Curriculum Vita

James (Jimmy) Newland


ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • University of Houston College of Education August 2019 – present
    • Pursuing PhD in Physics Education; Department of Curriculum and Instruction; College of Education; Advisor John Ramsey
    • Research goals: Investigation of computing in curriculum and instruction for physics and astronomy courses; Emphasis on urban education, diversity, and addressing underrepresentation in science and academia.
  • University of Houston College of Education December 1999
    • Master’s of Science in Education; Department of 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
    • Bachelor’s of Science in Physics and Astronomy

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Teacher – Bellaire High School (Houston ISD) September 1996 – present
    • 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-SL & HL Physics 2012 – present
    • Certifications held in Texas: physics, computer science
  • Adjunct Professor University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences Fall 2004 – Spring 2017
    • Taught an introductory and an advanced web design course for the SLIS graduate program with both face-to-face and online components using learning management systems.
  • Observatory Manager Mississippi State Department of Physics & Astronomy 1993 – 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 1993 – 1995
    • Distributed & collected lab equipment & materials for undergraduate courses.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Newland, J., Grzybowski, E., Hickey, J., & Kuper, O. (2020). Authentic astronomical research as science teacher professional development, American Astronomical Society Winter Meeting
  • Newland, J., (2019). Measuring the Milky Way with stars Maker Challenge, TeachEngineering.org
  • Newland, J., (2019). Real-time remote photoplethysmography using a webcam and graphical user interface, Rice University Research Symposium for Teachers
  • Newland, J., (2018). Visualize your Pulse Maker Challenge, TeachEngineering.org
  • Newland, J., (2018). Comparison of waveform parameters from open-source versus commercial photoplethysmography, Rice University Research Symposium for Teachers
  • Shaner, A., Allen, J., Shipp, S., Kramer, G., Nahm, A., Balazs, L., Fuller, J., Newland, J., Snyder,  R., Kring, D., (2014). 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.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & COLLABORATION

  • Member of the University of Texas at Austin Astronomy Department Teacher Associate Program (EXES), 2009 – present
    • Participate in research-based training in astrophysics through colloquia, hands-on activities and training, and research trips to McDonald Observatory.
  • Computing4Health Camp at Rice University, July 2019
    • Created curriculum, taught coursework, and led a team of other teachers in week-long computing and maker camp for high school students at Rice University.
  • Master Teacher for Computer Science Teaching at Rice (CSTaR), June 2019
    • Created curriculum, taught coursework, for the CSTAR project for the Office of STEM Engagement at Rice University.
  • Computing4Health Camp at Rice University, July 2018
    • Created curriculum, taught coursework, and led a team of other teachers in week-long computing health camp for high school students at Rice University.
  • Master Teacher for WeTeach_CS Collaborative Computer Science Teaching at Rice (CSTaR), Fall 2016 – Summer 2018
    • 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 HS & Houston Astronomical Society Skynet Junior Scholars Program, 2017 – 2019
    • 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.
  • Master Teacher for McDonald Observatory Teacher Training, 2015 & 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 2003 – 2008
    • 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 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Mentor: Yongyi Zhao, ECE, Rice University Summer 2019
    • Conducted original research and led a research team of teachers in facial feature tracking and digital signal processing of biometric data for the Scalable Health Labs in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University.
  • University of Texas at Austin and McDonald Observatory Research Internship June 2019
    • Participated in astronomical research performing spectroscopic analysis of low metallicity Milky Way halo stars using Sandiford Echelle Spectrograph on Otto Struve 2.1m Telescope.
  • Using foreground-background quasar pairs for outflow feature detection, Bellaire Astronomy Research Team, June 2019 Houston Astronomical Society
    • Research Advisor with mentor Dr. Sean Johnson, NASA Hubble and Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellow, for 11-person student research program Fall 2018-Summer 2019.
  • 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.
  • Studying Outflows in Obscured Quasars Using SDSS Data, Bellaire Astronomy Research Team, June 2018 Houston Astronomical Society
    • 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.
  • Approximation of Asteroid Family Ages, LPI/NASA ExMASS Program 2016 Poster Presentation
    • 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
    • Research advisor for ExMASS research program 2015.
  • Crater Chains on the Lunar South Pole,LPI/NASA ExMASS Program 2011 Poster Presentation
    • 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. E. 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 the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, 59th Annual Meeting.

COMPUTING EXPERIENCE

  • Skills – Extensive experience with a wide variety of hardware, software, and electronics & instrumentation; Experience with Arduino/Processing, C/C++, HTML/CSS, Java, PHP, & Python coding; Experience with Windows, OS X, Linux, and legacy systems.
  • Founding Member of Bellaire High School Makerspace 2016 – present
    • Design and implement informal education training sessions on use of Makerspace tools & technology such as microcontrollers, 3D printers, CAD software, etc.
  • Campus Network Specialist, Bellaire High School (Houston ISD) Fall 2001-Spring 2008 
    • 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

  • Performing Authentic Astronomical Research as Teacher Professional Development
    • University of Texas Astronomy EXES Associate Program Meeting October 2019
  • Haar Cascade Machine Learning for PPG Detections
    • Bellaire High School Computing Club October, 4, 2019
  • Measuring the Milky Way with RR Lyrae Stars 
    • Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society July 2019 Meeting at Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • DIY PPG: Open-source vs commercial photoplethysmography (poster presentation)
    • Delange Conference XI on Bioelectronics at Rice University December 2018
  • 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

AWARDS & HONORS

  • University of Houston Graduate School Presidential Fellowship 2019 – present
  • University of Houston College of Education Graduate Tuition Fellowship 2019 – present
  • University of Texas Department of Astronomy Travel Award for American Astronomical Society 2019 Winter Meeting
  • Bellaire High School Teacher of the Year 2014

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Computer Science Teachers Association
  • National Earth Science Teachers Association
  • National Science Teachers Association

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

I grew up as a cis-gendered white male in the 1970s and 1980s. The idea that European enlightened men were the apex of human achievement was reinforced constantly, and I certainly believed it. Throughout my undergraduate years, I thought of myself as “liberal” and “aware” and aligned myself with left-leaning politics. I didn’t know how destructive my attitude was to underrepresented groups. Once I started teaching at a large public high school in Houston, my direct experience with all kinds of people, from all kinds of places, thinking all kinds of things, a slow transformation happened. Through experience, I saw that white supremacy is a lie. It took a long time, honestly. But exposure to lots of kinds of people was a powerful life-lesson taking decades to work on me. I am eager to be a part of increasing the inclusion of underrepresented groups in science and academia.

One lesson came from my own children. My whole family seemed to follow this arc of awareness that white supremacy culture was pervasive and negative. My own kids felt comfortable exploring new gender norms and attitudes about love and race. When my oldest confronted my notion of binary gender, I didn’t take as long to change my mind about gender as I had to recognize the pervasiveness of white supremacy culture. My younger child felt comfortable to have the same ambiguity about gender in their life as well. Now my wife and I embrace both kids’ pronoun choices and we share ours upon meeting new people as well.

As a teacher, I have both the power to affect change and the responsibility to make my classroom a place that seeks to bring both equity and equality. The person with the most authority needs to create a space where members can create community. I want to ensure equity and equality across communities of race, culture, gender identity, and sexual orientation. There will be times I must step back and cede authority to community members. There will be uncomfortable conversations and awkward feelings. The conversations will need to be repeated as new communities form and people come and go. But I am committed to being a part of creating a more diverse group of scientists, science teachers, and academics. I will seek to be a part of communities that share these values.