Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: Pedagogical Implications Discussion

Dr. David L. Evans
Dr. David L. Evans Dr. David L. Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.

Before joining the association staff in February 2013, Dr. Evans served as the Director of the Center for Sustainability: Earth, Energy, and Climate at Noblis, Inc., a Virginia-based not-for-profit provider of science-related, strategic, and technology consulting services to government and commercial entities. Prior to joining Noblis in 2007, Dr. Evans served as the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. From 1993 to 2002, Dr. Evans worked at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), serving the organization in several different capacities, including as the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR). Before coming to Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, Dr. Evans was a tenured professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and was a classroom teacher in Media, Pennsylvania. Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied for his teaching certification at Villanova University.

Susan Koba
Susan Koba Susan Koba, a science education consultant, works primarily with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) on its professional development website, The NSTA Learning Center. She recently retired after 30 years in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS), having taught on the middle and high school levels for 20 years and then having served as a curriculum specialist and district mentor. Ms. Koba ended her service to OPS as project director and professional development coordinator for the OPS Urban Systemic Program, serving 60 schools.

Eric S. Lander
Eric S. Lander Eric Lander is a Professor of Biology at MIT and Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. He is the President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Lander was one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project. He and his colleagues are using these findings to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying the basis of human diseases. Dr. Lander also serves as co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which directly advises the White House on matters of science and technology.

Anne Tweed
Ann Tweed Anne Tweed, a Principal Consultant with the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) in Denver, Colorado also serves as the Associate director of the North Central Comprehensive Center which serves a five state region. Her work at McREL is research based and includes ongoing professional development workshops in the areas of assessment systems, effective science instruction, formative assessment, high quality instructional practices, teaching reading in content areas, analyzing instructional materials and curricular audits.

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