contact: wstudio@duke.edu