Innovation Awards 2011
Award Recipient & Project Overview
Phi Theta Kappa at Late Registration: the Ambassador Program
PTK members will once again be assisting with Late Registration (January 4, 5, and 6). This proposal is a request to provide funds to purchase lunch and snacks for the PTK volunteers.
The Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa would also like to attend the Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference on February 12, 2011. This is a state-wide conference. The Chapter was asked by the PTK Regional Coordinator to submit a proposal to present their Late Registration: the Ambassador Program service project at the Conference. The Chapter has done so and will be notified in late December as to whether their proposal was accepted.
Camargo, Irene M; Hopper, Kevin R ;Porter, Lawrence A
Bringing the Tropics to Biology Students at BCTC
Biology is the study of life but too often, our biology students are asked to study life from non-living specimens pickled in a jar or preserved with formaldehyde. Preserved specimens have their place and can be used effectively as teaching tools, but they simply cannot convey what living organisms can with their intricate interactions and behaviors. With previous grants, BCTC has endeavored to bring students to the living world with field trips to Robinson Forest to study forest ecology or to San Salvador Island to experience tropical marine biology first-hand. However, relatively few students have the means to go on such trips. With this grant, we propose to create a similarly positive experience but for a greater number of students by doing precisely the opposite this time. Instead of trying to bring students to areas rich in biodiversity, we propose to bring the biodiversity to them. We are not able to bring the diversity of a rainforest to BCTC, but we can bring the diversity of a tropical coral reef to BCTC thanks to marine aquaria. Thus, we propose to bring the living world to our students by setting up a living-reef tank and a hands-on marine petting tank in the biology lab at BCTC.
Congleton, Yasemin H K ; Sullivan-Davis, Deborah ; Lenning, Kristan ; McCane, Rebecca ; Subramanian, Seethalakshmi
Grab and Go Science II
In 2006-07 the Natural Sciences Outreach committee was awarded an Innovation Grant to prepare 2 Grab and Go science kits Circulatory System and Energy. The kits were developed and used in conjunction with the Physics Petting Zoo kit donated by UK Physics Department to provide numerous children s programs at summer science camps, science fairs, science days, and library programs. The kits provided a platform for NS faculty to provide a coordinated program of STEM education in the BCTC service district. The current kits are still in use, but there is a need to expand the program to other topics. Based on teacher requests, the committee proposes that 3 additional kits be developed DNA, Metric Madness and Kitchen Chemistry.
- 1) Develop grab-and-go topical science kits for faculty to use that have predefined demonstrations and/or activities consistent with Kentucky s Core Content for Science Assessment.
- 2) UK s MCAP (Minority College Awareness Program) has requested to bring middle and high school students to the Cooper campus to participate in BCTC s science outreach programs. Faculty already participate with Multicultural Affairs to offer science programs for CARNEIGE Scholars and Hispanic outreach camp in the summer. The Biotechnology kit will be used to promote the new biotech program to middle and high school students. Henry Clay High School has requested that we collaborate on a new biotechnology club to bring high school students to BCTC to expose them to equipment not available in the high school.
- 3) The NS Science Outreach committee will continue to develop and formalize relationships with district libraries, schools, and other nonprofit learning agencies to establish regular BCTC science outreach opportunities to promote formal and informal science education. The committee believes that this will be extremely important for poorer elementary and middle schools in the BCTC service district as science laboratories are very expensive to develop and operate and many schools do not have a dedicated science teacher. Although recently retired, Seetha Subramanian will work with children s librarians at Lexington Public Library to coordinate
BCTC Theatre Spring Production
The BCTC Theatre program has had limited exposure for students to participate in large scale musical theatre productions. With the advent of our proposed AFA degree in Theatre, there is a need to broaden production offerings.
