Meet the Team

Our team consists of higher education researchers who are also experts in biology, chemistry, or physics.

Filter team members by their scientific discipline or campus affiliation below.


Paul Bergeron

Paul Bergeron

Postdoc, MSU

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 Teaching and Learning Fellowship engage with both the 3D-LAP and 3D-LOP.


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Danny Caballero

Danny Caballero

Associate Professor, MSU

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.


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Justin Carmel

Justin Carmel

Assistant Professor, FIU

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.


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Melanie Cooper

Melanie Cooper

Lappan-Phillips Professor, MSU

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.


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Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day

Postdoc, MSU

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.

Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy

Assistant Professor, WWU

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 chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017), advised by Prof. Etienne Garand. Her doctoral work focused on the characterization of the structures and noncovalent interactions of isolated and solvated species in the electrocatalytic water oxidation cycle, via a technique known as cryogenic ion vibrational spectroscopy.

 


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Diane Ebert-May

Diane Ebert-May

Distinguished Professor, MSU

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.


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Cori Fata-Hartley

Cori Fata-Hartley

Asst. Dean, College of Nat. Sci., MSU

Research and Background

Cori Fata-Hartley is an Assistant Dean in the College of Natural Science and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She earned her Ph.D in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at the University of Toledo. Her her work is focused on improving STEM teaching and learning and increasing the retention and academic success for a diverse group of learners interested in STEM. She works with departments and programs across the college to develop and improve curricula and the connections among them. Fata-Hartley will direct the STEM Teaching and Learning Fellows program and coordinate collection of data (assessments, classroom videos, interviews) from the Fellows, course coordinators, and faculty who are not participating in the STEM Teaching and Learning Fellows program. Fata-Hartley will also work with the Biology faculty team on protocol development and coding activities.


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Debbie Herrington

Debbie Herrington

Professor, GVSU

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.


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J.T. Laverty

J.T. Laverty

Assistant Professor, KSU

Research and Background

James T. (J.T.) Laverty is an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at Michigan State University. His research interests include developing and improving assessments in undergraduate physics, investigating scientific practices in undergraduate physics, transforming physics courses to include scientific practices. He serves as the site PI for KSU and will lead the physics contribution to the development of the 3D-LOP, measurements of student learning in physics, and recruit KSU faculty to the learning community.


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Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson

Postdoc, MSU
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.
Lynmarie Posey

Lynmarie Posey

Associate Professor, MSU

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.


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Alexandria Roach

Alexandria Roach

Graduate Student, FIU

Alexandria Roach is currently working on her Ph.D. in Chemistry with a Chemical Education Track under the supervision of Dr. Sonia Underwood at Florida International University (FIU). Alex earned her BS in Chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry and minor in biology from Barry University. Her research interests include investigating faculty’s perceptions and undergraduate students’ understanding of chemistry core ideas.

Zahilyn Roche

Zahilyn Roche

Postdoc, FIU

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.

Jon Stoltzfus

Jon Stoltzfus

Bio. Sci. Director, MSU

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.


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Ryan Stowe

Ryan Stowe

Assistant Professor, UW-Madison

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.

 


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Ryan Sweeder

Ryan Sweeder

Professor, MSU

Research and Background

Ryan Sweeder is an 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.


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Stuart Tessmer

Stuart Tessmer

Associate Professor, MSU

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.


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Sonia Underwood

Sonia Underwood

Assistant Professor, FIU

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.


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