Hugo Rossi Lecture Series

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Hugo Rossi

Hugo Rossi

The Hugo Rossi Lecture Series, named in honor of the CSME’s founding director, was designed to bridge the College of Science and College of Education by attracting speakers whose scholarly pursuits include K-16 math/science education research. Through engaging in discussion of new ideas in math and science education, we can promote best practices and student success at the University of Utah and within the broader community. To provide feedback on a Hugo Rossi lecture, click here.

 2017-2018 Presentations

For 2017-2018, the Lecture Series will host speakers whose research focuses on math/science undergraduate education, and/or the preparation of math/science teachers. 

Monday, September 25, 2017: “Concept-Building Approaches: How do Students’ Approaches Affect their Performances in Chemistry Courses?” Gina Frey, Washington University in St. Louis (this lecture is co-hosted by the Department of Chemistry)

Thursday, October 5, 2017: “Supporting students in building interdisciplinary connections across physics and biology” Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland (this lecture is co-hosted by the Department of Physics)

Thursday, November 30, 2017: Why did they think that? The use and development of mathematical knowledge for teaching at the undergraduate level” Natasha Speer, University of Maine (this lecture is co-hosted by the Department of Math)

Thursday, January 18, 2018: “Rehumanizing Mathematics: Should That Be Our Goal?” Rochelle Gutierrez, University of Illinois (this lecture is co-hosted by the College of Education)

Thursday, March 15, 2018: “Inclusive Excellence in STEM” David Asai, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Thursday, April 12, 2018: Collectively Improving Our Teaching: Department-wide Efforts in Scientific Teaching that Produced Classroom Transformations, Unanticipated Discoveries, and Scholarly Publications” Kimberly D. Tanner, San Francisco State University (this lecture is co-hosted by the Department of Biology)

  • Reception at 3:30pm in ASB lobby
  • Lecture at 4pm in ASB 210


Previous Presentations

(click on a speaker’s name to view presentation videos and slides)


  • Ilana Horn, Vanderbilt University – “An Asset Orientation is Everything: How Strengths-Based Approaches to Math Teaching Help Teachers and Students” (March 29, 2017 – co-hosted by College of Education)
  • Jenny Knight, University of Colorado, Boulder – “Improving student learning through understanding reasoning and problem solving practices” (February 23, 2017 – co-hosted by Department of Biology)
  • Cynthia Passmore, University of California, Davis – “Learning about versus figuring out: Engaging students in the practice of modeling in the science classroom” (February 2, 2017 – co-hosted by College of Education)
  • Diane Bunce, The Catholic University of America  – “How do we use research on teaching and learning to influence our teaching?” (October 4, 2016 – co-hosted by Department of Chemistry)


  • David Laude, University of Texas – Austin – “Creating a Campus Culture Where Every Student Graduates” (April 15, 2016)
  • Mary Wenderoth, University of Washington – “End of Lecture: The Future of Evidence-Based Teaching” (April 8, 2016)
  • Carol GrossUniversity of California San Francisco – “Participation of Women in Science: Problems and Solutions” (March 23, 2016)
  • Charles Coble, Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI) and The Third Mile Group and Teacher Preparation Analytics – “Ten Key Questions University Leaders Should Ask About Quality Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation” (March 7, 2016)
  • Jill Marshall, University of Texas – Austin – “The UTeach Model of STEM Teacher Preparation: Replication and Opportunities for Growth” (February 17, 2016)
  • Susan Shadle, Boise State University – “Stimulating Change in STEM Education: Engaging Faculty at the Department Level” (January 27, 2016)
  • Michael Schatz, Georgia Institute of Technology – “Fully Online Introductory Physics with a Bona Fide Lab” (January 20, 2016)
  • David Feldon, Utah State University – “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Using the Lessons of Science to Prepare and Retain Skilled Teachers of Science” (December 2, 2015)
  • Ken Heller, University of Minnesota – “Why Doesn’t It Work Here? A systems approach to physics instruction” (October 7, 2015)
  • Scott Baldridge, Louisiana State University – “A Story of Mathematics Curriculum: Eureka Math” (August 26, 2015)


  • Michael W. Klymkowsky, University of Colorado Boulder – “Challenges in Implementing, Designing and Delivering Coherent Curricula in STEM (and particularly Biology)” (April 15, 2015)
  • Eric Mazur, Harvard University – “Confessions of a converted lecturer” (March 2, 2015)
  • Melanie M Cooper, Michigan State University – “Evidence-Based Approaches to STEM Curriculum Reform” (February 9, 2015)
  • Jeffrey S. Moore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – “College Coaching for 21st Century Minds” (January 27, 2015)
  • Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan – “Why is Skillful Mathematics Teaching So Important and (How) Could the U.S. Supply it at Scale?” (November 3, 2014)
  • Janice Bradley, New Mexico State University – “It’s All of Us: Creating Effective Learning Environments for Diverse Learners” (October 1, 2014)


  • David Temme, University of Utah – “How can the brain (a biological organ) best be schooled by school?” (February 5, 2014)
  • Jan-Willem van Holten, Leiden University – “HiSPARC: an experiment in science and education” (January 10, 2014)
  • Steven Case, Kansas University – “The Path to STEM Literacy: traveling a hard road” (December 3, 2013)
  • Charles Atwood, University of Utah  – “Improving Success Rates in Large General Chemistry Classes” (November 12, 2013)
  • Brett Moulding – “Understanding the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards” (November 4, 2013)


  • Fred Swanson, Oregon State University – “From the Physical to the Philosophical: Science-Arts-Humanities Collaborations at Sites of Long-Term Ecological Inquiry” (April 17, 2013)
  • Janine Remillard, University of Pennsylvania – “Making Mathematics Locally Relevant for Teachers and Students” (March 1, 2013)
  • David Chard, Southern Methodist University – “Transforming Public Education: Balancing Innovation with Evidence” (January 28, 2013)
  • Herb Clemens, Ohio State University – “Mathematics Teachers as Professionals” (September 19, 2012)
  • Saundra Y. McGuire, Louisiana State University – “Strategies for Effective Mentoring of 21st Century STEM Students” (March 19, 2012)