NSDL/NSTA Web Seminars
Sarita Nair-Pillai is a project director with the Education, Employment & Community
Programs division at Education Development Center, Inc (EDC). Drawing on her own
background as a computer scientist and technology developer, her role involves managing
national projects that focus on the creation of powerful technology-based resources
for teachers and students, with a special focus on the needs of diverse users. As
the director of The FunWorks digital library project and the Gender and Science
Digital Library, she has helped shape both technology and content strategy for the
National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library system. She also
serves as co-principal investigator for NSF's National ITEST Learning Resource Center
at EDC which supports close to 75 projects around the country, located in schools
and community-based settings, focused on building IT skills and knowledge of school-age
children and teachers through intensive hands-on science experiences.
Sarita has presented nationally and internationally on the use of digital libraries
for education, and on the development of innovative and inclusive learning technologies.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Business
Administration and Marketing.
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.
As a researcher for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dr. Koppers was 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.
Dr. Koppers recently accepted a position as Associate Professor of Marine Geology
and Geophysics College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences at the Oregon State University.
Since 1999 Dr. Koppers has been active as the head database manager and webmaster
website of which the ERESE portal is an integral part. He earned M.Sc. and Ph.D.
degrees (1993, 1998) in the Earth Sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam,
Dr. 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.
Sarah Bordenstein is an Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Marine Biological
Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. Her most notable development is Microbial Life,
a digital library dedicated to the ecology, evolution and diversity of microbes.
She currently acts as Project Manager for the Encyclopedia of Life Biodiversity
Informatics Group (http://www.eol.org ) and Data
Manager for the International Census of Marine Microbes (http://icomm.mbl.edu).
Sarah is particularly interested in engaging teachers and students to contribute
to our knowledge of biodiversity and empowering them to participate in the scientific
discovery process by making learning resources, tools and datasets freely available
Dr. Seth Bordenstein
Dr. Seth Bordenstein received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a M.S.
in Biology, and a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Genetics from The University of Rochester.
From 2002 to 2004 he was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the
Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), where he studied genome evolution of bacterial
endosymbionts. In 2005 Bordenstein was appointed as Assistant Scientist in the Josephine
Bay Paul Center of the MBL. He also currently holds a faculty appointment in the
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University and is a founding
member of the Mobile Genetic Element Cluster at the MBL. His lab's website is
Dr. Jeff Krause
Dr. Krause comes to computational science education by way of basic science research
in computational biology. Dr. Krause received a BS in Biology and a BA in Psychology
from the University of California, Irvine, where he learned how gratifying teaching
can be while tutoring fellow undergraduate students in Biology. Dr. Krause then
moved to Durham to pursue graduate studies in Neurobiology at Duke University, earning
his degree in 2000. Over the course of graduate study Dr. Krause realized that he
was more interested in computational biology than experimental laboratory work.
After a brief stint working for IBM, Dr. Krause received a post-doctoral research
fellowship at the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Duke.
While looking to apply the computational skills acquired as a post-doc, Dr. Krause
happened upon an opportunity to join the Institute for Science Learning at the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Here Dr. Krause served as a scientific content developer
with a highly talented team that was assembled to produce award-winning multimedia
educational materials on topics in bioinformatics and post-genomic biology. In this
position Dr. Krause rediscovered the joy of teaching through curriculum and lesson
design and authoring, as well as a year teaching undergraduate and graduate biostatistics
at North Carolina Central University. When administrative changes lead to the dissolution
of the institute Dr. Krause joined Shodor in September of 2006 as a staff computational
biologist and educator.
Rob DeSalle is a Curator of Entomology at the American Museum of Natural History.
He is affiliated with the AMNH Division of Invertebrate Zoology and works at the
Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, where he leads a group of researchers
working on molecular systematics, molecular evolution, population and conservation
genetics, and evolutionary genomics of a wide array of life forms ranging from viruses,
bacteria, corals, and plants, to all kinds of insects, reptiles, and mammals.
Though other researchers have studied the effects of the Hawaiian Islands' geological
history on the evolution of Drosophila, Rob was among the first to do so using molecular
genetics. His research caught the attention of Allan Wilson who is considered by
many to be the father of modern molecular evolution. Rob conducted his postdoctoral
research under Wilson at the University of California, Berkeley and continued his
research and taught at Yale University from 1986 to 1991, before accepting a position
as assistant curator at the American Museum of Natural History. At the Museum, he
continues to study flies, but also uses his expertise in molecular genetics to explore
a much wider range of creatures.
In addition to the stimulating environment and wealth of potential collaborators,
the Museum also gives Rob the opportunity to help design exhibition spaces, such
as "The Genomic Revolution" and "Epidemic!". "The Genomic Revolution" explored the
science and technology of genomics research as well as the ethical, social, and
legal implications of this research. "Epidemic!" explored infectious disease. Rob
also helps create magazines for children, books of essays, and content for the children's
website, Ology—and of course, online science courses for teachers, such as this
one. But his primary focus is on his research. As one of over 40 curators at the
Museum, Rob works on exhibitions and educational programs, while he continues to
explore the many unanswered questions that make his scientific career an endlessly
rewarding and fascinating pursuit.
Marcia Eames-Sheavly coordinates the Garden-Based Learning Program in the Department
of Horticulture at Cornell University, where she develops curriculum and educational
resource materials for teachers, 4-H leaders, extension educators, and others. She
also works with human development researchers to evaluate the impact of programs
on developmental assets, and teaches HORT 201, the Art of Horticulture.