With this in mind, a BCTC has the opportunity for a collaborative effort with the Actors Guild of Lexington on a Spring 2011 production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, a large cast musical theatre piece. The production would not only serve to benefit our students, but it would solidify a new partnership with AGL, and serve to kick off their "Second Stage" production series- a new series of edgier shows performed at a venue outside of their normal space. Securing this grant would offset the larger than normal costs of such a major production.
Dressed for Success Business Attire for Students
As the economy has taken a turn, there are many students who do not have the resources to purchase professional clothing and accessories necessary for a job interview, internship, or a new job. With this in mind, we have BCTC has established a small clothing bank (located at BCTC Regency Campus) that offers gently used professional clothing. The name of the Clothing Bank is Suited for Success.
The purpose of the bank is to provide students who do not have the resources to purchase clothing that is appropriate for an upcoming job interview or new job, with some of the basic clothing necessities they will need to have a successful start. The option to access professional clothing will allow students the opportunity to learn how to present themselves in a professional manner and alleviate the stress of not being able to afford it. The donated clothing will be made available to students in the Educational Talent Search Program as well as students at BCTC free of charge. The clothing bank will be an ongoing effort. Students need to call to make an appointment to get clothing.
The value of the project would be that it would help eliminate the stress of lack of resources for our students. The option to get clothing on site will offer our students the ability to present themselves as the best candidates for the position to which they are applying. This is turn will have positive effects on the way in which students represent the institution.
On-line CE project
The purpose of the project is to develop a CE course that will provide Radiographers topics with in-depth content that could be presented both face-to-face and as an on-line option. The two topics to develop are:
Students: How to work with students in a clinical setting
Topics to include:
- Accreditation school, program
- Certification and the impact on students
- Student profile modern student issues
- Radiographer as Mentor
- Evaluation of Student performance
- Ageing population
Topic to include:
- Normal aging process
- Needs associated with aging
- Specific modifications while working with an ageing population
Garrison, Trenede Trent M ; Garrison, Catherine ; Albright, Michael S
Geologic Maps/Topographic Maps and Rocks for Laboratory
An effective geology laboratory has an abundant supply of rocks, minerals, maps, and other resources to supplement the geology lecture. Our laboratory has some of these materials, but is either deficient, or does not have the following: rocks, geologic maps, and topographic maps. This award will allow the purchase of materials for the following:
The Lawrenceburg campus does not have a complete supply of materials and many of these items have to be transported.
Glasscock, Rebecca C ; Porter, Lawrence A
Stepping It Up for Sustainable Agriculture
In concert with BCTC s Sustainability Committee, the Environmental Science Technology program is in the beginning stages of developing an EST focus area in Sustainable Agriculture. Conversations are already underway with faculty at the University of Kentucky and elsewhere. This endeavor will necessitate garden upgrades and additions. In the short-term, BCTC needs to create learning stations for research and observation. These learning stations include an orchard (to be planted in the spring), a berry bush area (to be added to in the spring), chickens (the pastured poultry system is in place), a centralized area for composting (the piles are fairly random at present), housing for the worm bin, and housing for the beehive. Over the slightly longer term, Carpentry students will be constructing a combination rain catchment, processing area, stage, and small open air classroom (all in one) and hoop houses ( i.e., a type of greenhouse). Next, the construction of a larger, year-round greenhouse and outdoor classroom. Concurrently, new courses and curricula will be established. It is the hope to be able to begin offering an AAS in Environmental Science Technology: Sustainable Agriculture within a few years. At the same time, the garden will continue to serve BCTC faculty, students, and staff as well as the community as a whole.
Story, John E
Bridging the Gap
The Canaan House has the primary mission of providing a residential community with minimal supervision, there is a great need for community interaction in order to enhance the quality of life for the residents living in the facility. The central issue being that in the nature of chronic mental illness is a sense of feeling less than others in the community, a social awkwardness, and difficulty maintaining a drive in order to engage in daily activities. Residents ultimately have a great deal of down time that tends to be spent by retreating to their room and may lead to a decrease in community interaction. In order to address this concern, over the years I have been bringing students from our essentials of abnormal psychology class to interact with the residents and increase their level of activity that has had an extremely positive effect.
