2010 NSF GK-12 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference


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Keynote Speakers

Loren Cobb
Loren Cobb is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Colorado Denver. He is an applied mathematician who specializes in dynamic spatial models of general social processes, including epidemics, public health emergencies, refugee problems, population flows, economic collapse, ethnic cleansing, governmental dysfunction, and civil wars. Dr. Cobb has written numerous simulation models of societies in extreme distress; these models have been used for the past 15 years in international civil-militarypolice exercises in complex humanitarian emergencies, disaster relief operations, United Nations peacekeeping operations, and high-level national strategic planning.
Tamara Sumner
Tamara Sumner is Executive Director of Digital Learning Sciences, a joint research and development center between the University of Colorado and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. She is responsible for leadership of the center, strategy development, and the conduct of this research program. Her research examines how cognitive tools, computational algorithms, and interactive media can improve learning outcomes and learner engagement. Her research and development team combines expertise in computer science, cognitive science, science education, user-centered design and evaluation, digital content management, and machine learning/natural language processing.

Guest Speakers

Barry Kluger-Bell
Barry Kluger-Bell is a PhD physicist and science educator with more than 30 years of experience. From 1987 through 2009 he worked as Assistant Director of the Institute for Inquiry at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco. He is now an independent science education consultant based in Boulder, Colorado,specializing in inquiry teaching and learning. He works with educators throughout the country in K-12 Teacher professional development, science graduate student teaching training, pre-school science, informal science education, and science curriculum development.