Paul Bergeron

Paul Bergeron

Research and Background Paul Bergeron is a postdoctoral researcher with the 3DL for US group. He is interested in how students engage in 3DL and what we can do to better engage students with this framework for science thinking and doing. Prior to this, he completed his doctorate at the University of Utah in high energy particle phenomenology. While doing research in particle physics, most of this time was split with teaching, first as an LA during his undergrad and then in graduate school as a lead instructional team TA, adjunct lecturer at a community college, and instructor for a continuing education course in astronomy. His current research is focused on understanding student engagement in the Scientific Practice of Using and Constructing Models and how the members of the STEM…
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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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Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with the 3DL4US team to understand the contexts that support improved STEM teaching and learning. He returned to the research world following 9 years teaching high school math in high-needs public schools. Prior to teaching, his research background was in sensory neuroscience and bioengineering, with an emphasis on understanding sound processing in the auditory system. He earned his PhD at Syracuse University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Nelson's current roles within the team include project management, 3D-LOP and 3D-LAP data analysis, faculty development support, and studying instructors' motivation to use the 3DL framework in their classes.
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Stuart Tessmer

Stuart Tessmer

Research and Background Stuart Tessmer is the Associate Chairperson for Undergraduate Programs and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interest is the physics of electrons inside nanosystems. As Undergraduate Director for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tessmer will work with the Physics faculty team and support efforts to align the work of the research team and the undergraduate instructional program in Physics and Astronomy. Contact Email: tessmer@pa.msu.edu
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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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Jon Stoltzfus

Jon Stoltzfus

Research and Background Jon Stoltzfus is Director of the Biological Sciences Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Michigan State University. His research interests include how students use core ideas in developing explanation across introductory undergraduate science courses. Contact Email: stoltzfu@msu.edu
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Diane Ebert-May

Diane Ebert-May

Research and Background Diane Ebert-May is and University Distinguished Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Plant Biology. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology, Population, and Organismal Biology at University of Colorado. Her research focuses on testing a model she created for professional development of faculty and postdoctoral fellows in transformed teaching and the long-term influence of departments on early career faculty teaching. Her book, Pathways to Scientific Teaching (Ebert-May and Hodder eds, second edition in prep), is based on student-centered learning, inquiry-based instructional strategies, assessment and research. Contact Email: ebertmay@msu.edu
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Danny Caballero

Danny Caballero

Research and Background Danny Caballero (co-PI) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies how tools affect student learning in physics, and the conditions and environments that support or inhibit this learning. Caballero will be responsible for working with the Physics faculty team on protocol development, coding work, and interpretations of data analyses. Contact Email: caballero@pa.msu.edu Physics Education Research Lab at MSU: http://perl.natsci.msu.edu Personal site: http://dannycab.github.io
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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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