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DR. JESSICA VANDENPLAS

DR. JESSICA VANDENPLAS

WISE Faculty Director

Jessie is an associate professor of chemistry at GVSU. She received a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Catholic University of America in 2008, after completing an MS in Forensic Science at the George Washington University, and a BS in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research is focused in the area of chemistry education, and uses educational and psychological methodologies to investigate student learning in chemistry. Current research is focused on using eye-tracking techniques to examine student problem solving and cognitive load in chemistry, as well as the use of technology in the classroom.

DR. MELISSA TALLMAN

DR. MELISSA TALLMAN

WISE Faculty Fellow

Lissa Tallman joined the GVSU biomedical sciences department in 2012.  Her research focus is on human and primate evolution and specifically on the evolution of human and primate locomotion.  Her current research is a mixture of laboratory based studies of primate soft tissue variation and quantitative analysis of shape and field based studies at her fossil site in the Tatacoa Desert in Colombia.

DR. PAMELA WELLS

DR. PAMELA WELLS

WISE Faculty Fellow

Pam is a professor in the Mathematics Department at GVSU specializing in elementary education.  Pam earned her Masters in Mathematics from Purdue University and her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky.  Pam enjoys working with college students, elementary students, and elementary school teachers and learning math with them.  When not at work, Pam enjoys singing, playing with her dogs, and musical theater.

DR. LAURA KAPITULA

DR. LAURA KAPITULA

WISE Faculty Fellow

Laura currently serves as an associate professor of Statistics at Grand Valley State University. She earned a PhD in Statistics and a MS in Cognitive Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Her focus as an educator is the effective teaching of statistics with a focus on statistical computing and modeling.  Her research interests include education statistics and evaluation, hierarchical modeling and longitudinal data analysis, influence diagnostics, epidemiology and statistical graphics. She is a highly experienced applied statistician and consultant who has had the opportunity to work collaboratively in many diverse content areas including: education, medicine, transportation research, human computer interaction, epidemiology and psychology.


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