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RET & ARCC Collaborations

Research Experience for Teacher (RET)

A major goal of this National Science Foundation-funded program is to seek ways of improving the quality of teacher training and providing enrichment and support for in-service teachers.

The main program activities begin in June and last 6-8 weeks, during which interns work full-time at UWM or a distant site with their faculty mentors. Teachers and interns will be expected to broaden and deepen their knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, geosciences, and physics, increase their science literacy, reconsider how they teach the traditional chemistry, geosciences, and physics curricula, and use their experience during the program to develop an original teaching project suitable for incorporation into classes that they regularly teach in their schools.

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Arecibo Remote Command Center at UWM (ARCC@UWM)

Members of the Physics department have assembled a diverse group of participants from high schools and UWM who are interested in the cutting edge research taking place at the intersection of radio astronomy and gravitational wave physics.

Our 20 participants are currently working on two main research activities: searching for new pulsars using the Arecibo telescope, and analyzing the data collected from these observing sessions. For the observing sessions, we take remote control over the world's largest radio telescope right from the UWM physics building. To aid us, we work in conjunction with the operators at Arecibo and the University of Texas Brownsville via webcam and Internet correspondence.

Meetings take place every Monday night in the physics building, usually starting with a brief talk by one of our participants or a guest speaker (about a half hour) about relevant and intriguing subjects. Topics include pulsars, stellar evolution, cosmology, gravity, etc.

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