Earth Analysis Techniques Team

Carla McAuliffe, Ph.D., Professional Development Specialist, Educational Researcher, and Curriculum Developer

Dr. Carla McAuliffe is a professional development specialist, curriculum developer, project director, educational researcher, and evaluator at TERC, a non-profit research and development organization based in Cambridge, MA. She has taught junior high life and physical science, high school Earth science and biology, and various instructional technology courses for college. Dr. McAuliffe holds a Ph.D. in Learning and Instructional Technology and has facilitated numerous workshops and professional development experiences for teachers using visualization technologies. She has extensive experience developing instructional materials, including handbooks, workshop guides, classroom lessons, and online Web courses. In addition to serving as PI on the Eyes in the Sky II project, she is PI on the EET Workshops project and Project Renewable Energy Data Investigations (REDI) and Co-PI on the Promoting STEM Career Interest in the Classroom: An Exploratory Study Linking Teacher Professional Development with Changes in Teaching Practices and the Transforming Instruction by Design in Earth Science (TIDES) projects.

Hi Everyone,
Hello from sunny Arizona! Although I work for TERC in Cambridge, MA, I actually live in Tempe, AZ. I am very excited to meet and work with all of you! I look forward to "talking" with you and getting to know you. OK.......a little bit about myself. I love reading, walking, and spending time with the family. I have a 16-year old son (Jacob) who will be a junior in high school, an almost 12-year old daughter (Lily) who will be in seventh grade, and a husband (Joe) who is an ecologist with the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. I am absolutely crazy about the color turquoise. Welcome to this website!!

Erin Bardar, Ph.D., Professional Development Specialist, Educational Researcher, and Curriculum Developer

Dr. Erin Bardar is an experienced curriculum developer and education researcher. As a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) fellow at Boston University, she developed the Light and Spectroscopy Concept Inventory for introductory college astronomy, was a major contributor to the NSF-funded Project LITE (Light Inquiry Through Experiments), and received a U.S. patent for a binocular spectrometer. She was an invited presenter at two NSF/NASA sponsored College Astronomy Teaching Excellence Workshops and has made multiple presentations at professional conferences. She is Co-PI on the Eyes in the Sky II project. She was a lead curriculum developer for the EarthLabs project, in which students use satellite imagery, numerical data, and computer visualization software to explore Earth system processes. Erin was also a lead developer for the Investigating Astronomy project and NASA's Citizens and Remote Sensing Observation Network (CARSON) citizen science guide.

Hi Everyone,
Like Carla, I work for TERC in Cambridge, MA...and I live here too! Outside of work, my world revolves around my 7 month old daughter Rory, whose smile lights up a room and melts my heart. I look forward to working with all of you this week.

Rita Freuder, Professional Development Specialist and Curriculum Developer

Rita Freuder has formal education background from University of Rochester, NY (BA) and Boston University (MA) in mathematics. She has teaching certification in NY State, in high school math and has been certified and taught in New Hampshire high schools as a substitute teacher in math and the sciences. She taught FORTRAN at Boston University for 3 years, during the 1970's and has taught Numerical Methods for the Computer at the University of New Hampshire. Rita was then employed at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) on a NASA project for the Great Observatories on the Gamma Ray Observatory mission for 17 years as a Computer Specialist. She transferred to research in the natural resources group, under the umbrella of the Complex Systems Research Center at UNH with emphasis on computer modeling data and analysis of remote sensing data about 13 years ago. During this period, opportunity to work in education again presented itself in the Education Committee of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). From this affiliation, Rita became involved with TERC and has been an integral part of several TERC projects.

Hello All,
I am in NH, 2 hrs from 6,000 foot Mt. Washington and 25 min from open ocean for a beach day. I enjoy swimming, biking and gardening as summer activities. I have been a grandma for 3 years now, which can take up lots of time. I am ready to learn from you what works in your classrooms with these tools and data.

Larry Kendall, Professional Development Specialist and Curriculum Developer

Larry Kendall has extensive teaching, teacher training, curriculum development, and technical support experience. After teaching science, mathematics, and technology for eleven years at the middle school and community college levels, he went on to develop GIT-based curriculum materials, lead teacher enhancement workshops, and present at major conferences. As part of the SAGUARO Project at the University of Arizona, Mr. Kendall co-authored the NSF-funded GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences curriculum series, including Exploring the Dynamic Earth, Exploring Tropical Cyclones, and Exploring Water Resources, Exploring the Ocean Environment. Currently, he teaches Integrated Technology and Robotics - what he calls a "20-ring circus" - at Sitting Bull Middle School in Apple Valley, California. In his "spare time," he develops technology curriculum materials.

Hey y'all,

Larry here, representing Southern California's "high desert." Folks who know me or have visited my Lab know that I'm a tool nut, and you and your students are going to love the new tools you'll be bringing into your classroom. Students love the challenge of using the same tools and data that scientists use in their research. Unlike expensive lab equipment, I encourage everyone to play with these tools - heck, not even middle schoolers can break them. I guarantee you'll make many exciting discoveries! (FYI - I only wear a tie one day a year - most days they're a safety hazard in my Lab!)

Eric Walters

Eric A. Walters serves as the Director of Science and Technology at the Marymount School of New York where he teaches AP Physics and Atmospheric Science. A recipient of the 2009 Vernier Technology Award, Eric was a participant in the 2010 Eyes in the Sky II Program. As a result, Eric has developed curriculum units on using GIS to study earthquakes, tornadoes and the recent events in Japan. Eric has also presented at a regional, national and international conferences on topics such as developing and implementing global projects, interdisciplinary projects in science and mathematics and effective integration of technology into the science curriculum. Eric is currently working on an eBook that focuses on the use of the iPad and mobile technology across the curriculum and blogs about science and technology curriculum.

Greetings from New York City! It seems hard to believe that it was just a year ago that I was arriving at JPL in Pasadena for Eyes in the Sky II! What an epic adventure! Tools such as ImageJ and GIS transformed my curriculum and transformed the learning experience for my students. It is not often that a second semester senior, using AEJEE to study tornado severity near her college of choice, announces, "This is so cool!" I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy this experience! Go Red Sox!