Founding Managing Editor
- Deanne B. Erdmann, MS (late)
Web Designer and Developer
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 (late), 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.
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.
Dolores "Lollie" Garay, MST, In 2018, I joined Baylor as an instructor in the School for Health Professions and the Center for Educational Outreach, where my responsibilities include planning and conducting large-scale teacher professional development programs, mentoring K–12 students in after-school STEM clubs and designing national standards-based curriculum materials for use in classrooms. My goal is to continue to advocate for teacher and scientist collaborations to energize both in their respective fields, and to engage more students and teachers in STEM learning experiences and activities. [More...]
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.
Web Designer and Developer
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.