throughout the United States. She is the director of the Colorado Learning Assistant Program, the Colorado Noyce Fellowship program, and the CU-Teach program. Dr. Otero has been involved with the PER community since 1995, when she began her doctoral work in PER. She has served on the Physics Education Research Leadership Organizing Council, on the Research in Physics Education Committee for AAPT, and she currently serves on the National Task Force for Teacher Education in Physics. Her research spans from studies of physics teacher knowledge to studies of how both majors and non-majors learn various concepts in physics and the nature of science. Dr. Otero has published broadly from Science magazine to Science and Children magazine. She is co-author of the popular Physics and Everyday Thinking curriculum, used in physics departments throughout the United States. She has been invited to give hundreds of talks about physics education and physics teacher education throughout the United States and in Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Korea. Dr. Otero is the PI for more than $14 million in grants to improve mathematics and science education. As a first generation college student from a Hispanic grocery store family, she is committed to increasing access and opportunities for students of all ages to get the most out of their science education.

DAVID E. PRITCHARD attended the California Institute of Technology (B.S., 1962) and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1968), and has been with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 1968, where he is now the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics. His research accomplishments span modern atomic physics, including laser spectroscopy, atom-atom and atom-molecule collisions, atomic line broadening, van der Waals molecules, atom optics, atom trapping, atom interferometry, precision mass measurement, atom interferometry with Bose Einstein Condensates, and condensed matter physics using ultracold bosons and fermions. His group invented the MOT, a laser trap for cold atoms, as well as the Ioffe-Pritchard trap, both workhorses in the study of ultracold atoms and molecules. Dr. Pritchard has mentored four winners of national thesis awards and three Nobel Prize winners. He is a member of the NAS and a fellow of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences, AAAS, the APS, and the Optical Society of America (OSA). Dr. Pritchard has won the Broida and Schawlow prizes from the APS, the Max Born Award from OSA, and the IUPAP Senior Scientist Medal in Fundamental Metrology. Dr. Pritchard has a lifelong interest in teaching problem solving and is the author of A Mechanics Workbook and founded Effective Educational Technologies, which developed myCyberTutor—now sold by Pearson Education as,, etc. He was the first major coordinator in the MIT Physics Department and won a Dean’s Teaching and Advising Award and the Ethyl Murman Award for Advising at MIT (2010). His education research group is developing new pedagogy for teaching problem solving.

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