David Alexander

Science Education Activities

As a science educator I believe that it is important for all scientists to be actively involved in public outreach activities, so that all people can appreciate the excitement and benefits of learning about science. I am the founder of the Lake Afton Public Observatory, and served as its Director or Executive Director for 24 years. The Observatory celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2000, and has been visited by more than 250,000th students and public viewers since it opened.  I was also the founder and Executive Director of the Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education. In addition to providing more than 400 programs and learning kits for classroom teachers each year, the Fairmount Center also hosts the Kansas Science Olympiad and the Kansas Junior Academy of Science each year and facilitates the Kansas JASON Project. Both of these organizations have active programs for the public and for school teachers and classes. Please take a look at their web pages to learn more about them.

Other Activities

As founder of the High Performance Computer Center at Wichita State University , I helped provide computing resources used by more than 100 faculty and students and facilitated the use of Internet2 capabilities to enhance teaching and research at WSU. 
 

While at WSU, I also had an opportunity to serve as President of the Faculty Senate, chaired a committee that developed a new General Education program, chaired a committee that developed new university tenure and promotion guidelines and procedures, and edited the university's accreditation report. These experiences, along with many others, have given me a very broad perspective of the operation and issues that confront higher education today.


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