Monica AlbeMonica Albe
UC Berkeley -- Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Science@Cal
I'm the education and outreach coordinator for the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and for Science@Cal. I run the museum's undergraduate program and foster connections between science and education. Through my work at Science@Cal, I help run public events like science festivals. I have a background in biology and have been at UC Berkeley since 1999.

Three words that describe me: Museum lover, naturalist, prone to laughter.

The dots I connect: I connect the public with UC Berkeley scientists and research.

Lee Allison Lee Allison
Arizona Geological Survey
State Geologist of AZ (and formerly UT & KS). Former Science & Energy Advisor to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (KS). Advisor to National Science Foundation on Geosciences and Cyberinfrastructure. Building the National Geothermal Data System. Founding member of Kansas Citizens for Science (re teaching evolution). PhD in geology.

Three words that describe me: Geologist/politician, cyberinfrastructure builder, ridiculously overcommitted

The dots I connect: We created the multi-media online museum Arizona Experience ( as part of the state's 2012 centennial, and are sponsoring a teacher contest for best use of the sites resources in lesson plans. I blog at "Arizona Geology" and host the online video show "Arizona Mining Review."

Scott Asakawa Scott Asakawa
Scott is 27 years old, a native of California who made the switch to the east coast for school, and then got lucky to land a job at WGBH with NOVA so that he could continue living in Cambridge, which is a city he loves. He does wish that it weren't so cold in the winter, though. He is passionate about education, creativity, and the wonderful collaborative relationships that result. In his free time, he loves to tell stories, play poker, watch baseball and Star Trek, and above all, to write, make, and listen to music.

Three words that describe me: Science Outreach Professional, Creative Education Enthusiast, San Francisco Giants fan.

The dots I connect: I connect a national network of Science Café organizers, speakers, and attendees through my administration of I help connect NOVA outreach partners to NOVA's transmedia projects.

Jeremy BabendureJeremy Babendure
Arizona Technology Council Foundation
Dr. Jeremy Babendure is the Executive Director of the Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Initiative and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at ASU. The festival includes over 350 collaborators, 250 events and draws over 100,000 participants. Prior to his work in Arizona, Jeremy received his doctorate in in the lab of recent Nobel Laureate, Dr. Roger Tsien developing molecular sensors for the detection of RNA. Following this work, he and Roger launched the ScienceBridge program as mechanism to bring current science to the schools annually impacting ~200 teachers, ~20,000 students, and ~60,000 community members and attaining 12M+ in national grants.

Three words that describe me: Social Entrepreneur, Scientist, Educator

The dots I connect: I connect industry and business professionals, PK20 educators, civic and community organizations to co-develop STEM related events as part of a broader SciTech Festival Initiative.

Betsy BarentBetsy Barent
Norris Public Schools
Betsy has been teaching for twelve years and is currently teaching 8th grade science, having also taught Advanced Biology, Differentiated Biology, Practical Biology and Physical Science at the high school level. Outside of the classroom she is involved with Understanding Science, helping to create the How Science Works iTunes University course, and has participated in the Institutional Development Award Program Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She also helped write curriculum for the Coaching Science Inquiry in Rural Schools through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently the secretary of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science.

Three words that describe me: Avid Husker fan, love to exercise, mom of two

The dots I connect: I connect teachers with teachers in our district and the state. I connect students and parents with science opportunities.

Colleen BellColleen Bell
Science Companion
I started my career doing online education at WICAT and Microsoft. From there I became a teacher in the U.S. and abroad. For the past several years I've worked with Science Companion, a K-6 hands-on science curriculum. I enjoy writing for children, and I like spending time in the classroom -- testing activities or observing teachers and students in rich collaboration. As Science Companion goes digital, I find myself again trying to discover best uses for new and old tools. I seek to equip children with scientific habits of mind, and to inspire them to explore and shape their world.

Three words that describe me: Curriculum developer, parent, favorite places are outdoors

The dots I connect: I create science curriculum to help children learn science by doing science. One goal is for children to see themselves as scientists.

