Peter Brown is lead author of Make it Stick, The Science of Successful Learning, written with co-authors Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel, who are cognitive psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis.
Make it Stick, a best-seller published by Harvard University Press, has been translated into 17 foreign languages, and earned an avid following among centers for teaching excellence at colleges and universities, by military trainers, and many others.
James Lang, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, called Make it Stick “the single best work I have encountered on recent findings about the human brain and how we learn.”
Peter made his living as a management consultant and took up writing books as a second career. Make it Stick is his fifth book, and his first foray into writing about science. He lives with his wife Ellen in St. Paul.
Emily Dickmann designs, organizes, and co-facilitates training for the advising community as the Director for Training and Community Development in UW-Madison’s Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA), a position she has held since 2014. She chairs the Advising Training and Development Team (ATDT) and is active in several other cross-campus learning communities. Before joining the OUA staff, Emily worked as an Assistant Director, academic, and career advisor with the Cross-College Advising Service and Career Exploration Center. She holds a MS in Counseling from UW-Whitewater and a BA in English from UW-Madison.
Are you a new tutor? Join this session to hear from experienced tutors from across campus as they share advice and ideas for engaging with students, structuring tutoring sessions, responding to challenging questions, and navigating relationships with faculty.
- Jihyun Hwang is a senior majoring in Biochemistry and has tutored Chemistry 344 and 345.
- Ashley Pince is a junior majoring in Economics with a certificate in Education Policy Studies and has tutored Math 112, 113, and 114.
- Owen Brown is a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering and has tutored Chemistry 103.
- Preston Wong is a graduate student studying Economics and has tutored study and learning skills with the McBurney Disability Resource Center.
- Clark Cantrall is a graduate student in the College of Engineering pursuing a master of science in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently tutoring math courses with the ACTS office. He has tutored for the Undergraduate Learning Center.
What are faculty doing with students to engage with students and be inclusive in the classroom? What are some best approaches to approach that relationship? Hear from a panel of experienced faculty and instructors, followed by a Q&A.
Andrew Lokuta, Ph.D. Teaching Faculty III, Department of Kinesiology, School of Education
Andrew is an instructor in the large enrollment human physiology courses on this campus (now 1200 students per year). He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA) in 1988 and his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1993. Andrew came to UW-Madison in July 1994 as a PostDoctoral Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Hector Valdivia. After completing a series of successful research projects that explored controversial topics in cardiovascular physiology and heart failure, he transitioned to full-time teaching in 2001.
Juanita Diaz, Learning Center Coordinator for Zoo/Bio 101, Department of Integrative Biology
My name is Juanita Diaz and I use she/they pronouns. I am the Learning Center Coordinator for Zoo/Bio 101 and am housed in the Integrative Biology department. I grew up in a tiny, rural town in Central New York and did my undergrad at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. I received a B.S. in Zoology, with minors in Biocultural Anthropology and Geology, in 2016, then came to UW-Madison for the Integrative Biology Ph.D. program. Throughout undergrad, I worked in a paleoecology lab and did paleontology and geochemistry research. I completely switched fields when I started my Ph.D., and studied evolutionary genomics, focused on a species of copepod (a type of zooplankton) in the Baltic Sea. After 6 years, I decided that I no longer wanted to pursue a PhD and graduated with a M.S. in Integrative Biology in December 2022. One major reason I left the PhD program was that I want to focus on teaching and student support instead of research. I began my current position with Zoo/Bio 101 in January 2023, and I do administrative work and coordinate the learning center (smaller group/individual student support). More broadly, I am interested in making science more accessible and inclusive. I also strive to help students improve their understanding of and confidence with scientific concepts – both to help with the class and as the students continue interacting with science and technology after they finish the class.
Sharon L Thoma – Teaching Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
I am a Teaching Professor in the Integrative Biology Department. I am the chair of Biology/Zoology 101 and teach in the course each semester. I also work with the Bradley Learning Community where I teach a roundtable class in the fall and a spring semester class called Nature Fix. I developed and taught a seminar course for first-generation STEM freshman the past two fall semesters. My most recent project has been to develop a study abroad course in Iceland, where we will study biology, ecology, and geology; the course should be offered in Summer 2024.
I grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa. I have a B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University (where I was a first-gen college student) and a Ph.D. in Botany from Michigan State University. I have been living in Madison for many years, most of them involved in higher education. I love teaching and interacting with students, and am always looking for new ways to connect with students and to improve my courses.
My hobbies include traveling, reading, sewing, weight-lifting, and hiking. This summer I completed hiking the Ice Age Trail (1127 miles). I love spending time in nature, and last year became a certified forest-bathing guide. This fall semester, I will be working with interested students on a nature-based well being plan to help alleviate stress.