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has led an effort to develop instructional materials for integrating this field into the chemistry curriculum. Dr. Ellis leads the College Level One Team of the National Science Foundation-supported National Institute for Science Education (NISE), which is examining ways to make introductory college science, mathematics, engineering and technology courses more effective. He also serves on the Committee on Undergraduate Science Education of the National Research Council. Dr. Ellis received a B.S. in chemistry from Caltech in 1973, and his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry from MIT in 1977.
Dorothy Gabel, Indiana University, is a professor in the School of Education at Indiana University and the coordinator of science education. She presently teaches and supervises a required introductory science course for prospective elementary teachers entitled ''Introduction to Scientific Inquiry." Dr. Gabel's specialty is in chemistry education, and she is the author of numerous research papers in this area and of a high school chemistry text. She was the editor of The Handbook of Research on Science Teaching and Learning and has served as president of the Hoosier Science Teachers Association, the School Science and Mathematics Association, and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Association.
James M. Gentile, Hope College, received a B.A. in biology from St. Mary's College (MN) in 1968, and his M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1974) degrees in genetics from Illinois State University. From 1974-1976 he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Human Genetics at the Yale University School of Medicine. He was appointed assistant professor of biology at Hope College in 1976 and was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and to full professor in 1984. In 1984 Dr. Gentile was also awarded an endowed chair and distinguished scholar position in the biological sciences at Hope College, an honor he holds to this day. Dr. Gentile also twice held appointments as adjunct professor of genetics at the University of Illinois (1983-84; 1985-86). In 1986, Dr. Gentile was appointed chair of the biology department at Hope College, and in 1988 he was appointed to his present position as dean for the natural sciences at Hope College. Dr. Gentile's research investigates ways in which plant and animal cells metabolize xenobiotic agents into forms that can cause mutations in host or target cells. His current research efforts are focused on ways infectious agents work to enhance neoplastic risk in mammalian organisms. Since 1976 over 100 undergraduate students have conducted research with Dr. Gentile. He has authored or co-authored 65 peer-reviewed publications since 1973. Dr. Gentile has a long listing of honors and special appointments. He has been a panelist for the NIH/NTP three times (1985-88; 1989-91; 1996-98) a consultant to a WHO Advisory Group (1983-85), a NIEHS Superfund panelist (1987-89) and a team leader for an internal NIOSH review panel (1990). Dr. Gentile has also served on an International Committee for the Protection Against Environmental Mutagens and Carcinogens Task Force (198691), an International Agency for Research on Cancer Panel (1995), and as a consultant to the USEPA Science Advisory Board (1988-95). He has served as a consultant to over 50 academic institutions in the past 20 years, as a consultant to 10 different industries since 1980, and is a science consultant to the Murdock Trust. Dr. Gentile is a member of the executive committee of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), an NSF-sponsored national organization focused on enhancing science and mathematics education in the U.S. and he has served as an elected councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). He was chair of the Program Committee for the 1993 annual meeting of the Environmental Mutagen Society (EMS) and has served as president of the society (1993-95). Dr. Gentile was the book review editor for the journal Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, and has served on the