NSDL/NSTA Web Seminars
Chad Dorsey is a Science and Educational Technology Specialist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), a
nonprofit organization supporting education in Maine and the nation. Prior to beginning at MMSA in 2004, Chad taught
high school physics in midcoast Maine, worked at the Munich International School in Germany, and served in school
leadership roles for several high school reform initiatives. Chad holds a bachelor's degree in physics from St. Olaf
College and completed a physics Master's degree and doctorate coursework at the University of Oregon. In addition to
his work on the PRISMS project, Chad works on a variety of programs providing professional development in education and
educational technology to teachers in New England. Chad's interest in technology and multimedia representations began in
fourth grade with BASIC graphics programming on an Apple II hooked to his television set, and his geekdom has flourished
unfettered ever since. Chad currently lives in midcoast Maine with his wife, infant daughter and a gray cat named Manny.
John W. Moore
John Moore is W. T. Lippincott Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin
at Madison where he serves as chair of the General Chemistry Division and director
of the Institute for Chemical Education (ICE). He is a leader in chemical education,
especially in his use of technology. As editor of the Journal of Chemical Education,
a position he has held since 1996, his monthly editorials discuss with readers current
issues, concerns, and developments in chemical education. John was the founding
editor in 1988 of Journal of Chemical Education: Software, the first peer-reviewed,
academic journal to publish technology-based, digital resources in science education.
The JCE Digital Library collection and the ChemEd Digital Library pathway have been
established by JCE under Moore's direction.
John Moore has a passion for teaching chemistry, for which he has received many
national and local awards. He teaches general chemistry, advanced and honors general
chemistry, and inorganic chemistry, using technology and demonstrations to great
effect. John is the author of one of the leading introductory college textbooks,
Chemistry: The Molecular Science with co-authors Conrad Stanitski and Peter Jurs.
He is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and has presented
nearly 400 lectures at conferences and colloquia.
Moore is a leader in chemistry curriculum reform, most recently as co-director of
the NSF New Traditions systemic chemistry initiative. He is an active member of
the American Chemical Society, serving both the Society Committee on Education and
the Division of Chemical Education in several capacities.
Lynn Diener is the outreach specialist for the ChemEd Digital Library, the newest
NSDL pathway. She is involved in both formal and informal science education. Lynn
runs a Science Club for 3-5th graders at the local Boys & Girls Club and teaches
science courses at Edgewood College in Madison, WI.
Mike is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden,
Colorado. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Civil and General Engineering,
and pursues research and development in construction technologies and intelligent
systems. Mike began developing Adventure Engineering curriculum (AdventureEngineering.org)
for K-12 science and math about 10 years ago and joined the TeachEngineering.com
development group about 5 years ago.
Dr. Martha Cyr
Dr. Martha Cyr is Director of K-12 Outreach and an adjunct assistant professor with
the Mechanical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in
Worcester Massachusetts. She serves on the State of Massachusetts Science and Mathematics
Advisory Council and played an active role in the newly accepted engineering curriculum
frameworks for the state. In her role as Director, she works with programs that
emphasize the use of engineering principles, through hands-on projects, to excite
and motivate students and teachers in the learning of mathematics and science in
grades K-12. She has published education based articles as well as being an invited
speaker on engineering education at national forums. Dr. Cyr received her B.S. in
Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1982, and her M.S.
and Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1987
Dr. Kristina Yu
Kristina Yu is the microscopist and co-director of the Microscope Imaging Station
at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. The Microscope Imaging Station
is a facility that allows museum visitors to control research grade microscopes
to explore live biological samples. In addition to making microscopy accessible
to the museum-going public, Kristina also collaborates with researchers in the San
Francisco Bay Area and is acquiring an archive of microscopic movies and images
that will be made available on the Web. She attended UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz
as an undergraduate, and has a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
from UC Santa Cruz. Although Kristina's academic work focused on cell cycle control
in Drosophila embryos, she is enjoying the opportunity to work with and image a
wide range of organisms at the Exploratorium.
Karen E. Kalumuck
A native Ohioan, I earned Ph.D. in Genetics from Rice University in 1984. I conducted
research on the molecular biology of human genetic disease at Baylor College of
Medicine, then accepted an assistant professorship at St. Olaf College in Minnesota,
where I learned far more biology than ever before while teaching developmental biology,
cell biology, genetics, bioethics, and marine biology. After having lived through
the temperature extremes of Houston and Minneapolis, I decided that moderation was
the way to go, and moved to California in 1992. By this time I had discovered that
my professional interests focused on science literacy for the public, which led
me to expand my knowledge and pedagogy base by teaching at Bay area community colleges.
I have been the Biologist with the Teacher Institute since 1994, enjoying the challenge
of starting the life sciences education program from scratch and of turning the
inaccessible corners of life sciences into exciting hands-on learning experiences.
I'm the author of Human Body Explorations the Exploratorium's first biology
activity book, now in its second edition.
