Founding Managing Editor
- Raye Lynn Alford, PhD
- David Caprette, PhD
- Michael Fordis, MD
- Tadzia GrandPré, PhD
- Marlene MacLeish, EdD
- Gail Bromiley McGee, BS
- Ronald L. McNeel, DrPH
- Barbara Z. Tharp, MS
- William A. Thomson, PhD
- Cindy Martinez-Wedig, PhD
- Gregory L. Vogt, EdD
Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, received her Bachelor's degree in botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974, and worked as an investigator and editor of the Flora of Veracruz Project in Mexico until 1985. After earning her PhD in biology in 1993 from Rice University, she joined Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), where she is Professor, Allied Health Sciences and Family and Community Medicine, and Senior Associate Director of the Center for Educational Outreach. Dr. Moreno's research interests focus on developing effective collaborations among scientists and educators for the improvement of science education. Her activities involve the creation and dissemination of innovative science and health educational materials for students and the development of partnership programs to promote systemic change in science teaching and learning in schools. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of science education partnerships funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Science Resources Center's Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform initiative, President of the National Association of Health Science Education Partnerships and a recent past member of the National Science Teachers Association Standing Committee on Preschool/Elementary Science Education.
Founding Managing Editor
Deanne B. Erdmann, MS, received her Bachelor's degree in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1972 and her Master's degree in biology from the same institution in 1973. Later that year, she joined the staff at Clear Lake High School in Houston, Texas, where she taught biology and served as science department chairman until 1999. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she worked with numerous curriculum initiatives, mentored new teachers, and participated in professional development activities for effective science teaching practices. During her tenure at Clear Lake High School, she served as a faculty advisor and mentor for student and scientist teams working together on the Lunar Growth Chamber at Space Center Houston, for the NASA/CCISD National Robotics competitions, and yearly local and international science fair competitions. After retiring from the Katy Independent School District in 2002, Mrs. Erdmann joined the staff at Baylor College of Medicine as a Senior Project Manager for the College's Center for Educational Outreach. In addition to mentoring new biology teachers, Mrs. Erdmann's interests centered around developing materials to enhance and support science and math education in secondary schools.
James P. Denk, MA, received his Bachelor’s degree in English and History, and his Master’s degree in 17th Century British literature from Texas Tech University in 1986 and 1990, respectively. While in graduate school, Mr. Denk taught freshman composition. He joined BCM in 1990, as an editorial assistant. He now is Assistant Professor of Allied Health Sciences and Associate Editor for the BioEd Online and SuperSTAAR websites. Mr. Denk is an author on more than 30 articles and editor on most of the Center's educational publications. He has served as a guest editor for a special edition of Academic Medicine. He also is editor for the “Music Business Made Simple” book series, and a published photographer and lyricist. His current work at BCM focuses on developing and editing educational materials, managing compliance of extramural grants and contracts, and writing and editing academic articles.
Raye Lynn Alford, PhD, earned her Bachelor's degree in biology from Davidson College in 1985 and her PhD in biochemistry from Baylor College of Medicine in 1992. She completed her postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. After completing her postdoctoral training, she joined the Baylor DNA Diagnostic Laboratory as Assistant Director. In 1996, Dr. Alford was board certified in Clinical Molecular Genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics. She published her first book, Genetics & Your Health: A Guide for the 21st Century Family in 1999. In 1999 and 2000, Dr. Alford served as a consultant and media spokesperson for the Healthy Generations web site campaign of Pfizer Women's Health. Dr. Alford is currently Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Academic and Scientific Program Development in The Bobby R. Alford Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research is focused on genetic causes of hearing loss, and improving DNA diagnostic methods for genetic forms of hearing loss. Dr. Alford is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and Chair of their Education and CME committee. Dr. Alford is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the "GENE: Genetics Education Needs Evaluation" project of the March of Dimes. In 2003, Dr. Alford served as the exhibit designer and primary content developer for The Living Genome: Reading the Book of Life, a 3,000 square foot genetics/genomics exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
David Caprette, PhD, received his Bachelor's degree in biology from Case-Western Reserve University in 1974 and his PhD in regulatory biology from Cleveland State University in 1982. Following postdoctoral work at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston he joined Rice University as a Laboratory Coordinator in 1987. Before turning to full time teaching Dr. Caprette conducted research in areas of physiology, cell biology, and biochemistry. Since 1987, he has been responsible for the development and teaching of undergraduate laboratory courses including general and cell biology, microbiology, physiology, and specialized courses such as cell culture and electron microscopy. His additional interests include the development of interdisciplinary collaborations among laboratory educators in the science and engineering, the promotion of scientific literacy among K-12 teachers through talks and workshops, and educational assessment and the development of effective teaching methods in the context of laboratory education.
