Associate Director for the Life and Physical Sciences
Phone: (401) 863-9192
Carie is passionate about science education and science communication. She is an astronomer, trained at Wellesley College (BA: Mathematics & Astronomy, concentrated coursework in Economics), Wesleyan University (MA: Astronomy) & Yale University (MS, MPhil, PhD: Astronomy). Her astrophysics research on the evolution of galaxies over the history of the Universe concentrates on the connection between the growth of a galaxy’s central black hole and the growth of its stars. Carie is actively involved in Citizen Science as a member of the Galaxy Zoo science team (www.galaxyzoo.org) and frequently gives public talks about Astronomy & Citizen Science.
Carie’s interest in incorporating results from educational research into the classroom led her to become a Fellow at the Yale Graduate Teaching center and to a postdoctoral position at MIT in physics education research. While at MIT, Carie’s education research program focused on statistical techniques of assessment and she worked on integrating technological resources into an introductory physics class, which she helped to reformat from traditional lectures to small group problem-solving sessions.
Carie joined the Sheridan Center in 2011 as an Associate Director where she works with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in the sciences in implementing innovative science curricula. Carie runs the Sheridan Teaching Seminar on Reflective Teaching (Teaching Certificate I) and the Professional Development Seminar for the Sciences (Teaching Certificate III). She creates innovative and engaging professional development programs, many of which focus on effective use of technology in the classroom.