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I-STEM Campus Affiliates Directory

Urbana-Champaign campus personnel interested in STEM education. This directory is intended to foster collaboration in grant-writing, outreach projects, evaluation, and other areas.

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Ali Lewis
Ali Lewis

University Primary School; College of Education
Director
alilewis@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project(s): University Primary School

As a preK-3rd grade lab school that engages in inquiry based projects, we investigate STEM concepts in meaningful ways throughout our day. Connecting with faculty/researchers on campus builds understandings of STEM ideas in context.

Leslie Looney
Leslie W. Looney

Astronomy
Professor, Director of Laboratory for Astronomical Imaging
lwl@Illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project(s): Open Your Eyes to the Skies

Hands-on astronomy for both science and non-science majors

Yi Lu
Yi Lu

Chemistry
Professor
yi-lu@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project(s): HHMI Professor Award: A New Integrated Approach to Undergraduate Course Instruction

Undergraduate education, especially in large science courses. We are exploring the use of students' interests/experience as the starting/focal point for education, and vertically integrated peer mentoring as means for engagement.

Sarah Lubienski
Sarah Lubienski

Graduate College: Interim Dean
Curriculum & Instruction: Professor of Mathematics Education
stl@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

Project(s): Gender & Math Study, MSP: Sense-Making

I study math instruction, reform, and equity with attention to social class, race/ethnicity, and gender. Current projects include large-scale analyses of NAEP and ECLS-K data and a study of the impact of math professional development.

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Deana McDonagh
Deana McDonagh

School of Art and Design/Beckman Institute
Professor of Industrial Design
mcdonagh@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Industrial Design is the bridge between STEM and the lived experience. As we design and develop technology for the user, it is critical that we ensure the final outcome is empathic with the users' needs but also intuitive to use.

Michael McKelvey
Michael McKelvey

Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
Coordinator of Engagement Technology & New Media
mmckelve@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development

Projects:

Jennifer McNeilly
Jennifer McNeilly

Department of Mathematics
Director, Mathematics Merit Program
jrmcneil@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project(s): Merit Immersion for Students and Teachers (MIST)

I am interested in STEM initiatives at all levels of education but especially interested in the transition from secondary to post secondary levels.

Jose Mestre
Jose Mestre

Physics & Educational Psychology
Professor
mestre@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project(s): Enhancing Student Learning in Introductory Physics Through the Use of Multimedia Learning Modules and Conceptual Analysis and Student Learning in Physics. Also working with Gary Gladding on a College of Engineering-funded teaching in engineering project.

My research focuses on the organization and deployment of physics knowledge by experts and novices. In my research, I address questions such as: What is the mechanism by which a beginner develops expertise in a complex domain such as physics? Why is it that the problem solving skills for traditional textbook physics problems often develop faster than conceptual understanding? Why is appropriate transfer of knowledge, even across the same domain and across remarkably similar contexts, so difficult to achieve?

Karen Mortensen
Karen Mortensen

Mathematics
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
kmortens@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach

Project: ICTM High School Math State Finals
Site co-coordinator for ICTM (llinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics) High School Mathematics Contest State Finals, held each spring on the UI Champaign-Urbana campus, hosted by the Mathematics Department.

Joseph Muskin
Joseph Muskin

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Educational Coordinator
jmuskin@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development

Working with students and teachers to bring a larger number of people into engineering

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Adam Poetzel
Adam Poetzel

Curriculum and Instruction
Clinical Assistant Professor of Math Education
apoetzel@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development

I am interested in the effective preparation and induction of mathematics teachers in the new Common Core Era. Strong interests in learning technologies and classroom discourse.

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George Reese
George Reese

MSTE Office
Director
reese@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development

I am interested in the integration of technology into K-12 mathematics and science teaching, and in building technology-rich learning communities.

Bruce Reznick
Bruce Reznick

Department of Mathematics
Professor of Mathematics
reznick@math.uiuc.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

I am interested in improving the teaching of mathematics on the undergraduate and graduate level.

Gene Robinson
Gene Robinson

Neuroscience Program
Director of Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Swanlund Chair, Center for Advanced Study Professor in Entomology and Neuroscience
generobi@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
3. Undergraduate and Graduate Education Reform

Brain Awareness Day; Illinois Summer Neuroscience Institute (ISNI); Project NEURON; OLLI; Neuroengineering IGERT

Trying to combine outreach and educational neuroscience initiatives with support and professional skills development for students, Interested in involving other programs working on neuro-related projects.