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Director, Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)
Association of Science-Technology Centers
Jamie Bell has been the project director of the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) since October 2010. He has over 25 years experience in informal science education working at the Exploratorium, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group, TERC, Petrosains: The Discovery Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE).
Juan Burciaga, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mount Holyoke College
Professor Burciaga teaches physics and astronomy at liberal arts colleges with a non-teaching style, where students become very active in teaching themselves. His scholarship now encompasses pedagogy and curriculum development, including innovative laboratory pedagogy and assessment. He is presently book editor for the American Association of Physics Teachers and also serves as the education officer for the National Society of Hispanic Physicists.
Chief Executive Officer
From 2009-2013, Karen Cator was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, leading the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan. Previously, she directed Apple’s efforts in education. She began her career as a teacher in Alaska.
Chris Dede, Ed.D.
Professor in Learning Technologies
Chris Dede’s research includes emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011, he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. His latest book is Digital Teaching Platforms, Teachers College Press, 2012.
Senior Scientist and Lead of the Research Group
Pixar Animation Studios
Tony DeRose has developed technology at Pixar since 1996. In 2006, he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award© for his work. He is also involved in a number of initiatives, including the Young Makers Program, to help make math, science, and engineering education more inspiring and relevant.
Lucy Fortson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
Dr. Fortson is deeply committed to improving the science literacy of all Americans through her role on the Executive Committee of the Citizen Science Alliance and the Zooniverse project. With projects such as Galaxy Zoo, Zooniverse provides opportunities for volunteer citizens to contribute to discovery research by using their pattern-matching skills to perform simple data analysis tasks and to become more deeply engaged in science research through social networking and simple data-processing tools.
Director, Digital Information Technology Program
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Joshua Greenberg leads the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's funding programs focused on the changing nature of scientific research in a digitally networked environment. He maintains active research and teaching interests in the history and sociology of information technology, the dynamics of public engagement with expert knowledge, and the methodological implications of new digital technologies for research. He has broad experience and understanding of the content and research needs of traditional scholarly communities as well as digitally networked services and tools to support myriad forms of public engagement and participation.
Rosamond Kinzler, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Science Education
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Before joining the Education Division at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Dr. Kinzler’s research career involved investigating planetary differentiation through melting at Columbia’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and in the AMNH Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. In 1999, Dr. Kinzler co-curated the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, and in 2010, she assumed senior management of the Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning.
Chief Academic Officer/Principal
Dayton STEM School
David Lawrence has spent the last 16 years teaching, aligning curriculum, and observing instruction in schools throughout the country. He serves on three university teaching advisory boards, in addition to being a member of the Department of Defense Center of Excellence in STEM. He is involved in urban educational renewal and John Goodlad’s Center of Teaching Excellence and is a contributor to the Bernard Harris Exxon Mobile summer camp.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Dennis Liu trained in neuroscience and genetics, holding a faculty position at the University of Washington prior to moving into educational media development and assuming his current position at HHMI. He has a particular interest in informal science education, having served on numerous advisory panels for museum exhibits and educational website projects. He is a contributing editor of the science education journal Life Sciences Education.
Martin Storksdieck, Ph.D.
Director, Board on Science Education (BOSE)
National Research Council
Martin Storksdieck is director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council, where he oversees a wide range of studies related to science education and science learning. His prior research focused on informal, or free-choice, learning, including learning science from media and connecting schools and out-of-school settings.
A prolific filmmaker, game developer, lecturer, writer, and philanthropist, Lucien Vattel was a cofounder/designer of the master's and undergraduate game degree programs at the University of Southern California, where he also served as the associate director for game research. He has over 10 years' experience as an executive producer and designer on a range of games for industry and academia.
Manager, Mars Public Engagement Program
Michelle Viotti has worked for NASA in a variety of communications and education leadership roles since 1996. Earlier, she worked for Podesta Associates and Los Alamos National Laboratory. With degrees from Wellesley and Johns Hopkins, she is a University of Southern California doctoral candidate focused on educational technology.