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July 11, 2007
Dr. Gerald Wheeler, Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association, 7-12-07
As the Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Dr. Gerald Wheeler heads the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.
Prior to joining NSTA, Dr. Wheeler was Director of the Science/Math Resource Center and Professor of Physics at Montana State University. He also headed the Public Understanding of Science and Technology Division at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has served as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
Dr. Wheeler received an undergraduate degree in science education from Boston University and a Master's degree in physics and a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics, both from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Between undergraduate and graduate school, he taught high school physics, chemistry, and physical science.
For much of his career Dr. Wheeler has played a key role in the development of mass media projects that showcase science for students. He was involved in the creation of 3-2-1 Contact for the Children's Television Workshop, served on advisory boards for the Voyage of the Mimi and the PBS children's series CRO, and created and hosted Sidewalk Science, a television show for young people on CBS-affiliate WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. Dr. Wheeler has co-directed the National Teachers Enhancement Network, an NSF-funded distance learning project offering science and math courses nationwide.
Dr. Wheeler is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and mass media work, including outstanding teaching awards from Temple University, the University of Hartford, and Montana State University, as well as the AAPT Milliken Award. He is a fellow of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and AAAS and has served on advisory boards and committees for the American Institute of Physics and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Dr. Wheeler's publications include numerous books, research and education articles, and reviews.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of more than 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
NSTA’s four award-winning journals—The Science Teacher (grades 9-12), Science Scope (6-8), Science and Children (K-5), and Journal of College Science Teaching—provide more than 100,000 teachers with proven classroom instructional techniques.
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