Ben Van Dusen

Awards & Honors

2014        CU Boulder Graduate School Travel Grant
2013        National Center for Atmospheric Research selected artist
2013        Invited cover artist for the January, February, March, and April issues of Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences
2013        PERLOC Scholar-in-Residence Grant
2013        CU Boulder Graduate School Travel Grant
2013        Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education
2012        Forum on Graduate Student Affairs (FGSA) Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
2012        Interdisciplinary Research Institute in STEM Education Scholar
2011        CU Boulder Graduate School Travel Grant
2011        PERLOC conference scholarship
2011        Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education
2011        Finalist in the PERC proceedings paper award
2010        Women Investing in the School of Education (CU Boulder) Grant

Research

My research investigates how tools can be used to mediate the transformation of social practices to make physics classes more engaging and motivating.

Teaching

2004-2009        Science Teacher, South Eugene High School, Eugene, OR
        Taught (AP/IB) Physics, earth science, chemistry, and math; Department head; Faculty president; Apprenticed student teachers.

Service & Outreach

2013-2014        Using Tablets in the Physics Classroom Session organizer – AAPT winter meeting
2013-2015        Inaugural member of the Physics Education Research Consortium of Graduate Students
2013        Tablets in the Classroom session organizer – AAPT Summer meeting
2012        Founding member of the Albert Einstein Fellowship Alumni Association
2012        CU Boulder Elementary Science Education Faculty Search Committee
2012        Founder of the Physics Education Research Consortium of Graduate Students
2012        Founder of the graduate student position on PERLOC
2012        Member of the Physics Education Research Graduate Representative Group
2012        National Science Bowl Question Reviewer (Physics)
2012        Interdisciplinary Research Institute in STEM Education Scholar
2012        Cofounder of Teachers of Physics in Training group – University of Colorado Boulder
2012        University supervisor for science student teachers
2010        National Lab Day advisor
2010        Creation of an instillation at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry demonstrating optical scattering on chaotic systems
2009-2010        Consultant on NSF’s Education and Human Resources on their science education video series
2009        Creation of an instillation at the Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art to bridge the gap between the scientist and the larger population
1997        Co-designed, created, and installed the nationals largest three dimensional model of the solar system