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Sarita Nair-Pillai
Sarita Nair-Pillai 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
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.

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 for the 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, the Netherlands.

Dr. John W. Moore
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 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.


Sarah Bordenstein
Sarah Bordenstein 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 ( ) and Data Manager for the International Census of Marine Microbes (

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 online.

Dr. Seth Bordenstein
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. 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
Rob DeSalle 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
Marcia Eames-Sheavly 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 Craig Cramer
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
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
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
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.

Joyce Tugel
Joyce Tugel 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
Jessica Fries-Gaither 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 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 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 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 – online digital library collection for physics and physical science for grades K-12 teachers, students and teacher educators.

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