Science Education Group

Staff
Renee Bayer

Renee Bayer began her work teaching environmental and secondary science education before moving into community-based public health research, teaching and practice. Her research interests include issues in educational and health equity and community-based participatory research (CBPR).

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Sue Carpenter

Sue is the Communications manager for CREATE, and has been at MSU for over 25 years. She will be helping to administer the Next Generation Project Based Learning initiative, and overseeing CREATE's communications team. Sue has a B.S. in Business Administration, and is working toward an M.S. in Management through MSU's Broad College of Business. 

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Zachary Nusbaum

Zachary Nusbaum is a recent MSU graduate, holding a degree in History, Philosophy and Sociology (HPS) of Science from Lyman Briggs College. He is a research assistant on the AAU Project and is the 2016 Mini-Conference coordinator, and served as coordinator for the Spring 2015 Seminar Series and Mini-Conference.

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Dr. Christopher Reimann

Chris serves as director of policy and strategic partnerships for CREATE. In this role, he co-leads the NextGeneration Project-Based Learning (NextGenPBL) initiative at CREATE, which supports teachers and districts as they begin to implement CREATE materials and approaches in classrooms in Michigan, Wisconsin, and California.

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Ms. Alison Vincent, CTA

I am Secretary II for CREATE for STEM Institute and received my Bachelors here at MSU.

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Member
Dr. Idit Adler

I joined CREATE for STEM as a research associate in 2017, and design NGSS-aligned curriculum for middle school as part of the Health in Our Hands (MI SEPA) project. I am interested in designing complex learning environments that provide opportunities for all students to engage in challenging science learning, and scaling up those experiences through community educational partnerships.

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Jen Arnswald Ionia Public Schools Contact
Dr. Rachel Barnard Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Tom Bielik

My educational background includes both formal and informal environments: tour guide in the Clore Outdoor Science Museum, program director of the 'Young Active Science' program for at-risk students at the Davidson Institute for Science Education, and middle school science and biology teacher. My academic background includes B.Sc.

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Dr. Andrea Bierema

I obtained a Master's in Biological Sciences and Doctorate in Science Education: Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University. I began at MSU as a postdoctoral research associate in 2014, working with Dr. Jon Stoltzfus and Dr. Christina Schwarz on a CREATE for STEM LPF-CMP2 funded project and working with the AACR (Automated Analysis of Constructed Response) research group.

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Sarah Bodbyl Michigan State University Contact
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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Dr. Jerry Caldwell Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Caitlin Callahan Michigan State University Contact
Dante Cisterna Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Colleen Craig University of Washington Contact
Olivia Crandell Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Evelyne Cudel

Ph.D. Anthropology UCR
Environmental Science and Policy Program, Faculty
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

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Mrs. Tracy D'Augustino Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Chanyah Dahsah

Dr. Dahsah is a a science educator with a background in Chemistry. She works at the Science Education Center at Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand. During Jul 13 - May 14, she is a visiting scholar at CREATE for STEM.

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Krista Damery

Krista is a doctoral student in teacher education. As a research assistant at CREATE for STEM she works on the NextGen Science Assessment projects.

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Dr. Brian Danielak

My research centers on four related strands:

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Dr. Ibrahim Delen

I recently completed my Ph.D. student in Teacher Education Program. I am currently working as a Post-Doc at the Editorial Office in Journal or Research in Science Teaching.

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Xang Delossantos Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Jennifer Doherty Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Erin Duffy Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Nate Emery Michigan State University Contact
Ms. 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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Dawnmarie Ezzo

Dawnmarie Ezzo is an Instructor in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her work focuses on teacher education and spans several content area domains, including literacy, mathematics, and science teaching methods at the elementary and secondary level.

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Kimberly Fenn Michigan State University Contact
Allison Freed Michigan State University Contact
Mrs. Bethany Gettings

I am a Ph. D. student within the plant biology program focusing on discipline based education research. My previous master's work was also within the DBER realm - where, at Central Michigan University, I looked at a flipped versus a more "traditional lecture" version of a biology course designed specifically for preservice teachers.

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Dr. Mohamed Ghorab

Dr. Mohamed Ghorab, is a Research Associate affiliate in the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory (WTL), Animal Science Department, Michigan State University, Environmental Toxicology program, Integrative Institute for Toxicology.

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Dr. Lissy Goralnik

I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Community Engagement in the Department of Community Sustainability. My teaching and research are in the areas of experiential education, environmental learning, place-based inquiry, art-humanities-environmental science collaborations, and environmental ethics.

