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Jerry A. Bell
Barbara Sitzman Jerry A. Bell retired in May 2009 from the Education Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and, since 2008, has worked with the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL), Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at the University of California-Riverside for five years and for 25 years at Simmons College, before joining the American Association for the Advancement of Science as Director for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Programs in the Education and Human Resources Directorate in 1992. During 1984-86 he served as Director of the Division of Teacher Preparation and Enhancement in the Directorate for Science and Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation. His major professional interests have focused on science (chemical) education at all levels, especially the use of hands-on approaches to teaching and learning. He developed and published new laboratory materials for almost all the courses he taught, is an advocate for small scale techniques in all instructional chemical laboratories, and committed to the use of lecture experiments as an effective method for communicating chemistry. He has been on the instructional staff and/or directed workshops and teacher institutes for science teachers at all levels and gives many in-service workshops for college and pre-college teachers. He was Chief Editor for the ACS textbook, Chemistry, directed the ACS Office of Graduate Education, and now consults with the ACS Education Division and works on several WISL projects.


Adam M. Boyd
Adam M. Boyd Adam M. Boyd is a Sr. Education Associate in the Office of K–8 Science at the American Chemical Society. In his time at ACS, Adam has written for ACS publications and collaborated with colleagues to develop and launch middleschoolchemistry.com—a collection of fully developed lesson plans and multimedia to support middle school science teachers. Adam holds a dual degree in Chemistry and English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


Ginger Butcher
Ginger Butcher Ginger Butcher is the Education and Public Outreach lead for NASA’s Aura Satellite Mission. She has worked at NASA for over 15 years, publishing a variety of educational products that explore NASA science including NASA’s Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum and the Adventures of Echo the Bat.


Ginger Butcher is the Education and Public Outreach lead for NASA’s Aura Satellite Mission. She has worked at NASA for over 15 years, publishing a variety of educational products that explore NASA science including NASA’s Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum and the Adventures of Echo the Bat.


Patricia Deibert
Patricia Deibert Patricia J. Deibert is a Chemistry and Biology teacher at Sheboygan Falls High School in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She is a Teacher Leader for ACS as well as an adjunct instructor for the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and Cardinal Stritch University where she teaches SMART Board Basics and Beyond the Basics. Patricia graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry education from the University of Edinboro and a masters degree in educational computing from Cardinal Stritch University. Patricia proudly served her country in the US Army in the Quartermaster Corp as a Mortuary Officer and later worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative and field trainer before entering the field of science education. She hales from Pennsylvania, but has lived for the past nineteen years in Sheboygan Falls with her husband, Scott and son, Jonathan.


Dr. Bryan Duncan
Dr. Bryan Duncan Dr. Bryan Duncan is a deputy project scientist for the Aura mission, NASA’s atmospheric chemistry mission, and an unabashed nerd. (Nerds rock!) He was drawn to NASA, as all nerds are, by his love of science and the environment. He studies air pollution around the globe using data collected by instruments on the Aura satellite. He also works with the NASA Chemistry and Climate model to study the influence of air pollution on the Earth’s climate and vice-versa.


He began his journey to NASA at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he studied chemistry as an undergraduate. Something was missing though. How could he combine his love of science AND the environment? The answer was the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences where he studied air pollution and its transport around the globe. After graduating with his PhD in 1997, he headed to Harvard University where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow, playing with satellite data for the first time. Eventually, he made his way home to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2004.


Tracy A. Halmi
Tracy A. Halmi Tracy Halmi received her B.S. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and M.A. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently teaches general chemistry and organic laboratory at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Her area of research is chemical education, specifically focused on informal chemistry outreach. In addition to over 15 years teaching experience and 13 years as a local National Chemistry Week (NCW) coordinator, Tracy is a member of the Committee on Community Activities. She has served as the chair for the NCW program from 2006 to present. She plays a major role in theme development and publication content for Celebrating Chemistry magazine produced by the American Chemical Society (ACS) each fall. Her programs have been recognized locally with The Behrend College’s Council of Fellows Faculty Excellence in Outreach Award in 2008 and nationally with four ACS ChemLuminary Awards in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2012.


