Published: Dec. 21, 2012

Robert Parson, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Fellow of JILA. Professor Parson's formal engagement with STEM education began in 2006, when he became the Chemistry and Biochemistry director for the CU Science Education Initiative. Since then, he has participated in the development and assessment of interactive tutorials for use in chemistry recitation sections, training programs for graduate teaching assistants, models for using Learning Assistants in large chemistry classes, and instruments for measuring students' understanding of fundamental concepts in undergraduate physical chemistry. He is also a co-principal investigator for the PhET project which develops interactive computer simulations for enhancing science education across multiple disciplines and carries out research on the impact of these simulations on student learning and on students' attitudes and beliefs about science.

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