NSDL/NSTA Web Seminar Series, 2009-2010
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.
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 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
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 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 is the Editor-in-chief of ActionBioscience.org, 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 is the marketing coordinator for Teachers' Domain, an educational
service for teachers provided by Boston public television station WGBH. Teachers'Domain
(www.teachersdomain.org) 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, 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
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 (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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