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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 Dr. Lynn Diener
Dr. Lynn Diener is an Assistant Professor at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI where she teaches science classes. She has been heavily involved in the ChemEd Digital Library as the library's former outreach specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and uses ChemEdDL resources frequently in her teaching.

Shannon Stahl
Shannon Stahl Shannon Stahl is in his eleventh year as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research group focuses on the development and investigation of catalysts for selective oxidation or organic chemicals with molecular oxygen. This topic has important implications for the environmental impact of the chemical industry in the US and around the world. The work has been supported by a variety of governmental (NSF, NIH, DOE) and industrial sources (Eli Lilly, Dow Chemical Co., Merck, 3M, Pfizer and Abbott Laboratories). Shannon was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S., 1992). He subsequently attended the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1997), where he studied the selective oxidation of methane to methanol catalyzed by platinum salts in water. From 1997-1999, he conducted postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and investigated an enzyme called methane monooxygenase, which catalyzes the selective oxidation of methane to methanol with molecular oxygen. His work at the University of Wisconsin has been recognized by several awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Research Corporation Innovation Award, the Dow Chemical Company Innovation Award and the Pfizer Green Chemistry Award.

Dr. Lisa Regalla Dr. Lisa Regalla
Dr. Lisa Regalla is the Science Editor at Twin Cities Public Television for the Emmy-award winning children’s television series DragonflyTV and the new series SciGirls. She designed inquiry-based science experiments in conjunction with museum and research partners for the recent production of DragonflyTV: Nano. Lisa obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2007. She has a passion for communicating science to the public and has functioned in that role prior to, during and after graduate school. She was the Manager of School Partnerships and Outreach Program Coordinator at The Discovery Center of Science & Technology in Pennsylvania. Before her transition to public television, she was an Education Associate at the Museum of Science, Boston, specializing in informing the public on nanoscale science and technology through live presentations, community forums, podcasts and interviews on the New England Cable TV News.

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.

Oksana Hlodan Oksana Hlodan
Oksana Hlodan is the Editor-in-chief of, an education resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. She has taught students of all ages, from Kindergarten to adult learners. She has structured and presented professional development workshops on adult education methodology, developed and organized adult free-choice learning programs in multicultural workplaces, and directed an adult learning center where both formal and informal learning programs were provided. Hlodan also developed and produced programming for public television and field-tested public education materials for various educational and government organizations. Her publishing credits include 101 Amusing Ways to Develop Your Child’s Thinking Skills and Creativity (NTC/Contemporary), Science: Questions and Answers (NTC/Contemporary), the Monster Math series for McGraw-Hill/Lowell House, and A Legacy of Literacy, Universal Access (Houghton-Mifflin). She is currently upgrading her skills set by taking professional development courses in the Masters of Educational Technology program at the University of Florida.

Daniella Quiñones
Daniella Quiñones Daniella Quiñones is the marketing coordinator for Teachers' Domain, an educational service for teachers provided by Boston public television station WGBH. Teachers'Domain ( is a free online library of over 1,800 standards-based media resources for K-12 educators produced by public television, as well as online professional development courses for science teachers. Prior to WGBH, Daniella began her career in Los Angeles working as a production assistant for several hit NBC shows, including the Emmy Award winning "Will & Grace." She left Los Angeles to pursue a Master's Degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College. She currently lives in Boston and works to promote Teachers' Domain resources to K-12 teachers across the US.

Dr. Sandra Henderson
Dr. Sandra Henderson Dr. Sandra Henderson, Project Budburst Director, is a science educator at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Office of Education and Outreach in Boulder, Colorado, where she serves as UCAR’s Manager for Professional Development Programs. She oversees program collaboration and management. Her background is in climate change science education with an emphasis on teacher professional development and citizen science outreach programs. Before becoming a science educator, she worked ` as a project scientist studying the effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems.

Dr. Kayri Havens
Kayri-Havens Dr. Kayri Havens, Lead Botanist, is Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her research interests include reproductive ecology and conservation genetics of plant species. Her research focuses on invasive plant species and has worked with a team that developed the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Invasive Plant Policy. Kay has worked with students from Northwestern University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois Chicago. She leads work on conservation and restoration projects at University of Illinois Chicago in partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden.

Dr. Lisa Rapp
Dr. Lisa Rapp Dr. Lisa Rapp (BS Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. University of CT Health Center) has been chair of the Biotechnology Program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) for ten years. At STCC she teaches biochemistry, nutrition, genetics and biotechnology courses. Since 2006 she has worked with the MassBioEd foundation in planning and teaching biotechnology workshops for high school educators. She is also currently involved with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Community College Consortium, a statewide collaboration between industry and academia working to bring a standard biotechnology curriculum to all participating MA community colleges.

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