Big East : TCU accepts Big 12 invite, exits Big East

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Texas Christian University accepted an offer to join the Big 12 conference on Monday night, choosing to leave the Big East without having played a single game. TCU’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved an invitation from the Big 12 to participate in all sports beginning July 1, 2012.‘Joining the Big 12 connects us not only to schools with whom we share a rich tradition in sports, but also to schools committed to academic excellence,’ TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. said in a statement. ‘Over the past six years, TCU has seen unprecedented success in academics and athletics.’TCU brings stability to the Big 12, which had to replace Texas A&M after losing the Aggies to the Southeastern Conference on Sept. 25. The Horned Frogs had agreed to leave the Mountain West Conference for the Big East last November, but began to explore their options as the rest of college football continued to realign over the summer and into fall 2011.With the future of the Big East uncertain after Syracuse and Pittsburgh left for the Atlantic Coast Conference on Sept. 18, TCU decided the Big 12 was a ‘perfect fit’ due to natural rivalries and geographical proximity to other conference members.TCU will pay an exit fee to leave the Big East and join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 seasons, said Athletic Director Chris Del Conte in a statement. Del Conte declined to confirm whether the school will pay the $5 million exit fee required by Big East bylaws.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the Big 12 stabilized with the addition of TCU, the Big East is left with more questions surrounding its future as a conference. The Big East will be down to 14 schools, six of which have football programs, after the departures of Syracuse and Pittsburgh.Big East Commissioner John Marinatto laid out his next plan of action following a teleconference Monday.‘On a teleconference earlier today, our Presidents and Chancellors authorized the Big East conference to engage in formal discussions with additional institutions and are considering moving to a model that includes 12 football playing schools,’ Marinatto said in a statement.Spokesmen from Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati, South Florida and Rutgers said their schools did not have plans to release statements or comment on the recent developments. Emails to Connecticut were not returned immediately.After TCU made its announcement Monday night, Marinatto said in a statement that the Big East is focused on adding new institutions.‘Although never having competed as a member of the Big East conference, we are disappointed with the news that TCU is joining the Big 12,’ Marinatto said in a statement. ‘… We anticipate taking action in the near future.’—Sports Editor Michael Cohen contributed reporting to this article. Commentscenter_img Published on October 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

USC to host Project Scientist, a STEM summer camp for young girls

first_imgWhen Charlene Flores’ six- year-old daughter told her that she met someone famous during summer camp, Flores was thrilled to hear that the “celebrity” was a female scientist.“It just makes my heart sing,” Flores said in a video for Project Scientist, the camp her daughter attended.This summer, USC is hosting Project Scientist, a STEM program for young girls founded by USC alumna Sandy Marshall. In the past, Project Scientist has worked with universities such as CalTech to create a rigorous scientific curriculum for the camp. USC has now teamed up with Project Scientist to help develop the curriculum for each session.The camp is broken up into six one-week segments that each cover a different topic. Themes for each section range from space exploration to civil engineering, with activities designed to focus on the topic in fun and interactive ways.“I started Project Scientist for my daughters and girls all over the country with an aptitude, talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and math,” Marshall said in a Project For Science video. “I couldn’t find any science programs that were just for girls and serving girls as young as four years old, even though the research out there says you need to catch kids at this young age — four, five and six — when they already have a natural interest in science.”Each day includes hands-on activities that approach the theme through the lenses of art and exercise, as well as more traditional scientific learning and field trips that relate to the week’s topic. At the start of the day, campers have the opportunity to speak with a professional, a “STEM superstar,” to learn about their experience in their field and ask questions.“I think it’s extremely important that girls see role models that look like me and other women because I want them to not be intimidated about a field that may be male-dominated, for example,” said Moogega Stricker, a “STEM superstar” and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab engineer, in the same video. “I want them to change our future.”One of the main focuses of the camp is to encourage girls to see themselves in a STEM-related field. Activities aimed at self-reflection challenge what campers have been taught about what a scientist is and hope to give campers the confidence they need to be successful.“On day one, girls do the ‘draw a scientist’ test, and girls will typically draw an Einstein-type figure in the lab,” Marshall said. “By day five, girls are starting to draw females, and they’re drawing those less traditional pictures of a scientist out in the field doing things beyond the lab. By their final day with us, girls are drawing themselves and stating what they want to do in STEM.”last_img read more