Lisa is a research associate interested in fundamental research in technology-enhanced STEM learning, as well as in designing and developing technology-based learning environments for K-12 and undergraduate STEM classrooms. Her dissertation research was in how university physics students develop scientific understandings when interacting with one another around networked simulations.
Her research aims to engage students in doing authentic science, reasoning with scientific models, and reasoning about the relationship between models, instrumentation, and data. Lisa is working on the InSPECT project to understand opportunities for embedding computational thinking practices within authentic science inquiry supported by “Maker” technologies such as Raspberry Pis and “Internet of Things” sensors.
Lisa has a double B.S. in Physics and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of California at Davis and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Education at UC Davis.
Q&A with Lisa
- Favorite thing about working at the Concord Consortium?
- The people! And the unabashedly geeky hallway conversations.
- What was your childhood stuffed animal?
- I’ve had a stuffed stegosaurus since I was in a crib. Unfortunately I never named it anything cooler than “Dino.”
- Favorite movie?
- The Royal Tenenbaums