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This wiki page is intended to help those interested in pursuing Astronomy Education Research (AER), particularly potential AER graduate students, to connect with potential mentors, role models, and collaborators. If you would like to be added the wiki, please fill out this survey or edit the Wiki page yourself.
 
Name: Sophie Bartlett
Current (or former) AER-related position: Current AER graduate student
Current institutional/organizational affiliation: Cardiff University, School of Physics and Astronomy
Current geographic location: Cardiff
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?  
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research? Developing and evaluating astronomy educational resources, that follow an inquiry-based pedagogy, to improve students' (mostly ages 14-18) attitude and engagement in science.
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise? Developing and evaluating educational resources
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on? Research design in terms of assessing students' attitudes, engagement and learning in science, pre- and post-intervention activities.
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in? Developing educational resources for the Faulkes Telescope and Down2Earth projects. Delivering CPD sessions, mostly at secondary level. Running PC Labs with first-year, astronomy undergraduates. STEM Ambassador.
 
Name:
Danny Barringer
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Current AER graduate student
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Penn State
Current geographic location:
State College, PA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
 
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Developing and assessing methods of teaching astronomy in online settings.
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
General overview of learning theories, item response theory, claims evidence reasoning framework, online education.
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Anything relating to equity in astronomy as a field, particularly within the classroom.
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
 
 
Name:
Jennifer Blue
Current (or former) AER-related position:
PER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Miami University
Current geographic location:
Oxford, OH
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
U of Minnesota, 1997
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
physics education research
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
have supervised an MS thesis on alternative conceptions in astronomy
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
any
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
 
 
Name:
Erik Brogt
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Academic development faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
University of Canterbury, Academic Services Group
Current geographic location:
New Zealand
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
University of Arizona, 2009
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Astronomy faculty pedagogical thinking
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Research design, intervention studies, faculty teaching development
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
faculty beliefs and pedagogical thinking, teaching development, curriculum design to address student difficulties
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
 
 
Name:
Sanlyn Buxner
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Science education faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona and the Planetary Science Institute
Current geographic location:
Tucson, AZ
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
 
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
An investigation of how research experiences for science teachers impacted their understanding of the nature of science and science inquiry, their views of classroom inquiry, and their classroom practice. Additionally, I investigated how participating in a research experience changed teachers' identities as researchers and teachers.
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Research experiences, classroom implementation of reformed teaching, faculty support of reform, assessment, evaluation, quantitative methods, mixed-methods
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Reformed teaching in K-12 and university settings, assessment of instructional change, assessment of self-efficacy of students and teachers, community engagement and meaning making related to STEM, interdisciplinary research
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Professional development of K-12 teachers through courses and hands-on workshops, experiential programs with teens and teachers, development of curriculum for young children in informal settings, public talks, star parties, docent training.
 
Name:
Carie Cardamone
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy faculty member interested in education
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Wheelock College
Current geographic location:
Boston, MA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
Yale, 2010
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Extragalactic / AGN
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
I am interested in a varity of topics related to education research that began with postdoc at MIT in PER focused on assessment, and my time at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown.
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Research applying best practices & other results from educational research broadly to specific institutional contexts. Studies related to the use of Citizen Science projects in formal & informal educational environments.
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Galaxy Zoo
 
Name:
Kim Coble
Current (or former) AER-related position:
AER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
San Francisco State University
Current geographic location:
San Francisco, CA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
1999
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
CMB observations and analysis
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
student understanding of cosmology, curriculum development, the effect of real data on student ideas about science, urban learners in physics and astronomy
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
equity and inclusion; the effect of the use of real data on student ideas about science; overcoming math phobia in science
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
AAS Astronomy Education Board, AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, Inclusive Astronomy 2015 SOC, AAPT Committee on Diversity, ICWIP 2011 delegate
 
Name:
Karna Desai
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Current grad student interested in AER
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Astronomy Department, Indiana University
Current geographic location:
Bloomington, IN
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
2017 (anticipated)
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
 
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
 
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Astronomy Policy
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Teaching astronomy summer course for middle school and high school students, workshop for professional development of teachers, observatory open houses, diversity recruitment in astronomy, science policy
 
Name:
Douglas Duncan
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Faculty member, Museum Director, and AER research
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Univ. of Colorado
Current geographic location:
Boulder CO
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
1980
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Solar Type stars
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Technology and Student Performance
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
uses of technology
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
I run the most advanced university planetarium in the US, and do commentary on public radio
 
