EunJin (E.J.) Bahng is an Associate Professor in the School of Education teaching future teachers how to teach science. She was a full time school teacher and earned her Ph.D. in science education at Arizona State University. She was a state coordinator for a nationwide online mentoring program for newly hired secondary science teachers and engaged in multiple research projects. She was an instructor in the Multilingual Multicultural Elementary Education Program. At ISU, Dr. Bahng teaches science methods and Nature of Science courses for graduating teacher candidates planning to teach in both elementary and secondary schools. Also, she teaches an introductory educational research course to a diverse group of graduate students in the Student Affairs program. Dr. Bahng’s scholarship involves the professional development of new science teachers through a number of different subject-specific mentoring programs. Her work also involves exploring innovative and meaningful ways to integrate the Arts into STEM fields (STEAM). With her colleagues, she is a recipient of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching “Paper of the Year, 2012” award. She recently co-authored a textbook, Children Doing Physics (2nd ed) and is also a recipient of a Miller Faculty Fellowship and a Reiman Gardens Science Communication Fellowship, as well as a recipient of a CHS Innovative Teaching Initiative grant. Along with 12 colleagues from various disciplinary areas, she participates in the ISU Sustainable Peace Faculty Learning Community since 2019 and leads an ISU Honors program seminar, Arts and Science of Peace. She enjoys swimming and reciting Shakespeare, and wrote a children’s book, “Aari’s Arirang Adventure” (Request the Ebook version).
John Hauptman is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at ISU and a research physicist in elementary particle physics. He teaches a wide variety of courses but most recently he concentrates on the physics course for elementary teacher candidates in which the hands-on experiments and measurements include most areas of physics and are directly adaptable to the elementary classroom. He also developed and taught the interdisciplinary Newspaper Physics ISU Learning Community course as well as Honors courses that combined physics with English and physics with philosophy. As an experimental particle physicist, he has been involved in various international, national, and regional experiments at several physics laboratories and now focuses on a novel experiment with professor Sehwook Lee to search for magnetic monopoles at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, Korea.