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Adams, Kristalink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

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Bhattacharya, Devaratilink icon email icon K-16 STEM Education Fellow, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

My current research focuses on developing climate literacy resources for the K-12 formal education settings. As a part of a newly funded research project, I will be working with geoscience teachers to develop climate literacy curriculum focused on developing epistemological knowledge of the learners.
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Cooper, Stephenlink icon email icon Director, Raikes School; Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

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Cutucache, Christinelink icon email icon Assistant Professor and Haddix Community Chair of Science

NSF Noyce Science project (pre-service science teachers); Teacher-Researcher Partnership Program; NE STEM 4U (K-8)
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Dauer, Jennylink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Science Literacy

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Dauer, Joeemail icon Assistant Professor, Life Science Education, School of Natural Resources

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Diefes-Dux, Heidilink icon email icon Biological Systems Engineering

Current News
I am leading an effort to increase the presence of DBER in the College of Engineering. I am the search committee chair for three assistant professors of engineering education, please see and share: http://employment.unl.edu/postings/60568.
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Donsig, Allanlink icon email icon Professor, Department of Mathematics

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Forbes, Corylink icon email icon Associate Professor and Director/Coordinator

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Golick, Douglink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Entomology

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Griep, Marklink icon email icon Associate Professor, Chemistry

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King, Gretchenemail icon Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Natural Resources

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Lewis, Elizabethlink icon email icon Associate Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education

Current News
Meeting Challenges of 21st Century Classrooms: To meet the state’s and the nation’s need for more highly qualified science teachers, the 14-month Master of Arts with emphasis in science teaching (MAst) program was established in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with a Robert Noyce, Track I, Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded in 2010. This report presents a summary of the accomplishments of this Noyce grant, in which 60 post-baccalaureate science majors and professionals were provided with Noyce stipends to become science teachers.
Graduate Programs
Graduate students can pursue coursework for their degree in seminars that I offer periodically (specifically: "Assessment in Science and Math Education" and "Equity in Science and Math Education"). One can also earn a master's degree or doctorate in science education through the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.
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Lund, Travislink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Natural Sciences Department, Oregon Institute of Technology

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McFee, Reneelink icon email icon Assistant Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

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Moon, Alenalink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Current News
My research group is working to understand how students engage in scientific argumentation and how they understand light and matter interactions. We use both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore these two spaces. Our findings have implications for curriculum and practice in the undergraduate chemistry classroom.
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Moore, Chrislink icon email icon Haddix Community Chair in Physical Science, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Teaching Science Thinking: Cross-Cutting Concepts and Science Reasoning for the NGSS; Development and validation of an assessment of physics practice abilities for use in the reform of introductory laboratories; Improving scientific reasoning and metacognition via a conceptual physics course (NSF-TUES)
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Nelson, Karilink icon email icon Instructor, Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Rivera-Reyes, Presentacionlink icon email icon Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering

Crossing the Threshold of Problem Solving: Abstraction in Electrical Engineering vs. Chemistry Courses, Collaborative Research: Spatial Visualization Skills and Engineering Problem Solving
Current News
We are conducting educational research in different EE courses. We have been collecting data since 2013 and currently, we are analyzing the data and planning to disseminate the results. We have submitted work-in-progress reports to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Frontiers in Education (FIE). In addition, we are showing preliminary results during DBER meetings and later, publish the final results in a journal of educational research.
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Sabel, Jaimelink icon email icon University of Memphis

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Searls, Mindiemail icon Research Asst Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

  • NDE: Nebraska Partnership TEAMS: Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science (co-PI)
  • Building a Comprehensive Geoscience Learning Experience (PI)
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Smith, Wendylink icon email icon Associate Director, Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education

Current News
Strengthening a Community of Teacher Leaders: Since 2011, Nebraska's Noyce Master Teaching Fellows and Teaching Fellows have engaged in a wide variety of teacher leadership as mathematics teachers in high-need schools and districts across the state. From becoming math coaches and leading professional development for peers, to giving presentations at national conferences and chairing curriculum committees, the 30 MTFs and 13 TFs demonstrate through their accomplishments the accumulation of efforts by the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education to form school-university partnerships that can provide opportunities for teacher leadership. The NebraskaNOYCE grant was funded by the National Science Foundation, as was a Phase II grant to allow us to continue to study these remarkable Noyce teachers.
Graduate Programs
In the Mathematics Department, mathematics education (research focused on graduate/undergraduate level of mathematics) is available as a research focus for a dissertation.
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Soh, Leen-Katlink icon email icon Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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Sorensen, Amandalink icon email icon Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Natural Resources

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Spier, Sarahemail icon Graduate Student, School of Natural Resources

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Stains, Marilynelink icon email icon Associate Professor, Chemistry

Current News
Graduate Programs
Courses of interest to STEM graduate students: Evidence-based Teaching Methods for the Postsecondary Classroom: The overarching goal of the course is to provide graduate students interested in pursuing an academic career with training in teaching at the postsecondary level. Specifically, the course is intended to introduce graduate students to instructional practices that have been empirically demonstrated to enhance students’ learning and attitudes toward science and their associated learning theories. Moreover, the course is intended to provide students with opportunity to develop, implement, and receive feedback on a unit and lecture of their choice as well as develop a teaching philosophy grounded in research on how people learn.
Practicum in Chemistry Teaching: The course is intended to train TAs in student-centered teaching by requiring them to implement strategies in real context while receiving constant feedback and support.
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Zangori, Lauralink icon email icon Assistant Professor, Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, University of Missouri

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Zhang, Jingemail icon Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Biochemistry

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)