Education News and Achievements
Peter Licona, assistant professor in the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Spanish American Civic Association and Agilent Technologies Inc., has co-planned and is implementing the STEM on Saturdays program (SOS) at Tec Centro in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. SOS provides free hands-on, minds-on STEM learning opportunities aimed at underrepresented groups (such as girls, low-income and Latina/o students) in STEM.
Licona also was elected cochair of the Latino/a Research Interest Group (LaRIG) of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). In conjunction with other Latina/o scholars, he plans to present on early career activities at the NARST 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta this April.
Peter Licona, assistant professor of education, was selected to participate in the 2017 Climate Reality Leadership Corps, led by former Vice President Al Gore, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Corps is a global network of activists committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge or our time.
Peter Licona, assistant professor of PK-12 STEM education, presented “Translanguaging to Foster an Inclusive Learning Environment” at the Pennsylvania National Association of Multicultural Education conference at Dickinson College.
Licona and Alexandria K. Poole, assistant professor of philosophy, presented on Scientific and Ethical Literacy at the 2017 Lancaster Learns Conference.
Peter Licona, assistant professor of PK-12 STEM education, has co-authored, with Greg Kelly of Penn State University, a book chapter on epistemic practices and science education, which will be included in the 2017 “History, Philosophy and Science Teaching: New Research Perspectives.”
Licona also completed an Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Teacher Educator Institute at the Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts. This training will allow him to facilitate EiE professional development workshops for preservice and in-service science teachers.