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Ms. Day Greenberg Michigan State University Contact
Mr. Kevin Hall Michigan State University Contact
Mr. James Brian Hancock II Michigan State University Contact
Stephanie Harper Hope College Contact
Dr. Phyllis Haugabook Pennock

Phyllis designs biology curriculum and chemistry assessment items for K-8 students that are aligned with NGSS. She received her PhD in Science Education with a concentration in Biology from Western Michigan University. Her research interests include issues relevant to equity and social justice in science education.

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Ms. Christa Haverly

I am a PhD candidate in the 2014 CITE cohort. My area of specialization is science education. I am interested in science education, elementary education, urban education, and teacher education.

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Dr. Peng He

Dr. Peng He received his doctoral degree of science education from Northeast Normal University in 2016. In the period of 2014-2016 in his doctoral program, sponsored by Chinese Scholarship Council, he stayed two years as a visiting researcher at University of Buffalo, SUNY.

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Dr. Katie Hinko Michigan State University Contact
Miss Qian Huangfu Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Amal Ibourk Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Sherif Ibrahim Michigan State University Contact
Wendy Johnson

I work with Andy Anderson on the Carbon TIME curriculum and research project as well as on two BEACON Center research projects (Avida-ED and the Scientific Virtues Project).

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Oscar Judd Michigan State University Contact
Lora Kaldaras

I am a third-year PhD student in the Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education and the Measurement and Quantitative Methods programs in the College of Education. I have been working on the Interactions project with Joe Krajcik for 3 years. My role in the project is writing the curriculum and assessment for the curriculum as well as classroom observation of the curriculum implementation.

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Li Ke Michigan State University Contact
Ms. EUNJEONG KIM Michigan State University
Dr. Melissa Kjelvik Michigan State University Contact
Katie Paris Kohn Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Angela Kolonich

Angela has over fifteen years of experience teaching and working in urban schools, with a focus on developing inclusive, science learning environments for all students. She recieved her Ph.D.

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Mr. Hovig Kouyoumdjian Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Jyothi Kumar Michigan State University Contact
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. Jane Lee

Jane is a research associate developing curriculums and assessment items for middle and high school students that are aligned with NGSS. She received her PhD in Science Education from Seoul National University and taught biology in Korea. She is interested in improving environment for science teaching and learning.

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Tingting Li

Tingting is a visiting reseacher of science education in CREATE for STEM Institute. Before coming to MSU,  (2016-2018), she was a doctoral candidate of science education in Northeast Normal University.  Her research focuses on curriculum design, revision, implementation, and assessment of students' science learning. 

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Dr. James Mc Laughlin

I got my PhD in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2022.

I then spent 3 years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College, Hartford, CT.

I have been in the Mathematics Department at West Chester University, PA since 2005, having been promoted to Associate Professor in 2010, and to Professor in 2015.

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Dr. Cory Miller

Cory earned her Masters in elementary education at The University of Connecticut and her PhD in teaching and learning at The University of South Carolina.  She has taught grades pre-k through 7, taught science methods at USC and supervised student teachers.  Here at CREATE, Cory is a research associate working on the ML-PBL project.  Her research interests include curriculum design and implemen

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Hannah Miller Michigan State University Contact
Chris Minter Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Ellen Moll

I am interested in the intersections of the humanities and sciences, humanistic and interdisciplinary approaches to studying science and technology, curriculum development, educational technology, and general education.

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Paul Morsink

I completed by PhD in Educational Psychology & Educational Technology with a specialization in language and literacy in 2015. Over the past five years I have worked on several PD and partnership projects with K-12 teachers in Michigan.

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Abhilash Nair

I no longer update this profile, vist the current profile here: https://perl.natsci.msu.edu/people/graduate-students/abhilash-nair/

 

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Dr. Kira Padilla

I'm Chemistry Science researcher and educator in UNAM, Mexico.
Now, I'm doing a sabbatical short term research with Professor Cooper.

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Joyce Parker

Joyce Parker is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Teacher Education and Geological Sciences at Michigan State University. She has a PhD in biochemistry from Princeton University and 7-12 teaching certification in biology, chemistry, and physical science from Michigan State University.

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Dr. Richard Piccioni

After earning a PhD in biophysics, practicing law for 10 years and spending close to 20 years teaching high school science, I have become convinced of one thing: people learn best by having to explain their reasoning.

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John Plough East Lansing High School Contact
Prof. Lynmarie Posey

I am interested in improving the quality of the learning experiences that we offer to undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry, particularly in General Chemistry.

