National Conference 2008

University of Maine
National Conference and Summer Academy
June 22-27, 2008
” Integrating Science and Mathematics Education Research into Teaching: Resources and Tools for Improved Learning”

*The 2008 conference and Summer Academy was supported by an award from the National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12 Program under Grant No. DRL 0736967 and the Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative, which is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EPS-0554545 and, in partnership with The Jackson Laboratory, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Bank of America Company, trustee of the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation.

Additional support provided by Acadia Partners for Science and Learning, with funding through a Maine Department of Education Math and Science Partnership Grant, the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, with support from the NASA New Investigator Program, the University of Maine NSF ITEST Project: IDEAS Inquiry-based Dynamic Earth Applications of Supercomputing, DRL 0737583, and the National Science Foundation with funding to Dr. Paul Rawson, (Grant No. IBN0133349).

Conference: Sunday evening, June 22nd – Wednesday noon, June 25thSummer Academy: Wednesday noon, June 25th – Friday noon, June 27th

Location: University of Maine, Orono, Maine


2008 Conference Program

2008 Summer Academy Workshop Descriptions


Keynote speakers:

Ron Berger, Field Director, Northeast Region, Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound

Sally Goetz Shuler, Executive Director, National Science Resource Center


This summer the Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research (Center) will host its fourth biennial conference on integrating science and mathematics education research into teaching. The conference will begin on Sunday evening, June 22nd, with a banquet followed by an opening keynote address and continue through noon on Wednesday, June 25th.  Immediately following the conference, a Summer Academy of short courses and workshops will begin, continuing until noon on Friday, June 27th.

The conference program will consist of two keynotes, contributed and invited talks, workshops, panels and roundtables, a poster session, and evening programs, with ample time for discussion and participant interaction. The following themes will be the foci of the conference:

  1. Recent findings from science and mathematics education research
  2. Using discipline-based education research in middle, secondary, and post-secondary science and mathematics classrooms;
  3. Research supported strategies to increase participation and learning in science and mathematics, particularly among students from under-represented groups;
  4. Strategies for improving student learning using technology in the teaching of science and mathematics;
  5. Building effective partnerships to implement research-guided practices in the classroom.


Conference registration information (Sunday, June 22nd – Wednesday, June 25th )

  • Conference registration Fee:  $220
  • Registration waiver for in-service teachers, UMS faculty, students in science, mathematics, engineering, or education programs, postdoctoral research associates, conference invited speakers, curriculum coordinators
  • Stipends of $450 and complimentary on-campus room and board will be provided for the first 75 in-service teachers who register for and participate in the Conference and Summer Academy.

For further Conference and Summer Academy information and registration forms, please see


Conference Invited Speakers

Steven Anderson, Director, Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, Winchester Distinguished Faculty in Science Education, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

Ron Berger, Field Director, Northeast Region, Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound

Seth Bordenstein, Assistant Scientist
Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, The Marine Biological Laboratory

Eric Brewe, Assistant Professor of Science Education
Florida International University

Melanie M. Cooper, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
Clemson University

Joe T. Elkins, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Education
University of Northern Colorado

Stephen Kanim, Associate Professor, Physics
New Mexico State University

Signe E. Kastberg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Michael W. Klymkowsky, Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Teaching Program Co-Director
University of Colorado

Sue Mau, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences,
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

MaryAnn McGarry, Associate Professor of Science Education, Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University, and Director of Education
Hubbard Brook Research Foundation

Laura Muller, Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry
Wheaton College

Robert Poel, Professor of Physics, emeritus
Western Michigan University

Edward Prather, Lecturer and Associate Staff Scientist
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

Sally Goetz Shuler, Executive Director
National Science Resources Center

Jacqueline Spears, Director, Center for Science Education,
Associate Professor of Secondary Education
Kansas State University

Natasha Speer, Assistant Professor
Michigan State University

Michelle Stephan, Graduate Associate Professor
University of Central Florida and mathematics teacher, and
Lawton Chiles Middle School

Marcy Towns, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Purdue University

Mary Tyler, Professor of Zoology
University of Maine

Hannah Webber, Graduate Student, Master of Science in Teaching
University of Maine

Jackie Wilson, Educational Consultant, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation

Bill Zoellick, Director of Program Development, Acadia Partners for Science and Learning



The Center provides an integrated approach to University-based research and training in science and mathematics education. To learn more about the Center and for more information about the conference, please visit our website:

Questions:  Amie Gellen, 207-581-1021,