Cari F. Herrmann Abell, Ph.D., joined AAAS Project 2061 in 2005 as a postdoctoral fellow for the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science and is currently a senior research associate contributing to the development of curriculum and assessment resources aligned to K-12 science learning goals. Her current work focuses on topics in the physical sciences, and she is principal investigator on a test development project funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. In addition to presenting her work at scholarly and professional conferences, Herrmann Abell also leads workshops on the item development process for researchers and classroom teachers, including, for example, those in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, the American Chemical Society, the University of Michigan, and the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology. As a reviewer for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Herrmann Abell critiqued physical science and life science assessment items for grades 4, 8, and 12. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.