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restrep Michigan State University Contact
Christina Restrepo Nazar Michigan State University Contact
ReAnna S Roby

Mississippi native, ReAnna S. Roby, is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Michigan State University in the department of Teacher Education. She obtained a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Washington State University, and a Bachelor's in Chemistry from Alcorn State University.

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Dr. Samuel Severance

I earned my PhD in Learning Sciences & Human Development combined with Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Kazi Shahidullah

I am a doctoral candidate focusing on STEM education at the University of Nevada, Reno. I have been working as a Graduate Assistant for College of Education since 2011. I have received my Master of Education degree with major in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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MEENAKSHI SHARMA Michigan State University Contact
Ms. Tamara Smolek Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Marty Spranger Michigan State University Contact
Sarah Stapleton

I am a doctoral student in the Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education program at the MSU College of Education. I conduct qualitative research in the areas of science education, social justice and environmental issues. I am particularly interested in climate change education and food issues as they relate to social injustices.

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Staci Starck Michigan State University Contact
Colter Starr

Colter is CREATE's technology director, overseeing all things tech-related.

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Dr. Ryan Stowe

I am an organic chemist interested in engaging students (high school and undergraduate) in scientific and engineering practices in the context of general and organic chemistry. I am involved with an effort to transform undergraduate organic chemistry from encyclopedia memorization to a course focused on 3-dimensional learning, a project to adapt the validated undergrad.

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Prof. Baoling Sun Tianjin Normal University Contact
Dr. Tali Tal Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Tasia Taxis

Dr. Tasia M. Taxis is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University.

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LeighAnn Tomaswick

My research and career goal is to continue to improve undergraduate STEM education. This can be accomplished in many ways top-down and bottom-up; TA training, future faculty training as well as support for current faculty instructional change and redesigning curriculum.

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Ms. Elizabeth Tompkins Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Caleb Trujillo Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Juli Uhl

I earned my PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2014, focusing on transcriptional control of early embryonic patterning.

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Sahra Uygun Michigan State University Contact
Prof. Suzanne Wagner

I study the ways in which gender, race, age, social status and other factors influence language variation and change.

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Dr. Alexa Warwick

I am broadly interested in developing and assessing science education practices in K-16. Previously I have primarily focused on ecology and evolutionary biology. I am currently working jointly with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and MSU Extension to develop education/engagement programs for stakeholder audiences and the general public

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Ms. Katrin Weber Michigan State University Contact
Laura Wood

I'm a physics grad student interested in Physics Education Research.

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Kraig Wray Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Hye Sun You

Hye Sun You received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in STEM education, her master's degree in science education from Yonsei University, and her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Yonsei University. Prior to entering academia, she spent several years teaching middle school science. Her research interests center upon interdisciplinary learning and teaching in STEM education.

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Dr. Xiaoming Zhai

Dr. Xiaoming Zhai obtained his Ph.D. in physics education (K-12) at Beijing Normal University in 2017. Before entering the Ph.D. program, he was a high school physics teacher for nine years (07/2005-07/2014), during which he won up to 30 awards in teaching, research, and mentoring teachers in China, including a first-place national-wide physics teaching competition prize in 2011.

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Marisol Mercado Santiago

Marisol Mercado Santiago earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University under the supervision of Dr. Alice L. Pawley. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.E. in Computer Engineering. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2011 to 2014.

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Affiliated Faculty
Alicia Alonzo Michigan State University Contact
Charles W. (Andy) Anderson Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Angela Calabrese Barton Michigan State University Contact
Prof. Melanie Cooper

Evidence-based approaches to improving chemistry education are the focus of Dr Cooper's research. One of the prime outcomes of this research is the development and assessment of evidence-driven, research-validated curricula.

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Dr. Bob Geier

Bob is CREATE's Deputy Director, overseeing facilities, budgets and technology. He holds an MSA (MBA in not-for-profit administration) from the University of Notre Dame with a specialty in school administration and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Science Education.

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Dr. Amelia Gotwals Michigan State University Contact
Prof. Joseph Krajcik

Joseph Krajcik is Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education with a faculty appointment in the MSU College of Education. He is the director of CREATE for STEM, a joint institute between the colleges of Natural Science, Education, Engineering and Lyman Briggs. CREATE's mission is to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics through innovation and research.

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Prof. Gail Richmond Michigan State University Contact
Dr. Christina Schwarz 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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Michelle Williams Michigan State University Contact