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NGLC Discipline Panels

A discipline panel was formed for biology,chemistry and physics.  Members represented a balance among the two-year and four-year schools that were involved in the project. 

At the end of June, 2011, panel members began by reviewing NANSLO science laboratory curriculum and experiments, using a listserv and wiki workspace to communicate and document their work together.

In September, members met at a two-day workshop held at North Island College in British Columbia and continued discussions on biology, chemistry, and physics lab curriculum.  At that workshop, they learned about the Remote Web-based Science Laboratories (RWSL) offered through BCcampus' North Island College. The team discussed the application of both RWSL and lab kit experiments in the NANSLO curriculum and made recommendations for deployment of both RWSL equipment and lab kits by the Colorado Community College System.  Ultimately, as a result of this collaboration through email, listserv dialogue and discussions during conference calls, commonly licensed curriculum was developed for biology, chemistry and physics including lab experiments.  See Goals | Outcomes | Assessment | Customization for more information.

The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) grew out of member recommendations for expanding the NANSLO project to include other institutions.

Biology Discipline Panel

Photo of Tracey DougherTracy Dougher
Associate Professor of Horticulture
Montana State University - Bozeman

Tracy Dougher is an Associate Professor of Horticulture with extensive experience in teaching and research. She has taught hybrid online/face-to-face courses for the last 4 years and taught Life Sciences by Inquiry online as a part of the state-supported NSF MSP program for urban and rural science teachers in Montana. Her current research involves assessing the efficacy of hybrid online/face-to-face post-secondary courses. She serves as a member of the Montana State University Teaching Learning Committee and western region director-elect for the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Tracy received her B.A. in mathematics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, M.S. in Horticulture from Purdue University, and Ph.D. in Crop Physiology from Utah State University.

Kate B. Lormand
Adjunct Faculty
Colorado Community College Online (CCCOnline)

Kate Lormand has over 20 years of experience as a biology instructor at the community college level in both majors and non-majors biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and botany. She has worked at Community Colleges in both California and Colorado as an Adjunct Faculty and her experience includes both traditional face-to-face courses and on-line teaching. Additionally, Kate worked on the development of an on-line biology course through the Monterey Institute writing an on-line text and creating the activities and learning objectives for these chapters. She has been responsible for both the development of new courses as well as the refinement of existing course to meet evolving standards.

Carol Pollock
Senior Instructor and Director of First Year Biology
University of British Columbia

Carol Pollock is a Senior Instructor in Zoology and Director of first-year Biology at UBC. She teaches undergraduate lab and lecture courses in years 1 through 4. Her research interests are how students learn, assessing student learning gains and facilitating student learning. She received her B.Sc. (honours) degree in Microbiology and M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Manitoba and her Ph.D. in Zoology from UBC.

Photo of Scott SevilleScott Seville
Associate Dean in the Outreach School,
Wyoming INBRE Program Coordinator, and
Associate Professor of Zoology and Physiology
University of Wyoming/ Casper Center

R. Scott Seville has served as Associate Dean in the University of Wyoming (UW) Outreach School since 2005. He oversees special projects including the University's WICHE-Internet Course Exchange program, National Institutes for Health-funded Wyoming IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence Program and directs the statewide network of Regional Academic Centers. Seville is also Associate Professor of Zoology and Physiology and has taught a variety of courses using different distance approaches. Prior to joining the faculty at UW he was a NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Natural Resources. He received his B.S. in Zoology and Physiology from San Diego State University, and a second B.S. in secondary science education, M.S. in Parasitology, and Ph.D. in Zoology and Physiology all from UW.

Photo of Ami WangelineAmi Wangeline
Laramie County Community College

Ami Wangeline is Biology faculty at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY where she teaches botany, cell biology and biology for non-science majors, and conducts research with her students on seleniferous habitats. She is part of a statewide network of faculty working with undergraduate researchers and also has facilitated workshops with the Council on Undergraduate Research to increase access to primary research experiences for students at community colleges. She previously taught at Colorado State University and with Teach for America. Wangeline received her A.B. in Biology from Ripon College (WI), a M.S. in Plant pathology from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Botany from Colorado State University.

