CREATE - ING members

Prof. Joseph Krajcik

Joseph Krajcik is Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education with a faculty appointment in the MSU College of Education. He is the director of CREATE for STEM, a joint institute between the colleges of Natural Science, Education, Engineering and Lyman Briggs. CREATE's mission is to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics through innovation and research.

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Dr. Bob Geier

Bob is CREATE's Deputy Director, overseeing facilities, budgets and technology. He holds an MSA (MBA in not-for-profit administration) from the University of Notre Dame with a specialty in school administration and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Science Education.

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Renee Bayer

Renee Bayer began her work teaching environmental and secondary science education before moving into community-based public health research, teaching and practice. Her research interests include issues in educational and health equity and community-based participatory research (CBPR).

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Dr. Christopher Reimann

Chris serves as director of policy and strategic partnerships for CREATE. In this role, he co-leads the NextGeneration Project-Based Learning (NextGenPBL) initiative at CREATE, which supports teachers and districts as they begin to implement CREATE materials and approaches in classrooms in Michigan, Wisconsin, and California.

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Sue Carpenter

Sue is the Communications manager for CREATE, and has been at MSU for over 25 years. She will be helping to administer the Next Generation Project Based Learning initiative, and overseeing CREATE's communications team. Sue has a B.S. in Business Administration, and is working toward an M.S. in Management through MSU's Broad College of Business. 

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Susan Codere

From 2011 to 2014, I served as the MDE Project Coordinator for Michigan's involvement in the development of the NGSS. As an extension of my work with MDE, I am working with CREATE to promote the transition to NGSS in K-12 learning environments, and to develop resources to support educators as they implement NGSS.

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Ms. Ligita Espinosa

Ligita Espinosa has been a part of the Michigan State University since 2008. She has M.A. in Linguistics from Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania and is fluent in English, Lithuanian, and Russian.

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Dr. Angela Kolonich

Angela has over fifteen years of experience teaching and working in urban schools, with a focus on developing inclusive, science learning environments for all students. She received her Ph.D.

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Mary Luba

I am all about the numbers. I am the CREATE for STEM Accountant and I manage the general, research and specialty accounts. Previously, I worked at Wayne State University as the Research Administrator for the Ballistics and Impact Biomedical Engineering Group. My accounting degree is from the University of Detroit (aka: UDM).

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Deborah Peek-Brown

Deborah Peek-Brown is an Academic Outreach Specialist for the Create for STEM Institute at Michigan State University. Deborah began her career as a science educator in Detroit Public Schools, where she taught for twenty-eight years.

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Colter Starr

Colter is CREATE's technology director, overseeing all things tech-related.

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Mr. Dezman Thomas

"Dez" is an undergraduate student at MSU, working with CREATE as part of the tech-team.

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Dr. Israel Touitou

I received my Ph.D. in science education from the Weizmann Institue of Science in Israel. My dissertation centered around students from low SES Background and their engagement for science in and out of schools.

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Ms. Alison Vincent, CTA

I am Secretary II for CREATE for STEM Institute and received my Bachelors here at MSU.

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Aavi Bhakta

Aavi is a senior at Michigan State University studying Genetics and Molecular Genomics. He works at the CREATE institute as a student tech assistant and will help with any tech related problems facing the staff.

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Dr. Peng He

Dr. Peng He received his doctoral degree of science education from Northeast Normal University in 2016. In the period of 2014-2016 in his doctoral program, sponsored by Chinese Scholarship Council, he stayed two years as a visiting researcher at University of Buffalo, SUNY.

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Tingting Li

Tingting is a visiting reseacher of science education in CREATE for STEM Institute. Before coming to MSU,  (2016-2018), she was a doctoral candidate of science education in Northeast Normal University.  Her research focuses on curriculum design, revision, implementation, and assessment of students' science learning. 

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Preston McNab

Preston is an undergraduate senior finance major at MSU, graduating in the Spring of 2020. He is Mary's student assistant here at CREATE.

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Marisol Mercado Santiago

Marisol Mercado Santiago earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University under the supervision of Dr. Alice L. Pawley. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.E. in Computer Engineering. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2011 to 2014.

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Dr. Cory Miller

Cory earned her Masters in elementary education at The University of Connecticut and her PhD in teaching and learning at The University of South Carolina.  She has taught grades pre-k through 7, taught science methods at USC and supervised student teachers.  Here at CREATE, Cory is a research associate working on the ML-PBL project.  Her research interests include curriculum design and implemen

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Dr. Consuelo Morales

Consuelo Morales is a Research Associate with the CREATE for STEM Institute. With a background in biological sciences. she has 9+ years’ experience working in secondary science education at the middle school, high school, and university level.

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Megan Shiroda

I recently graduated with my PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and am now working with AACR group of CREATE for STEM on Discipline-based Education Research. 

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Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson is an undergraduate student at Michigan State Univeristy studying marketing and is working with CREATE for STEM as a Student Clerical Assistant. 

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Dr. Juli Uhl

I earned my PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2014, focusing on transcriptional control of early embryonic patterning.

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Dr. Xiaoming Zhai

Dr. Xiaoming Zhai obtained his Ph.D. in physics education (K-12) at Beijing Normal University in 2017. Before entering the Ph.D. program, he was a high school physics teacher for nine years (07/2005-07/2014), during which he won up to 30 awards in teaching, research, and mentoring teachers in China, including a first-place national-wide physics teaching competition prize in 2011.

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Affiliated Faculty
Dr. Kevin Haudek

As PI of the AACR research group, I examine the use of computerized tools to help evaluate student writing.  These tools enable both exploration of emergent ideas in student writing as well as building statistical models to predict expert scores of student responses.

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Dr. David Stroupe

David Stroupe is an assistant professor of teacher education. He has three overlapping areas of research interests anchored around ambitious teaching practice. First, he frames classrooms as science practice communities.

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