Diane Bosnjak Diane Bosnjak
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Diane Bosnjak is Program Associate at the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Diane started at AIBS as an intern on the COPUS and Year of Science initiatives in 2008. She was the IT guru-ette of the Year of Science 2009 Web site helping to develop connections to organizations for collaboration, selecting content for inclusion, and administering many of the grassroots activities. From that project, Diane accepted a full time position with AIBS in 2010 to bring her technical and implementation skills to bear on many programs beyond COPUS.

Three words that describe me: Flip flop wearing, coffee lover, college football addict: Go Seminoles...

Khadijah BrittonKhadijah Britton
I am Executive Director and founder of BetterBio, which empowers disenfranchised communities typically ignored by existing media outlets with the information they need to lead healthy and successful lives. We work with teens to develop an educational and interactive online media outlet called MadSciMag. Here, they learn to employ the journalistic and scientific methods in order to understand and report on the world around them through in-person, after-school programs, the first of which began in Cambridge, MA on August 10, 2011. MadSciMag staff serve as the ambassadors to their communities, sharing and translating critical knowledge about health, the environment, and economic justice.

Three words that describe me: Social justice obsessive, intellectual property geek, goofball

The dots I connect: I teach teens in Cambridge, MA and New York, NY the journalistic and scientific methods, promoting critical thinking and science communication skills in partnership with after-school programs such as Science Club for Girls (SCFG). We introduce them to mentors from local universities, life science companies, government agencies, public media outlets and nonprofit advocacy groups and teach them how to rigorously question, investigate and then explain their findings to their friends, families and communities.

David Burns David Burns
National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
David Burns is the executive director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, founder of SENCER, and publisher of Science Education and Civic Engagement-An International Journal. For 23 years, David was a member of the administration of Rutgers University. David is the principal author and editor of the book, Learning for Our Common Health, and, among other publications, "Knowledge to Make Our Democracy." The American Society for Cell Biology honored David and SENCER co-founder Karen Kashmanian Oates with the Bruce Alberts Award (2008). David's undergraduate and graduate work was in political science with a concentration on political theory.

The dots I connect: Our project connects STEM course content to pressing civic issues through team and faculty development initiatives.

Russ  Campbell Russ Campbell
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Philadelphia native who moved to Durham, NC nearly a decade ago. Work in the communications department of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, in that capacity I'm responsible for all external communications across all program areas. Cofounder of the Science Communicators of North Carolina.

Three words that describe me: Father, public information officer, curious

The dots I connect: I connect science communicators in North Carolina. I try to make connections whenever possible.

Denny Casey Denny Casey
Virginia Museum of Natural History
My title is Director of Education and Public Programs at Virginia Museum of Natural History. I also am adjunct instructor with state and private universities as instructor of science methods and education courses. My degrees are in natural science education and science curriculum and instruction, all from Virginia Tech. My research interests include: education for social justice, social constructivism, history and nature of science and technology, and earth systems science education. My professional service includes: Journal of Virginia Science Education and Web Administrator for Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Virginia Master Naturalist Program, and Virginia Resource Use Education Council.

Three words that describe me: Science educator and researcher, nature and techno-geek, community volunteer

The dots I connect: I connect: formal and informal natural history and STEM education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia; educators, science, and professional development.

Darlene Cavalier Darlene Cavalier
Darlene Cavalier is the founder of Science, a site that works through NFL and NBA cheerleaders who are also scientists, to inspire young women to pursue science and technology careers. Cavalier held executive positions at the Walt Disney Co. and worked at Discover Magazine for more than a decade. She was the principal investigator of a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant applied to promote basic research through partnerships with Disney and ABC TV. Cavalier holds a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She founded, a site that connects regular people to citizen science projects. She is a senior strategist at Discover Magazine. She and her husband live in Philadelphia with their four young children.

Three words that describe me: Science and citizen advocate; founder of Science Cheerleader and SciStarter; contributing editor, Discover Magazine; wife and mom

The dots I connect: I connect the public to citizen science activities. I connect researchers to the public. I connect underrepresented groups to science.

Marcos Chu Marcos Chu
I lead a group of professionals that volunteer their time to build resilient learning communities. We build robots using the same materials and equipment students use when participating in robotics activities and competitions. We are platform neutral and we do not favor a particular robotics competition organization, we believe to follow our dreams in the PRESENT time, looking at the PAST for inspiration and the FUTURE for hope for a better tomorrow. We believe in laying the foundation for the future, and our hope is to inspire children that will become professionals of tomorrow to become better problem solvers.

