CV

Professional experience

Professional experience
On going

Staff Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Scientific interests: science literacy, teachers' professional development, RRI & ICT

2009-2014

Senior Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

1991-2000

High-school chemistry teacher
"De-Shalit" high-school, Rehovot & "Gimnasya Realit" high-school, Rishon Le-Zion

1989–1990

Orgenics LTD, Biotech industry
Quality control management, developing and implementing ISO 2000 standards

Education

Education
2008-2009

Post Doctoral Research fellow
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
Advisors: Prof. Avi Hofstin &Prof. David Fortus
Main Activities: Research on students understanding of multi-disciplinary aspects of energy; Developing a learning progression for modeling.

2005-2007

Post Doctoral Research fellow
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Advisor: Prof Joe Krajcik
Main Activity: Development; implementation and assessment of a coordinated science curriculum for middle school level.

2006

Designing and Teaching On-line courses.
The concord consortium.
A moderated online course for instruction using online environments.

2004-2005

Research fellow
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
advisor: Prof. Avi Hofstein
Main Activities: Development of pedagogy and evaluation of the CONNECT project; Curriculum development for the advanced chemistry course, at high-school level.

1998 – 2004

PhD in Science Education
Direct PhD track. Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
Supervisors: Prof. Avi Hofstein and Dr. Ruth Ben-Zvi
Dissertation: “Chemical Literacy: Defining it with teachers and assessing its expression at the high-school level “

1991 – 1992

Teaching Diploma
The Ministry of Education & Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
Main Topics: educational processes, psychology and cognition, and the methodology of chemistry

1986 – 1989

BSc. in Chemistry
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan

Scientific Productivity

Students & Post-docs

Students & Post-docs
On Going

Ms. Rachel Eidelman – Self regulated learning in an online virtual chemistry class

Mr. Emil Eiding – Socio-scientific issues and informal argumentation

Previous

Mr. Dadi Marom – PhD student – Green chemistry, digital texts and thinking skills. In collaboration with Prof. Dori, Technion

Ms. Neta Avraham-Green PhD student – Environmental Chemistry education

Mr. Emil Eidin – Msc student (with Dr. Mamlok-Naaman, Weizmann Institute) – Promoting critical thinking and understanding of NOS (Nature of Science) of high-school students

Dr. Yamit Saraabi-Naor (Postdoctoral fellow) investigating students' motivation to learn chemistry

Ms. Hend Basheer – Msc. (with Dr. David Fortus, Weizmann Institute). Topic: Characterizing and Developing Middle School Students' DGOA (Data Gathering, Organization, and Analysis) Skills During Science Labs

National Projects

National Projects
On-Going

Head of National Teachers center for science and Technology (1000K NIS)

"Virtual chemistry school" ((כימיה ברשת – in collaboration with Davidson Institute

2012-2016

Facilitating the organization of Chemistry conferences for high-school students, as part of the educational initiatives of Rotchild Weizmann project

2013-2015

Leader of 'Science for All (MUTAL)' division in the National center for Science and Technology  teachers 500K

2012-2013

Inquiry Forum with Prof. Eylon, Prof. Yarden, Dr. Bamberger, Dr. Furman-Sharban & Tom Bielik

2011-2012

Proteoepdia (with Prof. Sussman and Prof. Priluskey, Structural Biology and bioinformatics department) Facilitating Teachers professional programs in the Proteopedia environment – Developing proteoepedia activities for high school students.

2010-2011

External evaluator of a laboratory safety program at the Ben-Gurion university (with Prof. Kushmaro, Ben-Gurion University) 20K$

2009-2011

Facilitating a 2 years program for Chemistry-Teachers leaders, including facilitation of a virtual community of learners

2008-2016 PI of a the project "Chemistry, Industry, and the Environment in the eyes of the individual and society - A national project to encourage chemistry studies in Israel 250K$

International collaborations

International collaborations

2014-2017

"ENGAGE" – An FP7 consortium project submitted to the European Commission, funded 178K Euros. PI Tony Sherbourne, Sheffield University, UK

2006-2009

MODELS: An NSF funded project aimed at the design, implementation and assessment of learning progression of modeling and meta-knowledge associated with the practice. Collaborating with Northwestern university – P.I. Prof. Resier, University of Michigan – P.I. Prof. Krajcik, Michigan State university – P.I. Dr. Schwartz, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel – P.I. Dr. David Fortus, and Project 2061.

