The Noyce Leadership Team consists of faculty and staff from various departments and colleges within the University. Their wide range of content, teaching, and research expertise results in a truly interdisciplinary perspective at the Scholar Seminar series, and provides each scholar with customized support.
Science Noyce Co-Principal Investigators
Leo Bruederle, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Integrative Biology
Leo P. Bruederle is a proponent of undergraduate research as a transformative pedagogy, including peer mentoring as an instructional model. Dr. Bruederle is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research and has directed the CU Denver Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, CLAS Math and Science Learning and Education Signature Area (MSLE), and the CU Denver Phi Rho Chapter of Tri Beta, the National Biological Honors Society. As part of a new role in the Office of Undergraduate Experiences, Dr. Bruederle is working with the Experiential Learning Center to increase the profile of undergraduate research on the Denver Campus and to coordinate the annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Dr. Bruederle's scientific research interests include the evolution of species rich genera and the evolutionary mechanisms that facilitate speciation. Additional interests include: plant systematics, population genetics, and biogeography. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in botany, Dr. Bruederle taught high school biology.
Laurel Hartley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Integrative Biology
Laurel Hartley is currently examining college students' use of principle-based reasoning about the carbon cycle and how teaching strategies increase student reasoning abilities. She is also working with colleagues to develop K-12 learning progressions (descriptions of how students develop understanding of a certain topic over time) for environmental literacy. Dr. Hartley was trained as an ecologist and also conducts research related to disease ecology and the effects of disturbance on communities and ecosystems. Currently, she is examining the effects of prairie dog burrowing and grazing on the establishment of non-native plant species in urban areas.
Doris Kimbrough, Ph.D., Professor - Dept. of Chemistry
Doris Kimbrough's research interests are in chemistry and science education in the K-12 arena, specifically in the area of middle level teacher professional development. She was the the Principal Investigator and Co-Project Director for the Rocky Mountain-Middle School Math and Science Partnership (RM-MSMSP), an NSF-funded, $12.5 million project that linked UCDHSC with four other higher education institutions and seven partner school districts in the Denver metropolitan area. Through this project, she developed over 20 content-focused professional development courses in science and mathematics, with follow up pedagogically-focused courses linked to each content course. These courses were taken by over 400 teachers in the Denver area.
Dr. Robert (Bud) Talbot, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - School of Education and Human Development
Robert (Bud) Talbot is an assistant professor of science education. His main area of research is measurement of science teacher and student knowledge, specifically focusing on the reliability and validity of these measures. He is also interested in building programs to help recruit future science teachers while also serving to enhance the quality of undergraduate science education. Dr. Talbot's areas of science specialty are in the geological sciences and physics, and he was a high school physics teacher for seven years before pursuing his doctorate in science education.
Dr. Bryan Wee, PhD, Associate Professor - Depts. of Geography & Environmental Sciences and STEM Education
Bryan Wee holds a joint faculty appointment in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Education & Human Development. His primary research is the use of visual methodologies to explore how culture shapes children’s environmental views so as to promote equity and nurture environmental literacy. Similarly, his teaching emphasizes critical perspectives of environment and society. Dr. Wee has a multidisciplinary background in economics, conservation biology and science education. He is currently a research fellow at Stockholm University exploring children’s environmental views in Sweden, and conducting an auto ethnographic study to understand sense of place using visual diaries.
Math Noyce Principal Investigator
Diana White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Dept. of Mathematics & Statistical Sciences
Diana White's background is in pure mathematics - specifically, commutative algebra. However, her current scholarly focus is on teacher preparation and professional development. She is the Principal Investigator and Program Director of the Rocky Mountain Noyce Scholars Program, a 5-year NSF grant aimed at recruiting and offering scholarships to undergraduates interested in becoming secondary math teachers in high-needs settings. She also is the Program Director of the Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle, an outreach and professional development program for middle-level math teachers focused on mathematical problem solving. This is a local chapter of a national network of Math Teachers' Circles, loosely organized by the American Institute of Mathematics. She is engaged in research and evaluation of various aspects of this national program.
Erin Howe - Program Coordinator
Erin Howe draws on her experience as a classroom teacher and project manager to her current role as the Noyce Program Coordinator. She is particularly interested in ways students can increase and demonstrate content knowledge through projects and real-world experiences. She was previously the Director of Senior Projects at the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST). During this role, she worked with each member of the senior class to design and implement a longterm, authentic project in a field of the student's choosing. Previously, she taught high school and middle school English, and has served as an curriculum coordinator, teacher coach, and professional developer. Erin has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College and a M.A. in Education from the University of Denver.
Michelle Garland - Noyce Mentor, Science
Michelle recently retired after 15 years as a secondary science teacher with Jeffco Public Schools. During her time with Jeffco, she also worked as a district secondary science curriculum specialist. Working with a team of science teachers, she led the development of the scope and sequence for Jeffco middle school science. In addition, she was an author and project manager for an award-winning middle school textbook/program published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. She has developed and facilitated workshops on subjects such as literacy in science classrooms and lesson planning based on ''backwards design." Michelle’s career before becoming a science teacher was as a vice president/manager of a training department for a bank in Los Angeles. Michelle has a M.A in science education from the University of Colorado, Denver and a M.A in zoology from Miami University, Ohio.
Leigh Ann Kudloff - Noyce Mentor, Math
Leigh Ann retired in May 2013 from Jeffco Public Schools after teaching for 29 years. During her tenure, she taught middle school math for 11 years, including two years teaching science and a year teaching social studies. She then went on to teach math at Arvada High School for five years while working on her masters' degree in Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum Development. Leigh Ann has served on Jeffco's Math Team as the High School Math Content Curriculum Specialist, mentored math and science teachers in Jeffco, and serves as the Region 2 Representative on the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board and will be the conference chair in September 2015.