James M. Coleman is Boyd professor at the Coastal Studies Institute of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. His research interests include coastal and marine processes and coastal management. The training of scientists and engineers to compete in a technological, global environment is central to his ongoing areas of research. At the National Research Council, he chaired the Marine Board and served as a member of the Ocean Studies Board. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He has received many awards in his nearly 40-year scientific career, including the Kapitsa Medal of Honor for his contributions to the field of petroleum sciences. He has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geology from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.
Michael A. Feder (Senior Program Officer) is staff member with the Board on Science Education. He is the director the Review of NOAA Education Programs and the Roundtable on Climate Change Education, and is working on study to develop a Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards and the review of Discipline Based Education Research. Previously, he staffed the National Research Council study of Learning Science in Informal Environments, the study of K-12 Engineering Education, and the review of NASA’s pre-college education programs. Prior to joining the National Research Council he conducted evaluations of and provided technical assistance for national, state, and local education efforts. He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University.
Janet Hustler is coprincipal investigator and former director of the Partnership for Student Success in Science (PS3), a Math-Science Partnership project funded by the National Science Foundation. Located at San Jose State University, PS3 features science professional development for middle school teachers. The project provides teachers with professional development to enrich their content background and pedagogical skills, along with critical friends study groups to help teachers infuse what they learn into their practice. It also offers teacher leadership training plus coaching and summer institutes. Prior to her work at PS3, Hustler was the principal investigator and director of a similar six-year project focusing on elementary science teaching and learning. Her background includes more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience and out-of-the-classroom roles, such as science coordinator for the Palo Alto Unified School District. She has served on several national boards, including the Leadership and Assistance in Science Education Reform (LASER) and the Association of Science Materials Centers board, and has been a faculty member of numerous LASER institutes. At the National Research Council, she is a member of the Board