Experts Available to Discuss President Obama’s Austin Visit from The University of Texas

May 8, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — President Obama’s trip to Austin Thursday will include a visit to Manor New Technology High School. The high-tech high school is a field site for The University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach program, which actively trains the next generation of STEM educators and is a model for other programs around the country. Also, the STEM curriculum in place at the school was designed by UTeach graduates.

The University of Texas at Austin has experts available to discuss technology both inside and outside of the classroom, on topics ranging from STEM education to robotics.

Take a look at the experts listed below and feel free to contact them for an interview or additional information. If you have any further questions, contact UT Media Relations at 512-471-3151.

Bruce Kellison
Associate Director, Bureau of Business Research, IC2 Institute
512-475-7813
bkellison@ic2.utexas.edu
Kellison specializes in Hispanic-owned business growth in Texas and has written a study analyzing 2,811 Texas Hispanic-owned firms with paid employees and identified challenges to growth among these businesses.

Lawrence Abraham
Co-Director, UTeach Natural Sciences
512-475-7000
l.abraham@austin.utexas.edu
Abraham is co-director of the award-winning, nationally replicated UTeach program, which prepares highly-skilled secondary STEM teachers.

Michael Marder
Co-Director, UTeach Natural Sciences
512-471-3612
marder@chaos.utexas.edu
Marder is co-director of the award-winning, nationally replicated UTeach program, which prepares highly-skilled secondary STEM teachers.

Anthony Petrosino
Associate Professor, UTeach and Curriculum and Instruction
512-232-9681
ajpetrosino@austin.utexas.edu
Petrosino is a founding faculty member of the highly successful and nationally replicated UTeach STEM teacher preparation program and has received a National Science Foundation grant (through UTeach) to train secondary teachers to deliver design-based engineering instruction and use robotics in STEM education.

James Barufaldi
Director, Center for STEM Education
Curriculum and Instruction
512-232-8466
jamesb@austin.utexas.edu
Barufaldi leads the College of Education's Center for STEM Education, which includes the award-winning Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching

Joan Hughes
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
512-232-4145
joanh@austin.utexas.edu
Hughes is an expert on integrating learning technologies in the classroom and has done a longitudinal study of the efficacy of 1:1 laptop computing in K-12 classes, as well as examining students' technology use in and out of class.

George Veletsianos
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
512-232-2284
veletsianos@utexas.edu
Veletsianos has studied the use of social media in distance learning and recently published "Emerging Technologies in Distance Education," which addresses, from an educator's perspective, the increasing integration of Web 2.0 technologies in education settings.

Jeremi Suri
The Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs
608-213-3552
suri@austin.utexas.edu
Suri, a professor in the Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, is an expert in public policy, presidential leadership, and economic history.