Candace Marie Thille
Director of Learning Science and Engineering, Amazon.com, Inc.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, and Senior Research Fellow, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University
Affiliate Faculty, Stanford Neurosciences Interdepartmental Program
Director, Stanford University Open Learning Initiative
Co-Director, Stanford Lytics Lab
Candace Thille focuses on applying the results from research in the science of learning to the design and evaluation of open web-based learning environments. Candace was the Founding Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative. Candace serves as a fellow of International Society for Design and Development in Education; on the technical advisory committee for the Association of American Universities STEM initiative; and on the advisory council for the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources. She served on the U.S. Department of Education working groups, co-authoring the 2010 and 2015 National Education Technology Plans and on a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to write the “Engage to Excel” report for the Obama Administration on improving STEM in higher education.
Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Professor of Physics, Stanford
DRC Chair, Stanford School of Engineering
Founder PhET Interactive Simulations
Carl Wieman has done extensive research in both atomic physics and science education. Along with Eric Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2001 for creating a new ultracold state of matter, the so-called Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). He has over 100 publications on the design and comparative effectiveness of different methods of undergraduate science instruction, and on the adoption of research-based teaching methods. He established the Science Education Initiatives at the University of Colorado and the University of British Columbia which carried out unprecedented large-scale change in the teaching of undergraduate science at large research-intensive public universities. Having spent most of his career at the University of Colorado, he has been at Stanford University since 2013. He also served as Chair of the Board on Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences and as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Cal State LA
Founding Director, Cal State LA Minority Opportunities in Research Programs
Carlos Gutiérrez is founding director of the the Cal State LA Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs, an association of efforts that share the goal of preparing minority undergraduates and masters students for success in science PhD programs (over 200 have earned the PhD and 150 are in graduate programs nationwide). He has directed research training programs for 40 years, including the campus MARC and RISE programs. Gutiérrez is a synthetic organic chemist whose research has focused on molecules for iron acquisition and transport in bacteria; and ligands for selective delivery of MRI contrast agents to anatomical targets. In 1996, Gutiérrez received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from former President William J. Clinton. He was named a 2005 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/CASE. Gutiérrez is a Fellow of the AAAS, and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He received a special Academy Award for a science educational film he and roommate Lewis Hall made as UCLA undergraduates.
Professor of Mathematics, Oxnard College
OER Representative, Oxnard College
Jessica was trained as a theoretical ecologist and published many papers in ecology journals, including one in Nature, before she found her true passion for teaching and serving disadvantaged communities. Jessica moved to the U.S. when she was 17. She then attended City College of San Francisco and later received her Ph.D. from U.C. Davis. For the past 7 years, Jessica has been teaching math at Oxnard College. During this time, she served as the faculty chair for the the Distance Learning Committee and participated in the ASCCC Open Educational Resources (OER) taskforce. Currently, Jessica is working on an OER project with faculty from around the state in order to bring high quality, free, instructional materials to low-income students.
Assistant Dean, Biological Sciences at UC Berkeley
Director, Biology Scholars Program at UC Berkeley
John Matsui grew up in a low-income West Berkeley household and was educated in both the California Community College and University of California systems. His personal background and life experiences drive him as Director and co-founder of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP), to make biology majors and related careers more accessible to all. Dr. Matsui’s goal is to "level the playing field" for individuals who, like himself, do not fit the historical profile of success and to help them become leaders in their future science-related careers. For more than 25 years, he has learned from over 3,500 low-income and first-to-college BSP members how our colleges and universities can better train and support undergraduate and graduate students in biology. Dr. Matsui also serves on several national advisory committees to diversify STEM including the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Commission, the NSF Leadership Council for the Biology REU Initiative, and the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director for the Diversity Program Consortium Initiative. For his work, he received the 2014 SACNAS Distinguished Mentor Award and the 2015 NSF Presidential Mentoring (PAESMEM) Award.
Director, Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory
Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University
Kimberly Tanner is a tenured Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. Her laboratory – SEPAL: the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory – investigates what is challenging to learn in biology, how biologists choose to teach, and how to make equity, diversity, and inclusion central in science education efforts. As a Science Faculty with an Education Specialty (SFES), she is engaged in discipline-based education research, directs multiple K-16+ biology education reform efforts, and is deeply engaged in faculty professional development. Trained as a neurobiologist with postdoctoral studies in science education, Dr. Tanner is a proud first-generation college-going student.
Stephen Michael Kosslyn
President and CEO, Foundry College
Founding Dean, Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute
Professor (Emeritus), Harvard University Department of Psychology
Stephen Michael Kosslyn is an American psychologist, neuroscientist, and expert on the science of learning. Kosslyn is President and CEO of Foundry College, an online two-year college designed to help working adults develop skills and knowledge that will not be automated in the foreseeable future. Prior to starting Foundry College, he was Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. He previously served as Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University after having been chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Kosslyn's research has focused on the nature of visual cognition, visual communication, and the science of learning; he has authored or coauthored 14 books and over 300 papers on these topics. Kosslyn received his B.A. from UCLA and Ph.D. from Stanford, and was the first in his family to attend college.