Springfield, Ohio – The 2010-11 Wittenberg Saturday Science program continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center with a presentation titled “Finding Invisible Planets” by Associate Professor of Physics Dan Fleisch, who was recently awarded the prestigious 2010-11 Ohio Professor of the Year award.
Sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the U.S. Professor of the Year program is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education. Fleisch is the sixth Wittenberg professor to earn Ohio Professor of the Year honors since the program’s founding in 1981, tops among the state’s four-year institutions.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is an outreach program started in January 2009 that exposes area high school and home-schooled students to science and its many possibilities. Eight academic departments – biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology – are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year.
While the format sometimes varies, programs normally feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. On Dec. 4, Fleisch will lead a discussion about the detection of planets orbiting distant stars and the possibility of finding life elsewhere in the universe. After a continental breakfast in the David L. Hobson Atrium, students then take part in a science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors.
An expert in electromagnetics and space physics, Fleisch inspires students around the country and the world as author of the international bestseller A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equations, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 and already in its eighth printing, and the co-author of Electromagnetics with Applications with the late John Kraus of The Ohio State University. In 2004, Wittenberg awarded Fleisch its top faculty prize, the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. Two years earlier, Fleisch won the Omicron Delta Kappa award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was named the Outstanding Faculty Member during the Wittenberg Greek Scholarship Awards in 2000. Additionally, Fleisch was recognized for Faculty Excellence and Innovation in 2003 and 2005 by the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs, and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors.
There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. To register for the event, go to http://www.wittenberg.edu/science-outreach. For more information, e-mails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Ryan Maurer