Improving Science Teaching
My research centers mainly on how to improve science instruction through visualization of abstract scientific models using computer tools. I have worked on curriculum projects that integrate computer modeling into the classroom; contributed to in-service teacher training projects; and, co-directed the development of a science museum exhibit incorporating hands-on experiments and multimedia displays. Currently my research includes a project that focuses on methods for teaching quantum concepts in general chemistry using computer simulations; a study of expert versus novice understanding of quantum concepts; and, research on engineering instruction. In this research, I work closely with CAS and SED faculty members, and with faculty affiliated with the Science and Mathematics Education Center.
- Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Cornell University
- M.Sc. in Physics, Cornell University
- B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, SUNY at Stony Brook