Three words that describe me: Steampunk, demo robots, brasileiro.

The dots I connect: My hope is to be able to network with other group of energetic individuals that would be interested in building STEM learning communities that are geographically no more than 30 minutes from each other along BERSDT STEM Corridor that will be parallel to old U.S historical highway 66.

Jennifer Collins Jennifer Collins
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Most of my career has been spent on efforts that intersect education and science. I have spent over ten years teaching middle school and high school science, and about an equal amount of time on projects that connect students and teachers to science and scientists through curriculum, professional development, outreach events, you name it! I currently work for Consortium for Ocean Leadership, where one of my favorite jobs is managing the School of Rock Expeditions for Educators program that gets formal and informal educators immersed in science out at sea. Being part of COPUS has been an amazing part of my journey!

Three words that describe me: Science educator, ocean lover, athlete

The dots I connect: I connect students and teachers from across the country to science research through curriculum and professional development programs. I connect IODP scientists with informal and formal educators from across the country.

Roger Conner Roger Conner
Eastern NC Regional Science Center
Roger Conner is the Executive Director of GO-Science (ENCRSC). He is the former VP of Communications for the International Association for Business Leaders. In addition, he has served as the Training and Development Director for the Department of Defense in a classified role. Roger's research interests are focused on informal science education and the utilization of advanced web technologies to deliver STEM programming to geographically dispersed populations who lack access to advanced content, pedagogical experts, and advanced computing resources. Roger also directs a Gates Foundation program that uses immersive learning technologies for common-core delivery and assessment in a K-12 setting.

Three words that describe me: I am a geek. I am a systems thinker. I look for better ways to do everything.

The dots I connect: I connect scientists, researchers, and educators to the general public in an informal hands-on science education environment.

John Esterle John Esterle
The Whitman Institute
I am the Executive Director and a Trustee of The Whitman Institute, a private foundation in San Francisco that promotes respectful dialogue, critical thinking and vibrant citizen engagement. We are explicitly process oriented rather than issue oriented and this orientation is the thread that links our funding in a variety of areas. I also serve on the board of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and co-chair Northern California Grantmakers' Professional Development and Organizational Effectiveness Committee.

Three words that describe me: Husband, father, dialogue advocate

The dots I connect: The Whitman Institute is an enthusiastic supporter of COPUS.

Mónica Feliú-Mójer Mónica Feliú-Mójer
Ciencia Puerto Rico
A neurobiologist by training and a scientist by vocation, Mónica earned her B.S. in Human Biology at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón, and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology at Harvard University. She is the vice-director and news editor of Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), a grassroots non-profit organization connecting members of the geographically dispersed Puerto Rican scientific community for the promotion of science, research and science education in Puerto Rico and among Hispanics in the U.S. An experienced science communicator, Mónica leads several of CienciaPR's informal science education and communication efforts, including the publication of scientist-written science stories with media outlets in Puerto Rico and the U.S. She loves baseball, chocolate and making connections.

Three words that describe me: Latina, neuroscientist, Fenway faithful

The dots I connect: I connect scientists, educators and the media to promote science education and public understanding of science.

Wendy Goldfein Wendy Goldfein
Fairfax County Schools; Newington Forest School
Wendy Severin Goldfein has been a teacher for 37 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a recipient of the NSF's Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, as well as a Fulbright Memorial Award. She has been a consultant and/or writer for several organizations including the Discovery Channel, Scholastic, the Smithsonian, and Time Magazine for Kids. Her current project is developing a program for elementary children called "Get Caught Engineering". She and her teaching partner have created a hands-on engineering program for grades K-6 that integrates the engineering design process into the current curriculum.

Three words that describe me: 4th grade teacher; MOM of three great kids ages 19,29, and 32; 5 year breast cancer survivor!!

The dots I connect: I connect engineering curriculum to teachers I connect scientists and engineers to children

Bill Gomez Bill Gomez
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
After working for a Palo Alto based pharmaceutical company for many years, I retired in 1992 to pursue interests in environmental education and marine science. For 20 years I have been a volunteer at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve where I lead tours and work on field research projects. I pursue my marine interest by leading tide pool tours at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and scuba diving with people who have strong marine interests. I enjoy communicating science to people with a wide range of backgrounds and watching them absorb new information and concepts.

