2013 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference Invited Speakers

Melanie M. Cooper, Michigan State University

Melanie Cooper will join the faculty of Michigan State University as the Lappan-Phillips Professor of Chemistry in January 2013. Her NSF funded research focuses on improving teaching and learning in large enrollment general and organic chemistry courses. She has developed and assessed the impact of evidence-driven, research-based curricula, and has also developed technology-based formative assessment systems. She is a Fellow of the AAAS and was a member of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society. She has received a number of teaching awards including the 2010-2011 Society for College Science Teachers Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA).

Catherine Good, Baruch College

Dr. Good is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Baruch College.  She has a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Kansas and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in mathematics education and social psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the social forces that shape academic achievement, learning, motivation, and self-image, particularly for females in STEM disciplines. In particular, she studies the effects of stereotype threat and develops interventions to help students overcome its effects.

Andy Jackson, Harrisonburg High School STEM Academy & James Madison University

Andy Jackson co-teaches integrated honors physics and honors Algebra II to high school freshmen in the Harrisonburg High School STEM Academy, co-directs the HHS STEM Academy, is Secondary School Science Coordinator for Harrisonburg city public schools, and Integrated STEM Coordinator for HHS. He is also a part time faculty member in the physics department at James Madison University where he teaches one lab section each semester.

Andy has been teaching physics for 25 years. He received his degree in physics from JMU and finds both the content of the subject area and the art and science of the teaching and learning of it fascinating. He is very active in the Virginia Instructors of Physics and the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, and is past-president of both organizations. He is currently serving as VAST Regional Director for region V in Virginia, is a Physics Teaching Resource Agent through the American Association of Physics Teachers, and is a member of the writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Ramon Lopez, University of Texas at Arlington

Ramon E. Lopez is a Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Arlington.  His research is both in space plasma physics and physics education.  He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers and coauthor of the popular science book Storms from the Sun.  His space physics research interests include magnetic storms and substorms, solar wind-magnetosphere coupling, space weather prediction, and long-term solar wind variations.  His physics education research interests include the role of spatial intelligence in learning physics and the use of active learning techniques in advanced physics courses.  Ramon is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  His awards include the 2002 APS Nicholson Medal, the 2010 SACNAS (the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) Distinguished Scientist Award, the 2012 APS Edward A. Bouchet Award, and two NASA Group Achievement Awards.  Ramon was one of the authors of the College Board's Standards for College Success Science Standards and he is part of the Leadership Team for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.  He has served as a science education consultant for numerous school districts, state departments of education, and other organizations including the Discovery Channel.  Ramon has served on several National Research Council (NRC) committees, including the 2012 Heliophysics Decadal Survey Steering Committee and the NRC committee that wrote the report Future Science Opportunities in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, which outlined scientific priorities in Antarctic research for the next 20 years.  Ramon earned a B.S. in physics in 1980 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in space physics in 1986 from Rice University.

Michael Marder, University of Texas at Austin

Michael Marder is a member of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, internationally known for its experiments on chaos and pattern formation. He specializes in the mechanics of solids, particularly the fracture of brittle materials. He has published a graduate textbook on condensed matter physics which is now in its second edition, and an undergraduate textbook on research methods for science.

As Associate Dean for Science and Mathematics Education in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, Michael Marder is co-director of UTeach, the University program for preparation of secondary math and science teachers. He is working to introduce inquiry techniques into undergraduate teaching, is local director of the Siemens-Westinghouse Competition region 2 finals, and directs programs aimed at improving science education in Austin elementary schools.

Richard N. Steinberg, City College of CUNY

Richard Steinberg is Professor in the School of Education and the Department of Physics and Program Director of Science Education at City College of New York since 1999. He received a Ph.D. in applied physics and a secondary teaching certificate from the Teacher Preparation Program from Yale University. For more than 20 years his scholarship has been on research and development of physics / science education, innovative instruction, teacher education, and outreach to local schools. He has published dozens of books, refereed articles, and curricula and has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the National Academy of Education, and the Eisenhower Higher Education Professional Development Program. Topics have ranged from elementary school science to quantum mechanics; from curriculum development to teacher education. He is a former Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and CCNY Teacher of the Year. During sabbatical in 2007-08, he was a full time science teacher in a public high school in New York City.