Posted tagged ‘early-entry-to-college’

Timbers from ship found below WTC

August 12, 2010
Timber found under WTC site

Timber from 18th Century Ship found under WTC site

At the site of the World Trade Center, remains from an 18th century ship have been discovered.  While not sure how the timbers got there, researchers at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab are now looking at where they came from and where the ship had sailed to.  They are also trying to figure what kind of ship it was, since this is a type of ship that they have never seen before.

Fuel from thin air?

August 10, 2010

soybeansAn enzyme found in the roots of soybeans could be the key to cars that run on air.  An enzyme that normally produces ammonia from nitrogen gas, can also convert carbon monoxide (CO), into propane.  While studying the enzyme Vanadium nitrogenase, researchers realized that the enzyme has some unusual behavior.   Scientists removed the nitrogen and oxygen the enzyme is used to and filled the remaining space with CO.  Once the nitrogen and oxygen were removed, scientists realized that  the  enzyme began to to turn the CO into short chains of carbon two and three atoms long, more commonly referred to as propane.  While this technique is not perfected, scientists are hoping that this technique could lead to cars partially powered on their own fumes. Even further into the future, vehicles could even draw fuel from the air itself.

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower to hit peak on Thursday

August 9, 2010

The annual Perseid meteor shower, which began at the end of July, will hit its peak on Thursday, August 12.   Not only will it be a great night for meteors, it will be also be a great night to see Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon.  Enjoy the show!!

It’s the Last Weekend to Prepare Your KAMS Application!

January 27, 2010
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It’s time to put the finishing touches on your application to join KAMS’ second class!  Monday, February 1st, is the postmark deadline for applications and supporting materials.  If you didn’t get the score you were looking for on the ACT, you’re not too late.  You can register for an upcoming exam & submit a copy of your ACT registration confirmation with your KAMS application.  The Admissions Committee will review your application for conditional approval.  Just be sure to have your scores sent to FHSU so that we can receive them quickly & they can join the rest of your application.  If you have any questions about the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Bolte, the KAMS Admissions Coordinator, with any questions at (785) 628-4709 or akbolte@fhsu.edu.

Check Out Pictures of KAMS at Topeka

January 25, 2010

Dozens of pictures taken of KAMS at Topeka are available at the KAMS facebook page.  Be sure to check them out!

KAMS Class of 2011 at the Kansas Capitol.

KAMS students receive a warm welcome during meetings with state officials in Topeka

January 21, 2010

TOPEKA, Kan. — In what seemed at times more like a victory tour than a routine educational field trip, the “Pioneer Class” of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science visited Topeka on Wednesday to learn about state government but also to testify about their experiences thus far in the inaugural year of the statewide academy for exceptional high school students.

The 24 KAMS students — all high school juniors — received standing ovations when they were recognized on the floors of the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House of Representatives. Both houses of the Legislature unanimously passed resolutions commending the students and Fort Hays State University, which is the home of the new academy.

Besides touring the Capitol and the nearby Kansas Judicial Center, where they met with the Kansas Supreme Court, the KAMS students and Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, reported on the status of the new academy to the Kansas Board of Regents, the House Education Committee and the Senate Education Committee.

If it is fitting to think of KAMS as a victory, then it is a victory shared by the Legislature, the university at Hays, and, of course, the students themselves. That was apparent during testimony to the education committees and during informal conversations with lawmakers.

The Legislature established KAMS to promote mathematics and science education, to reduce the “brain drain” in which many of the best and brightest young Kansans go away to out-of-state universities and never return, and to promote economic development by providing a well-educated workforce. Kansas becomes the 16th state to have an early-entry-to-college program that offers a unique residential learning experience for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors.

KAMS was established at FHSU following a selection process by the Kansas Board of Regents. The Legislature originally appropriated about $700,000 a year to fund the first five years of operation, but the budget crisis that began in the fall of 2008 put that funding in jeopardy. Nonetheless, the Legislature has provided funding of more than $600,000 thus far to support a smaller version of the academy, which President Hammond has dubbed “KAMS Lite.” Instead of starting in fall 2009 with 40 juniors, which would expand to 80 in fall 2010 with the 40 returning seniors and 40 new juniors, the 2009-2010 class has just the 24 juniors.

During lunch with the students on Wednesday, Senate President Stephen R. Morris, R-Hugoton, commended President Hammond for his “can do” attitude during the budget crisis, when legislators were hearing complaints from others who were concerned about funding cuts. Morris said it was Hammond’s “ingenuity” — which is the typical approach to challenges at FHSU — that made it possible for KAMS to be launched in a somewhat scaled back version.

“Eddie Savage from Holcomb is a member of this first class of the Kansas Academy of Math and Science,” Sen. Morris added. “His success demonstrates not only his own commitment to academic achievement but the effectiveness of the educators who helped prepare him for this venture. I sincerely congratulate Eddie. I know his family, friends and community are very proud, and as his state senator, I share that pride!”

During their formal testimony, four of the KAMS students — Leo Budy from Basehor, Tyler Clark from St. John, Alexis Greb-Bonham from Wellington, and Kathryn Schmidt from Atchison — thanked the legislators for creating and funding KAMS, explained the application process and the curriculum, and shared their personal experiences from halfway through the first year of the two-year program.

“We are committed to academic excellence,” Tyler said of himself and his fellow students, “and we are truly fortunate to live in a state that values education.”

Kathryn testified that it was like applying for a job. “And that’s the way it should be,” she said. “You’re applying to do what you love.”

