Dr. Nelson specializes in stellar astrophysics/science education. He is the former director of AAAS Project 2061, the education officer-elect of the American Astronomical Society, has served as Associate Vice Provost for research and Associate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington, and as a NASA astronaut. He teaches elementary science methods and practicum and graduate courses on science curriculum, astronomy, and physics. Dr. Nelson is responsible for the overall conduct of the project as well as participating directly in many of the project's activities.
Dr. Landel is a biochemist with a heart for education. She packed up her beakers and Petri dishes almost ten years ago to work in science education, professional development, and education reform - and has never looked back! In 2000, Dr. Landel became a Fellow in the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Educator Leadership. In 2002, her first year at Western, she taught both majors and non-majors biology, as well as a Science Education Leadership course for K-12 teachers. She now serves as Project Director of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership and is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the partners and partnership activities. She also does consulting for Horizon Research, Inc., developing novel professional development embedded assessments to measure teacher learning. And, most recently, she's been invited to co-author the Facilitator's Guide to Curriculum Topic Study. Her current research interests include examining the impact of collaboration between higher education scientists and K-12 teachers on science learning and teaching at all levels. She is the mother of a ten-year old son who loves to play baseball, talk about baseball, watch baseball, and dream about baseball. She loves to cook - largely because she likes to eat - and run - also because she likes to eat. Her ideal evenings and weekends are spent having a houseful of guests enjoying good food, good wine, and good conversation.
Shannon Warren grew up in rural Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a B.S. in Conservation. After living in Alaska for several years, Shannon moved to Washington in the 80s in order to pursue her Master's in Education at WWU, while setting up an alternative energy cabin on 20 acres in Skagit County. She began teaching at Oak Harbor High School in 1996 and spent the next six years implementing an Integrated Science program and teaching biology. She taught 7th and 8th grade science in Burlington for five years. Shannon spent 2007-2008 as a NCOSP TOSA, and 2008-2009 coordinating professional development for the OSPI funded science coaches and providing technical assistance to the state funded math science partnerships. In the next few years, Shannon will serve as project director for CRISP and SPECK.
Dan Hanley, Program Evaluator at Western Washington University and Director of the Cascades Learning, Evaluation, and Assessment Research (CLEAR) LLC., holds a joint Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research and Evaluation Methodology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dan (affectionately referred to as Data Dan) has over 10 years of experience evaluating science education programs for the National Science Foundation, the Colorado Department of Education, and Washington's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001 and studied Norway's system of school-based evaluation. Since 2005, he has directed the internal evaluation team for the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership at WWU. When not working, Dan enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his wife and two kids.
Phil Buly, aka “Philly Cheesesteak” is the founding father of the NCOSP Minions. An elementary school teacher turned mad scientist/data enthusiast, Phil can often be found in SMATE plucking hair from unwitting victims to test its strength, blowing into bromothymol blue, testing the capabilities of GI Joe parachuters in the stairwell and bending the WASL data to his will. His other talents include interior design, music critique and eating an entire bag of corn chips (the Costco size) in one sitting.
Jordon Weddle became NCOSP's resident computer geek in July of 2007 after moving to Bellingham from Portland Oregon. While in Portland, Jordon earned a Masters in Education from Portland State University and taught High School Mathematics and Computer Science for 3 years at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Prior to teaching, he had another career as a Software Engineer, working for Mentor Graphics and Portland State University. In his free time, Jordon enjoys knitting, throwing rocks, and embedding chocolate kisses within the framework of pancakes.
Sarah Burnet grew up in Richland, Washington and is finishing her final year as a Huxley student focusing on a degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry. While working with NCOSP, she has easily made over 1000 binders and more binder tabs than she can count. In her spare time (though there rarely is any) she likes to relax with friends and enjoy a good cup of coffee.