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Science in Focus: Shedding Light: About This Workshop

About the Contributors

Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS)

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Dr. Sandra K. Abell is a professor of elementary science education at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, where she teaches undergraduate elementary science methods and graduate courses in science education. Abell's research aims to understand the process of becoming a teacher of science, from preservice education to student teaching and the induction years, and throughout the teaching career. She enjoys teaching science for understanding in collaboration with practicing elementary teachers.


Dr. Lawrence B. Flick taught elementary and middle school science for 12 years, conducting science fairs and outdoor schools for grades 3 through 9. Flick is currently on the faculty of Oregon State University, and has worked in science teacher education for 14 years teaching a variety of courses in teaching methods, curriculum, and educational research. His research focuses on teaching practices that promote concept development and higher-order thinking.


Dr. Anita Greenwood

Dr. Anita Greenwood has worked in science education for 23 years, first as a teacher in the United Kingdom and now at the Graduate School of Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell. She conducts numerous science workshops for teachers at all levels K-12, and also works with preservice science teachers and doctoral students. Her background is in the biological sciences. Dr. Greenwood can be seen in Case Studies in Science Education working with elementary teachers as they solve problems experienced while teaching science.

Dr. Greenwood also hosts Shedding Light on Science.


Dr. Christine Jones

Dr. Christine Jones is an Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA) where she carried out research in X-ray astronomy. Jones received her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard in 1974 for research on binary X-ray sources. She has carried out extensive studies of the hot X-ray emitting gas in galaxies and clusters of galaxies. Jones often collaborates in her research with her husband Bill Forman as well as other colleagues both from CFA and from around the world. Christine and Bill received the first Rossi prize from the American Astronomical Society for the discovery that elliptical galaxies have hot coronae. Her primary research goals are to understand the mass distribution of both dark and luminous components in clusters of galaxies and how clusters evolve over cosmological timescales, and to measure the mass distribution and the evolutionary history of elliptical galaxies.

Dr. Jones also hosts Shedding Light on Science.


Dr. Camille L. Wainwright is a professor of science education at Pacific University in Oregon. In addition to teaching science methods and educational technology classes for elementary and secondary teachers, she is also an adjunct professor in the Physics Department. Currently, Wainwright is a Co-Director of a major NSF grant and the Chair of the Oregon Science Education Council. She has published curriculum for teaching electricity and magnetism, and focuses her research on gender and achievement in science.




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