Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars
Vashti Sawtelle and Danny Caballero were both named 2018 Teacher-Scholars for their fantastic teaching and research:
Vashti Sawtelle is a physics education scholar whose primary interest lies in supporting diverse groups of students in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, learning environments through an improved understanding of interdisciplinary learning, focused on the role active learning, modeling and interdisciplinary classrooms (e.g., physics for biologists) plays in creating supportive learning environments.
M. Danny Caballero’s research concerns how students learn to practice science, that is, how they engage in and eventually develop expertise in the practices of modern scientists and engineers. Toward this understanding, he is passionate and practical in developing innovative learning environments and then studying their effect on student learning. He is particularly well known for his research on introducing computational tools and methods into physics courses, an expertise he has leveraged and expanded into several different classroom environments. The experimental methods include introducing new paradigms for introductory physics courses, transforming introductory physics laboratories and implementing new learning environments in junior and senior level courses.