People

Leadership
Dr. Mark Urban-Lurain

Mark retired in 2018, but is still involved with the AACR project., which is a collaboration of researchers from seven universities. His focus is on enginnering education and, more broadly, STEM education.

Michigan State University Project Leader Contact
Dr. Jennifer Kaplan

Jennifer Kaplan is the PI at University of Georgia.

University of Georgia PI
Dr. Jenny Knight

Jenny Knight is PI at University of Colorado - Boulder

University of Colorado - Boulder PI
Dr. Paula Lemons University of Georgia PI
Dr. Ross Nehm

Ross Nehm is PI at Stony Brook University

SUNY-Stony Brook PI
Dr. Luanna Prevost University of South Florida PI
Dr. Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith is PI at Cornell University

Cornell University PI
Melanie Cooper

Melanie Cooper holds a joint appointment in the departments of ChemistryTeacher Education and the CREATE for STEM Institute. Dr.

Michigan State University co-PI Contact
Prof. Melanie Cooper

Evidence-based approaches to improving chemistry education are the focus of Dr Cooper's research. One of the prime outcomes of this research is the development and assessment of evidence-driven, research-validated curricula.

Michigan State University co-PI Contact
Dr. Mark Farmer

Mark Farmer is co-PI at UGA

University of Georgia co-PI Contact
Dr. Kevin Haudek

My research interests are in student understanding and application of chemistry in biological contexts, and strategies to increase writing assessments in undergraduate STEM courses. In specific, my research questions focus on how students use fundamental chemistry concepts to explain biological processes at this level. 

Michigan State University co-PI
Dr. Carl Lira

Carl Lira is co-PI at MSU

Michigan State University co-PI
Dr. Allen Moore

Allen Moore is co-PI at UGA

University of Georgia co-PI
Dr. Mary Anne Sydlik

Mary Anne is the external evaluator of the AACR projects.

Western Michigan University Project Evaluator
Staff
Dr. Tessa Andrews

Dr. Tessa Andrews is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics. Andrews’s research focuses on biology education; she seeks to improve instruction by researching the benefits of active learning, and how instructors can implement it.

University of Georgia Senior Personnel
Dr. Daina Briedis

Daina Briedis is a founding member of the Center for Engineering Education Research. Dr. Briedis is also a member of the MSU Chemical Engineering Faculty. She has long served as an assessment and evaluation expert for ABET.

Michigan State University Senior Personnel
Brian Donovan BSCS Research Associate Contact
Sophia Jeong University of Georgia Postdoctoral Research Associate Contact
Dr. Lauren Jescovitch

Lauren earned her PhD and Masters in Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture at Auburn University, and her Bachelors in Fisheries Biology and Environmental Science at Mansfield University. Lauren is researching learning progressions on the development of principle-based reasoning in undergraduate physiology.

Michigan State University Research Associate Contact
Marisol Mercado Santiago

Marisol Mercado Santiago earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University under the supervision of Dr. Alice L. Pawley. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.E. in Computer Engineering. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2011 to 2014.

Michigan State University Research Associate
Karen Pelletreau University of Maine Research associate
Dr. Jenifer Saldanha

Jenifer earned her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Iowa State University. As an HHMI Postdoctoral Research Fellow she worked on increasing retention, and interest in STEM disciplines among undecided, undergraduate freshmen.

Michigan State University Assistant Professor Contact
Megan Shiroda Michigan State University Graduate student Contact
Dr. Kamali Sripathi

Kamali received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2014, focusing on the biophysics of small catalytic RNAs. Her research interests include: 1) understanding how students use the visualizations (e.g., 3D images of biomolecules, graphs, chemical equations, etc.

Michigan State University Research Associate Contact
Dr. Matthew Steele

I am an observational astronomer who specializes in optical spectroscopy of extra-galactic globular clusters and accretion powered outflows. More broadly I am interested in large data-set science, and researched-based student-centered pedagogies. My science interests lay in stellar population studies and accreting compact objects.

Michigan State University Research Associate Contact
Dr. Juli Uhl

I earned my PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2014, focusing on transcriptional control of early embryonic patterning.

Michigan State University Research Associate Contact
Dr. Jill Voreis

I hold a BS in Chemistry from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. I began working with Dr. Paula Lemons at UGA in January of 2014. My primary role is to research how faculty's teaching practices and beliefs change in response to participating in the AACR FLCs.

University of Georgia Research associate
Dr. Patricia Zagallo University of Georgia Research Associate Contact
Kelli Carter

I am a PhD student in biology education at the University of South Florida, and I am working with Luanna Prevost. My research focus within biology education is investigating student learning of anatomy & physiology. Through the development of a formative assessment tool, instructors can obtain feedback about student understanding of the core concept structure and function.

University of South Florida Graduate Student Contact
Kelli Hayes University of South Florida Graduate Student Contact

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (DUE grants: 1438739, 1323162, 1347740, 0736952 and 1022653). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.