Friday, October 12, 2007
Pavilion A (Doubletree Hotel San Diego-Mission Valley)

CAL-PRISSM: Partnership for Remote Instruments to Study the Structure of Matter

Katherine K. Kantardjieff1, Harold Rogers1, Steven A. Miller2, Kereen Monteyne2, Phyllis R. Nelson3, Timothy C. Corcoran3, Shantanu Sharma3, Miriam Fultz3, A. Zed Mason4, and Julie Karjala5. (1) CSU, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, (2) California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, (3) Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA, (4) California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, (5) Newport Harbor High School, Newport Beach, CA

The Partnership for Remote Instruments to Study the Structure of Matter is a California e-consortium whose members include several predominantly undergraduate institutions, community colleges and high schools. Harnessing the power of end-to-end cyberinfrastructure and building on existing programs and expertise, the CAL-PRISSM provides control of specialized scientific instruments from remote locations. By affording students, college and university faculty and secondary classrooms with real-time remote access and observation, the CAL-PRISSM aims to improve educational quality and student opportunities at the undergraduate and secondary levels in learning about and researching molecular structure. Remotely enabled instruments include atomic force and environmental scanning electron microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometers, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, visible/near infrared spectrometer, and several X-ray diffractometers. E-consortium members design, deploy and assess learning units and simulations that address California State University Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes and the California Science Content Standards with regard to various aspects of the structure of matter. CAL-PRISSM facilities and instruments have been established, acquired and/or supported by funding from several California State Universities, the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology, iLinc Communications, the National Science Foundation, and the W.M. Keck Foundation.