Conference Strands with Strand Leaders

If you have an idea for a session and would like input and/or assistance in identifying other potential session planners, please contact the appropriate Strand Leaders (contact information is available via internet search).

Broadening Participation

  • Luke Bradley, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky
  • Sunita Chaudhary, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Virginia Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN, Associate Professor of Nutrition Science, East Carolina University

Curriculum Development

  • Jeanne Chowning, PhD, Senior Director, Science Education, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Carla Romney, DSc, MBA, Boston University School of Medicine

Informal Science Education

  • Nathan Vanderford, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky
  • Laycca Umer, MS, Manager, Research, Exhibits & Programs, New York Hall of Science
  • Jacquie Genovesi, PhD, Executive Director, Center for STEAM Equity, Research Professor, School of Education, Drexel University

Interactive Multimedia for STEM

  • Brinley Kantorski, PhD, Director of Education and Multimedia Development at The Partnership in Education, Duquesne University
  • Amir Attia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication Design, The School of Computing and Design, California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Ailea Stites, Community and Youth Engagement Director, Ci3 at the University of Chicago

Project Administration

  • Bethany Hornbeck, President, Apis Creative
  • Maurice Godfrey, PhD, Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Research and Evaluation

  • Alana Newell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education, Innovation and Technology, and Center for Educational Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Alison Allen, MEd, Senior Research Associate/ Research Manager, Rockman et al Cooperative, Inc.
  • Lindley McDavid, PhD, Senior Evaluation and Research Associate, Purdue University

Research Experiences for Students & Teachers

  • Bruce Nash, PhD, Assistant Director for Science, DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Carolyn Cannon, PhD, Associate Director, Texas A&M School of Medicine MD/PhD Program, Texas A&M University
  • James Breeden, Operations Director: K-12 and Community Programs, Texas A&M University

Science Teaching & Learning

  • Melani Duffrin, PhD, RDN, Professor of Health Sciences, Northern Illinois University
  • Debra Yourick, PhD, Director, Science Education and Fellowship Programs, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Teacher Professional Development

  • Sarah Wojiski, PhD, Director of Education, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Rosemary Riggs, PhD, Education Outreach Programs Manager, Texas Biomed

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Louisa A. Stark, PhD, H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair, Professor of Human Genetics, and Director, Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Kristin M. Bass, PhD, Director of Research Development, Rockman et al Cooperative

Ex Officio Members: NIH Program Officers

  • Tony Beck, PhD, Program Director, Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Interactive Digital Media STEM SBIR/STTR, Division for Research Capacity Building, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Belem López, PhD, Program Director, Youth Enjoy Science Research Education Program, Diversity Training Branch, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NIH National Cancer Institute

Partial funding for this conference was provided by grant R13GM129202 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


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