Noting that “We’re teenagers,” Alexis said coming to KAMS was a risk that took the students out of their comfort zone. “It’s a really big responsibility and a really big task,” she told the lawmakers. “Homesickness happens. … There are going to be those times when you think, ‘Man, why am I still not in high school?’ The goal I have is why I’m staying, and it’s not available in my high school.”

President Hammond emphasized to lawmakers that KAMS was creating an atmosphere that will convince many of the graduates to pursue future education and careers in Kansas instead of leaving the state.

In addition to thanking legislators, the students said KAMS Director Ron Keller and his staff and the FHSU faculty had provided the help they needed to make the early adjustment to college life. “We had to develop study skills,” said Mersadez Tanner from Hays. “If we really needed help, we could go to anyone.”

The students also spoke passionately about how they had learned to depend on each other. “Without KAMS, we would not have gotten to know each other,” said Christian Sellers from Fort Scott.

Rep. Eber Phelps, D-Hays, and Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Hays, presented the KAMS resolution on the floor of the House, and Sen. Janis Lee, D-Kensington, presented the KAMS resolution on the floor of the Senate. “This may be the first time you have heard yourselves referred to as intellectual capital,” Lee said, “but indeed you are intellectual capital. We hope you will each find a way to apply this opportunity for the betterment of Kansas.”

Other legislators also offered comments about the visit by the KAMS students.

Sen. Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg: “I am very proud that a young man from my district, Bryant Davis of Wilson, is a member of the inaugural class of the Kansas Academy of Math and Science. KAMS provides tremendous opportunities to the students fortunate enough to be accepted. I am certain Bryant will build on this experience and continue to excel academically. I commend Bryant’s family, teachers and community for giving him the educational and personal support that have brought him this far, and I wish him every success in his future endeavors.”

Rep. Dolores Furtado, D-Overland Park: “Students with an aptitude for science and math must be nurtured while being challenged. The program at FHSU is a great opportunity for our students to become aware of future career possibilities.”

Sen. Julia Lynn, R-Olathe: “The future of our state lies in the development of our best and brightest young students. KAMS is the ‘opportunity’ in the land of opportunity.”

KAMS Students Will Visit State Officials In Topeka

January 15, 2010

The two dozen exceptionally talented high school students who make up the “pioneer class” of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science will travel to the state Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 20, to share their story with lawmakers.

KAMS, which was sited on the campus of Fort Hays State University in 2008 following a selection process by the Kansas Board of Regents, was created by the Kansas Legislature in 2006. Even with the budget crisis that began in the fall of 2008, the Legislature has provided funding of more than $600,000 thus far to KAMS in recognition of the benefit the new program brings to the economic future of Kansas.

“KAMS is off to a great start in its inaugural year, and we think it will be a valuable educational experience to bring the students to Topeka where they can learn firsthand about state government,” said Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president. “This will also provide a wonderful opportunity for legislators and other state officials to meet these exceptional young people and hear how this innovative approach to education is progressing.”

The Kansas Legislature established KAMS through SB139 to promote mathematics and science education, to reduce the “brain drain” in which many of the best and brightest young Kansans go away to out-of-state universities and never return, and to promote economic development by providing a well-educated workforce.

After inviting proposals from all the state’s public higher education institutions, the Kansas Board of Regents selected FHSU in 2007 to host KAMS, and the first KAMS class of 26 students, from across the entire state and representing all four Kansas congressional districts, convened in August 2009.

Kansas is the 16th state to have an early-entry-to-college program that offers a unique residential learning experience for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors who are academically talented in science and mathematics. KAMS provides a hands-on rigorous research environment with Ph.D. faculty that focuses on academics, research, leadership development and civic engagement. KAMS graduates will receive both a high school diploma and 68 hours of college credit.

Ron Keller, director of KAMS, said the students would be involved in research projects with faculty at other state universities as well as with FHSU faculty, which will increase the likelihood that many will continue their studies and eventually their graduate work at universities in Kansas. “We are cultivating the future citizen-leaders of our state,” Keller said.

The KAMS contingent will depart from Hays at 5 a.m. Wednesday and arrive in Topeka in time to attend a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Education Committee. Other events during the day will include a tour of the Capitol, recognition of the KAMS students on the floor of the House in the morning and the floor of the Senate in the afternoon, lunch with President Hammond and invited guests, a meeting with the Senate Education Committee, and a visit to the Kansas Supreme Court.

“It is a pleasure to recognize these outstanding KAMS students and those who have brought this program to fruition,” Senate President Stephen R. Morris, R-Hugoton, said of the upcoming visit. “Lawmakers should take a great deal of satisfaction from seeing the tangible results of this tremendous initiative.”

Sen. Janis Lee, D-Kensington, whose district includes FHSU, said she also looked forward to welcoming the KAMS pioneer class. “The Legislature has faced many difficult decisions since the economic downturn began in the fall of 2008, but we honored our commitment to fund KAMS because we understood the importance of education,” Lee said. “I have never been more proud of my colleagues in the House and Senate. By creating this academy for exceptional high school juniors and seniors, we are ensuring the highest quality education for our future leaders while building an innovative foundation for economic growth.”

“As a forward-thinking liberal and applied arts university, we believed FHSU would be the perfect home for the statewide academy that enhances the education of some of our brightest high school students,” President Hammond said. “The first year of KAMS has been exciting, and we look forward to the 2010-2011 school year when the enrollment will double as our current juniors become seniors and we welcome a new cohort of juniors.”