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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UC Denver

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 geography.

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 national program.