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National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science FoundationMany of our programs are researched and funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" The NSF fulfills its mission chiefly by issuing limited-term grants -- currently about 10,000 new awards per year, with an average duration of three years -- to fund specific research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system. Most of these awards go to individuals or small groups of investigators. Others provide funding for research centers, instruments and facilities that allow scientists, engineers and students to work at the outermost frontiers of knowledge.

NSF's goals--discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship--provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens, build the nation's research capability through investments in advanced instrumentation and facilities, and support excellence in science and engineering research and education through a capable and responsive organization. The NSF is "where discoveries begin."

BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study)
BSCS Biology: A Human Approach
BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach

Since 1958, BSCS has endeavored to improve all students’ understanding of science and technology by developing exemplary curricular materials, supporting their widespread and effective use, providing professional development, and conducting research and evaluation studies. The BSCS Center for Curriculum Development specializes in designing science curricula for today’s students and teachers—comprehensive and supplemental, multi-disciplinary and single discipline programs, for K-College. BSCS has a new generation of science curricula for a new generation of students. BSCS is a leader in the field of science education because of our support for the teaching of evolution, our comprehensive approach to improved science teaching and learning, and our development and implementation of the BSCS 5E Instructional Model.

John Funkhouser and Barbara Ball-Deslich
Forensic Science for High School

John Funkhouser received a BA in Chemistry from Amherst College in 1956 and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Hawaii in 1966. He retired as operations manager in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University in 1997. During his career, Dr. Funkhouser has worked as a research scientist in industry, government, and academia, and as an educator in secondary and higher education institutions. He continues to consult in chemistry and forensic science as he has for the last 25 years.

Barbara Ball-Deslich received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1983 and an MBA from Central Michigan University in 1999. She has been teaching forensic science, physics, and chemistry at Everett High School, Lansing, Michigan, since 1991. Ms. Ball-Deslich has been active in curriculum development throughout her career. She has worked for the Michigan Department of Education, the Lansing School District, and Michigan State University developing standards and benchmarks, curricula, unit plans and assessments for science.

John W. Christensen and Teri L. Christensen
Global Science

John W. Christensen taught science in the Cherry Creek School District in Englewood, Colorado for 27 years. He pioneered in the development of global science materials as early as 1968. Broadening and improving these materials has involved years of study and travel to conference, workshops, conventions, and resource-related facilities from coast to coast. John received a B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota and an M.S. in Natural Science from New Mexico Highlands University, majoring in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. He spent four summers on a National Science Foundation (NSF) team focusing on the production of relevant classroom materials for uncommitted students. John has retired from the high school classroom and works full time on the Global Science Curriculum Program.

Teri L. Christensen teaches high school biology, global science, and AP environmental science in the Cherry Creek School District located in the Denver metropolitan area. She works on expanding global science material during the summer months. She received a B.S. degree from California Lutheran University where she majored in biology with an emphasis on marine biology. She earned an M.S. in biology from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis on botany. Her graduate thesis was a see viability study done through the Center fro Genetic Resource Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Kelly Deters
Kendall/Hunt Chemistry: Discovering Chemistry You Need to Know

Kelly Deters earned her Bachelor's in Chemistry from the Colorado College in Colorado Springs and received a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Natural Sciences from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She’s currently working on her PhD with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Kelly is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent/Young Adult Chemistry. She is in her ninth year of teaching at Shawnee Heights High School in Tecumseh, Kansas. She has teaching experience in large public high schools and a small private school. Kelly has taught chemistry, chemistry with an emphasis on art (a curriculum she designed), honors chemistry, AP chemistry and general chemistry at a community college as well as physics. She has presented at the school, district, state and national level on curriculum reform and inquiry lab techniques.