Gayle Evans is a Lecturer and doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. She is science coordinator for the UFTeach undergraduate secondary STEM teacher preparation program and previously worked as a high school science teacher. Her research interests include mentoring relationships and program development in STEM teacher preparation and professional development.
Kent Crippen is a Professor of STEM education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research involves the design, development, and evaluation of STEM cyberlearning environments as well as scientist-teacher forms of professional development. Operating from a design-based research perspective, this work focuses on using innovative, iterative and theoretically grounded design for the dual purpose of addressing contemporary, complex, in situ learning problems while concurrently generating new theoretical insight related to the process of learning and the relationships among the people, tools and context of the problem space.
Chelsey S. Simmons, Ph.D., joined UF in Fall 2013 following a visiting research position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. Simmons received her B.S. cum laude from Harvard University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her research lab investigates the relationship between cell biology and tissue mechanics, and their projects are funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and American Heart Association. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including NIH's Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (2018), BMES-CMBE's Rising Star Award (2017), ASME's New Faces Award (2015) and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship as a student. She teaches undergraduate Mechanics of Materials and graduate BioMEMS courses and was named MAE Teacher of the Year in 2017.
In addition to her engineering research and teaching, Simmons leads a $600k NSF-funded professional development program for elementary educators. Her efforts are bolstered by a legacy of education training and leadership, having received a Ph.D. Minor in Education and working as a founding officer and President of Stanford’s American Society for Engineering Education.
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