Webster in the News: NSF grant for STEM teachers; Hayes on music; Science fair

Feb. 27, 2019

Recent news media coverage featuring Webster University community members includes:

Wallner, Rodney on NSF Grant for STEM Teachers

Dean Tony Wallner on KMOV
Dean Wallner was interviewed in Browning Hall

Tony Wallner, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and Basiyr Rodney, associate professor in the School of Education, were each interviewed in a KMOV feature on the $124,000 National Science Foundation grant for Webster to educate future science teachers in the St. Louis region.

The grant, announced this month, is designed to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors to become math and science teachers in high-need Missouri K-12 schools, addressing a critical need in the state.

The grant also will help Webster University prepare to apply for a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends grant, which would allow Webster to administer scholarships to teacher candidates majoring in a STEM field.

Basiyr Rodney
Rodney teaches in the School of Education.

KMOV Channel 4's story connects this to the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) headquarters being developed in the north St. Louis area, which will increase regional demand for STEM-educated candidates.

During their interviews, Rodney discussed the need to develop more science teachers and encourage promising students to enter teaching, while Wallner discussed the science facilities in Webster's Browning Hall, the interdisciplinary science building opened in 2017.

Watch the story here at the website of KMOV, the CBS affiliate TV station in St. Louis.


Hayes on Miles Davis, Chuck Berry

Bernie Hayes on KSDK
Hayes on KSDK

Bernie Hayes was interviewed on KSDK about the musical legacies of Miles Davis and Chuck Berry. 

The musical contributions and influence of both St. Louis-area musicians is widely revered. Yet, while their careers overlapped, they are believed never to have met.

Hayes, who is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications and is also serving as interim director of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, reflected on these musicians' impact during the interview with the St. Louis NBC affiliate station.

Watch the feature at KSDK Newschannel 5.

High School Science Fair in Browning Hall on KMOV

In the News: STEM teachers grant; Hayes on music; Science fair

The annual High School Science Fair, held in Browning Hall this month, was covered on the Webster Groves campus by KMOV, the St. Louis channel 4 affiliate.

As a result of the competition, two students from St. Louis area high schools are headed to the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which is the world’s largest pre-college international science fair.

The top 10 finalists in the competition received scholarships from Academy of Science St. Louis, which co-hosted the event with Webster University.

Read the story at kmov.com.

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