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Project MAST Investigator/ Director
MFadavi

Dr. Mehri Fadavi
Jackson State University
Department of Physics, Atmospheric Sciences and Geosciences
PO Box 17450
Jackson, MS 39217
Telephone: (601) 979-3622
Fax: (601) 979-8623
Email: mfadavi@jsums.edu

Dr. Mehri Fadavi, Professor of Physics, has worked for 15 years as a teacher across all disciplines in the Department. Her grantsmanship is unparalleled in CSET and has been called the standard for all faculty members to aspire to achieve. She has been awarded nearly $12.5M in grants as a Principal Investigator (PI) and has been involved as Co-PI on several million dollars more over the years. She is the first female full Professor of Physics at JSU and has been awarded the largest single highly competitive grant ($8.7M) from the National Science Foundation at the University. Her highly acclaimed Mississippi Academy for Science Teaching (Project MAST) will be a national model for improving science content knowledge for teachers in K-12 schools.

In addition to teaching core physics courses, she is also very involved with science education. She is founder and Director of the phenomenal Project MAST which has trained hundreds of upper elementary and middle school science teachers from around the state. She is Director of the Mississippi Science Partnership, Coordinator of the Master of Science Teaching Program and Director of the Science and Mathematics Advancement Resources for Teaching (SMART) Center. Furthermore, she was recognized as Outstanding College Science Teacher for College Science Education Excellence by Mississippi Science Teachers Association in 2007. In honor of her accomplishments through years of hard work in building world-class astronomy capabilities at the University, the University’s primary observatory was dedicated and named the Dr. Mehri Fadavi Observatory in November 2007.

Pre-Service Program Coordinator

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Dr. Donna Lander
JSU College of Education and Human Development (Retired Faculty)
PO Box 17450
Jackson, MS 39217
Telephone: (601) 979-2969
Email: dlander@aol.com

 

Dr. Donna Lander is the coordinator of pre-service science teacher certification program, and she will facilitate the collaboration between JSU and Mississippi Life Science Licensure. She has extensive experience in public education including classroom teaching, building leadership, and district administration. In addition, she focused upon the reform of Mississippi public schools as Director of Instructional Service at the Mississippi Department of Education. She has extensive experience working with the 154 public school districts in the state. She also taught aspiring school and school district leaders enrolled in the masters, specialist, and doctoral programs at JSU. She brings experience in crafting sustainable partnerships with the Mississippi Department of Education, public schools, and universities. She is a founding member of the Mississippi Science Partnership. She was recognized by the JSU Division of Graduate Studies for her contributions to doctoral research.

MSP Office Manager
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Mrs. Debra Divinity
Jackson State University
Mississippi Science Partnership (MSP)
PO Box 17450
Jackson, MS 39217
Telephone: (601) 979-2969
Email: debra.j.divinity@jsums.edu

 

Mrs. Divinity manages all MSP projects administrative and clerical work, namely data entry, organizing materials and programs. She assists in writing reports and proposals for grants and contracts related to MSP. She also maintains grant accounts. In addition to being responsible for procurement and inventory of all MSP related equipment and accessories, she coordinates Project MAST workshops. She has worked for MSP/Project MAST for over four years.

MAST-NSF External Evaluator

Rockman et al is an independent evaluation, research, and consulting firm focusing on the impact of education, technology, and media. Rockman works with preschool, K-12, postsecondary and adult educational institutions undertaking formal education, as well as with broadly educational projects having a wide community or consumer audience. In addition to core education initiatives, such as research on school reform and teacher professional development, services include conducting research and evaluation on public television and radio series, children’s television programs, and websites.

Rockman has a strong reputation for providing evaluation services in the area of informal science and teacher professional development initiatives in science, math and technology for NSF-funded projects, and assessing the role of technology in school reform initiatives on the federal and state levels and in post secondary education initiatives (FIPSE, PT3) funded by the United States Department of Education. NSF projects include evaluations for Youth Radio’s Digital Technology Institute, the Lawrence Hall of Science’s East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS), and KQED’s QUEST television program.