New Mexico Science Programs




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Spotlight on Pearson Author Dr. Jim Cummins

Jim Cummins is a professor at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. Renowned for his research in literacy development in multilingual school contexts, Dr. Cummins has played a major role in developing ELL teaching approaches for Pearson programs. In recent years, he has been working actively with teachers to identify ways of increasing the literacy engagement of learners in multilingual school contexts.



Miller and Levine Biology

Ken Miller

Ken Miller


Mr. Miller grew up in Rahway, New Jersey, attended the local public schools, and graduated from Rahway High School in 1966. Miller attended Brown University on a scholarship and graduated with honors. He was awarded a National Defense Education Act fellowship for graduate study, and earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Colorado. Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he teaches courses in general biology and cell biology.

Miller’s research specialty is the structure of biological membranes. He has published more than 70 research papers in journals such as CELL, Nature and Scientific American. In 1999, he wrote the popular trade book Finding Darwin’s God.

Miller lives with his wife, Jody, on a small farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He is the father of two daughters, one of whom is a wildlife biologist. He swims competitively in the masters’ swimming program and umpires high school and collegiate softball.

Joe Levine

Joe Levine


Mr. Levine was born in Mount Vernon, New York, where he attended public schools. He earned a B.S. in Biology at Tufts University, a master’s degree from the Boston University Marine Program, and a Ph.D. at Harvard University. His research has been published in scientific journals ranging from Science to Scientific American, and in several academic books. He taught introductory biology, marine ecology, and neurobiology for six years at Boston College.

After receiving a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH-TV, Levine dedicated himself to improving public understanding of science. His popular writing has appeared in five trade books and in magazines such as Smithsonian, GEO, and Natural History. He has produced science features for National Public Radio and has designed exhibit programs for state aquarium projects in Texas, New Jersey, and Florida.

Since 1987, Levine has served as scientific advisor at WGBH, where he worked on NOVA programs and on projects including the film Cocos: Island of Sharks and the series The Secret of Life. Most recently, he served as Science Editor for The Evolution Project.

Levine and his family live in Concord, Massachusetts, a short distance from Thoreau’s Walden Pond.


Interactive Science

Don Buckley, M.Sc

Don Buckley, M.Sc

Information and Communications Technology Director, The School at Columbia University New York, New York

Don Buckley has been at the forefront of K–12 educational technology for nearly two decades. A founder of New York City Independent School Technologists (NYCIST) and long-time chair of New York Association of Independent School’s annual IT conference, he has taught students on two continents and created multimedia and Internet-based instructional systems for schools around the world.

Author Zipporah Miller, M.A.Ed.

Zipporah Miller, M.A.Ed.

Associate Exec. Director for Professional Programs and Conferences, National Science Teachers Assoc., Arlington, VA

Zipporah Miller, former K–12 science supervisor and STEM coordinator for the Prince George’s County (MD) Public School District, is NSTA’s associate executive director for professional programs and conferences. Zipporah has overseen curriculum development and staff training for more than 150 district science coordinators. Her commitment to providing high-quality professional development and resources to science educators and administrators nationwide has made her a respected leader in the science community.

Author Mike Padilla, Ph.D.

Mike Padilla, Ph.D.

Professor of Science Education, University of Georgia, Athens

A former middle school teacher and a leader in middle school science education, Michael Padilla has served as president of the National Science Teachers Association and as a writer of the National Science Education Standards. Michael Padilla is professor of science education at the Clemson University. As lead author of the Science Explorer series, Mike has inspired the team in developing a program that promotes student inquiry and meets the needs of today’s student.

Author Kathryn Thornton, Ph.D.

Kathryn Thornton, Ph.D.

Professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Selected by NASA in May 1984, Dr. Thornton is a veteran of four space flights. She has logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity. As an author on the Scott Foresman Science Series, Dr. Thornton’s enthusiasm for science has inspired teachers around the globe. Dr. Thornton is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Author Grant Wiggins, Ed.D.

Grant Wiggins, Ed.D.

President of Authentic Education, Hopewell, New Jersey

Award-winning co-author (Wiggins and McTighe) on the highly successful curriculum textbook entitled Understanding by Design published by ASCD, Grant Wiggins is one of the most influential educational reformers today. Grant consults with schools, districts and state education departments on a variety of reform matters; organizes conferences and workshops; and develops print materials and Web resources on curricular change. Grant Wiggins is the President of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Author Michael Wysession, Ph.D.

Michael Wysession, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Earth and Planetary Science, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

An author on more than 50 scientific publications, Dr. Wysession was awarded the prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship and Presidential Faculty Fellowship for his research in geophysics. Dr. Wysession is an expert on Earth's inner structure and has mapped various regions of the Earth using seismic tomography. Internationally known for his work in geoscience education and outreach, Dr. Wysession is an Associate Professor in Earth and Planetary Science at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.