Current Fellows

Andrea Bierema

Andrea Bierema

MSU CISGS

Andrea Bierema is an academic specialist in the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science and Department of Integrative Biology. She has a Master’s in Biological Sciences and Doctorate in Science Education: Biological Sciences from Western Michigan University. Andrea teaches ISB 202 (Applications of Environmental and Organismal Biology) and ISB 204 (Applications of Biomedical Sciences). Her courses are designed using a flipped approach in which students learn basic content outside of class time and then class time is dedicated to applying content to case studies. Formats include face-to-face courses, hybrid courses, and online courses. Research interests span from animal behavior to undergraduate science education.

Sarah Clark

Sarah Clark

GVSU Chemistry

Sarah Clark is the Chemistry Success Center director and an affiliate faculty member in the chemistry department at Grand Valley State University.  She received her MS in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry with an emphasis in secondary education at Michigan Technological University and taught high school chemistry and physics for two years at an international high school in St. Paul, MN.  Sarah teaches general chemistry courses and is currently teaching preparatory chemistry, a course designed to prepare students for success in general chemistry.  Her professional interests include:

  • Designing instruction to build students’ conceptual understanding of chemistry.
  • The role of relationships in promoting first-year student success, including how student connections with both faculty members and classmates are related to student engagement and persistence.
  • Best practices for developing undergraduate student tutors’ pedagogical strategies.
Milagros Delgado

Milagros Delgado

FIU Chemistry

Milagros (Milly) Delgado is University Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Miami. Milly is interested in student-centered learning through class activities, multimedia, videos, animations, and live demonstrations.  Milly is also interested in students attitude toward chemistry and the use of frequent formative assessment in aiding in student’s learning.

Glenn Horton-Smith

Glenn Horton-Smith

KSU Physics

I’m a professor of physics at Kansas State University engaged in research in experimental particle physics and in teaching physics at multiple levels, from introductory physics for non-majors to advanced topics for graduate students.  My primary research focus is on neutrinos, which come in three types, are created in nuclear and other high-energy interactions, oscillate between types once created, and interact very weakly with matter. By learning more about neutrinos, we better can understand their role in the universe and use them as tools to study other phenomena. In teaching, my current interest is in improving how we teach problem solving to non-STEM majors in our General Physics course, escpecially in how we structure recitation sections. Changes over the past few years include emphasizing active and interactive learning with small groups solving context-rich problems in recitation. We hope to incorporate learning assistants into recitations in the future.

John Keane

John Keane

MSU Statistics and Probability

John Keane is an academic specialist in the Department of Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University. He received an MS in Applied Statistics and MA in Education from the University of Michigan. John’s teaching efforts focus on courses in introductory statistics, where he incorporates a variety of inquiry-based and engaged learning practices. His current focus concentrates on tailoring statistics curriculum to natural science disciplines, covering parametric and non-parametric procedures.

Katie Krueger

Katie Krueger

MSU Biology

Katie Krueger is an Instructor in the Biological Sciences Program. She earned her PhD in Neurosciences from Case Western Reserve University. Her interests include developing a learning framework and activities to help students solidify their understanding of fundamental biology principles, and help them make conceptual connections among their biology lecture, biology lab, and chemistry courses.

Huey-Wen Lin

Huey-Wen Lin

MSU Physics

Huey-Wen Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department Physics and Astronomy & Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. Her research uses high-performance supercomputers to nonperturbatively calculate physical quantities at the quark and gluon level (that is, using quantum chromodynamics or QCD). These strong interactions are directly calculated from the Standard Model path integral, using a four-dimensional grid in Euclidean spacetime, a theoretical tool known as lattice gauge theory. She received NSF CAREER Award in 2017 for her research and an outreach project to get kids interested in QCD. Bringing more students to physics and computational science is one of her main goals at MSU.

Louise Mead

Louise Mead

MSU Biology

Louise Mead is the Education Director for the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology.  As an evolutionary biologist, Louise continues to do research on salamanders, currently at part of the Salamander Population Research Coordination Network (SPARCNet).  Louise teaches a comprehensive introductory biology course, designed to meet the needs of non-life science STEM majors.  The course uses a case-based approach, with the goal of introducing students to all levels of biological organization within a single system – from DNA to populations.  Louise is also involved in three NSF funded education-related research projects, all of which aim to integrate elements of current biology education reform in the development of new teaching and learning materials  – Collaborative Research: Scientific Data in Schools: Measuring the efficacy of an innovative approach to integrating quantitative reasoning in secondary science; Collaborative Research: Connected Biology: Three-dimensional learning from molecules to populations; and Active LENS: Learning Evolution and the Nature of Science Using Evolution in Action.

Louise has published her scientific work in Evolution journals such as Evolution and Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and her education research in CBE Life Sciences and Evolution: Education and Outreach. She has also served as a science content and education consultant.

John Mugg

John Mugg

MSU Biology

I am an instructor for the Plant Biology Department at Michigan State University. Previously I was the Greenhouse Manager for the department teaching greenhouses and repurposed and developed 23,000 square feet of greenhouse space into interpretive and hands on exhibits that were utilized by MSU classes and outreach programs. I received an MS degree from the department of Entomology at MSU focusing on integrative pest management and plant insect interactions.

My teaching experience has included instruction geared toward all age levels but has been primarily at the college age level where I’ve taught and developed a number of courses for majors and non-science majors in Plant Biology, Integrative Studies in General Science, Study Broad and study away programs.

