Lab Members

Dr. Melissa McCartney, Assistant Professor (McCartney CV)

Dr. McCartney’s research interests center on primary scientific literature and how it can be used as a teaching and learning tool. This research stems from her main project, “Science in the Classroom,” as a Senior Project Director in the Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). “Science in the Classroom,” is a resource that aims to make scientific research articles more accessible to students and the public. Previously, Dr. McCartney spent five years at Science editing education and neuroscience manuscripts and was a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies where she worked with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.  Dr. McCartney completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she examined network dynamics in the hippocampus; specifically with regards to seizure generation in epilepsy. Additionally, Dr. McCartney completed her PhD in Neuroscience from The George Washington University and has a BS in Biochemistry from Binghamton University (SUNY).


Marie Janelle (MJ) Tacloban is a 3rd year Biology Education major at FIU.  MJ is part of the FIU Teach program and will graduate with a teaching certification in biology.  MJ is involved with developing professional development opportunities for teachers who want to teach the nature of science using annotated primary literature.


Chazman Childers is a Biomedical Engineering senior at FIU.  Chaz is investigating how students learn science communication skills through annotating scientific literature and is measuring the readability levels of completed annotations.