2005

Al-Quds Chemistry lab projects

An EU funded Israeli-Palestinian project, which aims at developing lab activities for students in Al-Quds university, P.I Prof, Hassan Duek, Al Quds University. In this project, I mentored and guided the Palestinian colleagues, demonstrating the lab procedures, as well as providing pedagogical advice.

2004-2005

CONNECT: An EU-funded project aiming at enhancing the connections between school science and museum visits using augmented reality technologies.
P.I. Prof. Ozengulou, Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars
2010 Dr. Astrid Wichmann, Department of Instructional Psychology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. 8th-26th of February 2010.
2010 Alexandra Schultz, PhD graduate student from DFG-research-group & Research Training Group Teaching and Learning of Science at University Duisburg-Essen (didactics of chemistry) 4-31 of October 2010
2013

Dr. Simone Ables - Universität Wien, Österreichisches Kompetenzzentrum für Didaktik der Chemie

Dr. Varena Pietzner. Wildsheim university, Germany. (In collaboration with prof. Sussman and Prof Prieluskey)

Ms. Nechama Averick, A graduate summer student, The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, Macaulay Honors Colleg

2014 Dr. Matthias Straller, A visiting PhD student from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, TU Dresden

Curriculum Design

Curriculum Design

2014

Developing learning materials for inquiry Modeling – MUTAL – in collaboration with Dr. Limor Daphna

2012-2014

Engaging Science innovative teaching for responsible citizenship – a teachers' guide. In collaboration with ENGAGE team

2013

Developing virtual learning materials on the topic of Nano-materials in dental medicine, in collaboration with Prof. Hanna Dudyuk, Polymers and Plastic education, Shenkar college.

Developing Teaching materials in the topic of "Chemistry and Health"

2010-2011

Design and Facilitation of a teaching improvement workshop for the members of the chemistry faculty in collaboration with: Prof. Gilad Haran, Prof. Nir Orion

2009-2010

Development of a teaching model and set of activities for coherent teaching of Scientific Ideas. In collaboration with the National Teacher center of Mutav, Technion http://www.mutav.org.il/info.php?id=57&field=3

2006-2007

Leader of team developing a middle-school chemistry unit: "Where do I get the energy to do things?"  HiCe, School of Education, The University of Michigan. 

Senior member of team developing a middle-school chemistry unit: "How can I smell things across the room?" HiCe, School of Education, The University of Michigan. 

2006

Leader of team developing 11th grade chemistry textbook in Israel: "Chemical bonding and quantitative relations in the materials world". Department of Science teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science.

National and International Recognition

Grants, Awards and fellowships

Grants, Awards and fellowships
2017 incumbent of the Maurice Levy staff Scientist chair in Science Teaching  Chair

2016

Award for special contribution to Science & Technology teaching in Israel – MUTAL inspector, Ministry of education
2014 Incumbent for staff scientists with substantial records of achievement
2014

ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI)

2011

Incumbent of the Benjamin H. Swig & Jzck D. Weiler Career development chair
2009 Karen Siem grant 20K$
2005-2007 CCMS scholarship for post doctoral fellows in the University of Michigan. CCMS is a centre funded by project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), aimed for developing leaders in research on curriculum materials
2004 Orli-Kaplan award, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
2001 – 2004 Sacta-Rashi scholarship for excellency in PhD studies
1987 Ulpanat De-Shalit – A scholarship and a summer science program for outstanding chemistry students, undergraduate programs, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

Organizing committees

Organizing committees
On Going

A Member of the steering committee of Science and Technology teachers,

A member of the steering committee of the project "We have chemistry" – an educative initiative and a collaboration of the science teaching department at the Weizmann Institute and CIL

2014

Steering committee of Tedx weizmann institute.
http://www.tedxweizmanninstitute.com

2009-2015 A member of the steering committee of the project "we have chemistry" – an educative initiative and a collaboration of the science teaching department at the Weizmann Institute and CIL
2006 Organization of a video-analysis symposium, KSI, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Other

Other
2011

Participating in a symposium "advancing science and research in conflict areas" Organized by IPSO, at the Cyprus institute Nicosia, Cypruse, June 2011

Professional association membership: NARST, ESERA, CCMS.