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Dr. Liz Potter-Nelson is an assistant professor of physics and science education at the University of Maine at Farmington. She was previously a post-doctoral associate in environment and sustainability education at the Environmental Solutions Initiative. Liz earned her doctoral degree in Educational Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her dissertation research assessed the presence and interpretation of key sustainability competencies (i.e. sustainability knowledge, systems thinking, social justice, and futures thinking) in undergraduate education courses.
Prior to joining MIT, Liz spent 15 years as a science teacher, administrator, technology coach, and curriculum coordinator, in rural, urban, and suburban public schools. Beginning her career as a high school chemistry and physics teacher, Liz engaged her students in guided-inquiry experiences to interact with and build their understanding of science.