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Future Explorers Receive Encouragement From Grad

The Legacy of Excellence

David Eick accepting the award

There’s something different about this fifth grade teacher who explores the outer limits of space-age education, with his students firmly at the controls.

Last April, David Eick’s (Journalism ’90) accomplishments landed him at the 24th National Space Symposium where he became just one of three people in his school district, and one of five in the city, to be awarded the title, US Space Foundation Teacher Liaison. Those chosen for this honor serve as advocates for space science education and conduits in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

The Space Foundation is a Teacher Liaison program now in its fifth year and selects teachers who actively promote space and science education in the classroom and the community.

At the symposium, Eick took his honor and turned it into a learning opportunity for his students, having them participate in a rocket launch using Estes Rockets and studying such concepts as velocity, speed and Newton’s laws. In class, his students have built robots from kits.

“This fleet of Teacher Liaisons is a truly extraordinary group of educators,” said Iain Probert, vice president of education for the Space Foundation at the symposium, which included three Albert Einstein fellows and three teachers who were finalists for NASA’s educator astronaut program.

Eick was raised with an interest in space. His dad, who worked in the aerospace industry in Orange County, fueled that interest by working on such missions as Apollo and Viking. A native of Orange, Eick attended CSUF and graduated with a B.A. in communications in 1990 and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction in 2000 from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

““CSUF was a good foundation for honing communication skills to help educate children,” said Eick, who still uses his journalism skills to teach writing to kids. He has been teaching and living in Colorado now for 15 years, following a few years at Orange Chino schools.

By taking the most current space exploration information, Eick has developed a curriculum for fifth grade students across the district to study moon exploration and history to inspire the next generation of explorers.

“It’s pretty exciting doing this for the school district,” he said noting that his students will be 21 when the new explorations of the moon occur and when a base is built on the moon for a trip to Mars. “They get really excited about it.”

From down under to the UK

Creative use of electronic media piques professor’s interest

The Future: Professor Xtine Burrough observes the surroundings at the Futursonic 2008 festival in Manchester, UK, one of three futuristic conferences she attended.

Professor Xtine Burrough shares some thoughts about her favorite subject: the electronic media and social networking.

Professor Xtine (Hanson) Burrough (Photocommunications) squeezed in two international conferences and one local conference during 2008.

She started at the May Futursonic 2008 festival in Manchester, UK, where she gave a talk promoting electronic media and social networking in her creative work.

Futursonic has four main strands: art, music, ideas and events. At its heart is the Futursonic conference, a social technology summit.

From there she went to an October five-day festival of electronic arts and culture in Newcastle, Australia, and a local electronic media showcase in Los Angeles.

At the Electrofringe in Australia, Burrough was one of 24 international artists selected to give an hourand- a-half lecture about her work in a small theatre at Newcastle University. Her talk was titled, “Beyond Culture Jamming.”

Electrofringe is committed to furthering creative use of technology and electronic art forms with a focus on skills exchange and development.

At the 11th Annual Los Angeles Freewaves Festival in October, Burrough’s video was selected for the “city bus circuit” and played on-board for passengers in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando and Milwaukee. The video is titled, “Last Night I Dreamt: Smith to Market Mash-Up.”

Freewaves is “a grassroots yet global organization connecting innovative, relevant, independent new media from around the world.”

And besides buzzing around the world, Burrough made time to co-author a book, “Digital Foundations: Intro to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite,” with Michael Mandiberg.

Burrough is back in the classroom now, sharing creative technology uses with her students.

Lights, cameras…it’s OC Insight

KCET, CSUF partner on new digital TV program

Professors Shelley Jenkins and Brent Foster at the controls

The university’s newest television show, OC Insight, has completed six episodes for airing on KCET’s new digital channel, KCET-Orange (28.2).

Produced by Dr. Brent Foster, assistant professor of communications who collaborated with about a dozen faculty, staff, students and KCET professionals, the show features a moderated discussion of nation issues and their impact on Orange County.

Students and faculty field productions enhance the discussions. Students play important production roles operating cameras, tapes, teleprompters, lights and audio.

Additional episodes are in the planning stages. Efforts are also in progress to seek underwriting and sponsorships. For opportunities to underwrite or sponsor future episodes, contact Cheryl Perreira, director of the KCET partnership, at cperreira@fullerton.edu or 714-278-7295.

Check out OC Insight at www.ocinsighttv.com where you can view the first four shows in their entirety and learn more about topics that range from illegal immigration to the “real” OC.

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