I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and experienced the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It frightened me so much that I decided to learn more about earthquakes and went on to earn my Ph.D. studying faults. After several years working as a research scientist, I realized that we knew enough about earthquakes, but people weren't preparing for they lacked education. That began the transition of my career from science researcher to science education researcher. I became a high school Earth Science teacher, was a stay-at-home Dad, and eventually came here to CSUN. I feel like I have seen science education from birth through graduate school, and this unique perspective helped me when I was part of the writing team for the California Department of Education's Framework for its new K-12 science standards.

I devote my career to helping teachers teach science better and work to improve my own teaching each and every class session.

  • Ph.D. 2004, University of California Berkeley
  • B.A. 1999, Stanford University

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