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1.7: About the Authors

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Mark Clemente: Author, Virginia Beach City Schools/National Institute of Aerospace, Virginia

Mark Clemente received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and his master's degree in education from Old Dominion University in 1996. He is a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certified Teacher and is currently an Educator-in-Residence at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), “on loan” from Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Mark has 11 years of experience teaching chemistry in Virginia Beach. During that time, he has written and reviewed science curriculum, served as a Science Department Chair at his school, conducted many professional development workshops for teachers in the school district, and served as an adjunct instructor for Virginia Wesleyan College’s School of Education. As an Educator-in-Residence, Mark is currently coordinating a modeling and simulation demonstration school project. The purpose of this project is to use modeling and simulation as an instructional strategy within mathematics and science instruction and to demonstrate ways to integrate mathematics and science instruction through the use of models and simulations.

Bruce Davidson: Author, Newport News, Virginia

Bruce Davidson has an MS in physical science education from Old Dominion University. A retired physics and biology teacher, he is currently working part-time for Newport News Public Schools in Newport News, Virginia. He currently works with new as well as experienced science teachers integrating technology and the hands-on experience into classroom instruction. He also provides professional development to science teachers using handheld data collectors to enhance students’ experimental experience. Outside of the classroom you will find him kayaking, biking and hiking. He currently lives with his wife and son (17 years) in Newport News, VA.

Michael Fetsko: Author, Henrico County Schools, Virginia

Mike Fetsko is currently a physics teacher at Godwin High School in Richmond, Virginia. He received his BS in multiple science from LeMoyne College and an MST in physics from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He has been teaching all levels of high school physics since 1993 and he is always looking at ways to incorporate innovative ideas and content into his curriculum.

Andrew Jackson: Author, Harrisonburg City Schools, Virginia

Andy Jackson teaches physics and astronomy at Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He teaches half-time, is the K-12 science coordinator for Harrisonburg City Public Schools, and part-time physics lab instructor at James Madison University. Andy received his BS in physics from JMU in 1987 and has been teaching various levels of physics since. Andy has been an active member of the Virginia Instructors of Physics since its inception and served as president from 1998–2006. He is a life member of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) and has served VAST as Physics Chair, PDI Chair, and was President of VAST in 2008.

Tapas Kar, PhD: Author, Utah State University, Utah

Tapas Kar is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utah State University (USU). Prior to working at USU he taught and did research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). Tapas focuses his research and teaching in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnolgy. He introduced nanotechnology courses at USU and currently teaches nanochemistry courses.

John S. Ochab, Jr., PhD: Author, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Virginia

John Ochab was born in a suburb of Boston, MA. He attended the University of Massachusetts (at Boston) and obtained a BA in Biology. He worked as a biochemiocal laboratory technician for 3 years (with journal aknowledgements) and as a toxicologist for one year. He then decided to go into physics. After taking courses in advanced mathematics and physics (at M.I.T. and at Boston University), he enetered graduate school at Clark university, (Worcester, MA) where he obtained an MA in physics (nuclear solid state). He then entered the University of Maine (at Orono) were he obtained a PhD in experimental surface physics. Upon graduation, he worked in the industry for such companies as Spectra Physics, GTE Sylvania, as well as smaller companies. He also did research in high temperature superconducting thin films at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY.

Due to the financial crises of the late 1980s, he moved to California, where he trained process engineers in semiconductor metrology and taught physics part-time at local community colleges. John then moved to West Virginia and taught physics, physical and engineering physics, and after getting married, moved with his wife to Virginia. He has been teaching algebra and calculus-based physics at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community college ever since. He has first-author publications in Journal of Surface Science, and co-authored publications in the Physical Review Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, and Physicsa C. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Virginia Academy of Science, and was a long-standing member of the American Institute of Physics.

Dr. David A. Slykhuis: Author, James Madison University, Virginia

Dr. David Slykhuis is Chair of the Physics/Physical Science Academy. Dr. Slykhuis has been at James Madison University since the fall of 2004. His primary responsibilities lie in the preparation of science teachers in the middle and secondary education program. His research interest involves the use of technology in K-16 science classrooms to increase student achievement. Dr. Slykhuis received his PhD in science education from North Carolina State University in May of 2004. He has five years of high school classroom experience, teaching primarily chemistry and physics.

David P. Stern: Author, Greenbelt, Maryland

Dr. Stern received his MS in physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, his doctorate from the Israel Institute of Technology, and retired after 40 years of research with NASA Goddard SFC on the Earth's magnetosphere. He has produced extensive education resources on the Web, including "From Stargazers to Starships." He has also written space-related history, poems and a middle-school mathematics enrichment text, Math Squared.

Randall Caton: Author, Bigfork, Minnesota

Randy Caton was born in Minnesota and went to the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania, and the City University of New York, where he received his doctorate in Physics. He has worked in experimental solid-state physics in the areas of electrical properties of solids, heat capacity, low temperature physics, dilute magnetic alloys, superconductive materials, rare-earth alloys, and metallic glasses. He has taught introductory and advanced physics courses and laboratories to classes ranging from 5 to 700 students for 30 years and has incorporated Peer Instruction and Just-In-Time-Teaching and other learning tools. He has directed several science education programs for teachers and students from 1986 to 2008. He is currently retired and lives in northern Minnesota. He has used Etoys (a free, open-source multimedia authoring environment) to develop web-based activities for NASA programs, physics courses and the chapter in this online book.

Jim Batterson: Project Manager, Newport News, Virginia

Jim Batterson taught high school physics and mathematics, worked as a scientific programmer for LTV Corporation, and, from 1980 until his retirement in 2008, was a research engineer at NASA Langley Research Center. At NASA he was responsible for flight research on the dynamics and control of aerospace vehicles, served as Head of the Dynamics and Control Branch, and later as Deputy Director for Strategic Development. He has also served on a number of community boards including the Newport News (Virginia) School Board and New Horizons Regional Education Center Board. While at NASA, he served on assignments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, NASA Headquarters, and, most recently, to the Office of Virginia’s Secretary of Education.

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