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Just Science: Analyzing how we engage in science while we transform the field
Carolina Alvarado, Department of Science Education, CSU Chico

While we engage in science to better understand the natural phenomenon, our approach to do science has repercussions on the lack of diversity and inclusion in STEM. We explore a series of research projects in Physics Education Research performed by the author and how this trajectory has been leading towards employing Critical Race Praxis for Education Research. We describe how a science course addresses the power-dynamics and dominant cultural discourse in the field of STEM in order to disrupt the current practices that neglects to recognize the larger systemic problem. We argue that this approach can be embedded in science courses to address the role of the teacher when interacting with student, the unconscious biases that are often perpetuated not only in the school system, but in society as well.

Dr. Daryl McPadden Defends Her PhD!
March 21, 2018
Dr. Daryl McPadden Defends Her PhD!

Daryl McPadden successfully defended her PhD. Congratulations Daryl!

PERL Members Publish 10 PERC Papers
March 13, 2018
PERL Members Publish 10 PERC Papers

We're proud to annouce that the PERL Team has contributed to 10 PERC Papers in 2017.

Prof. Katie Hinko Wins $10,000 S3 Grant
February 8, 2018
Prof. Katie Hinko Wins $10,000 S3 Grant

Prof. Katie Hinko is leading a team that was awarded a $10,000 Science and Society @ State grant. Working with Prof. Megan Halpern, their project titled: Hidden Value: Investigating the Physics Demonstration as Aesthetic Experience looks to explore physics demonstrations as meaningful experiences.

Angie publishes in Journal of Science Teacher Education
February 2, 2018
Angie publishes in Journal of Science Teacher Education

Angie Little and colleagues published a paper in the Journal of Science Teacher Education titled: Building Reflective Practices in a Pre-service Math and Science Teacher Education Course That Focuses on Qualitative Video Analysis

Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars
January 31, 2018
Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars

Vashti Sawtelle and Danny Caballero were both named 2018 Teacher-Scholars for their fantastic teaching and research: 

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/2018-teacher-scholar-awards/

Vashti Sawtelle featured in Engaged Scholar Newsletter
January 24, 2018
Vashti Sawtelle featured in Engaged Scholar Newsletter

Prof. Vashti Sawtelle is featured in the January issue of the Engaged Scholar Newsletter. The article titled: Can Physics Educators Create a More Encouraging Environment for Black, Latino, and Native American Science Students? discusses how physics educators can help build more inclusive and supportive classrooms.

Nick Young publishes paper on item tree analysis
January 23, 2018
Nick Young publishes paper on item tree analysis

Graduate student Nick Young published a paper investigating students' accuracy in determining the period, frequency, and angular frequency from mathematical and graphical representations.

Alanna Pawlak publishes paper on modes of collaboration
January 15, 2018
Alanna Pawlak publishes paper on modes of collaboration

Graduate student Alanna Pawlak published a paper examining how students interact in groups in the physics classroom which introduced the modes of collaboration framework.

Vashti Sawtelle & BLiSS Physics Course Featured in MSU Today
December 5, 2017
Vashti Sawtelle & BLiSS Physics Course Featured in MSU Today

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle and her studio course, Briggs Life Science Studio (BLiSS) Physics, is featured in MSU Today.

Danny receives President's Distinguished Teaching Award
November 29, 2017
Danny receives President's Distinguished Teaching Award

PERL co-director Danny Caballero wins the President's Distinguished Teaching Award