Kate Muir Welsh is a science educator with over twenty five years (10 of them at UW) experience in both formal and informal education settings. Her primary research agenda and published work to date focuses on equity, access, and social justice in education in general with an emphasis on science education. Welsh served as a member UW Shepard Symposium planning committee for seven years, chairing the committee from 2007-2010. During the 2010-11 academic year Dr. Welsh spent her UW sabbatical at Teton Science Schools working in the shadow of the Grand Tetons with graduate students and faculty. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the elementary and early education department. Her teaching includes course work in math/science methods, place-based education and instructional strategies. In January 2012, Dr. Welsh was named the 2nd director of UW's Social Justice Research Center. Dr. Welsh works with teachers in the areas of place-based education, social justice, and math/science education.