WebAssign Users Group 2013 Starts Tomorrow!

We are looking forward to spending time with both old and new friends at our Users Group Meeting this Thursday and Friday as we celebrate WebAssign’s 15th anniversary.  We are thrilled with the line-up of topics and presenters during WAUG and believe this will be one of our best Users Group meetings yet!

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If you are unable to join us in person, we are happy to announce that WAUG will be streamed live, so you can participate from your home or office. Click here to register for this virtual event and to see the full schedule of presentations that will be streaming live. If you attend WAUG virtually, you will have the opportunity to ask presenters questions, as well as interact with other members participating online.

You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute details on everything happening at WAUG (#WAUG2013) including pictures and commentary on presentations.

Can’t make it in person or online? We will have videos of select sessions available to watch shortly after WAUG and we hope that you will be able to join us next year!

15 Anniversaries for our 15th Anniversary: 6/23 – 6/29

To celebrate WebAssign’s 15th anniversary, each Monday we will be bringing you 15 anniversaries in science, technology, mathematics, and education that you can look forward to throughout the week. Here are some important dates in history coming up this week:

June 23

1868 – American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes receives a patent for the first typewriter. This early typewriter utilizes a “QWERTY” keyboard layout.

1912 – English mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing is born. Turing works at Bletchley Park during World War II, developing the bombe machine used for the decryption of German communications. Turing proposes a basic model of computer, known as a Turing machine, and formalizes the definitions of algorithm and computation used in computer science.

1943 – American computer scientist Vint Cerf is born. Cerf works for the United States Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency during the development of the internet communications protocol TCP/IP. Cerf’s work will be instrumental in the development of ARPANET, the precursor to global internet.

June 24

1883 – Austrian-American physicist Victor Francis Hess is born. Hess discovers cosmic rays by personally carrying scientific equipment into the atmosphere aboard a hot air balloon. Hess receives the Nobel prize for his discovery.

1915 – English astronomer Fred Hoyle is born. Hoyle contributed to the development of the theories of stellar nucleosynthesis and supernova nucleosynthsis, which describe how chemical elements are formed in stars.

June 25

1864 – German chemist and physicist Walther Nernst is born. Nernst’s work brings together the disciplines of chemistry and physics to form the basis of contemporary physical chemistry. Nernst postulates that it is impossible to reduce the temperature of matter to absolute zero. This postulate becomes known as the third law of thermodynamics, and Nernst receives the Nobel prize.

1907 – German physicist J. Hans. D. Jensen is born. Jensen shares the Nobel prize with Maria Goeppert-Mayer for their nuclear shell model, which describes the atomic nucleus in terms of energy levels.

June 26

1730 – French astronomer Charles Messier is born. Messier creates a catalog of the objects he observes in the night sky so that other astronomers can determine if the objects are comets, or if they are permanent objects such as galaxies, nebulae, or globular clusters.

1824 – Irish physicist and engineer William Thomson is born. Thomson’s work on the first and second laws of thermodynamics leads him to calculate the temperature of absolute zero. Thomson becomes the first UK scientist to be elevated to the House of Lords, and later takes the title Baron Kelvin. Thomson’s scientific contributions bear the name of Lord Kelvin, such as the unit of absolute temperature, the kelvin.

1886 – French chemist Henri Moissan successfully isolates the element Flourine for the first time, a feat for which he receives the Nobel prize.

1936 – The Focke-Wulf Fw 61 makes its first flight as the world’s first practical helicopter.

June 27

1954 – The Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant in Russia becomes the first nuclear power station to deliver power to the electric grid.

June 28

1906 – German physicist Maria Goeppert-Mayer is born. Goeppert-Mayer shares the Nobel prize with J. Hans. D. Jensen for their nuclear shell model, which describes the atomic nucleus in terms of energy levels.

1943 – American paleontologist Donald Johanson is born. Johanson discovers the fossil of the female hominid called “Lucy” in the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia. The fossil of this Australopithecus afarensis gives researchers new information about the development of bipedalism among human ancestors.

June 29

2007 – Apple Inc. begins selling their first smartphone, the iPhone.

Friday Funny!

Chemistry Friday Funny

Have a great science/math/teaching joke? We want to hear them!

Can’t Make it to the WebAssign Users Group Meeting This Year?

Join us Online!

We are happy to announce that WAUG will be streamed live, so you can participate from your home or office. Click here to register for this virtual event and to see the full schedule of presentations that will be streaming live. If you attend WAUG virtually, you will have the opportunity to ask presenters questions, as well as interact with other members streaming online.

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You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute details on everything happening at WAUG (#WAUG2013).

Of course to get the most out of the WAUG experience, you will want to come to Raleigh, NC to attend in person on June 27-28th. Click here to sign up now! Attendees will be able to take advantage of networking lunches and social hours included in the FREE registration. Our faculty presenters will be on hand to discuss topics of interest, and our content experts will be available to schedule 1-on-1 meetings to assist with everything from creating your own questions to scheduling assignments.  More details are available in our event agenda here. Plus, if your institution recognizes WAUG for CEUs, we will be offering certificates of attendance.

