DCP is national
26, the College of
tion and Planning
opened its interdis-
Located in down-
town Orlando, the Christopher Silver
program will bring sustainable design
training to urban challenges in cen-
tral Florida. In so many ways, DCP's
professional programs and activities
model multidisciplinary approaches to
Another example is the international
competition, Solar Decathlon Europe. A
group of DCP faculty and 75 students
is leading a multi-college team to design
and build a full-scale house powered
entirely by solar energy. The house,
constructed and tested in Gainesville,
will be deconstructed and shipped to
Madrid, Spain, for the final construction
and exhibition next May. This serves as
an excellent hands-on learning experi-
ence for the students involved.
Staying at the global level, an in-
terdisciplinary DCP faculty team will
offer a master's program in sustainable
design in Singapore. The program will
integrate distance education and on-site
instruction. Along with the Bachelor of
Science in Sustainability and the Built
Environment launched last fall, DCP is
supporting UF's well-deserved reputa-
tion as a national leader in advancing
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Students are close up and personal with the life-like Human Patient Simulator (SIM).
Exposing young students to
careers in science and math
Twenty-five eager hands shot up in the air to volunteer for the next demonstration in a room clut-
tered with science "toys."
Recently, students from Howard W. Bishop Middle School and Lincoln Middle School arrived at
the University of Florida's physics building for "Math and Science Day."
In the morning, students watched physics demonstrations by Jeff Bindell, director of techPATH
and lecturer for the University of Central Florida physics department.
TechPATH is a group that interacts with local school districts to help introduce middle and high
school students to science and math careers. It is an educational program of the Florida High Tech
Corridor, an initiative of the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and UCF
Demonstrations included whirling around pipes to make whistling sounds and spinning a hand-
held bike tire to show what happens to the motion when the tire changes direction.
When Bindell asked the students if they wanted to flip burgers as a career, they answered in a
chorus of "No!" He proceeded to show the type of house where the students could live if they worked
in a science or technology field. Wide eyes and smiles quickly filled the room.
Bindell said even though the U.S. is a big country, it is producing fewer scientists than smaller
countries, like Taiwan.
"We are falling behind," he said. "We have a mission. We need to keep teachers aware of new
high-tech opportunities for students, and we want to keep kids interested in science and math."
For the afternoon portion of Math and Science Day, students were bused to the Health Science
Center where they interacted with the Human Patient Simulator (SIM).
Dr. Samsun Lampotang, professor of in .rl, 'i l.1 at the UF College of Medicine, and Thomas
Bedard, clinical simulations coordinator at the College of Nursing, demonstrated the life-like quali-
ties of the SIMs.
Tavia, a sixth-grade student at Howard W Bishop Middle School, said, "(Before today) I was go-
ing to be a veterinarian, but now I don't know if I'm going to be an animal or human doctor."
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The Center for European Studies presents "Contradictions of
Islam and Secularism in Turkey," 7 p.m., Pugh Hall Ocora,free
and open to the public.
School of Music presents "Boo-soon to You," 7:30 p.m.,
University Auditorium, free and open to the public.
Bob Graham Center for Public Service presents "The
Swamp," 7 p.m., Pugh Hall Ocora, free and open to the
Office of Sustainability and ACCENT presents "Blake My-
coskie of TOMS Shoes," 8 p.m., Phillips Center for the Perform-
ing Arts, free and open to the public.
This is a sampling of events from the electronic UF calendar.
S For more event details, or to submit an event to the calendar,
click"UF Calendar" at www.insideuf.ufl.edu.
Produced by the
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Editor Susan Stewart
October 27, 2009
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