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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
Interim Director/Adjunct Faculty
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.

J. Jessica Li
Jessica Li

Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; College of Education
Associate Professor
jli2011@illinois.edu

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

My interests in STEM education can be summarized as:

  1. Using internet and wireless technology to improve the quality of STEM education.
  2. Gender issues—how to get more women involved in STEM education.
Leslie Looney
Leslie W. Looney

Astronomy
Professor and Chair of Astronomy
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

Michael Loui
Michael Loui

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Emeritus
loui@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):

Current research projects examine the noncognitive and affective development of engineering students, including grit, perseverance, and the emotions experienced by students in computer programming.

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: Associate 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.