Name:
Urban Eriksson
Current (or former) AER-related position:
AER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Kristianstad University
Current geographic location:
Kristianstad, Sweden
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
Uppsala University, Sweden, Dec. 2014
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Reading the Sky, disciplinary discernment of representations, eg. from simulations
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Astrometry, Phenomenography, Variation theory, Disciplinary affordances, Disciplinary literacy
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Use of simulations in teaching and learning astronomy
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Astronomy education, teachers education, planetarium director, Educational observatory director
 
Name:
Michael Fitzgerald
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Current AER/STEM education postdoctoral researcher
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Edith Cowan University, Monash University
Current geographic location:
Melbourne, Australia
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
Macquarie University, 2013
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
High School Authentic Astronomy Research Projects at the large scale
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Many! My Phd mixed all methods.
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Authentic research at the high school level. Real telescope usage at the high school level. Undergraduate astronomy.
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Run a high school level astronomy education curriculum replacement project.
 
Name: Pamela L Gay
Current (or former) AER-related position: AER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Current geographic location: Edwardville, IL
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD? University of Texas Austin
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research? Galaxy Clusters
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise? Social & New Media Science Communications
Citizen Science
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on? Social & New Media
Citizen Science
Science and Society
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in? Principal Investigator of CosmoQuest.org
Co-Host Astronomy Cast Podcast
Host GLXP Team Hangouts
 
Name:
Joel Green
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy outreach professional
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Space Telescope Science Institute
Current geographic location:
Baltimore, MD
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
University of Rochester (2009)
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Spitzer-IRS Analysis of Young Stars, Outflows, and Shocks/Feedback in Molecular Clouds
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
I work to create and edit content for K-12 education curricula, as well as general public-level outreach. I also assist in materials for the scientific community, particularly with regard to the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes. I'm also a founding member of the "SAVE-Point Collaboration," a team that creates science-standard applicable video games for astronomy concepts (K-12 or even university appropriate).
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
 
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
 
 
Name:
Nicole Gugliucci
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy faculty member interested in education
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Saint Anselm College
Current geographic location:
Manchester, NH
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
University of Virginia, 2012
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
radio astronomy instrumentation at long wavelengths
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
informal education with primary and secondary students, citizen scientist motivations, teaching astronomy content to pre-service and in-service teachers
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
engineering projects as a method of learning science content for pre-service teachers; effective astronomy 101 teaching strategies for small classes; developing and testing night sky labs for small college observatories
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
assistant professor of physics and astronomy, co-advisor for the Astronomy and Physics Club, Night Sky Network member, speaker and blogger
 
Name:
Seth Hornstein
Current (or former) AER-related position:
AER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Current geographic location:
Boulder, CO
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
UCLA, 2007
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Infrared Observations of the Galactic Center Black Hole
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
large lecture-based classes, lecture-tutorials, PeerInstruction, clickers
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
curriculum development
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
CAE profesional development workshop presenter, curriculum development
 
Name:
Julia Kregenow
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy faculty member interested in education
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Penn State University, Dept of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Current geographic location:
State College, PA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
UC Berkeley 2007
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Ultraviolet observations of the Interstellar Medium
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
managing multiple data streams: interview, concept inventory pre- post-tests, questionnaires, grades, demographics
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
 
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
interactive lecture techniques: lecture tutorials, voting cards, minute papers, class discussions, group projects

TA and faculty professional development
 
Name:
Alice Olmstead
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Current AER graduate student
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy
Current geographic location:
College Park, MD
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
University of Maryland, 2016 (anticipated)
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Teaching-focused faculty professional development (specifically the design and implementation of professional development workshops)
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Faculty teacher change efforts, course transformation projects, qualitative methods generally (interviews, video analysis)
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Any undergraduate-level instructor professional development; equity and inclusion issues for astro 101; mechanisms to support student self-efficacy
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Local course transformation for introductory astronomy for majors; mentoring undergraduate learning assistants; leading a local women in astronomy group; organizing an equity and inclusion/astronomy career paths seminar series; former author for Astrobites
 
Name:
Christopher Palma
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy faculty member interested in education
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Penn State Astronomy & Astrophysics
Current geographic location:
University Park, PA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
University of Virginia 2001
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
dwarf galaxies in the Local Group
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
K-12 teacher professional development, learning progressions for K-12 science teaching
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
teacher PD, engaging K-12 students in the practices of astronomy, informal astronomy education at planetaria and science centers
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
NSF funded Math & Science Partnership called the "Earth and Space Science Parternship" and many others
 
