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I'm a lecturer at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at the University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoctoral scholar on two NSF-funded projects:Visualizing to Integrate Science Learning for All Learners (VISUAL), and Continuous Learning and Automated Scoring in Science (CLASS), both directed by Marcia Linn.

On the VISUAL and CLASS projects, I help design, build, and implement classroom technologies in the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) that support scientific thinking among middle and high school learners. These projects involve seeking the best ways to design and scaffold learning from scientific visualizations, and creating assessment data visualizations to inform teachers' instructional decisions.

I am especially interested in the cognitive and collaborative issues involved in learning from visual representations, such as in how concepts are symbolized and interpreted; how representations can mediate collaboration; and how to design environments and interactions that support meaningful engagement with information.

As a lecturer at the Graduate School of Education. I teach Scientific Thinking and Learning for PhD students and for preservice teachers in the Master's and Credential in Science and Mathematics Education (MACSME) program. I also teach Technology in the Secondary English Classroom for preservice teachers in the Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) Master's and Credential program. Finally, I organize a weekly colloquium sponsored by the Cognition and Development and the Studies in Engineering Science And Mathematics Education (SESAME) programs.

Previously, I completed a PhD in the department of the Learning Sciences under the advisement of David H. Uttal at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Windsor, and an M.Sc. in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. Before beginning my PhD, I was a professional medical illustrator at InVIVO in Toronto, a medical animation studio that produces games, illustrations, computer animations, multimedia presentations and web applications for major pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients from around the world.

cmatuk [at] berkeley [dot] edu
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