We have just a couple of seats left at WAUG 2013 that you can reserve by signing up here today.  We hope you will join us for WAUG, either in person or online!

15 Anniversaries for our 15th Anniversary: 6/16 – 6/22

To celebrate WebAssign’s 15th anniversary, each Monday we will be bringing you 15 anniversaries in science, technology, mathematics, and education that you can look forward to throughout the week. Here are some important dates in history coming up this week:

June 16

1902 – American geneticist Barbara McClintock is born. McClintock’s studies of chromosomes leads her to discover transposition, which she uses to demonstrate that genes turn physical characteristics on and off. She receives the Nobel prize for this work.

1911 – The Computing Tabulating Recording Company is founded. This company later becomes known as IBM.

1915 – American mathematician John Tukey is born. Tukey coins the computer term “bit“, develops the most commonly used fast Fourier transform algorithm, and develops the box plot.

1963 – Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space aboard the Vostok 6 mission. At the age of 26, Tereshkova spends three days in earth orbit before de-orbiting the Vostok capsule using manual controls, ejecting from the falling capsule, and parachuting back to the ground.

June 17

1901 – The College Board produces its first standardized test, which later becomes the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

1920 – French biologist François Jacob is born. Jacob shares the Nobel prize with Jacques Monod and André Lwoff for their discovery that the relative concentrations of enzymes inside of cells comes about by the regulation of transcription.

June 18

1983 – Physicist and Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space at age 27 aboard NASA mission STS-7. Ride later is the only person to serve on both the Rogers Commission investigating the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and on the Columbia Accident Investigations Board investigating the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

2009 – NASA launches the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) robotic spacecraft. The LRO makes high resolution 3D images of the lunar surface for planning future moon landing missions. While surveying the lunar surface, the LRO photographs the Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 landing sites.

June 19

1623 – French mathematician Blaise Pascal is born. Pascal makes many fundamental contributions to our understanding of the physics of pressure, fluids, and vacuum. A unit of pressure, the pascal bears his name, as well as Pascal’s law, which describes the relationship between fluids and pressure.

1906 – German-English biochemist Ernst Boris Chain is born. Chain discovers the chemical composition of penicillin, and discovers its method of therapeutic action. Chain receives the Nobel prize for his discoveries.

June 20

1861 – English biochemist Frederick Gowland Hopkins is born. Hopkins receives the Nobel prize for his discovery of “accessory food factors”, which are later called vitamins. Hopkins also discovers one of the essential amino acids, tryptophan.

1875 – English geneticist Reginald Punnett is born. Punnett invents the Punnett square, which is used to predict the probability of different genotypes that could be produced as a result of the breeding of two organisms.

June 21

1863 – German astronomer Max Wolf is born. Wolf discovers 248 asteroids, several comets, and 4 supernovae. He also pioneers the field of astrophotography, and proposes the concept of the planetarium.

2004 – The SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately-funded spaceplane to successfully achieve spaceflight.

June 22

1864 – German mathematician Hermann Minkowski is born. Minkowski creates a new mathematics called the geometry of numbers to solve problems in physics and mathematics. Minkowski applies his novel mathematics to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, giving rise to Minkowski diagrams, and a three dimensional mathematical space called Minkowski spacetime.

Cards from Coding

In place of our usual Friday Funny this week, we wanted to kick off Father’s Day weekend with a card created by one of our content coders using WebAssign graphing code.  You can add this card to your own assignments and share with your students and other instructors using Question ID: Holiday.FathersDay.2013 (2596896).

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It’s Not Too Late to Register for WebAssign’s Users Group Meeting!

Reserve Your Spot Now!

The 2013 WebAssign Users Group Meeting (WAUG) is right around the corner! Don’t miss your chance to attend this informative and interactive event that brings instructors from all over the country together. WAUG will be taking place June 27th-28th in Raleigh, NC and there is still time to register for this FREE event!

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WAUG Agenda

We are thrilled with the line-up of presentations at this year’s WAUG and we hope you will be too! With sessions such as Teaching with Technology Innovations to Emerging Options with Content in the Digital Age, a Community College Panel Discussion, and discipline specific break-out sessions, there is something for everyone. You can access our agenda here to see all of the great events we have planned.

Along with our series of faculty presenters, we will have 1-on-1 meetings each day with content experts available to help with anything you wish to achieve in WebAssign, including creating your own questions. Additionally, tours have been scheduled of the brand new Hunt Library that features lecture rooms specifically designed for teaching in innovative ways.

We will be offering certificates of attendance for those of you who are able to receive continuing education credit.  Also, plan to attend several networking events including lunch both days and social hours each evening, all included in your free registration!

More information about hotels and getting to Raleigh is available on our website.

We are looking forward to seeing you at WAUG 2013!