Ricardo Nemirovsky has a
background in physics, which he studied in his native Argentina, Mexico
and the US. He became interested in science education and earned his
Doctor of Education degree at Harvard in 1992. Since then he has been
the co-director of the Research Center at TERC, an educational
non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr.
Nemirovsy's research program focuses on an investigation of the embodied
nature of cognition, with an emphasis on the roles of body motion and
kinesthesia in mathematics learning. Proponents of embodied cognition
hold that cognitive processes are deeply rooted in the body's
interactions with the world and with others and that perceptuo-motor
activity is embedded in the use and production of tools and symbols. Dr.
Nemirovsky's pioneering research on the embodied nature of cognition
and on the creative use of mathematical artifacts has been influential
and has resulted in a number of well-cited papers. Over the past ten
years, he has obtained over $9 million in external funding. At the
national level and international levels, Dr. Nemirovsky has
distinguished himself as a leader who works with a broad variety of
researchers ranging from physicists to semioticians and most recently
cognitive neuroscientists. Additionally, he has designed numerous
mechanical devices and software to enrich the learning of mathematics,
including several math-oriented exhibits for science and technology
museums. Dr. Nemirovsky is a former Director of CRMSE.