ASU law professors present at writing conference

July 27, 2012

Several ASU professors of law will be presenting at the Second Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, “Olympic Gold: The Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Triathlon.”

Judy Stinson, associate dean for Academic Affairs and clinical professor of law, will be the plenary speaker at the conference, scheduled Aug. 10-11 at the University of Oregon. Stinson’s research and teaching focuses on Legal Method and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Sexual Orientation and the Law. She published the advanced text, "The Tao of Legal Writing" and several articles. She also co-authored "Examples & Explanations: Legal Writing." Download Full Image

Charles Calleros, professor of law, will present “Email Memos in Context and in a First Semester Exam.” Calleros’ research interests include international and comparative contract law, international conflict of laws, the intersection of free speech with race and gender discrimination, and various issues regarding legal education.

Kimberly Holst, associate clinical professor, and Carrie Sperling, associate clinical professor of law and executive director of the Arizona Justice Project, will participate in the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ Scholars Forum, held immediately following the conference. Holst teaches Legal Methods and Writing as well as upper-level writing and skills courses. Her scholarship focuses on using well-established methods of pedagogy from other disciplines and applying them to the teaching and learning of the law. Sperling teaches Legal Method, Legal Advocacy and Advanced Persuasion and Creative Advocacy. Her scholarly writing incorporates research from various disciplines to improve advocates’ persuasive techniques.

NASA rover landing to conclude ASU Mars Education teacher conference

July 30, 2012

The landing on Mars of Curiosity – NASA's biggest, newest and most capable rover – will wrap up a STEM learning conference for educators at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory by the Mars Education Program of Arizona State University. The Mars Education Program is at the Mars Space Flight Facility, part of the School of Earth and Space Exploration on the Tempe campus.

"Bring 'Curiosity' into your classroom!" is the theme of the conference to take place Aug. 3-5, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The Curiosity rover is scheduled to land on Mars Sunday night, Aug. 5, at 10:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time/Mountain Standard Time. Mars rover Curiosity Download Full Image

"Landing on Mars is really hard. No one knows what will happen," says Sheri Klug Boonstra, director of the Mars Education Program and organizer of the conference. "Our goal in this conference is to bring educators to a place where they'll see planetary exploration history being made."

ASU's Mars Education Program, begun in 1992, has helped more than 40,000 students (grades K through early college) learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The program provides exciting STEM-based activities with a Mars focus; it also gives students authentic research opportunities using a camera orbiting Mars, through its Mars Student Imaging Project.

The program's activities, well-tested and national standards-aligned, key off the excitement of Mars exploration to engage students' interest and teach them scientific methods and thinking.

"We hope that educators who attend will carry back to their classrooms the thrill of exploring Mars," says Klug Boonstra. "And use the classroom activities we'll give them to build their students' skills in STEM subjects."

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Robert Burnham

Science writer, School of Earth and Space Exploration