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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences: A Workshop

Committee Member Biosketches


CATHY MANDUCA (Chair) is director of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College where she is involved in a variety of projects that support improvements in undergraduate education and geoscience education. Her work includes organizing workshops and other activities for faculty and educators of all types, developing web¬ resources that link teaching resources, pedagogy and discussion, and researching learning by geoscientists, faculty and students. Topics of focus include bringing research results on teaching and learning into broader use in the geosciences, understanding geoscience expertise, and building strong geoscience departments. She is the executive director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and serves on the AGU Outreach Committee, the Education Committee of the American Institute of Physics, the National Numeracy Network Board of Directors, and the advisory board for Gifted and Talented Education programs in my local school district. She is also the executive director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. She holds a B.A. in geology from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geology from the California Institute of Technology.

ANTONY BERTHELOTE is the head of the Department of Hydrology at Salish Kootenai College. He was the lead groundwater researcher for the EPA on the Milltown Dam Removal CERCLA (Superfund) Project. His specific research interests focus on fluid dynamics, computer modeling, groundwater surface water interactions, protecting groundwater supplies, river/floodplain restoration, and shallow subsurface geophysics. He is the lead instructor in Hydrology at Salish Kootenai College. As Salish Kootenai College’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Chapter Advisor he often mentors student community support activities and oversee student interns in a variety of research projects involving sustainable land and water resources. He is a Descendent of the Pend D’ Oreille, Salish, Kootenai, Lakota, and Chippewa Cree peoples and his research has taken him to the Cochiti Pueblo lands in New Mexico, Kanaka Maoli lands in Hawaii, and the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend D’ Oreille aboriginal watersheds in Montana. He currently serves as co-chair of the Geoscience Alliance, an organization dedicated to expanding Native American Participation in the Geosciences. He has served as an Education and Outreach Committee Member for CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Sciences Inc.) since 2010, and he is a GLOBE trainer at Salish Kootenai College (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment). He holds a B.S. in geology from the University of Montana, an M.S, in geophysics from the University of Alaska, Fairbank and a Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Montana.

SUE EBANKS is assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences at Savannah State University. Her overall area of scientific research is the study of aquatic physiology and toxicology with particular focus on macroinvertebrates. She studies the effects of physically weathered and chemically dispersed crude oil on development and physiological processes in brine shrimp and marsh shrimp species. She is active in engaging students and underrepresented community youth in the exploration and monitoring of the Lower Ogeechee River Estuary. She actively advises the Savannah State Environmental Science Club. She also serves on the public policy committee of the National Association of Marine Laboratories. She has a B.S. and an M.S. from Savannah State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami.

SARAH FORTNER is assistant professor of geology and environmental science at Wittenberg University. Dr. Fortner’s teaching interests include inquiry-based teaching, climate literacy, and community engagement. Her students analyze the major ion chemistry of the Great Miami Watershed in partnership with the Miami Conservancy District. Students build research expertise through peer mentoring. Student authors attend professional meetings (GSA, PittCon) and present to the community. Other students work on independent projects inspired by activities with community partners including: creating climate literacy educational material, improving local food visibility or analyzing garden quality, and serving as advocates for climate change action or science literacy. Her goal is to improve student and research understanding of critical biogeochemical interactions at the earth’s surface. Students in her classes are involved in K-12 outreach at COSI (science museum) and work on community environmental issues. This includes partnering with Lead Safe in Environmental Science Methods (ES 200). Presently, she is creating an Agricultural Sustainability curriculum through a national-level grant (NSF InTeGrate) that will be widely disseminated to other earth and environmental scientists. Additionally, she is investigating agricultural soil-water sustainability with the Agroecosystem Critical Zone Research Cluster, OSU. She has a B.S. in geology from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a M.S. and Ph.D. in geological and earth sciences from The Ohio State University.

ARTHUR GOLDSTEIN is the founding Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, a position he has held since August 2010 at Bridgewater State University. Prior to joining Bridgewater State University, he held appointments as a dean at the University of New England and the director of the Division of Earth Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF). While at NSF, he was involved in developing GeoTeach, a program aimed at improving the development of pre-service and in-service secondary school teachers. Prior to his appointment at NSF, he was a professor of geology at Colgate University and served as department chair for five years. He was the chair of the NRC committee on Trends and Opportunities in Federal Earth Science Education and Workforce Development and the co-chair of the NRC study on Scientific Ocean Drilling: Accomplishments and Challenges. He received a B.S. in geology from Kent State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

EDWARD LAINE is professor emeritus at Bowdoin College. He is interested in marine geology and oceanography. In Maine waters topics include submarine groundwater discharge, hypoxia, and the record of Late Wisconsin sea level change. In the deep ocean topics include the record of glacial erosion, radioactive waste disposal, terrigenous sedimentation, contourite drifts, and bottom current processes. While he has taught at Bowdoin since 1986 and has tried to engage Bowdoin students with the local community, it wasn't until he attended the 2000 Problem-Based Service-Learning (PBSL) Institute sponsored by Maine Campus Compact that he saw a way to consistently and effectively form and nurture links between the campus and the community. The PBSL work done by Bowdoin students in these courses involves them in the community at the same time as they are working toward the learning goals he has set for them. He holds an A.B. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute joint program in oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

JOHN SALTMARSH is the director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as well as a faculty member in the Higher Education Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. He leads the project in which NERCHE serves as the administrative partner with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for Carnegie’s elective Community Engagement Classification. He is an associate editor for the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Metropolitan Universities Journal, and the eJournal of Public Affairs, and the advisory board of Diversity and Democracy. He serves on the National Advisory Board of Imagining America, a member of the board of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), a member of Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Coordinating Committee Members of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action. He is a member of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, has served as a National Scholar with Imagining America’s Tenure Team Initiative, and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. In 2015, he was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship. From 1998 through 2005, he directed the national Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study at Campus Compact. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from Boston University.

SUSAN SULLIVAN is director of the Education and Outreach program of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which includes nearly 800 researchers and support people, including nearly 200 graduate and undergraduate students, and which conducts about $80M annual in environmental and geoscience research. Along with her group of several education and outreach professionals, she has developed programs to educate students of all ages and backgrounds about the geosciences and global and local environmental issues. She has worked extensively with K-12 students, college undergraduates, students from underrepresented groups, and community college students. The team she leads has more than doubled the investment in Education and Outreach, making it a very successful component of the CIRES identity. She has had ongoing engagement with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), through her publications, presentations, and position statements. Her current projects include professional development workshops for science teachers, provision of education related to research projects and oversight of numerous other education projects within the CIRES Outreach group. Before beginning her work in K-12 education, she conducted research in atmospheric chemistry analytical methods with CIRES and the NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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