Michele Korb, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Teacher Education

E-mail:
michele.korb@csueastbay.edu
Phone:
(510) 885-4526
Office:
AE 313
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Dr. Michele A. Korb earned her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education, Broad Field Science and in Biology (B.S.)(1989, Marquette University). Following that, she taught high school biology, physiology, physical science and introductory level physics (for the Marquette University Upward Bound Program) from 1989 – 1996. She then returned to Marquette to complete a master's degree in Educational Policy and Leadership (emphasis in science education, 1998). Upon graduating from Marquette, she was hired to teach full time in Marquette's Department of Biological Sciences and eventually, in the College of Education (teaching pre-service teachers science methods) and Physics department (teaching a general science course she designed for education majors). Michele spent her 10 years teaching at Marquette forging collaborative efforts between the College of Education and the science departments on campus in order to strengthen the dialogue concerning science education. Before leaving Marquette (May 2009), Dr. Korb designed a program of studies for a major in Science Education for Elementary/ Middle School teaching candidates.  During all of her teaching years, Michele has been a firm advocate of discovery learning and student-centered curriculum, especially in the area of biolmolecular literacy. Designing this type of curriculum has become a forte and a passion.

In 2001, she began using models from the Center for Biomolecular Modeling (CBM) at Milwaukee School Of Engineering in her science courses (general science for education majors; biology for majors) at Marquette to foster hands-on discovery of biochemistry and physical science concepts. Currently, Dr. Korb is the internal evaluator for the Science Education Partnership Award, an NIH, 5-year grant, with the CBM. She used this opportunity to complete her doctoral research and dissertation in developing assessment tools for the use of biomolecular models in high school programs (Ph.D. in science education, Marquette University, 2009). She is currently evaluating the use of curriculum in high schools related to the used of physical models of proteins to understand molecular biology.

Dr. Korb is currently an Assistant Professor in Science Education at California State University, East Bay in the Teacher Education Department. She teaches Science Methods for elementary teaching candidates, environmental sciences and courses in health and safety in schools. 

Professional Focus

Pre-service Teacher Science Education preparation/ Developing science education programs

Knowledge frameworks and anchored learning in high school/ college science courses

Using remote technologies for enhancing discovery learning in science

Development of diagnostic instruments for improving curriculum and pedagogy

Education

  • BS 1989 Marquette University
  • MA 1998 Marquette University
  • PhD 2009 Marquette University

Courses

Fall Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
TED 53570125C&I: Tch Science/Health/SafetyM4:30PM7:00PMAE-0385Hayward Campus View Books

Publications

Michele A. Korb, Dianne Anderson, *Megan Jensen, Matt Silberglitt, Eric Hagedorn; “A concept inventory on genetics for middle school learners: Assessment development informs teacher pedagogy,” for American Education Research Association (AERA) paper presentation (April 2013) San Francisco, CA. (*CSU- East Bay graduate student in Education and Biological Sciences)

Margaret Franzen, Michele A. Korb, Timothy Herman (July 2012) “Creating Mentoring Opportunities for Undergraduates within a Community of Science Research and Education: The CREST Program”, poster presentation at the conference for the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), Minneapolis, MN.

Michele A. Korb, Dianne Anderson, *Megan Jensen (May 2012), Poster presentation at the Faculty Research Symposium, California State University - East Bay; “Science Concept Inventory Development for Middle School Teachers and Learners” (*CSU- East Bay graduate student in Education and Biological Sciences)

Susan Tucker, Michelle Collay, Michele A. Korb, Rachelle DiStefano (April 2012), “Conceptualization Stage of an Ecologically Based Transformative, Multipartner, Mixed-Methods Research Project,” paper presentation at the meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

NSTA presentations (3), Indianapolis, IN (March 2012) – Lawrence Hall of Science/ GEMS/AMANTISS program and Integrated Middle School Science Partnership (IMSS), CSU-East Bay/ Alameda County Office of Education Collaboration:

Presentation: Jan Robertson, Ai Vu, Michele A. Korb, & Sandra Yellenberg, (IMSS team) “Collaboration Propels Inquiry in Middle Schools”, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Poster: Michele A. Korb, “Mentoring Pre-service Teachers: Single Subject Credential Program – AMANTISS Project and GEMS Space Science Curriculum”, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Presentation: Michele A. Korb, Victoria Brady, Jan Robertson, “Building STE(A)M: Revisiting the Importance of Art in STEM Education”, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Michele A. Korb, Scott Robinson and Chas Conway, “Bugscope: Remote-Access Entomology and Microscopy Education Since 1999”, invited speaker, (February, 2012). Perth, Australia. This session was for the ACMM/AMPC/ICONN (International Nanotechnologies and Microscopy Conference) and included a live demonstration of Bugscope microscopy online between conference participants in Australia and Bugscope staff in Illinois/ Washington, D.C.

Michele A. Korb and Umesh Thakkar (2011) “Facilitating Scientific Investigations and Training Data Scientists.” Science, July 29, vol. 333.  Essay in conjunction with the Science Prize for Online Learning Resources in Education (SPORE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This essay also published in an anthology of SPORE essays, October, 2012. (Cited by 1).           

