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Ruth Krumhansl is an expert in curriculum development, education research, science teaching, and applied science with a focus on using Internet-based tools to bring authentic scientific data into the K–16 classroom.
In collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Krumhansl led a multidisciplinary review of studies and expert opinion and developed guidelines for the development of educational electronic interfaces to large scientific data infrastructures. The guidelines, described in Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design, are being instantiated in the Ocean Tracks project, which is developing an interactive website to provide student access to near real-time and archival data from electronically tagged marine animals, drifting buoys, and Earth-orbiting satellites, along with web-based data visualization and analysis tools. Krumhansl is also working with SRI International and NASA to create websites that will allow high school teachers to access NASA’s remotely sensed Earth observation mission data.
Krumhansl played a leading role in Other Worlds/Other Earths, a project of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics enabling high school and middle school students to use online telescopes to detect planets orbiting other stars, assess their own data, and publish findings to a community of student and scientific observers.
Krumhansl is lead author of Foundation Science: Earth Science, a full-year Earth science course for high school stressing rigorous, inquiry-oriented learning, which will be published in 2013.
Before joining EDC, she was a high school science teacher and department coordinator, a chief scientist and senior project manager in environmental consulting on Superfund sites, and a petroleum exploration geologist. Her career in applied science immersed her in the search for patterns in complex geospatial data, providing a foundation for her current interest and work in preparing students to live in a data-intensive world.
Krumhansl received a BA in geology from Bucknell University and an MS in environmental studies and teaching certification from Antioch New England Graduate School.