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Max G. Bronstein (project advisory board) is a graduate student in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and was recently awarded the Reicker Fellowship for academic excellence. He is a candidate for a Masters of Public Policy and a certificate in Science, Technology, & Public Policy. Before coming to Michigan, Max was a Science Assistant in the Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation where he was responsible for conducting science policy research and providing policy recommendations to NSF senior management. He holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from Ithaca College.

Roy Caldwell (principal investigator) is a professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, the Director of the UC Museum of Paleontology, and PI of the Understanding Evolution website. His research focuses on invertebrate behavior and ecology, especially the behavioral ecology of stomatopod crustaceans, a group of tropical marine predators.

Jennifer Collins (teacher advisory board) holds a BS in Zoology and a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis on technology. She has spent a number of years teaching both high school and middle school life science and has contributed to a number of curriculum development projects and teacher training opportunities.

Bob Connell (teacher advisory board) holds BA degrees in Sociology/Psychology and in Physics Education from University of Maryland and has a Masters in Science Education from University of Washington. He has taught Physics and Chemistry at Woodinville High School, Northshore School District, near Seattle since 1986.

Peg Dabel (teacher advisory board) has been teaching middle school level science for the past 25 years, and is currently teaching in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She has done extensive work in the design and implementation of an all girls Math and Science program, and has written and developed a program for an integrated thematic curriculum in small focused learning communities. Peg has also conducted numerous staff development programs, helping teachers to create project based learning experiences for students.

Sam Donovan (project advisory board) is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. His research involves understanding the ways that features of scientific practices can be reflected in curricula to support student understanding of the nature of science and science content. He is also an assistant director of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium.

Anne Egger (project advisory board) is the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, where she teaches several classes and has developed the undergraduate research program. For the past six years, she has been a director of the NSF-funded Visionlearning project, an online resource for teaching science, and has provided professional development for in-service teachers through the Partnership for Student Success in Science (PS3), an NSF-funded initiative to improve science education in Bay Area schools.

Deb Farkas (teacher advisory board) holds a B.A. in Biology and a M.S. degree in Zoology. She is currently working on a M.Ed. degree in Instructional Technology. Deb has worked as a middle school science and math teacher and has also taught high school earth and life science for San Francisco Unified School District over the past 20 years. She has participated in many district initiatives throughout her career. She currently holds the position of Middle School Science Content Specialist for SFUSD and is the Region 2 Director for the California Science Teachers Association.

Josh Frankel (webmaster, graphic artist) is the current webmaster of the UCMP and Understanding Evolution websites. In addition to his expertise in website design and development, he holds a degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley.

Candace Gilet (graduate student advisor, author) is a graduate student in Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research uses computer-based models to study supernovae, or exploding stars. She also has an interest in science outreach and education, especially with regard to young girls' and women's interest and participation in science.

Jack G. Hehn (project advisory board) has taught and worked with students in elementary school through graduate school, and has extensive experience teaching physical science to pre-service teachers. He was active in the effort to create national science standards and in 1999, joined the American Institute of Physics (AIP) as the Director of Education. He is a Co-PI on the Physics Teachers Education Coalition (PhysTEC), a partnership of the American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, and AIP, and works in support of Earth systems education efforts.

Stan Hitomi (teacher advisory board) is the Math and Science Coordinator for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Stan has been involved in education for 30 years, with 24 years as a classroom teacher. He is the former executive director of the Edward Teller Education Center, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning and as chair of the California Teacher Advisory Council and co-chair of the Task Force on Teaching & California's Future.

Al Janulaw (teacher advisory board) recently retired after 32 years of working with children in grades four through eight. He teaches the science methods course in the multi-subject teaching credential program at Sonoma State University and has extensive experience working with in-service and pre-service teachers on curriculum development and pedagogical strategies for grades K-12.

Sharon Janulaw (project advisory board) was the Director of the North Bay Science Project, a California Science Project site housed at Sonoma State University. She is a Science Education Specialist with the Sonoma County Office of Education, teaches the science methods course in the multi-subject teaching credential program at Sonoma State University and has extensive teaching experience in grades K-5. She is the newly elected District XVI Director of NSTA.

Natalie Kuldell (project advisory board) did her doctoral and post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School and currently teaches in the Biological Engineering Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She develops discovery-based curricula drawn from the current literature to engage undergraduate students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory experiences. She has also written educational materials to improve scientific communication as it occurs across disciplinary boundaries and as it's taught in undergraduate subjects. Her research examines gene expression in eukaryotic cells, focusing most recently on synthetic biology and redesign of the yeast mitochondria.

Norman Lederman (project advisory board) is Chair and Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at Illinois Institute of Technology. Lederman taught biology and chemistry in New York and Illinois for 10 years before beginning a 20+ year career as a science educator. Lederman is internationally known for his research on students' and teachers' conceptions of nature of science and scientific inquiry. He is Past President of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS).

David Lindberg is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and Faculty Curator of the UC Museum of Paleontology. He is co-PI of Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science websites, and PI of The Paleontology Portal. His research focuses on evolution in the rocky, nearshore marine biome.

Tania Lombrozo (project advisory board) received her PhD from Harvard University in June 2006 and has joined UC Berkeley’s Psychology Department as an assistant professor. Her research uses the methods of cognitive psychology to investigate conceptual representation, intuitive theories, explanation, and moral reasoning. Her published work has ties to philosophy of science, science education, and attitudes towards scientific claims.

