My name is Bud Talbot, and I am an assistant professor of Science Education at the University of Colorado Denver. My science background is in geology and physics, and I taught science in grades 7-12 for seven years in both rural and suburban environments. While teaching, I became interested in better understanding how my students were thinking about the science content that they were learning. I realized that understanding students’ cognitive processes was one of the keys to facilitating their science learning. Also, having observed the very real impact of large-scale assessments on school climate and classroom practice I became motivated to better understand the role of these assessments in science curriculum and instruction. These motivations, along with a desire to help recruit and educate high quality science teachers, led me to pursue my PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and then to this job at CU Denver. My research focuses on science teacher education, science teacher knowledge, and assessment.