Supercomputing Symposium 2003
Wednesday September 24 -
Thursday September 25 2003
at the University of Oklahoma
Dr. David A. Joiner
Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
Dr. David A. Joiner is currently performing post-doctoral work as a
staff scientist with the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. He
completed his dissertation in 1999 in the Department of Physics,
Applied Physics, and Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
in Troy, NY.
Dr. Joiner's work at Shodor involves the development of the
Computational Science Education Reference Desk, and he is working to
develop an on-line community centered around the reference desk. He is
currently working on developing a series of online lessons centered
around parallel and cluster computing. He is also the author of Shodor's
Stella2Java tool, which converts models built in the Stella modeling
environment to downloadable applets.
Research interests for Dr. Joiner include radiative transfer, the
interstellar medium, and the outflows of evolved stars.
Modeling as an Interactive Learning Environment
At the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. we are trying to change math,
science, and technology pedagogy to ensure the proper education of
future professionals in the area of computation. Offering educational
materials, faculty development opportunities, and student enrichment
opportunities, Shodor's approach is the integration of inquiry-based
computational experiences into traditional math and science courses.
Central to our goals is that computing experiences in the classroom
should be appropriate and authentic, allowing students to approach
complex questions in a way that complements and extends traditional
experiment and observation.