Dr. Sherry Hsi
Sherry is an education researcher and evaluator at the Exploratorium. She studies
how to design technologies to better support science education and evaluates different
educational resources such as websites, multimedia, handheld's, online courses,
and digital libraries. In 2003 and in 2005 she was awarded grants from the National
Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library program to create an exhibit-based
learning and teaching digital library for K12 schools, afterschool programs, and
professional development. Before joining the Exploratorium, Sherry was a post-doc
scholar with the NSF-funded Center for Innovative Learning Technologies and the
Concord Consortium. She has also worked elbow-to-elbow with middle school science
teachers to conduct research on web-based science curricula and has also served
as a online faculty member for the first Virtual High School. She is the co- author
of the book "Computers, Teachers, Peers: Science Learning Partners." Sherry serves
on several advisory boards including the champion's board for the National Girls
Collaborative in STEM. Sherry is a graduate of the SESAME program at UC Berkeley.
Jan Mader is a physics teacher at Great Falls High School in Great Falls, MT and
Co-Principal Investigator and Director of the AAPT/PTRA Rural NSF grant. With extensive
experience in curriculum development and instruction, she has authored or co-authored:
Waves - Optics and Holography for MSU's STIR Program
- S.P.A.S.E; Space Science Projects and Activities for Secondary
Education; for the Iowa Space Consortium,
- the NSF Comprehensive Conceptual Curriculum for Physics: C3P Project,
the NSF PRISMS Enhancement Project,
the New Teacher Resource Book for A.A.P.T,
the Role of C3P in Teaching Physics for PTRA - A.A.P.T.
As a National Diffusion Network Trainer and an AAPT Physics Teaching Resource Agent,
Ms. Mader has presented in-service workshops in physics and physical science in
thirty nine states for K-12 teachers.
Dr. Cathy Ezrailson
Dr. Cathy Mariotti Ezrailson is an Assistant Research Scientist and Lecturer at
Texas A&M University. Dr. Ezrailson is also Director of the Texas Alliance for Math,
Science, Engineering and Technology initiatives in the Department of Teaching, Learning
and Culture at TAMU. An AAPT Physics Teaching Resource Agent, she has taught physics,
scientific research and design, computer technologies, geology, chemistry in Texas
public schools and community colleges for more than 25 years. She currently teaches
science methods for elementary and middle school science education majors at Texas
A&M University She has researched, designed and implemented the EMIT model, an inquiry-based
teaching method for Pre-K through 12th grade pre-service and in-service teachers.
Robert Payo is the Education and Outreach Specialist for the National Science Digital
Library and coordinates the presence of NSDL at national meetings, conferences and
events in conjunction with the efforts of NSDL partners and affiliates. Along with
Ms. Van Gundy, Robert conducts professional development programs and presentations
across the country on NSDL and its resources.
With over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, Payo has developed, coordinated
and managed programs at museums, nature centers and other educational organizations
in Colorado, Oregon and California. As Director of Outreach Education at the Denver
Museum of Nature & Science, the Education Director of the Colorado Energy Science
Center, and his work at other institutions, Robert has committed his career to creating
a connection between community members, educators and science professionals in promoting
and actively engaging communities in science literacy and understanding the significant
role that science plays in our lives.
Payo holds a B.A. in the Biological Sciences from the University of Colorado at
Boulder and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado at
Patricia Jacobs has a Masters in Computer Science and is currently a Computational
Scientist at Shodor in Durham, N.C. At Shodor, she manages the Computational Science
Education Reference Desk (CSERD), a Pathways project of the National Science Digital
Library (NSDL). The overall goal of CSERD is to provide high-quality, effective
educational resources to help students learn about computational science and to
help teachers incorporate these resources into their classroom.
Patricia teaches computational science workshops to middle and high school students.
She also presents at the North Carolina State University Expanding Your Horizons
in Math, Science, and Technology Conference Day where she teaches a hands-on workshop
to expose young seventh grade girls to careers in math, science and engineering.
She is a mentor in the Women and Mathematics (WAM) Program, Durham County where
she encourages young women to take more challenging courses and to pursue a career
in mathematics and science.
Bethany Hudnutt is the project manager for Interactivate, Shodor's online K12 mathematics
courseware, specializing in user interface design. Bethany has been with Shodor
for six years and is also currently a master's student in mathematics education
at North Carolina State University. Other background experience includes teaching
high school mathematics and research and development within the standardized testing
Susan Van Gundy
Susan Van Gundy is the Director of Education and Outreach for the National Science
Digital Library, a federally-funded online collection of resources, tools, and services
that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education
and research at all levels. Susan works with leading educational organizations focused
on STEM education as well as with the universities, museums, federal agencies, and
professional societies that constitute NSDL's network of more than 200 resource
providers. She leads the NSDL teacher professional development program, delivering
presentations and workshops online and around the country.
