Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Cooper Chemistry Education Research group who collaborates with the 3DL4US team. She earned a PhD in chemistry at the University of Georgia with a specialization in chemical education. Her primary project is curriculum development and assessment for a non-majors’, project-based green organic chemistry laboratory curriculum.
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Zahilyn Roche

Zahilyn Roche

Zahilyn Roche Allred is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University (FIU). Zahilyn received her Ph.D. in Chemistry with a specialization in Chemistry Education Research from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Her current work focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluations of activities that prompt students to use their understanding of chemistry core ideas to explain biological phenomena.
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Debbie Herrington

Debbie Herrington

Research and Background Deborah Herrington (PI) is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Integrated Science Program at Grand Valley State University. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry Education from Purdue University. Her research interests focus on improving the teaching and learning of chemistry from middle school through college. Active research projects include development and evaluation of effective professional development for grades 6-12 science teachers, examining student use of simulations and screencasts to construct understanding of core chemistry concepts outside the classroom, development of assessment items to measure students abilities to use science practices, and using text messaging to encourage student self-assessment and provide formative assessment data to guide instruction. She will coordinate the collection of data and facilitate the faculty cohort at GVSU. Contact Email: herringd@gvsu.edu Website:…
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Sonia Underwood

Sonia Underwood

Research and Background Sonia Underwood (PI) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the STEM Transformation institute at Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus on Chemistry Education Research at Clemson University. Her research interests are developing assessment measures to determine impact of curriculum transformations, investigating the ways in which students use a chemical structure to predict a compound’s macroscopic properties, and exploring the connections students make between their chemistry, biology, and physics content knowledge. Contact Email: sunderwo@fiu.edu Chemistry Education at FIU:  http://chemed.fiu.edu Underwood Research Group: http://myweb.fiu.edu/sunderwo
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Justin Carmel

Justin Carmel

Research and Background Justin Carmel (co-PI) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the STEM Transformation institute at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry Education Research at Miami University. His research interests include developing assessment items to measure students ability to use scientific practices (analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and arguments), investigating how students’ identities as a scientist affects their success in their chemistry courses/major/degree program, and determining the relationship between laboratory curriculum and students’ identities as a scientist. Contact Email: jcarmel@fiu.edu Chemistry Education at FIU:  http://chemed.fiu.edu Carmel Research Group: http://myweb.fiu.edu/jcarmel
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Ryan Sweeder

Ryan Sweeder

Research and Background Ryan Sweeder is an associate professor for Chemistry in Lyman Briggs College and director of the Lyman Briggs’ NSF SPRING Scholars program. He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry and Chemistry Education at University of Michigan. He and his research group explore gender inequity in science education, strategies to retain students in the sciences, and the impact of curricular interventions on student learning. His current research projects include examining student use of simulations and screencasts to construct understanding of core chemistry concepts outside the classroom, using text messaging to encourage student self-assessment and provide formative assessment data to guide instruction, and assessing the success of a Lyman Briggs program designed to support students with low incoming mathematics skills. Contact Email: sweeder@msu.edu Website: https://msu.edu/~sweeder/
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Lynmarie Posey

Lynmarie Posey

Research and Background Lynmarie Posey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and CREATE for STEM Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University. Her current research is centered around studying approaches to support students with low mathematical placements in successfully transitioning to general chemistry through a chemistry bridge course organized around core ideas and scientific practices. She has an ongoing collaboration with mathematics education researcher Kristen Bieda which has led to development of mathematics interventions for the chemistry bridge course; recently they have initiated a project to explore the nature of mathematical knowledge for teaching in the context of chemistry (MKT-C). She is also interested in the nature of social networks in cohort programs and how they may promote student success. Contact Email: posey@chemistry.msu.edu
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Ryan Stowe

Ryan Stowe

Research and Background Ryan Stowe began working with the 3DL4US team as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University. His work as a research associate mentored by Prof. Melanie Cooper focused on supporting molecular-level sense-making in high school chemistry students, and engaging undergraduates in scientific practices in the context of organic chemistry. Ryan is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ryan earned his B.A. in chemistry at Albion College (2010) and Ph.D. in organic chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute (2016). His doctoral studies, conducted under the guidance of Prof. William Roush, focused on the design and synthesis of histone deacetylase inhibitors and the development of methods useful in natural products synthesis.   Contact Email: rstowe@chem.wisc.edu…
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Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy

Research and Background Erin began working with the 3DL4US team as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University, where she worked in the Chemistry Education Research Group led by  Prof. Melanie Cooper. She worked with the physics sub-group on the development of the 3D-LOP, developed and maintained the team website, and developed the web forum for the STEM Teaching and Learning Fellows. Aside from working with the 3DL4US team, her research focused on teaching and learning in the undergraduate chemistry lab. Erin is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE) program at Western Washington University. Erin earned her B.S. in chemistry with a minor in mathematics at Syracuse University (2012) and Ph.D. in physical…
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Melanie Cooper

Melanie Cooper

Research and Background Melanie Cooper (PI) is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MSU. She received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at University of Manchester. Her current research focus is the development and assessment of evidence-based curricula in order to improve the teaching and learning of chemistry within large-enrollment undergraduate chemistry courses. Contact Email: mmc@chemistry.msu.edu Cooper Group Website: https://www2.chemistry.msu.edu/faculty/cooper/
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