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…
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Pengpeng Zhang

Pengpeng Zhang

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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Sarah Clark

Sarah Clark

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…
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Kirstin Parkin

Kirstin Parkin

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…
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John Mugg

John Mugg

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.
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Glenn Horton-Smith

Glenn Horton-Smith

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…
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Milagros Delgado

Milagros Delgado

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.
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Huey-Wen Lin

Huey-Wen Lin

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.
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Louise Mead

Louise Mead

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…
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John Keane

John Keane

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.
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