I am an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I work on various issues related to chemistry and science education, primarily at the undergraduate level.

I continue to be involved in the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC), a National Science Foundation-funded research center comprised of educational psychologists, cognitive scientists, and domain experts from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The PSLC is focused on advancing our understanding of how people learn and how to create curricular materials that result in robust, efficient learning in students.

Current Projects:

  • Developing an online chemistry course with the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University (NSF DUE-1123355)
  • Developing interactive simulations and instruction on the behavior of collections of atoms and molecules (NSF DUE-0817493)
  • Ongoing educational studies
    • Investigations into how online chat rooms with an intelligent computer “agent” can facilitate student learning of intermolecular forces (with Carolyn Rosé)
    • Investigations into the sources of student errors in writing chemical reactions via online curriculum based on contrasting cases (with Cathy Chase) and with a mobile simulation-based game.