Nancy Butler Songer
University of Michigan
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Nancy Butler Songer is a Professor of Science Education and Learning Technologies in the School of Education at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Center for Essential Science. Her research is focused in three areas: (1) “re-purposing for learning” existing professional modeling, visualization and other computer-based resources utilized by professional scientists into powerful learning tools for students, (2) addressing 4-10th grade urban students’ underperformance in science through the design and evaluation of curricular units and emerging technologies focused on core content fused with science practices, and (3) designing and evaluating assessments to measure complex learning in science. She has a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Molecular/ Developmental Biology from Tufts University, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. She was awarded a Presidential Faculty Fellowship from President William J. Clinton in 1996 and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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