Paul Beardsley

Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST) California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Paul Beardsley recently joined the faculty at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Previously, he was a science educator at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) where he was the principal investigator (PI) for the NIH-sponsored Evolution and Medicine high school project and Co-PI for the Rare Diseases and Scientific Inquiry middle school project. He worked on high school and middle school comprehensive curricula, including BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach, BSCS Biology: A Human Approach, and Agile Mind Biology. He helped design the on-line professional development program for teachers of multidisciplinary science called Across the Sciences (a joint project with Oregon Public Broadcasting) and professional development with a range of teachers, including developing a leadership institute with Seattle Public School science teachers. He is also currently conducting research in evolution education.

In prior faculty positions at Idaho State University and Colorado College, Dr. Beardsley helped direct a doctoral-level program in biological education and participated in a NSF GK-12 program matching graduate students in science with K-12 teachers. He taught graduate courses in biology education and educational research, trained pre-service teachers, and also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in evolution, ecology, botany, and cell biology. Graduate students in his lab carried out research in plant evolution and biology education.

Dr. Beardsley earned a Ph.D. degree at the University of Washington in plant evolution. His research focuses on plant molecular systematics, the genetics of plant speciation, and the genetics of rare plants. He also earned a secondary science teaching license and taught at both the middle and high school levels. His research interests in science education include student learning in evolution and scientist-teacher partnerships.

Ida Chow

Executive Officer

Society for Developmental Biology

Ida Chow is the executive officer of the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB). She manages the society and participates in many of its activities, including educational activities such as education symposia and workshops at the annual and regional meetings, Boot Camp for New Faculty, a teaching digital library, science education outreach at all levels, and career issues. She organized SDB’s “perfect partner” participation at the First USA Science and Engineering Festival held in October 2010, with



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