Dr. Erin E. Peters Burton is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Science Education at George Mason University. Her research interests include cognition of science, self-regulation of scientific epistemologies, social justice in science education, and assessment of nature of science knowledge. Her research agenda is derived from 15 years of experience as an electrical engineer, a secondary science teacher, and an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Peters Burton has published over 20 empirical articles, several book chapters and a nationally distributed book on metacognitive prompting of the nature of science. She has won several national and state awards including Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, VAST’s Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher Award, Excellence in Teacher Research by the Virginia Association of Teacher Educators, and Virginia University Educator by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers.