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2006.09.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Sept. 15 Seminar at UNO to Provide Tips on Mastering Learning

Omaha - Saundra McGuire, director of the Center for Academic Success (CAS) at Louisiana State University, will be the featured speaker at an event designed to help individuals improve their academic performance. The seminar, titled "Metacognition: The Key to Acing Chemistry Courses (and Everything Else)!," will be held Friday, Sept. 15, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The seminar is sponsored by a National Science Foundation STEP Grant awarded jointly to UNO and Metropolitan Community College (MCC), and by the UNO Department of Chemistry. It will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in 115 Durham Science Center (DSC). All students are invited to attend.

McGuire earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Southern University, a master of arts degree in teaching (chemistry) from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in chemical education from the University of Tennessee. As a chemical educator and director of CAS, her efforts involve engaging students in active learning in order to facilitate learning. The center was recognized as the "2004 Outstanding Learning Center in the Nation" by the National College Learning Center Association.

"She will speak to students on how to ‘immediately and dramatically improve academic performance' - especially in science," said Jack Heidel, chair of the UNO Department of Mathematics. "She has been invited to UNO to help us set up our own Science and Mathematics Learning Center, which has recently been funded by NU."

The hour-long seminar will introduce students to cognitive science findings that can be used to improve learning. McGuire will teach students how to learn, as well as provide concrete strategies that can be implemented to immediately improve academic performance.

For more information, contact the UNO Department of Chemistry at 402.554.3641, Chemistry@unomaha.edu or stop by 337 DSC.

Additional UNO/MCC STEP Grant information is available online at http://www.unomaha.edu/step/index.shtml.

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