Name:
Julia Plummer
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Science education faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Pennsylvania State University
Current geographic location:
University Park, PA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
2006
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
My dissertation research characterized students' ideas about the apparent motion of the Sun, Moon, and stars and used this to develop and analyze a planetarium program designed to improve their understanding of these topics. These findings were used to describe the initial levels of a celestial motion learning progression.
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
My AER research includes: astronomy learning progressions; spatial thinking in astronomy; planetarium education; science practices in astronomy (in particular, student learning around how astronomers conduct astronomical investigations); astronomy for preschool audiences (with a science practices focus).
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Research focused on: spatial thinking; planetarium education; astronomy in informal settings; PreK-8th grade age groups
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
I regularly work with our local science children's museum to develop programs (primarily for 3-8 year olds).
 
Name:
Emily L. Rice
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy faculty member interested in education
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Department of Engineering Science & Physics, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Current geographic location:
New York, NY
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
UCLA, 2009
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
 
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Curriculum/activity development
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
How to study the impact of astronomy labs on student learning/understanding
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
I co-wrote an Astro101 lab manual: http://www.mccradyricelabs.com/
 
Name:
Derek Richardson
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy faculty member interested in education
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Dept. of Astronomy, Univ. of Maryland
Current geographic location:
College Park, MD
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
Cambridge UK 1993
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
 
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Implementation of research-based instructional strategies in the classroom to promote student-centered learning.
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
I am open to new ideas for further improving student-centered learning opportunities in the classes I teach.
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
I am leading (2015–2016) the transformation effort of our two-semester introductory astrophysics course for science majors, which includes a redesigned lab component.
 
Name:
Sara Schultz
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Current AER graduate student
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Minnesota State University Moorehead, Dept of Physics and Astronomy / Planetarium
Current geographic location:
Fargo, ND
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
2021 (anticipated)
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Planetarium used as astronomy education tool
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
 
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
planetarium
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Planetarium education
 
Name:
Andria Schwortz
Current (or former) AER-related position:
AER grad student / Astronomy faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
University of Wyoming (Physics & Astronomy) / Quinsigamond Community College (Natural Sciences)
Current geographic location:
Worcester, MA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
2016 (anticipated)
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Novice/expert characteristics in database learning
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Novice/expert characteristics, database learning, action research, studio physics, online education
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
any
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Community college teaching, teacher workshops, night telescope use
 
Name:
Christopher Sirola
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Faculty member doing both AER and PER
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
University of Southern Mississippi
Current geographic location:
Hattiesburg, MS
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
University of Pittsburgh
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Quasars (not education research)
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
development of active learning materials - labs, activities etc.
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
How students apply definitional knowledge (example - how students apply concept of period to orbits of planets)
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
I write a bi-weekly science column for the local newspaper; advisor for physics licensure majors, offer AER/PER courses for inservice teachers, misc. public talks etc.
 
Name:
Tim Slater
Current (or former) AER-related position:
AER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
University of Wyoming
Current geographic location:
Laramie, WY
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
1993, University of South Carolina
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
astronomy education research and constructivist teaching strategies
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Predominantly, my expertise is in developing, evaluating, and teaching professors to use effective college teaching methods.
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
I am particularly interested research studies focused on improving the introductory astronomy survey course for non-science majoring undergraduates and research on effective college faculty professional development
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
I am the editor of the Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, jaese.org and have served on the NRC Committee on Discipline-based Education Research
 
Name:
Linda Strubbe
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Current AER/STEM education postdoctoral researcher
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
University of British Columbia (Dept of Physics & Astronomy) / Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative
Current geographic location:
Vancouver, BC, Canada
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
UC Berkeley 2011
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
black holes (theoretical astrophysics)
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
inquiry-based teaching, "pair-teaching" for professional development, some related to teaching for international development (esp. in Africa), some in equity and inclusion
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
astronomy in developing countries, equity and inclusion (especially developing ways to help and measure faculty/TAs teaching more inclusively)
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers, Office of Astronomy for Development, astroEDU, starting equity & inclusion group at UBC
 
