Biography and Education
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life." John Muir, 1898
Even though this quote is more than one hundred years old, it has become one of my favorites as our lives have become so busy in our modern society. As a teacher, I love to teach science and to teach teachers about science teaching and science learning (Ph.D. in Science Education, University of Iowa, 1999). As a scholar, I like to share new knowledge and information that I find out from my research. Recently, one of my colleagues, Richard Moyer, and I have begun a featured column in Science Scope that focuses on integrating science and engineering activities for middle level students. I also find that I am drawn to share my love of nature and the natural world with others, which has led me to work on a children's book project about the national parks.
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