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Life Sciences Research Seminar Series (Spring 2016)

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Internship Certificate Program - Orientation I


Principal Investigator
Dr. Shiang-Kwei Wang, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology

Dr. Wang collaborates with the PI to coordinate and direct the project at the NYIT site, provides oversight of the selection and coordination of cyber-enabled resources, oversees graduate students charged with data collection at NYIT site, and collaborates with the PI to synthesize research outcomes for the project. Dr. Wang brings a strong background in integrating technology in science instruction with a cognitive tools approach to the project.



Dr. Hui-Yin Hsu, Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Hsu collaborates with the PI to coordinate and direct the project at the NYIT site, provides oversight of the selection and coordination of cyber-enabled resources, oversees graduate students charged with data collection at NYIT site, and collaborates with the PI to synthesize research outcomes for the project. Dr. Hsu bring expertise in increasing literacy through ICT instructional integration.



Science Leader Teacher
Cindy Roter, Queens School of Inquiry

Cindy is a graduate of Brown University and comes to teaching as a second career having spent much time in research labs. She has recently received her masters in Curriculum Development and Instructional technology.   As teacher leader Cindy pilots  the classroom implementation process and then shares her experiences with fellow cohort teachers at summer professional developments.



Science Leader Teacher
Jean Posada, Nathaniel Hawthorne MS 74

Jean Posada has been teaching at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 in Bayside, Queens for 17 years. She teaches both the Living Environment Regent course and General Science to the 8th grade. Jean continues her dedication to science in the summer by teaching a forensic science course at an enrichment program. When she isn't involved with teaching or professional workshops, you can find her spending time with her real passion, her two daughters.



External Observer
Professor Fredric Hertzberg, Adjunct assistant professor at NYIT

Dr. Hertzberg collaborates with the PI coordinators and observes teachers using cyber-enabled resources in their classrooms. As a former middle school teacher and administrator, Dr. Hertzberg brings expertise in middle level education and observation to the project.




External Observer
Professor Samuel Slutsky, Adjunct assistant professor at NYIT

With over 35 years of teaching science, professor Sam observes teachers using the latest technologies in their classrooms. His "hands-on" approach complements the project.




Research Assistant
Edward Powers, Graduate Student, Childhood Education Program

Edward earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from West Virginia University in 1992 and spent 15+ years working in the radio industry before entering the education field.  




Research Assistant
John Gienau, Graduate student, Adolescent Education Program 

John earned a degree in Physics (also taking many chemistry courses) from Saint John's University in 2009 and is currently a graduate student at NYIT in Instructional Technology. He just completed student teaching in the Bellmore-Merrick School District at Mepham High School.



Research Assistant
Markella Karousis, Graduate student, Childhood Education Program 

Markella earned a degree in Business from the University of Peireas in 2008 and is currently a graduate student at NYIT in Childhood Education. 




Research Assistant
Katerina Skiadas, Graduate student, Instructional Technology Program

Katerina earned a degree in Childhood Education with a concentration in mathematics from New York Institute of Technology in 2011, summa cum laude. She is currently a graduate student at New York Institute of Technology in Instructional Technology. She is a New York State certified teacher in grades 1-6 and 7-12 mathematics. 






Advisory Panel


Educational Researcher

Dr. Kent J. Crippen

Associate Professor of Science Education and Technology, University of Florida

Dr. Kent Crippen is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Technology, Associate Editor of the Journal of Science Education and Technology, and serves as Associate Director of UNLV's Center for Science and Mathematics Education. His leadership at UNLV has produced multiple collaborative grant proposals, research projects, and graduate programs between the colleges of science and education. Dr. Crippen's research involves the design and implementation of Web-based learning systems with a focus on cognitive scaffolds to support self-regulated learning. His interests include the improvement of teaching and learning strategies for general chemistry and in-service science teacher professional development.


Content Expert (a practicing scientist specializing in Biology)

Dr. Shelley Phelan- Professor of Biology, Fairfield University 

Dr. Shelley Phelan is a molecular cell biologist with interests in how genes are aberrantly regulated in human disease.  Her current research focuses on the regulation and function of the peroxiredoxin family of antioxidant genes in cell proliferation and cancer.  She has mentored over 40 undergraduates in her laboratory at Fairfield, and has published several articles and abstracts co-authored with Fairfield students. She has played a lead role in several initiatives for science students on campus, including the creation of the Peer Learning Group program for general biology students, the founding of the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics floor, involvement in the Fairfield University Chapter of Sigma Xi, and the creation of the BASE summer science camp for inner city high school students.