Three words that describe me: Ecology tour leader, field research voluteer, marine biology enthusiast

The dots I connect: I connect Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve science to students and visiting public. I connect high school and college students to marine intertidal science through leading tours at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. By volunteering, I help teach science and math at Redwood High School.

Barry Greenwald Barry Greenwald
St. Paul Public Schools
I am a Chicagoan who has called Minnesota home since I moved here after college. Teaching as a full-time occupation is my third career, after enjoyable years as an agricultural research technician, and later in sales and administration. I'm now in my 15th year of teaching urban high school students in St. Paul, in courses ranging from biology, IB Biology, environmental science to earth science. I do volunteer work on the World Food Prize Minnesota Youth Institute, as well as local citizen science activities. My daughter and I share our Minneapolis home with one noisy but often cute cat.

Three words that describe me: A grateful father to my daughter; teacher; always on the lookout for good humor

The dots I connect: I connect scientists and instructors from the University of Minnesota to high school classrooms. I make connections for my high school biology and environmental science students between the classroom and their "real lives" - current and future - outside of school.

Wayne Himelsein Wayne Himelsein
Informed By Nature
Wayne Himelsein is President of Informed by Nature, a non-profit with the goals of advancing the public understanding of science, and concurrently, the Senior Managing Partner of Logica Capital, a successful investment company. At Logica, Wayne heads the investment team and R&D, as well as engages with investors globally. Prior to Logica, Wayne built and managed several hedge funds that invested in his quantitative strategies. Wayne's financial career began in 1995, when he traded securities and developed algorithms that were used to launch his first hedge fund. Wayne's lifelong passion for science has served him well in his financial pursuits and in his personal quest to explore deep questions. An appreciation of the powerful tools of science led him to establish Informed by Nature in 2004. Wayne holds a BA from Berkeley and resides in Los Angeles.

Three words that describe me: Science lover, business builder, people person

The dots I connect: I connect anyone who has an internet connection to content demonstrating the amazing breadth of science I connect students who have an interest in science to programs that help strengthen that interest

Anne  Holland Anne Holland
Space Science Institute
I do education and public outreach for the Space Science Institute. Previously I have worked at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Mauna Kea Visitor Center (also doing outreach). My favorite part of my job is helping librarians find easy and cheap activities to do with their patrons, and convincing them that they're more than capable of doing STEM in their libraries.

Three words that describe me: Space educator, skiier, new mom

The dots I connect: I connect librarians with scientists and science educators.

Eve Klein Eve Klein
Pacific Science Center
Eve Klein is the Outreach Education Supervisor at Pacific Science Center. Eve's background is in the physical sciences, but she is now studying public perceptions of science in a Master of Education program. She is interested in when and where adults acquire the science knowledge needed for safety, productivity, and civic engagement. In her spare time, she is an avid hiker, musician, and reader of informational plaques.

Three words that describe me: Science educator, education student, adventurer

The dots I connect: I bring hands-on, inquiry based science activities to rural schools to provide students with positive, empowering learning experiences.

Cynthia Kramer Cynthia Kramer
SCOPE: Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration
Cynthia Kramer founded SCOPE-Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration in 2007, when a clinical trial saved her life. This grassroots initiative is dedicated to bringing Science and Technology's relevance, resources and information to communities (at no cost) from education to workforce, so the public can connect to why it matters, how to participate and ways to benefit as a parent, student or citizen. Through community building, events, State and County Fairs, SCOPE serves 36 communities, in Missouri and Iowa, to impact over 500,000 people. Kramer was previously a shoe designer, created the first backless women's tennis shoe and loves travel with sons Mitchell and Samuel.

Three words that describe me: Coffee addict, Social Justice Advocate, Lover of Innvoation

The dots I connect: SCOPE connects rural, urban and suburban communities to Science and Technology resources and information, from Education to Financial Aid, Scholarships, Internships, Jobs and Careers. We connect parents, students and families to the relevancy and importance of Science and Technology for the betterment of our future, communities and lives.

