Curriculum Vita

James (Jimmy) Newland

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • University of Houston College of Education December 1999
    • Masters of Science in Education (Curriculum and Instruction: science emphasis); Advisors E Chiappetta and J Ramsey
  • University of Houston Department of Physics Fall 1995 – Summer 1996
    • Research and Teaching Assistant in Space Physics – no degree conferred
  • Mississippi State University May 1995
    • Bachelors of Science in Physics and Astronomy

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Teacher – Bellaire High School (Houston ISD) September 1996 – present Supervisor: Michael McDonough, principal
    • Certified Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate instructor
    • Courses taught at Bellaire High School:
      • Computer math 1996 – 2001
      • Web design (course & curriculum designed by J Newland) 2000 – 2002
      • AP & IB computer science 1996 – 2015
      • Introductory computer science (curriculum designed by J Newland) 2008-2009
      • IB Astronomy (course & curriculum designed by J Newland) 2008 – present
      • AP-C & IB-HL Physics 2012 – present
    • Certifications held in Texas: physics, computer science
  • Adjunct Professor Univ. of N. Texas School of Library and Information Sciences Fall 2004 – Spring 2017 Supervisor: Dr. Suliman Hamawdeh
    • Taught an introductory and an advanced web design course for the SLIS graduate program in Houston, TX with both face-to-face and online components using WebCT & Blackboard
  • Observatory Manager Mississippi State Department of Physics & Astronomy Fall 1993 – Spring 1995
    • Hosted observing sessions for astronomy classes and the public at Mississippi State University Physics & Astronomy Department Observatory in Starkville MS
  • Student Lab Manager Mississippi State Department of Physics & Astronomy Spring 1993 – Spring 1995
    • Distributed and collected labs equipment and materials for undergraduate course laboratory sections

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & COLLABORATION

  • Master Teacher for WeTeach_CS Collaborative Computer Science Teaching at Rice (CSTAR) Fall 2016 – Summer 2018 Contacts: Matthew Cushing & Allen Antoine
    • Created curriculum, taught coursework, and led a team of other computer science teachers for the CSTAR project for the Office of STEM Engagement at Rice University
  • Bellaire High School & Houston Astronomical Society Skynet Junior Scholars Program 2017 – present
    • Designed and implemented a joint remote observing program between students at Bellaire High School and teen members of the Houston Astronomical Society using the Skynet Junior Scholars collaborative robotic telescope network. Students collect data from global telescope network to perform various research tasks.
  • Member of University of Texas at Austin Astronomy Department Teacher Associate Program (EXES) Managing scientists: Dr. Keely Finkelstein & Dr. Chris Sneden 2009 – present
    • Participate in research-based training in astrophysics through colloquia, hands-on activities and training, and research trips to McDonald Observatory.
  • Master Teacher for McDonald Observatory Teacher Training Managing astronomers: Dr. Keely Finkelstein, Mr. Mark Wetzel, Dr. Judy Meyer, Dr. Jeffery Silverman Summer 2015 & Summer 2017
    • Helped design and implement curriculum elements including hands-on labs and activities and telescope observing programs for K-12 teachers from across the U.S.
  • 2017 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Educational Program Conference Planning Committee Member; Chair: Dr. Stephanie Shipp
    • Designed and implemented multi-day teacher-centered workshops and sessions as part of the annual AAPG conference
  • Houston Public Library Computer Classes
    • Introductory Web Design and Computer Use Courses for the Houston Public Library Central Library, 2009 – 2010
  • Public Star Parties & Sidewalk Astronomy Fall 2008 – present
    • Organized, hosted and ran public star parties as part of astronomy course and organized sidewalk astronomy events with Houston Public Library and in conjunction with Houston Astronomical Society and Fort Bend Astronomy Club/Houston Museum of Natural Science George Observatory.
  • Master Teacher for Computer Science Computing and Mentoring Partnership (CS-CAMP) for High School & Middle School Girls at Rice University Fall 2003 – Summer 2008 Primary contact: Michael Sirois
    • Created curriculum, taught coursework, and led a team of other HISD computer science teachers for the CS-CAMP project for the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education at Rice University
  • Librarian’s Internet Research Institute Summers 1998-2002
    • Co-taught summer institute for librarians focusing on Internet research skills, web design, and other related topics for HISD library services department
  • Various HISD & Bellaire HS Teacher Training Sessions
    • Perform professional development for teachers covering a variety of technology-related topics

