Topics of Expertise:
(1) High School Science Laboratories: Role and Vision (Committee Member, National Research Council Board on Science Education for a National Academies study, see http://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.nsf/isbn/0309096715?OpenDocument for a press release); (2) Teaching Evolutionary Biology; (3) Misconceptions about Life Science; (4) Bilingual (Multicultural) Science Education
(1) America's Lab Report: Poor grades for school science labs, but research points way to improvements; (2) KEEPToolkit designs for evolutionary biology lessons that accommodate diverse religious perspectives; (3) Science versus Dogma: Misconceptions about human blood circulation; (4) Harnessing analogies about blood circulation as cultural capital for responsive teaching of science for English Language Learners
Availability, special terms, etc.:
No cost to non-profit organizations in southern California, but travel expenses and per diem and reimbursement of technology costs required at other locations.
Taught science at all grades 5-12, coordinated Science Scope and Sequence for a bilingual school, Colegio Los Nogales, in Bogota, Colombia, South America; CA single subject credentials in Biological Science and Physical Science; Indiana State Teacher's License in General Science, Primary Area, 5-12; Physical Science, Primary Area, 5-12; Biology, Primary Area, 5-12; Chemistry, Primary Area, 5-12; National Science Teacher's Association Middle School Science National Certification, 1993.
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Physiology - Ph.D., 1999; Major focus: signal transduction in smooth muscle, Minors: Biochemistry and Education; Thesis: Altered arterial muscle contractility and estrogen protection in spontaneous hypertension.
Supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0127164, developing a Video and Image Data Access (VIDA) database with annotated science video and images with content and language appropriate for K-6 standards-based science. Using DAG-Edit from the Gene Ontology Consortium to build a dynamic controlled vocabulary that can adapt as life science teaching standards and research-based curricula accumulate or change (Richter and Lewis c2003). The result is a hierarchical scaffold to organize the VIDA collection of images into a cognitive structure appropriate for K-6 science.