PERL Group Members

Leadership
Prof. Danny Caballero

Danny Caballero is a physics education researcher who studies how tools affect student learning in physics, and the conditions and environments that support or inhibit this learning.

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Prof. Vashti Sawtelle

Vashti Sawtelle is physics education researcher who studies how learning environments support (or inhibit) students from diverse backgrounds in their learning physics. She focuses her work on understanding the role active learning, modeling, and interdisciplinary classrooms (i.e. physics for biologists) have to play in creating supportive learning environments for all students.

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Alicia Alonzo Michigan State University Contact
Prof. R. Sekhar Chivukula Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Brian Danielak

My research centers on four related strands:

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Dr. Leanne Doughty

Leanne Doughty is a physics education researcher who studies how students understand and use mathematical tools in their physics courses.

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Ligita Espinosa

Ligita Espinosa has been a part of the Michigan State University since 2008. She has M.A. in Linguistics from Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania and is fluent in English, Lithuanian, and Russian.

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Mr. Brandon Ewert Michigan State University Contact
Thomas Finzell Michigan State University Contact
Kelsey Funkhouser Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Bob Geier

With an original background in Physics and then digital systems design, Bob began teaching high school science and mathematics in Massachusetts in 1988.

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Paul Hamerski Michigan State University Contact
Mr. James Brian Hancock II Michigan State University Contact
Nat Hawkins Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Katie Hinko Michigan State University Contact
Robert Hipple Michigan State University Contact
Miss Laura Hunter Michigan State University Contact
Paul Irving

Paul Irving is a physics education researcher who studies how learning environments influence student learning in explicit and hidden curriculum learning goals. Paul earned his B.S. in physics from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2005.

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Dr. Mashood Kalarattu Kandiyil

Mashood is a post doctoral research associate involved in the development of an instrument to assess students' interdisciplinary thinking at the undergraduate level. He earned his doctorate in Physics Education Research in 2014 from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.

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Dr. James Laverty

J.T. is a Physics Education Researcher interested in increasing the use of evidence-based teaching and learning outside of the discipline based education research community. He received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Toledo, one in Physics and the other in Pure Mathematics.

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May Lee

May Lee is a graduate student in teacher education interested in studying how student interactions in small groups affects their learning experiences in undergraduate physics classes.

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Dr. Angela Little

I'm a researcher in college physics education. I'm currently working with Professor Vashti Sawtelle on a joint project studying how students develop a sense of being capable in physics.

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Claire Morrison

Claire Morrison is a second-year undergraduate at MSU studying physical science and secondary education. She started working with CREATE in fall 2013 through the MSU Professorial Assistantship Program and have worked on the MSU AAU STEM Gateway and the Biology Initiative.

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Abhilash Nair

I'm a graduate student working towards a PhD in Physics. Currently I'm interested in studying the experiences of non-majors as they navigate introductory physics courses that may serve as gatekeepers to their chosen major.

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Prof. Brian O'Shea Michigan State University Contact
Mr. Michael Obsniuk Michigan State University Contact
Alanna Pawlak Michigan State University Contact
John Plough East Lansing High School Contact
Prof. Elizabeth Simmons Michigan State University Contact
Dr. David Stroupe

David Stroupe is an assistant professor of teacher education. He has three overlapping areas of research interests anchored around ambitious teaching practice. First, he frames classrooms as science practice communities.

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Prof. Stuart Tessmer Michigan State University Contact
Anna Turnbull Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Steven Wolf

I am interested in how physicists develop expertise and assessing that development.

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