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University offers summer science institute for students with disabilities

The Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering and Mathematics - Squared (RASEM-Squared) at New Mexico State University will sponsor two sessions of a summer science institute for seventh- to 10th-grade students with disabilities.

the Regional Alliance Summer Science Institute (RASSI), the five-day sessions are scheduled for July 8-12 and July 15-19. They will meet in the university's Engineering Complex I, Room 210.

Participants will include 20 to 30 area students with disabilities and eight teachers who will attend the camp for professional development. Two local teachers, Yvette Crofford of Vista Middle School and Barbara Jewett of Mayfield High School, will co-direct the institute this year with Richard Turietta, assistant to the director of RASEM-Squared.

The theme for the institute is "Wildlife in the Southwest." Hands-on activities will include building bird feeders and terrariums and working with an interactive computer program that teaches about ecosystems and animals, Turietta said.

In addition, there will be presentations by Justin Veo, a public affairs officer with the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, Larry Cordova, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, and entomologist David Richman, New Mexico State's "bug man."

During a visit to New Mexico State's Vertebrate Museum with Peter Houde of the university's biology department, students will look at specimens of Southwestern animals, including some that are extinct. During a special tour of the El Paso Zoo, they will see a presentation on live, poisonous snakes -- from a safe distance, of course.

For more information, contact Turietta or other RASEM-Squared staff (505) 646-6051 or (505) 646-8020 (TDD), or check the RASEM-Squared Web site at http://rasem.nmsu.edu.

RASEM-Squared is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with additional funding from the state of New Mexico, General Motors and Exxon.

Jack King
June 26, 2002