Michael Fordis, MD, is the founding director of the Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies at Baylor College of Medicine. The Center leads Baylor's efforts in research, development and use of multimedia, information, and distance learning technologies in professional and patient education and related health care applications. Dr. Fordis also serves as the Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Baylor and is active in both the Society for Continuing Medical Education (SACME) and in the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education. In SACME he serves on the Board, is the Southern Region Representative, and serves on the Endowment Council and Research Committee. He also serves on the Professional Education Committee of the American Heart Association and on the editorial board of Cancer Spectrum, the online Journal of National Cancer Institute. In 2003, Dr. Fordis received the Fox Award from SACME for research in continuing medical education. In 2004, the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education presented Dr. Fordis with the President's Award for Exemplary Service in CME. While at the NIH, he received a number of awards including the Secretary's (Secretary of the Department of Heath and Human Services) Award for Exceptional Achievement (one of the highest awards bestowed by the Department of Health and Human Services. the federal agency that oversees the NIH), the NIH Director's Award, and recognition from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for his efforts in science education. His research interests focus upon applications of technology to physician learning and behavioral change, outcomes assessment, and faculty resources.
Tadzia GrandPré, PhD, received her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Washington and Lee University in 1998. After earning her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale University in 2002, she spent several years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Neurobiology Department at Harvard Medical School. Dr. GrandPré joined BCM in 2007 as a Research Associate in the Center for Educational Outreach. She contributes to a variety of projects aimed at improving teaching and learning in science, including developing and editing materials for BCM's BioEd Online website.
Marlene MacLeish, EdD, is Professor of Medical Education in the Department of Medical Education at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Fernbank Science Center - SpaceStation Fernbank Advisory Board; member of the Board of Directors of Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education; and an Ad Hoc member of NASA's Life Sciences Advisory Subcommittee of the Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications Advisory Committee. She leads the K-12 education and outreach team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, a nationwide consortium of research institutions funded by NASA.
Gail Bromiley McGee, BS, received her bachelor's degree and her Texas biology-teaching certificate from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She attended the University of Texas in Austin, studying science education with a specific interest in botany and zoology. After beginning her career in the Dallas Independent School District, Mrs. McGee moved to Houston where she spent four years teaching at St. Pius X, a Catholic high school. While in the doctor's office, she found a map of the Houston Medical Center that illustrated the DeBakey High School for Health Professions, a magnet school for students interested in the field of health. She accepted a position and served as their biology teacher and science department chair for four years. She has recently moved to Carnegie Vanguard High School, the only all gifted and talented high school in the Houston Independent School District. While, Mrs. McGee hopes that all her students pursue a future in science her philosophy centers on preparing her students to be good citizens, consumers and voters. Mrs. McGee actively participates in professional development, including as a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers and as a participant of the Baylor GK-12 program. In March of 2004, Mrs. McGee received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science for the state of Texas. While in Washington DC receiving the award, she had the privilege of testifying for the Science Committee of the United States House of Representatives on the role of the federal government in science education.
Ronald L. McNeel, DrPH, received his Bachelor’s degree in biology and Master’s degree in physiology from the University of Houston. In 1974, he began a career in pediatric endocrinology research at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He later earned a degree in medical technology from The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center-Houston, and then served as Hospital Laboratory Director at Mt. San Rafael Hospital, Trinidad, Colorado. In 1989, he returned to BCM as an instructor, and to research childhood obesity. He earned his DrPH in Community Health Practice from the UT School of Public Health in 2003, and has authored 28 peer-reviewed research articles. He later transitioned to a high school teaching career, and taught AP biology, anatomy and physiology, pre-AP biology, and ealth science technology. In 2008, Dr. McNeel joined the CEO, where he serves on NSF-funded projects that partner scientists with Houston-area teachers, and collaborates with his CEO colleagues to develop science curriculum teaching modules.
Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, is Assistant Professor, Allied Health Sciences; and Associate Director of the CEO. Before arriving at BCM, she taught grades 1–5 in the Houston Independent School District, both as a classroom teacher and as a Science Lab Specialist. Ms. Tharp is a primary author and teacher-trainer on BCM’s curriculum development projects, and Curriculum Director of the BioEd Online and SuperSTAAR websites. In addition, she coordinates several CEO teacher professional development programs. Ms. Tharp was a Master Teacher in Rice University’s School Mathematics Project, Past-President of the Metropolitan Association of Teachers of Science of Houston and of the Texas Council for Elementary Science, Past-President of the Council for Elementary Science International, and a member of the National Science Teachers Association’s Committee for Professional Development. Ms. Tharp is a Fellow of the National Science Leadership Academy, and active in numerous professional organizations.