Instructional Technology Expert

Dr. Thomas C. Reeves-Professor of Educational Psychology & Instructional Technology, University of Georgia

Since earning his Ph.D. at Syracuse University, Professor Reeves has developed and evaluated numerous interactive learning programs for education and training. In addition to numerous presentations and workshops in the USA, he has been an invited speaker in other countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, Finland, Italy, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Tunisia. He is a former Fulbright Lecturer, and a former editor of the Journal of Interactive Learning Research. His research interests include: evaluation of instructional technology, mental models and interactive multimedia, authentic learning environments, and instructional technology in developing countries. Professor Reeves is the co-founder of the Learning and Performance Support Lab. His teaching areas include program evaluation, instructional design, and research. In 2003, he became the first AACE Fellow. He lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife, Dr. Trisha Reeves, and their two dogs, Flyer and Spencer. Professor Reeves gave the opening keynote at the 10th Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education in Beijing in June 2006 and he co-chaired E-Learn 2006 in Hawaii in October 2006.


New York City School Leader

Ms. Susan Brustein – Assistant Principal of Supervision, Math Science and Technology Townsend Harris High School @ Queens College, NYCDOE

 Ms. Brustein is a longtime New York City educator of gifted and talented students, both as a teacher at Stuyvesant HS, and currently as the supervisor of MST at Townsend Harris HS @ Queens College.  At Harris, a high school with a Humanities focus, she created a STEM program that led to the 2008 Intel School of Distinction for Science Excellence Award. She helped develop and maintained Townsend Harris’ website for 10 years, and working with a software developer (Daedalus Scientific Software) helped develop an integrated system for data retrieval by administrators, teachers, and students, and a more efficient, less expensive method for school- home communication.  At Stuyvesant High School she helped develop an online registration system.  Ms. Brustein has mentored numerous INTEL, ISEF and Siemens-Westinghouse finalists and semi-finalists, served as a member of the NYC Science Advisory Committee (2004 - 2007), as Associate Fair Director of NYCSEF (2002-2006), and as a member of the Scientific Review Committee for NYCSEF from 2002 to the present time. She co-authored the NYC Syllabus for Regents Chemistry (2002) and oversaw its revision (2008). Collaborations with colleagues at Queen College, CUNY resulted in the development of research protocols for HS students, and in NSF grants that enabled Harris and other high school students to participate in hands-on investigations, Ms. Brustein currently serves as co-president of the Science Supervisors Association of NYC, a peer led organization that provides professional development to science supervisors from amongst the 318 NYC public high schools. Ms. Brustein has been a presenter at the NY Academy of Sciences (2007) –“Science Research in High Schools” and at the National School Boards Association T& L Conference (2010):  Making STEM Priority One.

Ms. Brustein has won much recognition for her teaching including the SCONYC Award for SSA Science Educator of the Year (2009), Dept. of the Army Award for Promoting Student Research (September 2006), Teacher of Merit Awards from Intel and ISEF(2001-2007), and Teacher Commendations from Haverford College (2007), MIT (2006) and The University of Chicago (1998).

Utah State District Leader

Dr. Brenda Burrell- Minority Graduation Specialist, Utah State Office of Education

Dr. Burrell is a longtime educator from Texas, where she earned all three education degrees – B.S., M.Ed., and Ed.D. – at the University of Texas at Austin. She is certified in social studies, reading, drama, speech, gifted education, and educational administration in Texas, Missouri, and Utah. In addition to presenting numerous conference addresses and receiving a litany of distinguished honors and awards, Dr. Burrell has worked as a teacher, principal, district administrator, and chair of numerous task forces. Her last position in Austin before relocating to Utah with her husband was coordinator of the Struggling Learners Program, which helped increase achievement, numbers among low-performing high school students.  Dr. Burrell was hired by the Utah State Office of Education in October 2006 to work with educators, parents, and community leaders to create a plan to close the achievement gap between white students and their ethnic counterparts. She is Utah’s Minority Achievement Specialist and a member of the Minority Graduation Task Force. She is also administrator of the Advanced Placement Incentive program, a federal grant program aimed at increasing the numbers of low-income and minority students in honors and Advanced Placement classes, and facilitates the statewide MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) program for underserved female and minority students.

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