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News: October 2016

October 25, 2016
Washington, DC — The United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension System, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that Stephen D. Green, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will receive the 2016 Excellence in Extension Award. Green is cited for developing programs proven to increase knowledge of best practices in child care, enhanced opportunities for early childhood professionals, and increased involvement by fathers with their children.
October 25, 2016
Washington, DC – In an effort to help undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM fields avoid trouble with introductory mathematics courses -- the most common roadblock to a degree -- the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and three university partners today announced they have received a $3 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study and scale the use of active learning for precalculus and calculus instruction. The announcement coincided with a nationwide Active Learning Day led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as part of its efforts to improve STEM education at all levels using insights from research in the learning sciences.
October 5, 2016
Washington, DC – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named six public research institutions as finalists for its fourth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards. The winners will be announced on November 13 at the association’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The finalists — Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Montana State University, Purdue University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell — are competing for four different awards that recognize different components of university economic engagement: talent, innovation, place, and connections.