William A. Thomson, PhD, is Deputy Director of Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies and also holds an appointment as professor of Family and Community Medicine. For the past 25 years, he has directed numerous educational projects focusing on health-related issues funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, US Department of Education, the Health Resources Services Administration, and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Thomson also serves as Director of the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) at BCM. The CEO has produced award-winning science- and health-related materials (the nervous system and environmental health) for children and the general public, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Widely published, he has served as guest editor for Academic Medicine. His research interests are minority health and the applications of information technology in teaching and learning. Dr. Thomson also is associate team lead for the NSBRI Education and Public Outreach Team. He received his doctoral degree in Administration and Health Education from Texas A&M University, College Station.
Cindy Martinez-Wedig, PhD, earned her bachelor's degree in diary science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1981, and her master's and doctoral degrees in dairy science at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Currently, she is a lecturer in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg, TX, where she teaches courses in General Biology, Mammalian Physiology, Inquiry-Based Science and Cell Biology, directs a South Texas high school outreach program, and coordinates preparation of UTPA biology majors interested in obtaining teacher certification in secondary education. She also was involved in developing an interdisciplinary science major for middle school teachers at UTPA. In addition, since 1995, Dr. Martinez-Wedig has served as Program Coordinator for the Premedical Honors College (PHC) at UTPA, an eight-year, high-school-through medical school program operated in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine. Her responsibilities as coordinator include recruiting students, publishing and distributing a monthly newsletter, and conducting an on-line high school outreach program to improve academic preparedness of participating high school students. Since its establishment, the PHC has become a significant producer of the nation's Mexican-American medical students, and in 2001, it was awarded the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board STAR award for its pivotal role in expanding educational pathways for Texas students.
Gregory L. Vogt, EdD, received a Bachelor’s degree in general science education, and Master’s degree in education/Earth science, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Vogt began his professional career as an 8th grade science teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Several years later, he joined the NASA Aerospace Education Services Program, through which he worked with more than 1,000 schools across the Midwest. He then transferred to NASA Headquarters to work in educational publications. Later, Dr. Vogt was recruited to be the executive director of a new science museum, Discovery World, in Milwaukee, and he led the museum’s development and opening. After receiving his Doctorate in curriculum and instruction, Dr. Vogt became the Crew Educational Affairs Liaison in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center. His work there involved supporting space flight educational events and developing classroom videos. Dr. Vogt is a curriculum writer and children’s author with more than 80 children’s science books published. His work at BCM focuses on special projects, professional development for teachers, student support, and the development of educational materials.
Christopher A. Burnett, BA, earned his Bachelor's degree in communication from the University of California, San Diego. He joined the CEO as an intern in 2010, and became a full-time staff member later that year. Mr. Burnett now is a communications writer and project coordinator, helping to manage and update CEO websites (BioEdOnline.org and SuperSTAAR.org). He plays a leading role in maintaining and expanding the CEO's social media presence on the Internet and develops video content for CEO websites. Mr. Burnett also assists in coordinating several of the Center's professional development programs, distributing CEO curricular materials and providing support for multiple projects.
Travis A. Kelleher is Website Designer for the CEO. Having trained at The Art Institute of Houston and completed numerous professional development programs, and with more than 13 years of experience in graphic design, photography, video production and web development, Mr. Kelleher possesses a wide range of new-media skills. Before joining the CEO, he worked with The University of Texas Health Science Center, BCM’s Institutional Web Management team, and Rice University’s Baker Institute. He also has managed his own company, Circapoint Media, which provided multimedia services to a wide variety of clients. An instrumental contributor to the expansion of the CEO's Internet presence, Mr. Kelleher has led the redesign of BCMs BioEd Online website, and the development of a new teacher resources site, called SuperSTAAR. Mr. Kelleher also produces photo, video and motion graphics content for the CEO.
Martha S. Young, BFA, is Project Manager, serving as a creative director and designer for CEO print and Internet publications. Ms. Young received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993, majoring in graphic communications at the University of Houston. Immediately thereafter, she began working as Editorial Production Manager of Hydrocarbon Processing, an oil and gas trade magazine produced by Gulf Publishing Company in Houston. She joined Baylor’s Center for Educational Outreach in 1995 to serve as Senior Editor of SS&C science publications. Her role subsequently was expanded to utilize her skills as a print designer, illustrator, photographer, and layout and production artist. Ms Young has since contributed to more than 300 new and revised publications, as well as designing and producing presentation and promotional materials. Most recently, she incorporated new technology skills which allow her to play a lead role in creating visuals and preparing educational content for Baylor’s BioEd Online, and the Center's department website. Ms. Young is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.