Marcia speaks often at national meetings, and is the author of many publications,
book chapters, and magazine articles. She has received two Garden Writers’ Association
awards and the prestigious Jane L. Taylor Great American Gardener Award from the
American Horticultural Society for her efforts to inspire and nurture future horticulturists
through children’s and youth gardens.
Marcia is also a watercolor artist, and her paintings reflect her love of, and interest
in, the plant world. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout central and
western New York, and she has illustrated numerous publications.
Craig Cramer is a communications specialist in Cornell’s Department of Horticulture.
A former magazine editor, Craig developed his first website a decade ago, and now
focuses his efforts on helping the Department of Horticulture reach educators, gardeners
and farmers. He’s also an avid gardener and garden blogger.
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
Joyce Tugel is a Science Specialist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
(MMSA). Her work at the MMSA is primarily focused on the areas of teacher leadership,
mentoring and new teacher support, and science professional development, which includes
national support for the Curriculum Topic Study project in utilizing the tools and
resources. Joyce is a co-author of Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 2.
Prior to coming to the MMSA in 2005, Joyce was a science professional development
specialist at the TERC Eisenhower Regional Alliance for five years and taught high
school chemistry and physical science for ten years in Southern Maine. Prior to
receiving her science teaching certification, Joyce was a researcher in environmental
biogeochemistry at the University of New Hampshire. She is a Fellow of the third
cohort group of the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership.
Joyce has served as the National Science Teachers Association's District II Director
and Professional Development Division Director. During her accomplished teaching
career, Joyce received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science
Teaching in 1998, and the Milken Foundation National Distinguished Educator and
New England Institute of Chemists Secondary Teaching Awards in 1999. Joyce received
her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.
Jessica Fries-Gaither is an Elementary Resource Specialist with The Ohio State University.
Currently she is working on a free multimedia cyberzine called Beyond Penguins and
Polar Bears. This online magazine will integrate polar science, literacy skills,
and other cross-curricular content for elementary educators. Fries-Gaither earned
bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Anthropology and a master’s of Education
from the University of Notre Dame. She has had a variety of teaching experiences
including middle school science and math, upper elementary science and math, and
elementary (self-contained) classrooms. Most recently, she taught fourth grade in
Anchorage, Alaska, where she lived for six years.
Fries-Gaither is a member of the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) and
has traveled to Japan with the Fulbright Memorial Fund and to South Africa and Botswana
with the Fulbright Hays program. She enjoys learning and teaching about the world’s
diversity in its scientific and cultural forms.
Dr. Carol Landis
Dr. Carol Landis completed her Ph.D. in Science Education at The Ohio State University
in 1995. She also holds an MA (Biology Ed.) from Kent State and a B.S. (Biology
Education) from the University of Wisconsin--Superior. She taught biology and Earth
science for 17 years in NE Ohio before entering the Ph.D. program at OSU. Upon completing
her Ph.D., she served as a visiting assistant professor in the Math, Science, and
Technology (MSaT) faculty in the College of Education at OSU. She taught Science
in the School Curriculum, Teaching Science in the Field, and Science Methods, and
served as a University Supervisor for the M.Ed. student teaching and field experiences.
She also co-taught Geological Sciences 583B, Field Geology for Science Teachers,
offered at the Bahamian Field Station on San Salvador Island. In 2005, Carol retired
from teaching science at the Linworth Alternative Program in the Worthington School
system, where she had worked for the previous nine years. While there, she coordinated
the production of an educational CD-ROM about Long-Term Ecological Research in the
McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, a program funded through the National Science
Foundation. The CD set is available at cost of shipping and handling to middle-
and high-school teachers. In addition to the Education Outreach position at BPRC,
she facilitates iDiscovery, an on-line course offered through Miami University (Ohio)
for teachers who completed the summer teacher workshop about climate change at BPRC.
At some point, she would love to resume teaching marine biology and Earth systems
to Elderhostel groups in the Bahamas…especially in the winter!
Dr. John Roeder
Dr. John Roeder began his work in energy education when he came to The Calhoun School in New York City in 1973, the year of the Arab Oil Embargo. In the 1970s he did work in energy education with the National Energy Foundation and in the 1980s he became a Resource Agent for the New York Energy Education Project. His most recent effort in energy education is to develop the manual, "Teaching About Energy," soon to be published by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Excerpts of this work can be found on
Dr. Cathy Ezrailson
Dr. Cathy Mariotti Ezrailson is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at The University of South Dakota. An AAPT Physics Teaching Resource Agent since 1992, she has taught physics, scientific research and design, computer technologies, geology and chemistry in public schools and community colleges for more than 20 years. She currently teaches physical science and science methods for elementary, middle school and high school science education majors as well as graduate courses in science education. Her current research areas include “Are We Teaching Science Safely in South Dakota Schools,” “Interactive Science for the English Language Learner: Two ELL Populations Compared” and “Science and Technology is Also Me” – A Middle School Girls’ Physical Science and Technology Summer Experience.* *She has also designed and implemented the Explicitly Modeled Interactive Techniques (EMIT) teaching model, in classrooms grades 6-20 and is currently managing editor of ThePhysicsFront.org – online digital library collection for physics and physical science for grades K-12 teachers, students and teacher educators.
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