Kirstin Parkin

Kirstin Parkin

MSU Biology

Kirstin Parkin is an assistant professor in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She earned her PhD in Immunology from Loyola University Chicago and was fortunate to teach a full-semester undergraduate immunology course during her final year in graduate school.  That was an overwhelmingly positive experience that lead to a teaching position in the Biological Sciences department at Wayne State University for ten years.  During her tenure at WSU, Kirstin taught a variety of courses from nighttime biology classes for non-majors, to 500-student lecture courses for biology majors.  She also led an after-school science club and taught one year of high school biology for a charter school in downtown Detroit.  Six years ago, Kirstin began teaching at MSU and collaborating on reproductive research focused on the role of the immune system in endometriosis and pregnancy.  She has been the lead instructor and course coordinator for a variety of undergraduate and medical school courses, and is currently the course coordinator for BS161, the large intro biology course for life science majors.  Kirstin has been developing an active learning model for her undergraduate immunology course for the past four years that centers on using primary research articles from MSU labs as learning tools to help to help students learn how to “think” like MSU scientists.  Her goal is to help students connect biology and science practices to everyday life and to make her courses a more meaningful experience for the students.

Sheila Ryan

Sheila Ryan

GVSU Chemistry

I grew up in Indiana, completed my BS in chemistry at Purdue University in 1997 and my MS in analytical chemistry at Indiana University in 1999. I worked for a year in an analytical laboratory on a naval base, before moving with my husband to Grand Rapids, MI in 2000.  I began teaching chemistry as an adjunct at GVSU and Calvin College part time.  In 2003 I started teaching full time at GVSU as visiting faculty and in 2006 I was converted to affiliate faculty.  From 2010 to 2012 I participated in the Target Inquiry program at GVSU.  I have taught general education chemistry at GVSU, and I currently alternate between analytical chemistry and general chemistry.

Stephanie Schaertel

Stephanie Schaertel

GVSU Chemistry

Stephanie Schaertel is an associate professor of chemistry at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in physical chemistry from Cornell University and her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Swarthmore College. At GVSU her teaching is focused on physical chemistry lecture and laboratory and on general chemistry lecture and laboratory. Stephanie has taught writing-intensive courses in the chemistry major. Stephanie enjoys working with undergraduate students on experimental physical chemistry research projects centered on spectroscopic techniques. She also enjoys developing new laboratory experiments or tweaking old ones and she has recently co-authored an article on the construction of a low-cost laser spectrometer for undergraduate labs.

Jeremy Schmit

Jeremy Schmit

KSU Physics
Dr. Schmit’s is a theorist working on understanding many-body phenomena in biomolecule systems. This includes aggregation processes underlying diseases like Alzheimer’s, drug formulation properties, and self-assembly kinetics. His multi-disciplinary approach features prominently in his teaching, which spans introductory physics for life science majors, statistical mechanics, and biophysics. He has a BA in Integrated Sciences from Northwestern, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSB, and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Physics at Kansas State University.
Devin Silvia

Devin Silvia

MSU CMSE

Devin Silvia is a teaching specialist in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Michigan State University. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado in astrophysical and planetary sciences. His research focuses on using numerical simulations to understand how the gas between and around galaxies evolves over time. Devin’s teaching efforts are currently focused on introductory courses in computational modeling and data analysis. In these courses, students learn the basics of Python programming in pursuit of building and interpreting models and manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data. Devin works to incorporate a wide array of research-based educational practices including interactive learning through flipped classrooms. He is also passionate about promoting equitable and inclusive classroom spaces and raising awareness about potential barriers that prevent student success.

Jaideep Singh

Jaideep Singh

MSU Physics

I apply atomic, molecular, & optical physics techniques to answer fundamental questions in nuclear and particle physics. Our group is presently involved in two long term research projects: the development of a single atom microscope for measuring low-yield nuclear reactions relevant for stellar nucleosynthesis and the search for time-reversal symmetry violation using pear-shaped nuclei in atoms and molecules. My teaching projects are to incorporate writing instruction into the senior physics advanced lab course and research-based methods into large lecture courses in order to increase student engagement and active learning.

Uma Swamy

Uma Swamy

Uma Swamy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University, Miami. She coordinates the general chemistry labs and the labs for non-science majors. She has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Mumbai and a Doctoral degree in Chemistry from Arizona State University. She teaches General Chemistry 1 and 2 and will be teaching Biochemistry in Spring 2018. She uses a flipped classroom approach to ensure students build a mental model before coming to class. Students then work in groups doing POGIL (process oriented guided inquiry learning) style activities in class, facilitated by her and the Learning Assistants (LAs) where they further refine and adjust their mental models. She in very interested in metacognition and is studying how it can be used to promote student learning using both drawing and writing activities. The writing activities include reflective writing on study strategies and resources as well as writing about relevance of course content and its applications. She is also studying factors that contribute to students success in general chemistry and other upper level chemistry courses.

Jennifer Winther

Jennifer Winther

GVSU Biology

I am an assistant professor of biology at Grand Valley State University. I received my undergraduate degree in biology from The University of Chicago and my PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from The University of Colorado Boulder. At GVSU my teaching spans introductory courses to the senior capstone. In my courses I work to incorporate a variety of educational practices including inquiry-based lessons, project-based learning, cooperative learning, and flipped classrooms. Many of my courses are writing intensive and I strive to structure the writing assignments in small units to allow enough time for discipline specific writing instruction and multiple drafts.  I enjoy working with undergraduate students on research projects. Recent student projects have focued on furthering our understanding of the interactions that occur between plants and soil microbes at GVSU’s sustainable agriculture project.

Pengpeng Zhang

Pengpeng Zhang

MSU Physics

Pengpeng Zhang is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on understanding the fundamental properties of low-dimensional electronic and photovoltaic materials using scanning probe microscopy in conjunction with device characterization, and furthermore manipulating the properties of these materials and devices via surface and interface engineering. Her teaching at MSU has been focused on introductory physics courses and an upper level Electronics course for Physics majors. Her teaching goal is to build students’ capacity for advanced problem solving.

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