Name:
Chandra Turpen
Current (or former) AER-related position:
PER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
University of Maryland, College Park
Current geographic location:
College Park, Maryland
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
University of Colorado, Boulder (graduated: May 2010)
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Title: "Towards a Model of Educational Transformation: Documenting the changing educational practices of professors, institutions, and students in introductory physics"
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Designing and researching contexts for learning; Facilitating students’ development of expertise with scientific practices; Theory of learning physics in context; In-situ studies of classroom practices and identity development; Developing high quality science learning experiences for populations underrepresented in science; Teacher recruitment and preparation within a physics department; Learning and development of faculty, teachers and students; institutional and organizational change—theories and strategies; Qualitative and ethnographic methodologies.
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
Diversity and Equity in Higher Education (supporting diverse trajectories into science and cultivating inclusive participation in science)
Faculty change and professional development
Department and Organization cultural change
Developing models for our the design of our educational settings support or hinder students' development and learning (design research).
Investigating student reasoning about "long-time" scale processes.
Development of science identities
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
I have launched and sustained a peer educator program at the University of Maryland College Park called the Maryland Learning Assistant (LA) Program based on a successful model developed at the University of Colorado. This program has helped to transform large-enrollment science courses into environments where students can interact with one another, engage in collaborative problem solving, and articulate and defend their ideas. To accomplish this, I hire and train undergraduate LAs to facilitate small-group interactions in these courses. These LAs are then critical to beginning and sustaining course transformation efforts. I regularly teach a pedagogy seminar that supports LAs in their first semester of participation in the program. I am also a co-organizer on an NSF grant to create the Access Network to support retention and representation in physics through an alliance of campus-based diversity programs.
 
Name:
Patricia Udomprasert
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy outreach professional
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Harvard University Astronomy Dept, WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors Program
Current geographic location:
Cambridge, MA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
Caltech, 2003, Astronomy PhD
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect in nearby galaxy clusters.
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Research on effective use of astronomy visualization technology in K-12 formal and informal education, with a focus on middle school-aged students. Our team is designing labs that blend physical and virtual models to teach students astronomy topics like Moon phases, celestial motion, and transiting extrasolar planets. The research focus of a current NSF DRK-12 grant is how to design these labs to support students' spatial thinking skills, which are critical to success in all areas of STEM. A separate project supported by the Templeton Foundation will help students explore how astronomers search for extrasolar planets that could support life, and engage in a conversation around the human/societal implications of discovering extraterrestrial life.

Our group also collaborates on an NSF-funded project to design Astro 101 labs that include a visualization component in WorldWide Telescope.
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
I would be interested in collaborating with others who work in K-12 astronomy education, or anyone who is interested in using WWT in their education and outreach work.
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
I'm the project director for the WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors program, which recruits and trains volunteers to use the WorldWide Telescope astronomy visualization program to teach astronomy in a variety of educational settings, including classrooms, planetariums, and science festivals.
 
Name:
Shanil Virani
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy faculty member interested in education
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
John C. Wells Planetarium
Current geographic location:
Harrisonburg, VA
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
 
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Supermassive black holes at high energies
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Summer Space Explorer camps
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
K-12 but open to all possibilities
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
Direct a state-of-the-art hybrid planetarium with free public shows every weekend. Created, organize and operate summer space explorers camps for rising 2nd to 10th grades.
 
Name:
Colin S. Wallace
Current (or former) AER-related position:
AER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Current geographic location:
Chapel Hill, NC
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
University of Colorado Boulder, 2011
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Astro 101 students' conceptual and reasoning difficulties with cosmology
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
curriculum development, assessment, professional development
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
I am open to working on any AER topic.
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
instructor for large-enrollment intro physics and astronomy courses
 
Name:
Kathryn Williamson
Current (or former) AER-related position:
Astronomy outreach professional
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Physics & Astronomy Department, West Virginia University
Current geographic location:
Morgantown, WV
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
Montana State University, 2013
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
Development of the Newtonian Gravity Concept Inventory
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
assessment tools, outreach
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
radio astronomy education, college ambassador/mentor training, informal science education
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
NRAO EPO, Pulsar Search Collaboratory, Skynet Junior Scholars, West Virginia Space Public Outreach Team, NANOGrav EPO
 
 
Name:
Shannon Willoughby
Current (or former) AER-related position:
AER faculty member
Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
Montana State University
Current geographic location:
Bozeman, MT
If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
2003, Tulane University
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
 
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
Epistemological Beliefs; Clickers in the Classroom
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
All areas of AER
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
 
 
 
 
 
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Current institutional/organizational affiliation:
 
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If applicable, when and where did you receive your PhD?
 
If applicable, what was/is the topic of your dissertation research?
 
If applicable, in what topics related to AER or education do you have expertise?
 
What topics related to AER would you be most interested in pursuing or collaborating on?
 
If applicable, what education, public outreach, or equity-related efforts are you involved in?
 
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