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  • SMATE welcomes new faculty - Dr. Dimitri Dounas-Frazer is an Assistant Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE) Program. He has interdisciplinary expertise in experimental atomic physics and education research. He primarily studies three aspects of physics laboratory coursework: students' use of model-based reasoning in experimental physics contexts, instructors' beliefs and practices regarding teaching and learning laboratory skills, and classroom factors that cultivate student ownership of research projects. His interests also include students' development of non-cognitive skills, like resilience to failure, through self-reflection and personalized feedback. Additionally, Dr. Dounas-Frazer is an active member of local and national physics diversity initiatives. He completed his Ph.D. in 2012 at the University of California Berkeley, where he performed high-precision measurements of weak nuclear effects in atomic systems. His postdoctoral experience includes teacher preparation at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and education research at the University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Debi Hanuscin has just been named the 2019 recipient of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Outstanding Mentor Award. Read More about Debi Hanuscin

  • Shannon Warren has received one of the 2018 President's Exceptional Effort Award.

  • Debi Hanuscin has just received a grant through the National Science Foundation Discovery Research K12 (DRK12) program. Read Moreabout the DRK12 program

  • Robyn Dahl is featured in Western Today. Read more about how she has digitized WWU's fossil collection. She also is the recipient of a WWU CIAA/ATUS Faculty Development Summer Grant to redesign the laboratory section for Historical geology (GEOL 212). Read Moreabout the grant

  • The work on the MORE grant for mentoring teachers by Dan Hanley and Matt Miller is currently highlighted in a recent NSF CADRE Spotlight:  Link to Spotlight.  Information about the MORE grant can be found on the SMATE Projects page.

  • Don Burgess, SMATE/Woodring Faculty member has recently had a paper published in the Journal of Sustainability Education, Developing Culturally Responsive Teaching Through Learner-Centered Teaching During Content and Field Immersions.

  • Josie Melton was recently selected as a NSF CADRE Fellow.  The CADRE Fellows program is a competitive fellowship designed to be a capacity-building experience for early career researchers and developers who are members of NSF DR K-12 projects. Read more.

  • Western Washington University is one of 24 institutions in the country selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute‚Äôs Inclusive Excellence Program to receive a five year, $1 million grant to enhance student success in STEM fields, especially those students typically under-represented in the natural sciences. 

  • Kim Markworth, Joe Brobst, Chris Ohana, & Ruth Parker recently had a paper published in the International Journal of STEM Education entitled Elementary content specialization: models, affordances, and constraints. MS: 6007397862011063