Dr. Louise Mead is an evolutionary biologist with a broad range of teaching and administrative experience. Louise started her career as a high school science teacher and then earned a PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts. She spent four years as the Education Project Director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), and is currently the Education Director at the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology, teaches undergraduate biology and evolution. Louise is also leading two NSF funded educational research projects – Collaborative Research: Scientific Data in Schools: Measuring the efficacy of an innovative approach to integrating quantitative reasoning in secondary science; Collaborative Research: Connected Biology: Three-dimensional learning from molecules to populations.
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