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Paul Hickman worked as an engineer and taught high-school
physics in Cold Spring Harbor, New York and Belmont, Massachusetts.
He is currently a curriculum specialist at Northeastern University's
Center for the Enhancement of Science and Mathematics Education
(CESAME), and helps teachers to advance K-12 educational reform.
He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching,
the Tandy Technology Scholars Award, and the American Association
of Physics Teachers' award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics
Education. Hickman has been involved with several national programs
to improve science teaching and learning, has written for numerous
professional journals, and has given talks and workshops for teachers
nationwide. He received his B.S. in physics from Manhattan College
and his M.S. from Long Island University.
Jennifer Bond Hickman, Ed.D., taught physics and astronomy
at the Pomfret School in Connecticut, at Phillips Academy in Andover,
Massachusetts, and most recently at Boston University Academy, where
she also served as Head of School. Dr. Hickman has served on the
boards of several physics and astronomy organizations and is currently
on the board of Boston's Hayden Planetarium. She has worked on numerous
national curriculum development projects in science and has given
talks and workshops around the country. Dr. Hickman is a recipient
of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and
the Tandy Technology Scholars Award, and is the author of Problem-Solving
Exercises in Physics. She received her B.A. in physics and astronomy
from Wellesley College, her M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
and her Ed.D. and MBA from Boston University.
Baliunas, Ph.D., is an Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics. She is Deputy Director and Director of
Science Programs at Mount Wilson Observatory; she also serves as
Senior Scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute in Washington,
D.C., and chairs the Institutes Science Advisory Board. Dr.
Baliunas has written over 200 scientific research articles, and
has received the Newton-Lacy-Pierce Prize of the American Astronomical
Society, the Petr Beckmann Award for Scientific Freedom, and the
Bok Prize from Harvard University. In 1991, Discover magazine
profiled her as one of Americas outstanding women scientists.
Dr. Baliunas is a contributing editor to World Climate Report
and a receiving editor for New Astronomy, and has been science
advisor for the science-fiction series, Gene Roddenberrys
Earth: Final Conflict, which has been airing since Fall 1997.
Dr. Baliunas received her Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics from Harvard
University. Her research interests include solar variability and
other factors in climate change.
Abel has covered education and parenting issues in broadcast
television, on the Internet, and in print for the past decade. She
is currently a writer for Familyeducation.com, part of Pearson's
Learning Network, one of the top 50 most visited Web sites on the
Internet. For many years, Abel was a reporter, producer, and public
affairs host at WHDH-TV, Boston's NBC affiliate. She also wrote
a monthly column for the Boston Parents' Paper. Her "Family
First" reports were a regular feature on the CBS Early Show with
Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson. Abel has also produced reports for
The Learning Channel's "Teacher TV" series and hosted a live, interactive
program for teens, "Student Forum," beamed via satellite to high
schools throughout New England via the Massachusetts Corporation
for Educational Telecommunications (MCET).
Spaulding has taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science
at the Morse School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for seven years.
As a teacher leader in the Cambridge Public Schools, Spaulding supports
other middle-school science teachers in this diverse urban district
while maintaining a full-time teaching load. Her leadership work
includes curriculum development, assessment, grant writing, designing
and carrying out professional development, and peer coaching. Previously,
Spaulding taught eighth-grade mathematics in a school district in
southern New Hampshire. She holds an M.S. degree in Middle School
Science from Simmons College and a B.S. in Middle School Mathematics
and Science Education from Lesley College (now Lesley University).
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts named Spaulding the states
Christa McAuliffe fellow for 2001.
Mitchell is a fifth grade science teacher and curriculum coordinator
at the Armstrong School, Westborough, Massachusetts, where she has
piloted and implemented standards-based, hands-on math and science
curricula. Mitchell began her career designing and developing a
K-6 science lab at Happy Valley School, Lafayette, California, and
was Program Associate and Project Coordinator for PALMS (Partnerships
Advancing the Learning of Mathematics and Science) at EcoTarium,
an environmental museum in Worcester, MA. Mitchell holds an M.S.
from Clark University in Professional Communication and a B.S. from
Castleton State College in Elementary Education. A frequent professional
developer and seminar facilitator, she is active in MAST (Massachusetts
Association of Science Teachers) and other professional associations.
Aguiar has taught first grade for the past 13 years at the Laurel
Lake School in Fall River, Massachusetts, an urban school serving
students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. Her professional
development in science, math and technology has included long-term
involvement with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Buzzards
Bay Rim Project, which led to visits at the Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution and research trips to Nantucket and Cuttyhunk Islands.
Aguiar also attended the Next Steps Institute in Seattle, Washington
and a NEW Urban workshop at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Through the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth - Fall River Peer
Coaching Collaborative Project, Aguiar assists and encourages co-workers
to use hands-on science kits in the classroom. She enjoys nurturing
young childrens curiosity for learning.
Smithers is a fourth-grade teacher in Harwich, Massachusetts.
Her 21 years of teaching experience include regular and special
education. She enjoys teaching science to children because they
easily absorb the content and process through discovery activities
that are both engaging and educational. She finds that the best
way for fourth-grade students to learn scientific concepts and develop
strong thinking processes is through their own observations and
Martenis has taught physics and physical science for eight years
in the Boston area, and currently teaches at Newton North High School,
Newton, Massachusetts. He also worked on the computer staff at the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for seven years. Martenis
holds a masters degree in Education from Harvard University
and a bachelor's degree in Astronomy and Physics from Haverford
Ingrid Allardi is an assistant principal at the Harry Lee
Cole Elementary School in Boxford, Massachusetts, where she works
with teachers to develop grade-appropriate science curricula. Previously,
she taught first grade for six years, and helped plan and create
professional development programs in math and science for the Annenberg
Channel. Allardi holds an M.A. in Child Study from Tufts University
and a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College. She has a special interest
in educational administration and educating children with special
Joyce Gleason has been a science educator for over 30 years.
She has been a high school teacher, K-12 coordinator, staff developer
in two urban districts, educator of student teachers (undergraduate
and graduate), and independent consultant. She is a past president
of the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers and currently
serves as District Director for the National Science Teachers Association.
She was named Massachusetts Science Educator of the Year in 2000,
and was Program Coordinator for the National Science Teachers Association
national convention in 1999.
Judith Peritz has been a curriculum developer with the Science
Education Department of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
for the past 10 years. She also spent 10 years in classrooms as
a pre-K/elementary school teacher, and is actively involved in after-school
math and science tutoring. Peritz holds an M.Ed from Boston University
and a B.S. in Education from Case Western Reserve University.