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Hugo Rossi Lecture Series

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education administers the Hugo Rossi Lecture Series which was named in honor of the CSME’s founding director. The lecture series is designed to bridge the College of Science and College of Education by attracting speakers whose scholarly pursuits include K-16 math/science education research.

The Hugo Rossi Lecture Series typically brings 4-6 speakers to campus each year. The College of Education, the School of Biological Sciences, and the departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy are invited to nominate and host speakers. For information about the nomination process, please contact

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Previous Hugo Rossi Presentations

    • March 15, 2023: Dr. Clifton Sanders, Provost for Academic Affairs at Salt Lake Community College, presented "Becoming and Belonging: A STEM Journey".
    • January 13, 2023: Dr. Charles Henderson (Western Michigan University) and Dr. Melissa Dancy (Western Michigan University) presented “How Well-meaning People of Privilege Maintain Inequality in Physics and STEM”.
    • Carrie Tzou, University of Washington – “Designing family-centered science and engineering education for culturally thriving communities” (hosted by the College of Education)
    • Simone Hyater-Adams, American Physical Society – “Becoming an agent of change in physics” (hosted by the Department of Physics & Astronomy)
    • Renee Cole, University of Iowa – “Enhancing learning by promoting and assessing more than content knowledge” (hosted by Department of Chemistry)
    • Kara Jackson, University of Washington – “Improving mathematics teaching at scale: Centering equity-specific learning demands” (hosted by the College of Education)
    • Erin Dolan, University of Georgia – “Undergraduate Research at Scale: What if the treatment is a CURE?” (hosted by School of Biological Sciences)
    • Kelly Mack, Association of American Colleges and Universities – “That None Shall Perish” (co-hosted by CSME’s HHMI UPSTEM project)
    • Erika Bullock, University of Wisconsin-Madison – “Equity in Mathematics Education as an Exercise in Benevolence” (hosted by the College of Education)
    • CANCELLED: Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University – “Physics education research in higher education: What can we learn from the top-cited papers in the Physical Review?” (hosted by Department of Physics & Astronomy)
    • Chris Rasmussen, San Diego State University – “Insights from Two National Studies of Precalculus through Calculus 2” (hosted by the Department of Mathematics – virtual lecture)
    • Nathan Klingbeil, Wright State University – “Uncorking Curricular Bottlenecks to Student Success in STEM” (February 27, 2019, co-hosted by HHMI UPSTEM)
    • Gina Frey, Washington University in St. Louis – “Concept-Building Approaches: How do Students’ Approaches Affect their Performances in Chemistry Courses?” (September 25, 2017, hosted by the Department of Chemistry)
    • Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland – “Supporting students in building interdisciplinary connections across physics and biology” (October 5, 2017, hosted by the Department of Physics & Astronomy)
    • Natasha Speer, University of Maine – “Why did they think that? The use and development of mathematical knowledge for teaching at the undergraduate level” (November 30, 2017, hosted by the Department of Mathematics)
    • Rochelle Gutierrez, University of Illinois – “Rehumanizing Mathematics: Should That Be Our Goal?” (January 18, 2018, hosted by the College of Education)
    • David Asai, Howard Hughes Medical Institute – “Inclusive Excellence in STEM” (March 15, 2018)
    • Kimberly D. Tanner, San Francisco State University – “Collectively Improving Our Teaching: Department-wide Efforts in Scientific Teaching that Produced Classroom Transformations, Unanticipated Discoveries, and Scholarly Publications” (April 12, 2018 – hosted by the Department of Biology)
    • Ilana Horn, Vanderbilt University – “An Asset Orientation is Everything: How Strengths-Based Approaches to Math Teaching Help Teachers and Students” (March 29, 2017 – hosted by College of Education)
