Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME)

Haider Ali Bhatti

Originally from Pakistan, Ali and his family immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Englewood, New Jersey. As a proud New Jerseyan, he stayed in New Jersey and earned his Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, followed by a Master's degree in Biological Science Education at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. After graduating, he taught high school biology and also worked at Khan Academy as a biology content fellow.

Currently, he’s a PhD student in the SESAME program at UC Berkeley where his research focuses on how we...

Michelle Hoda Wilkerson

I am a learning scientist whose work explores computational literacy, with special focus on how young people learn about scientific computing tools such as computer simulation, data visualization, or statistical analysis packages. Tools like these have transformed how science and mathematics are done, and there are growing calls to incorporate them into K-12 education. However, while there is growing commitment among educators to teach science and mathematics “as practice,” scientific computing is still often presented simplistically in curriculum as a conceptual aid or accurate...

Vasiliki (Vicky) Laina

Vicky is a PhD candidate in the SESAME program and a member of the CoRE lab (Computational Representations in Education). She is interested in better understanding and supporting productive engagement in mathematical argumentation. Proofs have a central place in her work, and she employs low- and high-tech instructional designs to make disciplinary practices associated with the production and communication of proofs accessible to young learners.

Vicky holds an MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Leeds, UK, and the equivalent to a BSc and MSc in Pure and Applied...

Laleh Coté

A California Bay Area native, Laleh has always been interested in education, music, writing, and people. In her 20s, she discovered a passion for human health and began studying biology at the local community college. As an undergraduate, she was involved in research in molecular biology; microbial ecology; immunology; and natural resources at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab); the University of California, San Francisco; and the University of California, Berkeley.

She received AS and AA degrees in Science and Liberal Arts from Laney College in 2010, and a BA in...

Julien Putz

Julien Putz is a first-year doctoral student in the Graduate Group of Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) at UC Berkeley. His primary advisor is Prof. Dor Abrahamson and he is an active member of the Embodied Design Research Laboratory. He is interested in understanding and modelling the cognitive processes that constitute mathematical thinking from an embodied and enactive perspective. Further interests of his include the relationships between physical skill acquisition and conceptual learning in mathematics. He also seeks to leverage first-person methodologies like...

Anna Zarkh

Anna Zarkh is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME). She holds BA and MA degrees in Mathematics, and a teaching certificate from Israel. Anna’s research focuses on university mathematics education, specializing in socio-cultural theories, discourse analysis and micro-ethnographic methods. She studies classroom discourse, meaning-making processes and language ideologies in contemporary academic mathematics.

Anna taught undergraduate math courses at UC Berkeley; Bar Ilan university; and (an Israeli equivalent of)...