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Five DePauw Scientists to Operate Summer Program in Lima, Peru

February 4, 1970

Tower EC Summer 2006.jpgFebruary 4, 1970, Greencastle, Ind. - Five DePauw University scientists will go to Lima, Peru this summer to conduct a general science institute for overseas school teachers. Some 40 junior high school teachers who are educating children of the U.S. diplomatic corps and business community in Central and South America are expected to attend the five-week program. Funds for the project, the first of its type in South America, are being provided by the National Science Foundation with the cooperation of the Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. Department of State.

Donald J. Cook, department of chemistry, will direct the July 12-August 14 Lima program. The faculty will include DePauw professors Forst D. Fuller, zoology; Paul B. Kissinger, physics; James A. Madison, geology; and Howard R. Youse, botany.

Planning for the off-campus move to Lima has been under way for some time. Dr. Cook (pictured below right) has just returned from Lima where he conferred with Dr. William Matthias of the American School of Lima and with James F. Smith, American embassy officer to the Peruvian capital. 

The institute will utilize the American owned and operated school in Lima for instructional and laboratory purposes. The institute staff will live in a residential section of the city. Besides the normal complement of 40 American teachers, plans are tentatively being considered to include a number of Peruvian teachers in the science-oriented program.Donald Jack Cook.jpg

DePauw initiated its team-taught unified course in general science in 1958 on a seed grant from the International Nickel Corporation. The NSF began supporting the effort to improve junior high science teaching in 1959 when it underwrote the DePauw program directed by Professor Cook. The NSF continued its on-campus support through 1967. As special recognition of the University's work, the NSF in 1967 and 1968 selected DePauw scientists to conduct a summer institute in Munich, Germany for teachers of military and diplomatic corps dependents. Since their inception, DePauw institutes have offered training in general to approximately 700 junior high school teachers.

The Universities of Hawaii and Wisconsin are operating programs this summer in Japan, Germany and an American trust territory in the Pacific.

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