Natalie Kuldell Natalie Kuldell
Dept of Biological Engineering, MIT
Natalie Kuldell completed her doctoral and post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, and taught at Wellesley College before joining the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. She directs a web-based resource called BioBuilder to teach synthetic biology and recently launched the BioBuilder Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to convert current research into teachable form. The Foundation runs summer professional development workshops to train teachers in the engineering of biology. Outside of her BioBuilder work, she is also a scientific adviser for Understanding Science, and a regional hub coordinator and core member of COPUS.

Three words that describe me: Teacher, mom, learning to run a public charity

The dots I connect: Connect faculty with broader impact requirements and hopes to community organizations carrying out remarkable work

Danielle Lee Danielle Lee
Cornell University, National Science & Technology News Service
DNLee is Outreach Scientist who studies animal behavior and ecology. She introduces scientifically naïve audiences to science through hands-on activities exploring urban ecology and evolutionary in their backyards, neighborhood parks, and daily lives. I share these experiences, as well as my own journey in science, online and in person. She uses hip hop and other pop culture prompts to create bridge-building opportunities to connect under-served audiences to science. Recently, Lee was selected as a 2015 TED Fellow and was named as one of EBONY Magazine's Power 100, a list of the most influential African Americans and one of ten White House Champions of Change in STEM Diversity and Access . In 2009 Lee was honored as a Diversity Scholar by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and in 2011 she was named the Young Professional of the Year by the Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis; and was given the S.T.E.M. Leader Award by the Kansas City Black Family Technology Awareness Association in 2013.

Three words that describe me: Biologist, Outreach Scientist, Hip Hop Maven

The dots I connect: My science outreach efforts emphasize sharing science to general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via outdoor programming and social media.

Nim Lee Nim Lee
Freelance scientist, artist, educator
Nim Lee is a scientist, artist, and educator based in New York City. She collects scientific data for conservation organizations such as NYC Audubon and Brooklyn Bridge Park. She also leads programs that introduce people to their environment. Her work as a scientific illustrator, model maker, and ecologist has been exhibited in permanent and temporary exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and other cultural institutions. Her current projects include designing an education center for a visitors center for Brooklyn Bridge Park and helping New York Aquarium launch a citizen science skate conservation project as a National Audubon Toyota Together Green Fellow.

Three words that describe me: Water Woman, Animal Enthusiast, Athletic Artist

The dots I connect: I connect New Yorkers to ocean life in their backyard. I connect people to skills for identifying plant and animal life through games.

Sue Ellen McCann Sue Ellen McCann
KQED Public Media
Sue Ellen McCann has been interested in science, dialog and communication since she first visited a natural history museum in the 4th grade. She is currently an executive producer of science and environment for KQED Public Broadcasting and leads QUEST, a multimedia science and environment project about Northern California. She is a senior advisor to The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), a core member of COPUS and the vice chair for The Whitman Institute. She is a frequent speaker on public media and communicating science to the public.

Three words that describe me: Artist, builder, gardener

The dots I connect: I connect community organizations and scientists to media I connect learning research and evaluation to my work

Frances Morgan Frances Morgan
Missouri Western State University
First chemistry set and first microscope from my mom at age 10. Met my husband in fifth grade. Graduated high school, married...son and daughter. Undergraduate is from University of South Florida, Chemistry. Career positions include: Research and Product Development Chemist, Sales and Technical Support, Operations, R&D management, Quality Assurance and New Program Development in the automotive, chemical and petrochemical Industries. Returned to graduate school, earned PhD in Biomedical Sciences: Health and Environmental Chemistry. Career positions since have included Senior Research Scientist, University Instructor, High School Science Teacher, Master Lecturer and Demonstration Scientist.

Three words that describe me: Biomedical scientist, motorcycle rider, diet coke addict

The dots I connect: I connect middle school and high school students (and sometimes elementary students) with biotechnology and science.