Tim Herman and Michele A. Korb, Workshop (March, 2011) – “Take Two: A Molecular Story of Reprogrammed Stem Cells,” National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), San Francisco, CA

Tim Herman and Michele A. Korb, Workshop (March 2011) – “Insulin: A Molecular Story about the Gene, the Protein, the Physiology, and Diabetes”, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), San Francisco, CA

Tim Herman and Michele A. Korb, Workshop (March, 2011) – “Standards-Based Active Learning: Protein Structure and Function,” National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), San Francisco, CA

Michele A. Korb, Shannon Colton, Karen DeBoer and Timothy Herman, Workshop, November (2010) – “Teaching Genetic Flow of Information Using Storyboards, Tactile Curriculum and Physical Models”; National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Minneapolis, MN

Michele A. Korb, Timothy Herman and Karen DeBoer (2 workshops), October (2010)  – “Exploring DNA structure and Function with Inquiry-Based Interactive Physical Models”; “From Teaching Props to Learning Tools: Exploring the Polar Nature of Water”; California Science Teacher Association (CSTA), Sacramento, CA.

Michele A. Korb, Poster presentation (February, 2010) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) convention, San Diego, CA. “Bugscope in K-5 Science Classrooms: Building Inquiring Minds”

Michele A. Korb, Paper presentation (April, 2009) at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) convention, San Diego, CA. “Investigating Changes in Knowledge Frameworks among High School Learners Regarding the Central Dogma of Biology”; San Diego, CA.

Kathryn Hadley and Michele A. Korb (September, 2007), “Through the Bugscope”, Science and Children, (K. Hadley is a former Marquette University education student and current educational practitioner).

Joan Whipp, Michael Politano, Michele Korb, Marquette University; Mel Sabella, Chicago State University; David Hammer, University of Maryland; Kristi Gettelman, Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning; Kelly Kushner, Shorewood Intermediate School; Megan Ferger, Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts; Symposium presentation: American Educational Research Association (AERA); (April 2007), Chicago, IL. “Teaching and Learning Physical Science in Urban Secondary Schools: Assessing the Assessments.” 

Michele A. Korb, Presentation (2007) April meeting of the American Physics Association, Syracuse, NY. “Teaching and Learning Physical Science in Urban Secondary Schools: Assessing the Assessments.”

Michele A. Korb, Christopher Sirola and Rebecca Climack (2005) Journal of College Science Teaching (March/ April 2005) “Promoting Physical Science to Preservice Teachers. 34 (5) p. 42-45. (cited by 3).

Umesh Thakkar, Glenn A. Fried, Benjamin A. Grosser, Scott J. Robinson, Daniel E. Weber, Michele A. Korb, Judy A. Lee. (2003) “Integrating Remote Scientific Instrumentation in the Curriculum to Support Inquiry: Case Studies in Preservice and Inservice Teacher Education”. SITE Technology Convention, TN

Michele Korb, Poster Presentation (2002) Hawai’i International Conference on Technology, Honolulu, Hawai’i “Impact of Online Video Analysis on Teacher Preparation”

Presentations

Michele A. Korb, Poster presentation (February, 2010) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) convention, "Bugscope in K-5 Science Classrooms: Building Inquiring Minds"

Michele A. Korb, Paper presentation (accepted for April, 2009) at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) convention, "Investigating Changes in Knowledge Frameworks among High School Learners Regarding the Central Dogma of Biology.

Symposium presentation: American Educational Research Association (AERA); April 2007. “Teaching and Learning Physical Science in Urban Secondary Schools: Assessing the Assessments.”  Joan Whipp, Michael Politano, Michele Korb, Marquette University; Mel Sabella, Chicago State University; David Hammer, University of Maryland; Kristi Gettelman, Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning; Kelly Kushner, Shorewood Intermediate School; Megan Ferger, Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts

Michele A. Korb, Presentation (2007) April meeting of the American Physics Association in Syracuse, NY. “Teaching and Learning Physical Science in Urban Secondary Schools: Assessing the Assessments.”

Michele Korb, Poster Presentation (2002) Hawai’i International Conference on Technology, Honolulu, Hawai’i “Impact of Online Video Analysis on Teacher Preparation”

Grant Awards

Math Science Partnership, National Science Foundation, , , Received June 6, 2010, $11.5 million, For June 6, 2010 to June 6, 2015, Preparing middle school teachers in science

Other Accomplishments

2005 – present – Internal Evaluator for NIH (SEPA) grant, "From Bench to Bedside: Molecular Stories of Research-Based Health Care", evaluation of educational practices, design of curriculum and assessment tools for high school science programs related to molecular biology.

2009 – External Evaluator, NSF Grant, Marquette University, "Research Experiences for Undergraduate Sites"

2009-2010 – Secondary External Evaluator, Marquette University, Noyce Scholar Program, will review data each semester and participate in the one day of program evaluation each spring, evaluate curriculum and teacher training.

2009-2012- Participant, UC-Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science, GEMS program in Space Science Curriculum for Middle School Teachers; study of curriculum implementation.

Michele Korb, School of Education, Mentor, Summer (2003) “Preservice Elementary Teachers:  Attitudes, Beliefs and Recommendations Regarding Science Education.” Rebecca Climack, Marquette University McNair Scholars Program.

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