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Annual Report Text, 2002-2003

Last year was filled with developing and carrying out some of the ideas that grew out of Dr. Stewart's sabbatical year in San Diego. In the fall, she taught a new First Year Seminar (FYS) called "My How Time Flies." The course was about the history of timekeeping, social perceptions of time, and how our values influence the way we spend time. The students especially enjoyed exploring their personal values and how these values are or are not changing now that they are in college.

Dr. Stewart's work in science education is currently looking at how interdisciplinary teaching and learning can promote intellectual development in students and develop students' ability to make decisions in the face of complex and possibly contradictory evidence. Last summer she worked with an outstanding psychology student, Joy Pope, exploring models for ethical and intellectual development in students. The summer was also busy, of course, with the move to the new building. Who would have thought a glove box could have weighed that much?

During the year, Dr. Stewart had the opportunity to attend several very interesting meetings and workshops. She was invited to a meeting on the role of science in the liberal arts at the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College. This provided an outstanding opportunity to explore the future of science education with a remarkable group of science faculty from across the country. She also helped organize and attended the Summit on Undergraduate Research at Bates College, which explored ways to strengthen the involvement of faculty and students in research. In the spring she went to New Orleans for a COACh workshop on negotiating skills. COACh is an organization that promotes the professional development of women chemists in academia. The workshop was very worthwhile and is highly recommended. Finally, she continued to promote the ChemConnections materials (for more information, see http://www.wwnorton.com/college/titles/chemistry/chemx/) as a presenter at a Multi-Initiative Dissemination workshop at Central Michigan University and a Chautauqua workshop at Berkeley.

On the home front, there were some much-needed improvements made to the house and several new trees were planted in the front yard. Dr. Stewart's children, Robert and Katie, were happy to have their own rooms back after a year of sharing in San Diego. They amazed their parents by making it easily to the top of Twin Sisters Peaks in Colorado last summer.