Ian D. MacGregor (project advisory board) received his PhD from Princeton University and taught as a professor at the University of California at Davis, before joining the National Science Foundation where he served as Division Director of the Earth Science Division. In the last six years, he has worked at the National Science Resources Center as a science advisor for two major curricula projects. He has also been involved in the GLOBE project and is currently the Executive Director of the National Association of Geology Teachers.

Richard T. O'Grady (project advisory board) holds degrees in zoology from McGill University and the University of British Columbia (PhD). In 1997, following nearly a decade in scientific publishing, he was named Executive Director of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, a nonprofit scientific organization with programmatic activities in research, education, public policy, publications, meetings, and peer review services to government agencies and other grantmaking organizations

W. Geoffrey Owen (project advisory board) is a professor and former chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and is currently serving as the Dean of Biological Sciences at UC Berkeley. This division includes about 112 full-time faculty in the Departments of Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cell Biology. Owens is actively involved in the formation of several research centers in key areas of biology such as the biology of cancer, neglected (or "orphan") diseases and biodiversity.

Mark Richards (project advisory board) is a professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and is currently serving as the Dean of Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley. This division includes about 160 full-time faculty in the Departments of Astronomy, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. Richards is actively engaged in research that includes history and dynamics of global plate motions; igneous processes in the mantle and deep crust; regional crustal deformation and earthquake hazards.

Ed Robeck (project advisory board) taught middle school science and has worked in curriculum development and science teacher preparation at all levels, including developing science activities accompany the Reading Rainbow television series. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia where he was a research assistant for the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS). He was most recently an Associate Professor and Education Department Chair at Salisbury University in Maryland, and is currently on leave from SU to work for the American Geological Institute designing online professional development courses for teachers.

Dave Smith (graphic artist, web assistant) is the current webmaster of The Paleontology Portal and has served as the web assistant to the Understanding Evolution website. In addition to his expertise in graphic design, he holds a degree in geology from the University of Connecticut.

Judy Scotchmoor (project coordinator) taught middle school math and science for 25 years. She is currently assistant director of the UC Museum of Paleontology in charge of education and public programs. She has been the Project Coordinator on four NSF-funded projects: Explorations Through Time, Geosciences in Alaska, The Paleontology Portal, and Understanding Evolution.

Walter S. Snyder (project advisory board) is a professor at Boise State University, where he coordinates the degree programs in Earth Science Education. He also collaborates on a geoinformatics project (PaleoStrat) to find ways to share science research data with multiple audiences. Snyder was Section Head in the Earth Sciences Division at NSF from 2002-2005, is currently Chair of the Geological Society of America's (GSA) Geology and Public Policy Committee, and is actively involved in establishing GSA's new National Leadership Initiative.

Mark Stefanski (teacher advisory board) received a BA from Washington and Jefferson College and an MS in evolutionary biology from Cornell University. He has been teaching secondary level science for 20 years, and he has worked as an independent education consultant for public and private schools for the past 5 years. He teaches biology and advanced biology at Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA and earned the Gustav Ohaus Award for innovative teaching strategies in 2001.

Stephanie Stuart (graduate student advisor, author) is a graduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is studying why biodiversity is so much higher in tropical places than in other places around the world. Her interests include science education, travel, and exploring the outdoors.

Richard Stucky is a Curator of Paleoecology and Evolution in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1982 from the University of Colorado with a specialization in vertebrate paleontology. He has been with the Museum since 1989, serving as the Science Director for "Prehistoric Journey" — an exhibition on the history of life on Earth — and as Chief Curator and Vice President of Museum Programs and Research from 2001-2005. He is the past president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2000-2002) and helped found the Colorado Science Forum in 2005, which advocates for science within Colorado.

Mark Terry (teacher advisory board) received a BA in Physical Anthropology from the University of Washington and a MAT in Science Education from Cornell University. He has been teaching at the secondary level in both public and independent schools for over thirty years. He is co-founder of the Northwest School in Seattle, acting as Head of School 1983-1990, and then Head of the Science Department since 1990.

Anna Thanukos (project assistant, author) holds a Masters in Integrative Biology and a PhD in Science Education, both from UC Berkeley. A former biology teacher at the community college level, she has been the primary author and science advisor for the Understanding Evolution website and has taught an online professional development course for teachers based on that site. She is a principal editor at the UC Museum of Paleontology.

Cecilia Tung (teacher advisory board) holds a BA in Astrophysics from Wellesley College and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She taught in Belize (Peace Corps), and has taught Physics and Math at Northwest School in Seattle since 1993. She also helped to formulate academic, social, and emotional priorities for educational curriculum at an independent elementary school and is an active member in the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Michael Weisberg (project advisory board) received his PhD from Stanford University and is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University Pennsylvania. His research is in philosophy of science, focusing on foundational issues in biology and chemistry, as well as methodological issues in theory construction. In addition to his main areas of research, Weisberg chairs the Evolution Project at Penn Museum, a public outreach and education program about evolutionary theory.

Lisa D. White (project advisory board) is a Professor of Geology and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. She has extensive experience with outreach programs for urban youth and is active in efforts to increase diversity in the geosciences. She is the PI of SF-ROCKS, a program to increase representation of students traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences by engaging them in research projects and training.

Lori Zaikowski (project advisory board) is Chemistry Department Chair at Dowling College where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry, environmental science, marine science, and interdisciplinary natural sciences since 1992. Lori mentors and instructs pre-service teachers and is PI for the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at Dowling. Prior to her current appointment, she taught grades 5 to 12 math and science and developed curricular materials for NSF institutes for secondary school teachers on Ethics and Values in the Science Classroom.



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