Two years ago I began supervising BCTC students who have received college credit through the experiential education program. I volunteer my clinical services in order to provide weekly supervision for the students and also structure their experiential learning through the program. This has been a win-win situation for our students (who are interested in moving into the mental health field and obtain a rare practicum experience in undergraduate studies) and the residents (who benefit from the contact with the students and the activities they engage in).
The focus of Bridging the Gap is to obtain equipment that encourages cooperative play, physical movement, and acts as a vehicle for the student and residents to interact with one another in a non-threatening social manner. The equipment would include: an X-Box 360, Kinect camera, interactive game, and a projector in order to allow the student to engage the community in a creative means of playing with one another that promotes cooperation and movement. The emergence of the Kinect peripheral for the X-Box 360 removes the need for an actual controller and allows one to utilize their body in order to interact with the game being played. Students could use the equipment as a focal point in order to connect with the residents and promote social interaction.
Strobel, Norman E; Porter, Lawrence A
Student Research Comparing Radiation Resistance of Deinococcus radiodurans to that of Commercial Probiotic Bacteria
This project is designed to address the lack of rigorous hands-on laboratory research experience, to stimulate inquiry-based learning, and to offer venues for presentation of novel findings that can improve the probability of student success in future educational pursuits and employment. Although presented as a student independent research project in this proposal, we envision the expansion of this project to include students in major biology laboratories ( e.g., as an extension of current UV mutagenesis exercise in Bio 153) as well as students in the Biotechnology Program ( e.g. as an independent project in BTN 202).
Our proposed solution is to mentor one or two highly motivated BCTC students in Spring and Summer 2011 in cutting-edge research that ties together basic and applied areas of organismal and molecular biology. The student(s) in this project will present their findings at several scientific meetings and co-author published written reports. By focusing on a small number of students, we aim to determine the feasibility of student-driven research on a manageable scale and to determine and optimize the amount of materials needed prior to expansion to a larger student population. The experimental system developed will provide additional opportunities for future research activities in BIO 151/153 labs and in our rapidly growing biotechnology program.
Watts, Jean; Knowles, Tracy L
Applied research project integrating program competencies and professional practices for students in the Environmental Science Technology Program
Students in the EST Program learn a wide variety of skills applicable to environmental consulting and research. This project will allow them to integrate many of these into one real world project that will benefit the community and provide an opportunity for them to present their findings in a professional setting.
Though the pathogen bacteria problems are well documented in local waterways, current assessments use E. coli bacteria and Fecal coliform bacteria. Often these parameters are dismissed by community leaders and others as being imprecise because the bacteria can come from any warm blooded animal including ducks, raccoons, birds, dogs and cats. By using PCR in molecular source tracking in combination with E. coli values we can identify the sources as human, waterfowl, bovine or horse, providing clarification on this issue. (Proving or disproving the argument that the bacteria comes from sources other than human waste.)
SAFE PACE Team (Staff and Faculty Engaged in Personal and Career Enrichment)
The SAFE PACE Team was formed to identify the personal and professional needs of individual Bluegrass college employees, and to explore the most effective ways to assist Staff and Faculty in achieving them. While surveying employees to explore their needs, SAFE PACE will also uncover the strengths and talents possessed by the members of our workforce, and provide the best mechanism by which to compliment and develop these skills by putting them to use within the college.
With this in mind, the SAFE PACE Team would like to invite an expert in workplace improvement to assist in evaluating and prioritizing the needs of BCTC employees and help develop fresh and innovative personal and career development sessions that emphasize appropriate workplace behaviors. To provide effective support to the BCTC workforce, the SAFE PACE Team must first establish an in-depth understanding of the key topics that affect personnel. Then learn and apply proven techniques that will be beneficial in increasing employee morale, confidence, and trust.