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People to Contact and Project Participants

  • Principal Investigators

Charlene D'Avanzo, Hampshire College (

Andy Anderson, Michigan State University (

Alan Griffith, University of Mary Washington (

John Merrill, Michigan State University (

  • Consultants

Laurel Hartley, University of Colorado, Denver

Kathy Williams, San Diego State University

Nancy Stamp, Binghamton University, SUNY

Barbara Abraham, Hampton University

Heather Griscom, James Madison

April Maskiewicz, Point Loma Nazarene University

Nicole Welch, Mississippi University for Women

  • Graduate Students

Brook Wilke, Michigan State University

  • Post-Docs

Jonathan Schramm, Michigan State University

Jennifer Doherty, Michigan State University

  • Evaluator

Nancy Pelaez, Purdue University

  • Web design

Patrick Murray John, University of Mary Washington

  • Statistical Consultant

Amelia Gotwals, Michigan State University

  • Faculty participants:

Year 1

Abraham, Barbara (Hampton University); Armbruster, Peter (Georgetown University); Arnett, Amy (Unity College); Atikkan, E. Esat (Montgomery College); Crumrine, Patrick (Rowan University); Dickman, Alan (University of Oregon); Griscom, Heather Peckham (James Madison University); Ferguson, Carol (Southern Oregon University); Huckins, Casey (Michigan Technological University); Kuser-Olsen, V. Beth (Cecil College); Maskiewicz, April (Point Loma Nazarene University); Petrillo, Holly (University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point); Picone, Chris (Fitchburg State College); Sollinger, John (Southern Oregon University); Welsh, Nicole (Mississippi University for Women

Year 2

Michael Armstrong( SUNY Binghamton); Zane Barlow-Coleman (University of Massachusetts, Amherst); Jerilyn Belle (Bevill State Community College); Holly Beneke, (East Mississippi Community College); Ruth Buskirk (University of Texas); Kerry Cresawn (James Madison University); Cynthia Dott (Fort Lewis College); Tod Duncan (University of Colorado, Denver); Jose Egremy (Northwest Vista College); Jean Heitz (University of Wisconsin); Josephine Kurdziel (University of Michigan); Erin Lehmer (Fort Lewis College); Melissa Michael (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Randy Phillis (University of Massachusetts, Amherst); Sashi Sabaratnam (Livingstone College); Jeff Schinske (De Anza College); Anna Tan-Wilson, SUNY, Binghamton University


NSF, Division of Undergraduate Education, Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program:   DUE 0736943 & DUE 0920186


We acknowledge:

  • Michigan State University faculty and students involved in introductory biology courses for piloting DQC questions
  • Faculty, post-docs and graduate students participating in the Environmental Literacy Project, and the Diagnostic Question Clusters Project at Michigan State University for generating many of the questions utilized in the DQC's
  • Diane Ebert-May and Bioscience for permission to use the "Grandma Johnson" question as a diagnostic tool.