Van Gundy has been involved in designing and teaching programs for students, educators,
and the general public for more than fifteen years. Before joining NSDL, she directed
two of the largest hands-on science outreach programs in the country as the former
Outreach Programs Manager for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Director
of Outreach Education and Science Classes for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Susan's professional activities emphasize bridging the scientific and education
communities, and using innovative technologies to enhance teaching and learning.
Susan's scientific background includes research experiences in geology, archaeology,
and marine biology. Susan holds a B.S. in Geology from Oberlin College and an M.S.
in Geosciences from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Christina Symons
Christina Symons received her PhD in Earth Sciences in 2002 from the Scripps Institution
of Oceanography after logging nearly 200+ days at sea onboard research vessels,
and 2 days below sea level, mapping the seafloor along the rim of the Pacific Ocean
Basin. Dr. Symons' primary focus was investigating the deformation of the subducting
plate at the Peru-Chile Trench and the Tonga-Kermadec Trench. She continues to unravel
the complex history of the Pacific-Australian plate boundary south of New Zealand,
work begun as part of a team at the University of Texas at Austin (MS, 1997).
For the past two years Dr. Symons has worked with Scripps scientists on a National
Science Digital Library collection, "Enduring Resources for Earth Science Education"
(ERESE). It is a collaborative effort among scientists from Scripps Institution
of Oceanography (SIO), UCSD Libraries, K-12 educators and data managers to create
a digital library environment for earth science education. She is keen to promote
the relationship between those who are teaching our future leaders, those leaders
who are making decisions that affect the future of our planet and those who are
practicing science in the laboratory.
Dr. Anthony Koppers
Hotspots and their associated volcanic chains have been amongst the most convincing
observations supporting the plate tectonic theory and have fundamental implications
for understanding past plate motions and mantle geodynamics. The current research
of Dr. Anthony Koppers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is focusing on
several aspects in this broad field, ranging from 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and Sr-Nd-Pb
isotope geochemistry of hotspot volcanism to the modeling of absolute plate motions
and the possible motion of hotspots. In his studies, he has been able to show that
sometimes motions between hotspots are required to explain the observed age progressions
in seamount trails, and that lithospheric extension may be important as a secondary
process in other cases. These results seem to disagree with the stationary nature
of mantle plumes typically assumed in the hotspot hypothesis, and as a result it
has become one of his main science objectives to better understand the "true" nature
of hotspot volcanism.
Since 1999 Dr. Koppers also has been active as the head database manager and webmaster
for the http://earthref.org website
of which the ERESE portal is an integral part. He has earned M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees
(1993, 1998) in the Earth Sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Colleen McLinn recently joined the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell
Laboratory of Ornithology. Her role as Content Information Specialist is to serve
as a liaison to the educational community by interpreting their curricular needs
for animal behavior audio and video materials.
Colleen's background is in animal behavior research, and she is currently completing
a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Her
research integrated psychology with animal communication, studying how uncertainty
about the environment and reliability of signaled information influenced feeding
decisions in Blue jays.
Colleen became involved in K-12 educational outreach while working with the Bell
Museum of Natural History as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.
She served as an NSF GK-12 Fellow in Environmental Biology during the 2005-2006
school year, working with Minneapolis Public School students and teachers from grades
2-8. Colleen participated in the Web Seminar.
Jennifer M. Schaus
Jennifer has worked in many aspects of both formal and informal education, in respected
nonprofits that maintain an educational mission. She is a skilled trainer, project
manager, and curriculum developer. While at the Missouri Botanical Garden, she worked
in School Programs, and was responsible for implementing the Discovery Unit science
curriculum. These efforts included teacher professional development, lesson and
field trip customization, and volunteer recruitment, training, and management. Later,
she became more involved in teacher mentoring and professional development at the
Center for Inquiry in Science Teaching and Learning (CISTL), where she served as
the Missouri Botanical Garden's liaison.
Currently, Jennifer is the Project Leader for the BirdSleuth curriculum at Cornell
Lab of Ornithology, where she oversees the development of this new inquiry-based
supplemental science curriculum. In addition to writing the classroom lessons and
developing written and online curricular supports, she has coordinated the field
test and evaluation of the curriculum.
Ms. Schaus holds a Master of Science Degree in Biology.
Dr. Lauri Thompson
Dr. Thompson is project manager for
www.eSkeletons.org funded by the National Science Foundation under the direction
of Dr. John Kappelman. The project develops and maintains web sites devoted to interactive
learning. The www.eSkeletons.org web site is devoted to the study of human and primate
comparative anatomy both human and non-human primates ranging from the gorilla to
the tiny mouse lemur.
Dr. Thompson's research interests also include Mesoamerica, Maya bioarchaeology,
human skeletal analysis, burial customs, and potbelly stone sculptures of Mesoamerica.
She participates in fieldwork with the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project
(PfBAP) under the direction of Dr. Fred Valdez.
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