Jean Brainard

Jean Brainard
Dr. Jean M. Brainard is a freelance health and science writer and curriculum specialist living in central Ohio. She received a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and a doctorate in biomedical anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. A former university professor, Dr. Brainard has written hundreds of textbook chapters and encyclopedia articles on a diversity of subjects, as well as numerous professional publications based on her own research.
Author of the chapter(s):

Animal Behavior
Behavior of Animals
Biomes, Ecosystems, and Communities
Chemical Basis of Life
Classification
Digestive and Excretory Systems
Diseases and the Body’s Defenses
Food and the Digestive System
Immune System and Disease
Mammals
Principles of Ecology
Reproductive System and Human Development
Reproductive Systems and Life Stages

Jennifer Blanchette

Jennifer Blanchette
Jennifer Blanchette is a science writer and researcher. Her research is focused on the role of fatty acids in the development of the model organism, C. elegans. She earned her B.A. in biology from Oberlin College in 1994 and received a doctorate in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2004.
Author of the chapter(s):

Arthropods
Echinoderms and Invertebrate Chordates
Fishes and Amphibians
Introduction to Animals and Invertebrates
Mollusks and Annelids
Simple Invertebrates: Sponges, Cnidarians, and Worms

Sharon Bewick

Sharon Bewick
Dr. Bewick received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Mount Allison University. She then went on to complete a Ph.D. at Princeton University where she studied the electronic properties of organic crystals. Currently, Dr. Bewick is at the University of Tennessee where she hopes to use game theoretical models to learn more about how immune systems fight off viruses and bacteria.
Author of the chapter(s):

Electron Configurations and the Periodic Table
Electron Configurations for Atoms
Quantum Mechanics Model of the Atom
The Atomic Theory
The Bohr Model of the Atom
The Science of Chemistry

David Bethel

David Bethel
David Bethel has been a lifelong student of science, mathematics, and philosophy. He completed the “Great Books” program at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, in 1995. He has also studied physics, astronomy, biology, math, and the history and philosophy of science at Brown University and the University of Texas at Austin.
Author of the chapter(s):

Observing and Exploring Space
Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
The Solar System

John Benner

John Benner
John A. Benner has an M.A. in chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked as an analytical chemist, a science editor and content consultant, and a freelance writer. His past projects include chemistry, physics, and physical science textbooks for Holt, Rinehart and Winston and several titles in the True Books series for Children’s Press. John’s work for CK-12 is his first contribution to open-access publishing. He currently works as a computer programmer in Austin, Texas.
Author of the chapter(s):

Earth’s Energy

Dale Baker

Dale Baker
Dale Baker started her academic career studying anthropology and archaeology, but later took up work as a substitute teacher while pondering her future. This was a fortuitous decision because she discovered that when students were presented with engaging science activities, they were motivated to learn. She earned an EdD in science education from Rutgers University. Dale is a full professor at Arizona State University, where she teaches courses on research design, equity and assessment issues in science education, and courses that help teachers infuse engineering concepts into their curriculum.
Author of the chapter(s):

Connecting Science and Mathematics to Engineering
Engineering & Society
Introduction to Engineering Design
Nature of Engineering

Raja Almukahhal

Raja Almukahhal
My educational back ground includes a PhD in physics and a Master of Science in Physics and mathematics. I have been teaching physics, mathematics and astronomy for over 20 years at several colleges and private schools in different states. I currently live with my wife and boy (3.5 years) in Alexandria, VA.
Author of the chapter(s):

Integration Techniques
An Introduction to Probability
Applications of Definite Integrals
Derivatives
Discrete Probability Distribution
Preview of Calculus
Transcendental Functions

Kim Totah

Kim Totah

Kim is a co-founder and partner of McCabe & Totah, LLP, a firm providing accounting, tax and family office services to high-net-worth families. Prior to starting the firm in 1992, Kim was a tax manager at Ernst & Young where she worked with a range of clients including individuals with complex financial situations. She has a M.S. in Taxation degree from San Jose State University and a B.S. degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University.


Deborah Stipek

Deborah Stipek

Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D. is the James Quillen Dean and Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her doctorate is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Her scholarship concerns instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation, early childhood education, elementary education and school reform. In addition to her scholarship, she served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Increasing High School Students’ Engagement & Motivation to Learn. Dr. Stipek served 10 of her 23 years at UCLA as Director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center. She joined the Stanford School of Education as Dean and Professor of Education in January 2001. She is a member of the National Academy of Education.


Graham Spencer

Graham Spencer

As the Chief Technology officer, Graham Spencer designed and built the JotSpot application wiki foundation. He currently spearheads all technology design and development for the company. Prior to JotSpot, Graham spent three years as a co-founder of Digitalconsumer.org, a consumer rights organization that works to preserve consumers’ existing digital rights as well as get passed into law its Consumer Technology Bill of Rights. He continues to run Digitalconsumer.org as a non-profit. Graham was formerly the original Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Excite.com, the popular Internet search engine and portal. Graham is widely recognized as one of the first technologists developing search technologies for the mainstream. He has teamed with Joe Kraus, JotSpot co-founder, on technology and company entrepreneurial efforts for the last 12 years. Graham holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.