to study learning and information processing by physics novices and experts. In 2001 he offered congressional testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Research at a hearing titled “Classrooms as Laboratories: The Science of Learning Meets the Practice of Teaching.” His past and present service includes the NRC’s Mathematical Sciences Education Board and the Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning; the College Board’s Sciences Advisory Committee, SAT Committee, and Council on Academic Affairs; the Educational Testing Service’s Visiting Committee and Graduate Research Examination Technical Advisory Committee; the editorial boards of The Physics Teacher and the Journal of the Learning Sciences; the Committee on Education of the APS; the Physics Education Research Leadership Organizing Council of AAPT; and the Expert Panel of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology. He has published numerous research and review articles on science learning and teaching and has co-authored or co-edited 18 books.
MARY BETH MONROE is a professor of physics and the department chair in the Department of Physical Science at Southwest Texas Junior College. Ms. Monroe received her B.S. degree in physics from Sam Houston State University and her M.S. in physics with a double minor in junior college teaching and math. Ms. Monroe is a fellow of the APS and a member of AAPT, AAAS, Texas Section AAPT, Texas Section APS, Society of Physics Students, and the Texas Community College Teachers Association. She has served 12 years as a member of the AAPT Executive Board (two terms as the TYC representative to the board and a 6-year term as AAPT secretary), and she is currently on the presidential track of the AAPT (vice president, president elect, president, and past president), serving as vice president in 2012. She served as PI for “The Two Year College in the Twenty First Century (TYC21),” an NSF/DUE award to AAPT (1995-2000) and as co-PI and project director for “Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics at Two Year Colleges (SPIN-UP/TYC),” an NSF/DUE-ATE award to AAPT (2002-2004). From 1991-2004, Ms. Monroe was a staff member for the Physics Enhancement Program for Two Year Colleges, funded by Texas A&M University, Lee College, and NSF. From 2000-2005, she served on the NSF National Visiting Committee for the Pennsylvania Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation. She has played a leading role in developing networks among physicists teaching in 2-year colleges that have led both to their increasing involvement in AAPT and to better teaching for the students who study physics in these schools. In 2009 Ms. Monroe was awarded the Melba Newell Phillips Medal from the AAPT in recognition of her creative leadership and dedicated service that have resulted in exceptional contributions within AAPT.
VALERIE OTERO is an associate professor of science education and is involved in several large projects throughout the University of Colorado, Boulder, and