Photo of Frank WilliamsFrank Williams
Biology Department Chair
Langara College

Frank Williams teaches ecology and environmental studies at Langara College in Vancouver BC, and currently serves as Dept Chair for Biology, and Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program. He has also served as designer and Coordinator for a series of field programs on the Fraser River, Haida Gwaii, the Mekong and Chao Phrya rivers, and in health projects in Tanzania. Frank received his B.Sc. from the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Pest Management and Ph.D. (Biology) from Simon Fraser University.


Chemistry Discipline Panel

Photo of Dan BrananDan Branan
North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) Project Manager
Colorado Community College System

Dan Branan is the currently North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) Project Manager. He provides leadership and coordination for the many subject-area teams that work on this project. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor of Chemistry (1996 – 99, 2004 – 2011), Co-Director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (2005 – 2007) and Research Director for the Institute for Information Technology Applications (2005 – 2007) all at the USAF Academy. Branan received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Alabama, his M.S. in inorganic chemistry from the Ohio State University and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Denver.

Photo of Qing DuQing Du
Laramie County Community College

Qing Du has been a full-time chemistry and mathematics instructor at Laramie County Community College since 2007. She teaches General Chemistry I and II and Problem Solving courses. Previously, she held a similar position at Gillette College for four years and completed a postdoctoral research project at Boise State University. Du received her B.S. in chemistry from Ocean University of China, an M.S. and a Ph.D in environmental chemistry from Academia Sinica (Beijing), and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Lulea University of Technology (Sweden). She has coauthored several articles on particulate adsorption of heavy metals in aquatic systems.

Photo of Patricia GoodsonPatricia Goodson
Lecturer, Sr ETT
University of Wyoming

Patricia Goodson has been a member of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wyoming for over 20 years, where she teaches undergraduate general and organic chemistry courses.  Prior to her employment as an Academic Professional Lecturer at UW, she served as the departmental crystallographer.  Goodson received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Alabama, her M.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wyoming (1990).

Photo of Bill McLaughlinC.W. (Bill) McLaughlin
Adjunct Professor
Montana State University-Bozeman

C.W. (Bill) McLaughlin has taught chemistry for 42 years.  He currently is serving as an adjunct professor at Montana State University in the department of chemistry and biochemistry. In 2009 he received the MSU President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is the co-author of the Physical Science textbook with McGraw-Hill-Glencoe and author of the teacher ancillary materials for Prentice-Hall’s Analytical Chemistry textbook.  He is also the director of the Science Horizon’s Initiative for improving science education for Native Americans.  He annually presents science curriculum workshops and outreach activities for students. Bill received his    B. S. in science education from Northwest Missouri State University, an M.S. in chemistry from Kansas State University of Pittsburg and a Ph.D. in Analytical chemistry from the University of Nebraska.

Neil Meanwell
Instructor, Chemistry and Geoscience
Camosun College

Neil Meanwell has been teaching chemistry for 25 years, initially at the University of Victoria and, since 1992, at Camosun College. He teaches a range of courses, from college prep right up to second year inorganic and physical chemistry. He developed and teaches an environmental chemistry course for the College’s Environmental Technology program. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Sheffield in the UK and spent several years conducting research in organometallic chemistry prior to becoming a teacher.

Photo of Patricia Oroca-OuellettePatricia Aroca-Ouellette
Langara College

Patricia Aroca-Ouellette has worked at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C. for the past 13 years teaching first year general chemistry and second year physical chemistry courses. Previously, she worked at the University of Toronto as manager of their solid and liquid state NMR facility. She received her B.Sc. from the University of Windsor and her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Mark Seger
Lecturer in Chemistry
Colorado School of Mines

Photo of Shashi UnnithanShashi Unnithan
Chemistry Professor, and Chair of Natural, Applied, and Environmental Sciences
Front Range Community College

Shashi Unnithan is professor of chemistry at FRCC since 1996 and chair of the Science Department since 1999. Unnithan’s interests have been in chemistry education for the last 15 years. Unnithan has been an ACS member since 2000. She is interested in bringing community college faculty to participate in the ACS meetings. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Southwestern School of Medicine and University of Colorado, and as a scientist at Colorado State University. Unnithan has an MS in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska.


