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Danita Brandt


    • Roles: Project Participant


  • Higher Ed: Science 


Danita Brandt joins the Michigan State University PROM/SE team as Director of Science (Professional Development). Danita was co-designer of the PROM/SE Middle School Earth Science Summer Institute course on Earth Systems, and she served as co-facilitator for the Middle School Institutes at all three partner sites (summer '06). A faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences at MSU since 1991, Danita works with pre-service teachers in her undergraduate course on "Geology of Michigan" and interacts with in-service teachers every other summer through MSU's Division of Science and Math Education's "Earth Science for Teachers" course. As a paleontologist with two school-aged children, a top priority is communicating science (especially issues of age of the Earth and history of life) to a general audience, she and is active in various informal science education initiatives, including "Darwin Discovery Day" at the MSU Museum. Danita received her bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Illinois, Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati, and Ph.D. from Yale.