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July 13, 2018

UMass Boston Professor named to STEM Education Advisory Panel


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Arthur Eisenkraft is director of UMass Boston's Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC).

In consultation with the Department of Education, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation (NSF) today named Arthur Eisenkraft, distinguished professor of science education and the director of UMass Boston's Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC), to a new advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education.

"Serving on the STEM Education Advisory Panel for NSF, NASA, NOAA, and DOE will provide me with an opportunity to support the values of STEM education that UMass Boston recognizes and encourages," Eisenkraft said. "If these science research organizations can all speak with a common voice regarding evidenced based reasoning and science understanding, we can ensure that the United States moves forward to a better future for everyone in America."

Congress authorized creation of the STEM Education Advisory Panel to advise a group of federal organizations called the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM) on matters related to STEM education.

In particular, Congress authorized the panel to help identify opportunities to update the 2013-2018 Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan, which CoSTEM developed to improve the efficiency, coordination and impact of federally supported STEM education investments.

In addition, the panel will assess CoSTEM’s progress in carrying out responsibilities mandated by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act.

“This new panel has an opportunity to bring fresh eyes and novel approaches to CoSTEM’s next five-year strategic plan, which will help enhance the nation’s entire STEM ecosystem,” said NSF Director France Córdova, who co-chairs CoSTEM. “NSF continues to generate benefits for society through STEM research. To fulfill that mission, we and our federal partners need to make strategic investments to create new generations of discoverers.”

Eisenkraft is one of 18 people named to the panel, which is made up of individuals from nonprofit, business, academic, and informal education organizations. His research interests include development and evaluation of curriculum, assessing technological literacy, new models of distance learning, transfer of learning, problem-based learning models, pedagogical content knowledge, integrating science and sports, and bringing quality science instruction to all students, including those from traditionally under-represented minorities.