ERI May 20 Seminar Speaker: Abigail Daane

Abigail DaaneThe Education Research Initiative team is thrilled to introduce our next speaker in the ERI seminar series, Abigail Daane, Professor of Physics at South Seattle College. Most recently, Professor Daane’s work has focused on designing curricula for explicit teaching about equity and inclusion at the college level. She has co-led professional development at Seattle Pacific University focused on increasing awareness of equity issues in the science classroom, as well as various topics about energy for several years. She also works with the University of Washington Ambitious Science Teaching program to provide K-12 teacher professional development focused on rigorous and equity focused science teaching. Her talk, “The UnderRepresentation Curriculum: A Tool for Justice in Physics Education,” will be held on Thursday, May 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Zoom.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here for the Zoom link.

Check Out the New ERI Working Paper Series

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Read just-released work being done by the ERI team here.

Interested in Undergraduate STEM Education?

Lisa McDonnellThe Department of Developmental and Cell Biology is hosting Lisa McDonnell, Associate Teaching Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, for a research seminar on undergraduate STEM education. Her talk titled “Critical thinking about complex data: a multi-pronged study to assess and identify expert-novice differences in forming scientific arguments” will be held virtually via zoom on Thursday, May 13 at 11 a.m.

If you are interested in attending, here is the zoom link.

Abstract: Critical thinking and the ability to form an argument based on evidence and reasoning are essential skills in science, and beyond. Scientists engage in forming arguments based on analysis of complex data on a regular basis. In an effort to better understand how to support students to develop strong critical thinking and argumentation skills, we embarked on a multi-pronged study to explore how students and experts form arguments based on analysis of complex data. Our results provide support for the need to include argument-building in the curriculum and provides a framework for teaching and assessing arguments.

Recent ERI Accomplishments


Alejandra Hormaza MejiaERI graduate student Alejandra Hormaza-Mejia was recently named a finalist for the American Society of Engineering Education – Pacific Southwest Section Graduate Student Award. Alejandra is a mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student and part of her research agenda focuses on assessing the teaming experiences of students in mechanical engineering design projects.

Learn more about Alejandra and the ASEE PSW Award here.

We look forward to continuing our collaborative work and engaging with researchers across the campus. If you have a project that you feel could leverage the expertise of our team of postdocs, please feel free to reach out to

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