Subject Matter Experts from ASU

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Dr. Fabio Milner


Applied Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics, Statistics School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Fabio Milner is a professor of applied mathematics in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University. He teaches ordinary differential equations, as well as upper-level courses in functional analysis, mathematical biology, and numerical analysis. Dr. Milner received a degree of Licenciado in mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago. His work focuses on applied mathematics and mathematics education, including innovative ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning in the mathematics classroom, particularly for non-mathematics majors. Fabio is author or co-author of more than 70 scientific papers and of the textbook Gender-Structured Population Modeling: Mathematical Methods, Numerics and Simulations. He served on the Common Core State Standards Mathematics Review Committee and is a member of the Mathematics Committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Mariana Maris

Senior Lecturer

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Mariana Maris is a Senior Lecturer at Arizona State University (ASU). She received a B.S. in Mathematics from ASU in 1994 and an M.A. in algebraic combinatorics in 1997, also from ASU. Mariana has worked as a Faculty Associate at Mesa Community College and as a Lecturer at ASU teaching mathematics courses that range from introductory algebra courses to more advancec courses as mathematical proof writing. She has coordinated numerous courses at the university and supervised honors projects. Mariana has also worked with graduate students in mathematics in preparing them to teach their own courses, and was a member of the First Year Mathematics Curriculum Committee. During her time at ASU, Mariana has been nominated four times for the Wexler Teaching Award and two times for the Graduating Senior Report Card.

Dr. Anton Lawson


Organismal, Integrative, & Systems Biology School of Life Sciences

Anton Lawson is a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He conducts research and teaches courses in biology, biology teaching methods, and research methods. Dr. Lawson received a B.S. from the University of Arizona, an M.S. from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Lawson has published more than 200 journal articles and more than 20 books including Science Teaching and the Development of Thinking (Wadsworth: Belmont, CA, 1995), The Neurological Basis of Learning, Development and Discovery (Kluwer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2003), Biology: An Inquiry Approach (Kendall/Hunt; Dubuque, IA, 2008, 2nd Ed.), and Teaching Inquiry Science in Middle and Secondary Schools (Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA, 2010). He received NARST's career award for Distinguished Contributions to Science Education Research as well as the Outstanding Science Educator of the Year Award from the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science.

Dr. Gary Cabirac, Ph.D.

Lecturer and General Chemistry Lecturer

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Gary Cabirac is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University (ASU). He currently teaches undergraduate chemistry courses and coordinates the general chemistry laboratory course for approximately 3,000 students per semester. Dr. Cabirac earned his B.S in chemistry from ASU and a Ph.D. also in chemistry from the University of California San Diego. He was Senior Research Scientist and Research Manager at the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center in Denver and adjunct faculty in the Biochemistry, Genetics, & Biophysics department at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. His research involved investigations into the mechanisms of virus latency, neurovirulence, and autoimmunity. After a brief adventure into the world of small business, he returned to industry and teaching. Over the last few years, he has been devoted full time to teaching.

Dr. Otto Sankey

Regents Professor

Department of Physics

Otto Sankey is a professor of physics in the Department of Physics at Arizona State University. He currently teaches Fundamentals of physics, as well as graduate courses in research. Dr. Sankey received a B.S. in Physics from University of Missouri?St. Louis and a Ph.D. in physics from Washington University. His research focuses on theoretical condensed matter physics and biological physics. Otto is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has published more than 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His research work is currently cited 500-750 times per year. Recently, Otto received the Regents' Professor designation, which is the most prestigious faculty award at the university. In 2002, the Physics Department recognized Otto with its outstanding teaching award. In addition, ASU's Society of Physics Students recognized Otto while teaching quantum mechanics for his "enthusiasm in teaching and ability to present complex concepts in a lucid manner," and presented him with the Golden Opus Award for excellence in teaching.