Erica Jacobsen
Erica Jacobsen Erica Jacobsen currently serves as a consultant, mainly working with programs at the American Chemical Society. Her work includes producing resource materials for ACS ChemClubs, writing Teacher’s Guides and articles for ChemMatters magazine, and developing an upcoming ACS energy module. She worked at the Journal of Chemical Education for over ten years, completing a term as editor of its Precollege Chemistry section and overseeing the Journal's high school-related content and events, including teacher workshops. Prior to joining the Journal staff in 1998, she taught grades 11 and 12 chemistry, Advanced Placement chemistry, and physics.


James Kessler
James Kessler Jim Kessler is currently manager of the K-8 Science Office in the Education Division of the American Chemical Society. He was the editor of WonderScience magazine, a physical science activity magazine for elementary school teachers and students, from 1989 to 2000. He is a co-developer and co-author of the book and website Inquiry in Action - Investigating Matter Through Inquiry and the website Middle School Chemistry – Big Ideas about the Very Small.


Sally Mitchell
Michael Tinnesand Sally Mitchell is a chemistry teacher at East Syracuse Minoa High School, East Syracuse, NY. Her passion for food science manifests itself in all she does. She has presented at many institutions from Cornell University, Miami University, and to the American Chemical Society, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm. Sally is the ACS 2009 James Bryant Conant Award winner for excellence in chemistry teaching. In her spare time she enjoys making teaching videos for food science.


Rachel Pokrandt
Rachel Pokrandt Rachel Pokrandt is the Director of Curriculum and Training at Beyond Benign. She has been developing multi-disciplinary sustainable science curricula for middle and high school students for 9 years, working on programs with Pfizer, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, DuPont and DOW Chemical. Rachel previously designed curriculum units and teacher professional development workshops in her role as Director of Professional Education and Leadership at The Keystone Center. Rachel has been involved in green chemistry education for the past 4 years through the “Recipe for Sustainable Science” and “Solutions in Green Chemistry” programs of Beyond Benign and has trained over 500 teachers in the use of these materials through summer institutes and weekend workshops in the United States, Ireland, England, India, Bangladesh, Germany and Puerto Rico. Rachel has a B.A. in Theatre Studies and British Literature, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Ecopreneurship. Prior to her curriculum development work, Rachel was a classroom teacher for 7 years.


Debbie Pusateri, High School Teacher
Debbie Pusateri Debbie Pusateri graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Loyola University in Chicago. She worked at LSU Health Sciences Center for 15 years in basic science research during which she earned an MBA at University of New Orleans. Debbie Pusateri taught high school science at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans from 2004-2010 and obtained her teaching certification in Chemistry at Southeastern University of Louisiana. She is currently an Administrator at Crescent City Institutional Review Board.


Barbara Sitzman, High School Teacher
Barbara Sitzman Barbara Sitzman is the 2009 ACS Fellow, and 2001 ACS James Bryant Connant Award Recipient. She has been the ACS ChemCom Teacher Leader since 1991. Barbara currently teaches Chemistry at Granada Hills Charter High School, Los Angeles, CA.



Michael Tinnesand, Educational Consultant
Michael Tinnesand Michael Tinnesand received his B.S. and M.S. Degrees from the University of Oregon. He taught high school chemistry and biochemistry in Oregon for 22 years. He joined the staff of the American Chemical Society in 1996 and worked in Washington D.C. until his retirement in 2008. Tinnesand was the Associate Director of the ACS Education Division and was responsible for programs ranging from elementary school to undergraduate education. His involvement with green chemistry included incorporating its principles in ACS textbooks and supplementary materials such as ChemMatters magazine, conducting workshops and co-authoring “Introduction to Green Chemistry: Instructional Activities for Introductory Chemistry”.




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