    • Jenny Knight, University of Colorado, Boulder – “Improving student learning through understanding reasoning and problem solving practices” (February 23, 2017 – hosted by Department of Biology)
    • Cynthia Passmore, University of California, Davis – “Learning about versus figuring out: Engaging students in the practice of modeling in the science classroom” (February 2, 2017 – hosted by College of Education)
    • Diane Bunce, The Catholic University of America  – “How do we use research on teaching and learning to influence our teaching?” (October 4, 2016 – hosted by Department of Chemistry)
    • David Laude, University of Texas – Austin – “Creating a Campus Culture Where Every Student Graduates” (April 15, 2016)
    • Mary Wenderoth, University of Washington – “End of Lecture: The Future of Evidence-Based Teaching” (April 8, 2016)
    • Carol GrossUniversity of California San Francisco – “Participation of Women in Science: Problems and Solutions” (March 23, 2016)
    • Charles Coble, Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI) and The Third Mile Group and Teacher Preparation Analytics – “Ten Key Questions University Leaders Should Ask About Quality Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation” (March 7, 2016)
    • Jill Marshall, University of Texas – Austin – “The UTeach Model of STEM Teacher Preparation: Replication and Opportunities for Growth” (February 17, 2016)
    • Susan Shadle, Boise State University – “Stimulating Change in STEM Education: Engaging Faculty at the Department Level” (January 27, 2016)
    • Michael Schatz, Georgia Institute of Technology – “Fully Online Introductory Physics with a Bona Fide Lab” (January 20, 2016)
    • David Feldon, Utah State University – “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Using the Lessons of Science to Prepare and Retain Skilled Teachers of Science” (December 2, 2015)
    • Ken Heller, University of Minnesota – “Why Doesn’t It Work Here? A systems approach to physics instruction” (October 7, 2015)
    • Scott Baldridge, Louisiana State University – “A Story of Mathematics Curriculum: Eureka Math” (August 26, 2015)
    • Michael W. Klymkowsky, University of Colorado Boulder – “Challenges in Implementing, Designing and Delivering Coherent Curricula in STEM (and particularly Biology)” (April 15, 2015)
    • Eric Mazur, Harvard University – “Confessions of a converted lecturer” (March 2, 2015)
    • Melanie M Cooper, Michigan State University – “Evidence-Based Approaches to STEM Curriculum Reform” (February 9, 2015)
    • Jeffrey S. MooreUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – “College Coaching for 21st Century Minds” (January 27, 2015)
    • Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan – “Why is Skillful Mathematics Teaching So Important and (How) Could the U.S. Supply it at Scale?” (November 3, 2014)
    • Janice Bradley, New Mexico State University – “It’s All of Us: Creating Effective Learning Environments for Diverse Learners” (October 1, 2014)
    • David Temme, University of Utah – “How can the brain (a biological organ) best be schooled by school?” (February 5, 2014)
    • Jan-Willem van Holten, Leiden University – “HiSPARC: an experiment in science and education” (January 10, 2014)
    • Steven Case, Kansas University – “The Path to STEM Literacy: traveling a hard road” (December 3, 2013)
    • Charles Atwood, University of Utah  – “Improving Success Rates in Large General Chemistry Classes” (November 12, 2013)
    • Brett Moulding – “Understanding the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards” (November 4, 2013)
    • Fred Swanson, Oregon State University – “From the Physical to the Philosophical: Science-Arts-Humanities Collaborations at Sites of Long-Term Ecological Inquiry” (April 17, 2013)
    • Janine Remillard, University of Pennsylvania – “Making Mathematics Locally Relevant for Teachers and Students” (March 1, 2013)
    • David Chard, Southern Methodist University – “Transforming Public Education: Balancing Innovation with Evidence” (January 28, 2013)
    • Herb Clemens, Ohio State University – “Mathematics Teachers as Professionals” (September 19, 2012)
    • Saundra Y. McGuire, Louisiana State University – “Strategies for Effective Mentoring of 21st Century STEM Students” (March 19, 2012)