Physics Discipline Panel

Photo of Mohamed ChakhadMohamed Chakhad
Instructor, Physics/Math/Engineering
Laramie County Community College


Mohamed Chakhad is an instructor of physics, mathematics, and engineering at Laramie County Community College. Besides teaching a wide spectrum of courses that span three disciplines, he advises numerous students seeking a degree in engineering science. Previously, he was an assistant instructor in physics at the University of Texas at Austin. Chakhad received his B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Mary Washington and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Photo of Irene GrimbergIrene Grimberg
Associate Research Professor
Montana State University-Bozeman

Dr. Bruna (Irene) Grimberg, MSU. Dr. Grimberg is an Associate Research Professor at the Science and Math Resource Center, MSU. She brings expertise in: physics, science education), online teaching and learning, and in the design and implementation of in-service science teacher’s professional development programs using a blended model that combines face-to-face and online interactions for their delivery. Dr. Grimberg has numerous research publications and national and international conferences presentations in the areas of elementary students’ science learning, online science discourse analysis, and quantum mechanics.

Photo of Lynette HoernerLynnette Hoerner
Red Rocks Community College

Lynnette Hoerner has served as the Astronomy Lead and an instructor of astronomy and physics at Red Rocks Community College for four years.  She is currently the Discipline Chair for Astronomy for the Colorado Community College System and has been active in discussions of curriculum issues and curriculum development for this system for some time.  Previously, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Arapahoe Community College, Front Range Community College and Colorado Community College Online.  Hoerner received her B.S. in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Photo of Jesse HuguleyJesse Huguley
Instructor, Physical Science
Colorado Community College Online, Arapahoe Community College

Jesse Huguley has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Auburn University; an M.S. in Physical Science- Astrophysics from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He began his career on the Apollo Moon Landing program, and went on to support the initial build and test of the Space Shuttle.  He then joined Martin Marietta following the initial flight of the Shuttle where he served as Project Engineer for the MX Peacekeeper ICBM.  He retired from what is now Lockheed Martin following his support of the maiden flight of the Atlas V.  Since retirement, he has taught Science at CCCOnline and Arapahoe Community College for over 9 years.  He designed the original Physics 105 course for CCCOnline and has contributed to numerous improvements in the Physics and Astronomy courses offered at CCCOnline and ACC.

Photo of Todd RuskellTodd Ruskell, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Physics         
Articulation Coordinator
Colorado School of Mines

Todd Ruskell has been a member of the physics faculty at Colorado School of Mines since 1999. His primary responsibility in that role is teaching the introductory calculus-based physics sequence. He has been responsible for evaluating incoming physics transfer requests since 2002. In 2010 Ruskell, along with one other individual, was appointed articulation coordinator. In that role he is primarily responsible for establishing individual institution-to-institution articulation agreements for students transferring from Colorado’s two-year institutions to Colorado School of Mines. He received his B.A. in physics from Lawrence University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona.

Photo of Takashi SatoTakashi Sato
Chair Department of Physics and Applied Science
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Takashi Sato has been with Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 1996 and works in a variety of capacities including teaching physics and astronomy courses. Tak has chaired the Phyics department as well as the university Senate and has served on external bodies including the Executive committee of the BC section of AAPT and the Education Committee of the Canadian Astronomical Society. Sato has previously served on the curricular review of the physics portions of RWSL and is currently working on developing a new program in applied physics and instrumentation at Kwantlen. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia.

Photo of Tim SlaterTim Slater
University of Wyoming

Timothy Slater has been a professor at the University of Wyoming (UW) since 2008 where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. He has held a number of elected offices in professional societies including education officer for the American Astronomical Society, Board of Directors for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and councilor at large for the Society of College Science Teachers. He served on the Editorial Board of the AstronomyEducation Review, multiple terms as chairman of the Astronomy Education Committee of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and represented the United States as the initial National Chairman of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. Slater earned his Ph.D. in geophysics at the University of South Carolina, his M.S. in astrophysics from Clemson University, and two bachelors' degrees (science education and physical science) from Kansas State University.

Photo of Robert WilsonRobert Wilson
Adjunct Instructor
Great Falls College Montana State University

Robert Wilson has taught on-line lab based physics and electricity courses at Montana State University since 1996.  He is Professor Emeritus, San Bernardino Valley College, (1965 – 2002). At the college he served as Department Chair in Physics and Astronomy and was Director of the Beattie Planetarium.  While there he co-developed a successful grant establishing the Science Learning Center, providing an array of tools and services to insure student success in science. He provided the initial leadership as its Director for the three years prior to his retirement. In 1995 he pioneered the first on-line physics course that included an at-home lab. Wilson received his B.S. in physics and M.A. in mathematics at California State University, Long Beach.