National Advisory Board

Steve Running

Dr. Steve Running
Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group
Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Science
College of Forestry and Conservation
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: (406) 243-6311 · Office: SC 428
Email: swr@ntsg.umt.edu

Steve Running

Steven W. Running is trained as a terrestrial ecologist, receiving the B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1973) degrees from Oregon State University, and the Ph.D. (1979) degree in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University. He has been with the University of Montana, Missoula, since 1979, where he is a University Regents Professor of Ecology.  His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models by integration of remote sensing with climatology and terrestrial ecology. 

He is a Team Member for the NASA Earth Observing System, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evaporative index datasets. He has published over 240 scientific articles. He has recently served on the standing Committee for Earth Studies of the National Research Council, and on the federal Interagency Carbon Cycle Science Committee. He is a Co-Chair of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Climate System Model Land Working Group, a Member of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program Executive Committee, and the World Climate Research Program, Global Terrestrial Observing System.

Dr. Running, as a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.   Prof. Running is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and is designated a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information.

Johnny Lott

Dr. Johnny W. Lott
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Suite 100, Somerville Hall
University, MS 38677
Phone: 662-915-1395
Office: 662-915-1391
Fax: 662-915-1591
E-Mail: jlott@olemiss.edu

Dr. Johnny W. Lott is Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Professor of Education, and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Mississippi. Additionally, he is Professor Emeritus from the University of Montana, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

A Past Board member and President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), he received his Ph. D. from Georgia State University in 1973 in mathematics education. Lott served as Chair of the Editorial Panels for the Arithmetic Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, Student Math Notes, and Mathematics Education Dialogues for NCTM. He was co-director of the Systemic Initiative for Montana Mathematics and Science (SIMMS Project) and the project manager for Figure This! for NCTM.

Books which Lott has co-authored or edited include Standards and Curriculum: A View from the Nation, A Joint Report of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM)(2004); Navigating through Probability in Grades 9-12 (2004); and A Problem-Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (2006).

Rick Billstein

Dr. Rick Billstein
Department of Mathematical Sciences
32 Campus Drive
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406 243 2603
FAX: 406 243 2674
e-mail: rickb@mso.umt.edu

Rick Billstein is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Montana. He has worked in mathematics teacher education at this university for over 39 years and his current research is in the areas of curriculum development and mathematics teacher education. He teaches courses for future teachers in the Mathematics Department and is the site director for the Show-Me Project, an NSF-funded project supporting the dissemination and implementation of standards-based middle grades mathematics curricula.

He works with the NSF Tinker Plots grant to develop new data analysis software. He serves on the Advisory Boards for several national projects. From 1992-1997, he directed the NSF-funded Six Through Eight Mathematics (STEM) middle school mathematics curriculum project and is now directing the Middle Grades MATHThematics Phase II Project. Dr. Billstein has co-authored over 24 books, including nine editions of A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary Teachers. This text has remained the best selling college text in teacher training since 1980. He also co-authored several books on Logo.

He typically does about 25 regional and national presentations per year and has traveled to Thailand to work with the international schools there. He presented at the International Conference on Mathematics Education (ICME).

Mari Muri

Mari Muri
Mathematics Consultant
PIMMS, Wesleyan University
Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science
6 Shadow Lane
Cromwell, CT 06416
Home phone: 860 635 9549
Home FAX: 860 635 9549
PIMMS Phone: 860 685 6454
Mobile phone: 860 918 1037
e-mail: mmuri@wesleyan.edu

Mari Muri retired from the CT State Department of Education in June 2003, where she served for 15 years as the State Mathematics Consultant. In this role she worked with teachers and administrators to improve curriculum instruction, and assessment. She was also the curriculum specialist for the development of the CT Mastery Tests. She coordinated the Goals 2000 “Model Curriculum” project and the Goals 2000 Performance Task project. She was the state administrator for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Prior to her state service, Mari was an elementary teacher and Mathematics Instructional Consultant for the Killingly school district in northeastern CT. While there she also taught courses at Eastern Connecticut State University.

She has co-authored, “Mathematics Activities for the Elementary Classroom Teacher” and has co-authored an interim revision of the grades 3-4-5 “Growing With Math” program. Mari has just completed her 3 year service on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics board of directors. She continues to serve on the grade 4 NAEP Math Standing Committee. Mari devotes most of her time to private consulting through PIMMS (the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science) at Wesleyan University.


Gerry Wheeler

Dr. Gerry Wheeler
e-mail: gwheeler@nsta.org


Gerald Wheeler retired as Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in Fall ’08.  He is currently consulting on science education and non-profit association management nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining NSTA, Dr. Wheeler was Director of the Science/Math Resource Center and Professor of Physics at Montana State University.  He also headed the Public Understanding of Science and Technology Division at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has served as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). 

Dr. Wheeler received an undergraduate degree in science education from Boston University and a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Between undergraduate and graduate school, he taught high school physics, chemistry, and physical science.

For much of his career Dr. Wheeler has played a key role in the development of mass media projects that showcase science for students.  He was involved in the creation of 3-2-1 Contact for the Children’s Television Workshop, served on advisory boards for the Voyage of the Mimi and the PBS children’s series CRO, and created and hosted Sidewalk Science, a television show for young people on CBS-affiliate WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.  Dr. Wheeler has co-directed the National Teachers Enhancement Network, an NSF-funded distance learning project offering science and math courses nationwide.

Dr. Wheeler is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and mass media work, including outstanding teaching awards from Temple University, the University of Hartford, and Montana State University, as well as the AAPT Milliken Award.  He is a fellow of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and AAAS and has served on advisory boards and committees for the American Institute of Physics and the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  Dr. Wheeler’s publications include numerous books, research and education articles, and reviews.