NSDL/NSTA Web Seminars


Chad Dorsey
Chad Dorsey 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 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 Lynn Diener
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 Mooney
Mike Mooney 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 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 and 1997.

Dr. Kristina Yu
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
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
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
Jan Mader 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 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
Robert Payo 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 Denver.

Patricia Jacobs
Patricia Jacobs 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
Bethany Hudnutt 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 industry.


Susan Van Gundy
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
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
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 McLinnColleen McLinn
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 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. 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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