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Michael A. Morgan

Michael Morgan is currently the Science Department Chair and Honors and Advanced Placement Chemistry teacher at the Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles. In addition to working at Bravo he has taught at four other LAUSD high schools. Before coming to LAUSD he taught freshman chemistry at the University of California at Santa Cruz part time while working on his degree at UCSC under the direction of Professor Frank C. Andrews, whose research groups area of interest was the Statistical Mechanics of hard dense particle fluids and Theoretical Chemistry especially Thermodynamics. Till this day the areas of chemistry called Physical Chemistry are still his favorites to teach. However, chemical education held a much stronger interest for Mr. Morgan. Since UCSC he has become heavily involved in the field of Chemical Education. He has served twice as a fellow of the Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison working for Professor John W. Moore. Areas of interest include the use of video-discs and computers in chemical education and lecture demonstrations. Mr. Morgan is the 1996 University of Southern California/ Greater Los Angeles Teachers of Science Achievement Award winner for excellence in Chemical Education.

Currently Mr. Morgan writes a regular column entitled "Ideas From the Coast" for the journal "Connecting with Chemistry", is heavily involved in the local American Chemical Society section planning their yearly "Update for Chemistry Teachers", and coordinates the Science Outreach Program for Bravo. In addition he has served since 1992 as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Chemical Education: Software. Over the past ten years he has presented over 100 workshops, conferences, and lecture demonstration shows on topics ranging from Chemistry in our Everyday Lives to Chemical Philately A Perforated History of Chemistry.

In 1998 Mr. Morgan was invited to join a group that rewrote the California Academic Content Standards for Science. Working under the supervision of Nobel Lauerate Glenn Seaborg he was involved from the beginning of the writing process. This has held a special interest for Mr. Morgan since improving science education has always been a very important goal. This has led to being involved in advising editors of the books adopted in California about their products. Since 1993 He has also been providing subject specific training for all of the District Interns that join the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Outside of School Mr. Morgan is an avid Collector of postage stamps dealing with science, loves cooking, Mountain Biking, Scuba Diving, and listening to Progressive Rock Music including Genesis, King Crimson, Rush, Jethro Tull, and The Moody Blues.

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