Carole G. Basile
is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Development. She is Co-PI/Director for the Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership, a $12.5M NSF funded research project. Dr. Basile is a former Associate Dean of Teacher Education with research efforts in teacher education, professional development schools, teacher leadership, environmental education, and interdisciplinary learning. Dr. Basile is currently working with multiple projects: RMMSMSP, Northeast Front Range MSP, SKILL, PLASMID, Colorado STEM Network, Transforming Experiences, and WIRED.
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at University of Colorado Denver. Currently, she is conducting research regarding the modeling of porous materials (soils, cartilage, drug-delivery polymers). She has received an NSF grant to develop (real-world) application projects for math classes designed for engineers, and is studying the effects of this project's incorporation on the interest of students taking math. Additionally, she has helped to develop a course for the Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership (Math Modeling Course) and is a mentor for the GK-12 Transforming Experiences Project.
Neil-Yin Chang, Ph.D
joined the Civil Engineering Department at UCD in Fall 1975 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1985 and, subsequently, served as Chair of Civil Engineering Department for six years from early 1990s. He has taught many undergraduate and graduate civil engineering curses. He has also been very active in promoting the engineering education for minority students. His research interest has evolved from oil shale mechanics during the period of oil embargo of 1970s, to soil dynamics, earthquake-induced soil liquefaction, seismic soil-structure interaction for high rise buildings on piles, expansive soil foundations, and winter roadway maintenance and has published many technical research papers.
is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biology at the University of Colorado Denver. He teaches classes in General Biology 1, Infectious Diseases, General Microbiology, Virology and The Biology of Cancer. Prior to his instructional role at UCD, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Cancer Research UK, London and later at the University of Colorado Boulder where he worked on regulation of the cell cycle, DNA repair mechanisms and drug discovery projects using biochemical and genetic tools. His interests in educational research stem from observation of the challenges experienced by students transitioning from High School to General Biology 1, and the impact this critical juncture has on student success in the freshman year of college. Specifically, he has interests in the development of active learning tools for the large classroom, curriculum alignment, design and implementation of unique assessment tools and the dissemination of constructivist learning theory.
Michael "Mike" Jacobson
is currently Professor & Chair of the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD). He received his undergraduate training at the State University of New York @ Brook completing his B.S. and secondary teaching certification in 1975. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977 and 1980 respectively, concentrating on Combinatorics and Graph Theory. From 1980 - 2003, he was a faculty member at the University of Louisville, attaining the rank of Professor in 1988, and serving as department chair for seven years, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences for five years during his time in Louisville. While in Louisville, he worked on numerous projects with teachers in the Louisville area. In 2003, Dr. Jacobson was recruited to the University of Colorado Denver as Department Chair. He is presently co-pi with Doris Kimbrough on the NSF funded "RM-MSMSP", where he has overseen the development and instruction of eight courses particular aimed at providing Middle School teachers with a challenging mathematical curriculum. In addition, he is co-pi on the Colorado Department of Education "Professional Learning Access in Science & Math through Internet Delivery" (PLASMID) with the intended purpose of developing on line versions of several of the RM-MSMSP courses for Middle School teachers in rural districts. Recently, he was awarded a $2.9M NSF funded GK12 "Transforming Experiences" grant to provide science and mathematics graduate students with the opportunity to become acquainted with K-12 education, with the primary purpose of increasing the number of Higher Education professionals able to work within the P-20 realm.
In addition, he has over 120 published research publications, three edited volumes, actively supervises doctoral students in the mathematical sciences and has held research funding in the mathematical sciences with the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research.
is a full time instructor for the math department of the University of Colorado Denver. He is working with the Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership, a $12.5M NSF funded research project, and the PLASMID project, a $600,000 funded research project. His interests lie in teacher education, online teaching, online course development, undergraduate education, Graph Theory, and Combinatorics. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Graph Theory and Combinatorics.
is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Experiences at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD). He received his Chemistry undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1968 and his Ph.D. University of Tennessee (Knoxville) in Analytical Chemis�try in 1972. From 1973-1974, he did his Postdoctoral research at Ohio State University in Clinical Electrochemistry and began his professorship in Chemistry at UCD in 1974. Along with Carole Basile and Charles Ferguson, John initiated and is actively involved in research dealing with the high non-completion rates of science, mathematics and engineering students in first-year science and mathematics classes. At present, John is also on the Colorado Board of Directors for Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) which deals with the development and promotion of liberal arts undergraduate student mentors. John has formerly served on Colorado Partnership for Educational Renewal Board of Directors, Colorado I Have A Dream, and represented UCD on state-wide committees dealing with undergraduate curriculum, transfer credit, articulation agreements, and teacher licensure. John Lanning was an original member of the Colorado on Higher Education Committee GE-25 Council dealing guaranteed transfer of general education credit between Colorado public institutions of higher education.
Dr. Deanna Iceman Sands
is a Professor and the Associate Dean of Research and Leadership Education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. She coordinates the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership and Innovation (EDLI) and serves as an advisor and one of the lead faculty for the Urban Schools Doctoral Research Lab. Dr. Sands? prior professional experiences included teaching across infant, elementary, secondary and post secondary settings with students who have significant support needs as well as those with hearing and/or vision disabilities. Her research agenda combines issues of quality of life, self-determination, curriculum, assessment, and voice for students with and without disabilities. Dr. Sands has served as a principal investigator on several externally funded research, teaching and model demonstration grants. She served as a site professor in Adams County District 14 in conjunction with her teaching and service to the Initial Professional Teacher Education program, with an emphasis on dual licensure in general and special education.