Leo Bruederle, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Leo P. Bruederle (Department of Integrative Biology) coordinates the
Math and Science Learning and Education consortium. He 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, has directed the UC Denver
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and currently sponsors the
local Phi Rho Chapter of Tri Beta, the National Biological Honors
Society. 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
Laurel Hartley is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology.
Currently, she is 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.
Erin Howe, M.A.Ed.
Erin Howe brings her experience as a classroom teacher and project manager to her current role as the Noyce Program Manager. She is particularly interested in ways students can increase and demonstrate content knowledge through authentic 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, school coach, and professional developer.
Doris Kimbrough, Ph.D., Professor
Dr. Robert (Bud) Talbot, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Robert (Bud) Talbot is an assistant professor of science education in
the School of Education and Human Development. 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.
Bryan Wee, Assistant Professor
Bryan Wee is from Singapore and an assistant professor of environmental
science education in the Department of Geography & Environmental
Sciences. He also holds a joint appointment in the School of Education
& Human Development. His main area of research is the cross-cultural
comparison of children's environmental ideas using visual methodology
and methods. Dr. Wee also uses photography to portray people and places,
to evoke emotion and nurture critical thought about human-environment
interactions. He is currently engaged in projects focused on
environmental literacy and the application of visual methods in
Diana White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Diana White is an assistant professor of mathematics and mathematics
education in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.
Her 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