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • National Science Foundation Expeditions in Computing/PATHS-UP Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Mentors: Amruta Pai, Akash Maity, ECE, Rice University Summer 2018
    • Conducted original research in digital signal processing and pulmonary data analysis for the Scalable Health Labs in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University
      • First Author on Poster: Comparison of waveform parameters from open-source vs commercial photoplethysmography presented July 20th, Rice University Research Symposium for Teachers
  • Studying Outflows in Obscured Quasars Using SDSS Data, Bellaire Astronomy Research Team, June 2018 Houston Astronomical Society
    • Ryan Anderson, Tirtha Kharel, Gabrielle Olinger, Scott Williams
    • Research Advisor with mentor Dr. Sean Johnson, NASA Hubble and Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellow, for 4-person student research program Fall 2017-Summer 2018
  • University of Texas McDonald Observatory Stellar Spectroscopy Observing Run, Summer 2015 Managing scientists: Dr. Chris Sneden &Dr. Keely Finkelstein
    • Collected stellar spectra on bright main sequence and red giant branch using Harlan J Smith 2.7 meter telescope and Tull Echelle Spectrograph
  • University of Texas McDonald Observatory Stellar Spectroscopy Observing Run, Summer 2013 Managing scientists: Dr. Chris Sneden &Dr. Keely Finkelstein
    • Collected stellar spectra on bright main sequence and red giant branch using Harlan J Smith 2.7 meter telescope and Tull Echelle Spectrograph
  • Member of Advisory Council for ExMASS as part of Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (Lunar and Planetary Institute/NASA JSC) Chairperson: Andrew Shaner
    • Helped re-design and implement high school student research program by piloting asteroid research program
    • Co-Author on Poster: Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS): An Authentic, Open-Inquiry Research Experience for High School Students,  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2014
  • Approximation of Asteroid Family Ages, LPI/NASA ExMASS Program 2016 Poster Presentation
    • Amy Fan, Kate Herman, Sara Ho, Michelle Tang, Antony Yun, Jonathan Zhang
    • Research advisor for ExMASS research program 2016
  • Hypothesizing the Existence of Zhuque Family in the 5:2 Kirkwood Gap, 2015 NASA Exploration Science Forum, NASA Ames, LPI/NASA ExMASS Program 2015 Poster Presentation
    • Sue Anne Davis, Kevin Nguyen, Jennifer Wang, Afton Widdershins, Steven Zhou-Wright
    • Research advisor for ExMASS research program 2015
  • Crater Chains on the Lunar South Pole,LPI/NASA ExMASS Program 2011 Poster Presentation
    • Dana Felberg, Steven Hester, David Nielsen, Zach Weddle, Jack Williams
    • Research advisor for ExMASS research program 2011
  • Graduate research: Development of a Thermal Plasma Moment Analyzer Based on a Superconducting Line (2-D) Dipole Electromagnet Spring & Summer 1996
    • Dr. Edgar Bering; Jimmy Newland Research Assistant – University of Houston Space Physics
  • Senior undergraduate research: The Cosmic Gamma-Ray Background Above the Earth’s Atmosphere Spring 1994
    • Jimmy Newland & John Patrick Lestrade, Mississippi State University – presented at Mississippi Academy of Sciences, 59th Annual Meeting

COMPUTING EXPERIENCE

  • Founding Member of Bellaire High School Makerspace 2016 – present
    • Design and implement informal education training sessions on use of Makerspace tools and technology such as microcontrollers, 3D printers, CAD software, electronics, general project design, etc. for Bellaire High School
  • Campus Network Specialist, Bellaire High School (Houston ISD) Fall 2001-Spring 2008 Supervisor: Tim Salem, principal
    • Campus Network Specialist: Coordinated campus technology policy & budget, designed & implemented training courses, oversaw campus technical support, created web content & web applications for campus use, grant writing and implementation; Concurrent with teaching position
  • Consultant for HISD Library Services 2001-2008 Primary contact: Deborah Hall
    • Training, web design, curriculum development for librarian professional development
  • HISD Student Portal Design Team 2003-2004
    • Member of the initial design team for the roll-out of HISD’s student web portal
  • Consultant for City of Bellaire Library Summer 2002
    • Designed the former website for the City of Bellaire library

PUBLIC TALKS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Lifecycle of Sun-like Stars
    • Houston Astronomical Society March 2018 & Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society July 2018
  • Astronomy Labs Using Real Data
    • Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching 2017
  • Astronomy Using the Internet: Creating astronomical images using IRSA and Las Cumbres Observatory
    • Houston Astronomical Society March 2017
  • Creating Astronomical Images Using Las Cumbres Global Telescope Network and PencilCode (Hour of Code)
    • University of Texas Astronomy EXES Associate Program Meeting October 2015
  • Teaching Computer Science in High School
    • 2014 CSEd Week at Grace Hopper Conference
  • How the Internet has Changed Astronomy
    • Bellaire Nature Discovery Center January 2013
  • Information Architecture: A Survey
    • South Texas College of Law, June 2013
  • Pair-Programming in Computer Science
    • Houston ISD 2010 TechSpan Teacher Conference
  • Using the Design Recipe in AP Computer Science
    • Houston ISD Teacher Training July 2009
  • AP Computer Science Teacher Crash Course
    • Houston Independent School District 2009
  • Teaching Computer Science with Web Tools
    • Houston Independent School District 2009
  • Design Recipe with Java Lecture
    • Houston Independent School District Training 2008
  • DIY School Library Websites
    • Houston Association of School Librarians 2008