My research interests focus on the improvement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and research. My book STEM the Tide: Reforming Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in America is published by Johns Hopkins University Press. I also conduct research and write about higher education, and, to a lesser degree, about technology and about health/health education.
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STEM Curriculum Reform
- A collaboration with Louis Bucciarelli of MIT on action research about integrating engineering education with the arts and humanities.
- Evaluating an innovative, accelerated, interdisciplinary science course at the Joint Sciences Department of the Claremont Colleges.
Broadening Participation in STEM
- Advising and evaluating two NSF-funded institutional collaborations designed to dramatically increase the number of minority STEM bachelor's degrees...about a dozen colleges and universities in Louisiana and another dozen in Houston.
- Evaluating a collaborative effort by the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges to broaden participation in STEM courses and majors, and to strengthen instruction in computational biology. These collaborative efforts have been funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to the Claremont Colleges.
Preparation Of Excellent STEM Teachers
- Served as PI on several Noyce grants to fund fellowships for our teacher interns (virtually all funding goes directly to the students).
- Evaluator for a Noyce project to recruit and prepare outstanding middle school STEM teachers.
Connected To Two Exciting Educational Institutions
- I serve on the board of a highly innovative school of the future, the Vistamar School in El Segundo, California. This twenty-first century high school focuses on international issues and cultural diversity, for example offering Mandarin as a foreign language from Day 1. Vistamar's goal is to provide students with a quality education to become effective participants in an increasingly multicultural society and globalized economy.
- Ten years ago, I served as lead academic planner in the launching of a new four year institution, Nevada State College at Henderson. That college now is a vibrant institution with more than 3,000 current students and more than 2,000 alumni.
- Working with Samir Chatterjee, of the Center for Information Systems and Technology, preparing proposals and conducting research about how empowering techology can improve health and health education, e.g., mapping health indicators for a state in India.