I’m Rick Fletcher – actually, T. Rick Fletcher in my professional exploits. I am on the faculty at University of Idaho, where I teach and do research in the Department of Chemistry. I am also active in the UI research initiative in STEM education, so I have some collaborations with the Department of Education, too. I take an active role in statewide K-12 education, where I have helped write the Idaho state Standards in K-12 science in general and chemistry in particular. I also work with the state to write the Teacher Preparation standards for science and serve on their accreditation team. You can learn about my professional life here.
I also like fast rivers. You might find me in a fast river holding a flyrod – but really, it’s more about the river than catching fish. I’m an advocate for living in the state of Idaho – it’s a beautiful place. But with such an unspoiled environment comes challenges; personal and political. We are a rural state so it’s possible to have an impact on the way things are done. This blog will mostly deal with those three interests; education, science and practical politics. They are more connected than one might guess.