Author: Dr. Virginia Vandergon

About Dr. Virginia

Dr. Virginia Vandergon

Dr. Virginia (Gini) Vandergon is a full professor of biology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Her research is in plant genetics, specifically looking at the evolution of genes involved in the anthocyanin pathway (red and blue pigments). Before becoming a college professor, Gini was a high school biology teacher and has been involved in many grants involving science teacher professional development. At CSUN she is also a K–12 science education liaison, serving as the San Fernando Valley Science Project director. Gini was one of the writers of the California Next Generation Science Standards high school frameworks and is currently serving as the treasurer for California Science Teachers Association.

For four years, we at the California State University, Northridge, Science Learning Colaboratory have been working with Los Angeles-area science teachers to develop relevant and engaging lessons and activities that integrate California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) into the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) secondary school science curriculum. For three years, we have used […]