David Ng David Ng
University of British Columbia
David Ng is a science literacy academic based at the University of British Columbia. He is particularly interested in exploring science outreach particularly at the boundaries formed when science mixes with unconventional collaborators. He also writes a little here and there (mostly science humour), and is known to dabble in the meanderings of the online world. He can be found on twitter under the handle @Ng_Dave

Three words that describe me: Science Literacy Academic, Writer (sort of), Science geek

The dots I connect: I run a science literacy lab with a mandate to engage with professional scientists and the general. This includes programs with high school students, elementary school students, professional scientists, politicians, the business community, artists, priests, and science communities from developing country contexts.

Christine Petro Christine Petro
Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Christine wants to use public education for the greater good -- to address local health, economic & environmental challenges. Her most exciting current project is starting a STEM education program for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, an environmental organization that stewards her favorite Superfund site in Brooklyn. Since 2007 Christine has organized the annual SUPER SATURDAY STEM EXPO in New York City's Harlem‐50,000 square feet of student‐led STEM projects and 100+hands‐on activities led by organizations. Christine envisions a world in which the centers of public education are not just schools, but integrated community learning spaces.

Three words that describe me: Compost enthusiast, Brooklynite, Community-builder

The dots I connect: I connect organizations/non‐profits/for profits/universities/ ]professionals in NYC to the education community to create wider access and better exposure to STEM education & careers.

Sheri Potter Sheri Potter
American Institute of Biological Sciences
I love COPUS. I first got involved in 2007 when it was just getting started. That was when I met Judy, who changed my life. :) Before that I was a realtor, I owned a cabinetry company, and I worked some other ODD jobs; but science was what I loved and I really wanted to get back into it. Part time work with AIBS turned into a full time gig in 2007, since then my day job has evolved into advancing a wide variety of interesting programs at AIBS - including working with the leaders in the field to define strategies that will make biology stronger, building and connecting with our membership, and organizational development programs. By night, I am a crazy mom to awesome 10 year old twin daughters. Our posse is a group of 35 amazing girls adorned in green polyester sashes, camping, cookie selling, laughing, and smiling constantly.

Three words that describe me: Community building, fun loving, compulsive do-gooder

The dots I connect: I connect scientists to other scientists to spread ideas and opportunities that promote the public understanding of science.

Edward Rock Edward Rock
Worked at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Educational Publishing (25 years - with Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Pearson, Sundance & Newbridge) in Chicago, IL, Boston, MA and Palo Alto, CA and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in Arlington, VA. I've spent a career doing science teaching, professional development, editorial, product development, sales and marketing. And I try to sail and enjoy the marine environment up close and personal every chance I get. Reflecting upon the state of science education K-12 in the US and the acceptance and understanding of science among the general public causes me sleepless nights.

Three words that describe me: Science Educator, K-12 Publisher, Sailing nut

The dots I connect: I connect; parents and teachers, industry/business and educators, higher ed/teacher development programs and classroom practitioners, and most importantly science educators to other science educators.

John Rowden John Rowden
NYC Audubon
I have a long-standing passion for birds that has led me around the world doing research and pursuing science and conservation. After getting my PhD in Zoology from Duke University I joined the curatorial staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society, working both at the Bronx and Central Park Zoos and leading field research on the behavior and conservation of pheasants in Southeast Asia and flamingos in Latin America. After a stint as curator at the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand, I worked as a senior researcher for the New Zealand Kiwi Foundation where I developed science-based strategies to ensure that people and birds could share the local landscape. Currently, as NYC Audubon's associate director for citizen science and outreach, I work to involve more New Yorkers in protecting the birds that populate our urban landscape. I'm also fortunate to have an adjunct faculty position at Columbia University, where I'm currently teaching ornithology.

Three words that describe me: Bird nerd, natural experience afficionado, puzzler

The dots I connect: I connect New Yorkers to the nature that is all around them, even if they don't know it.

Robert Russell Robert Russell
National Center for Interactive Learning, Space Science Institute
Aspiring polymath (I know a little bit about lots of things), developmental psychologist, former director of science & children's museum, Latino media nonprofit. Consultant on informal science and health project development, funding and evaluation. Developer of exhibit, media and community outreach projects, including some targeting Latinos. Currently Senior Education Associate, National Center for Interactive Learning (my "identity" at the conference) and program officer, informal STEM, National Science Foundation.

Three words that describe me: Curious about science, music, philosophy, religion. Aspiring tango dancer. Humor.

The dots I connect: I connect informal science educators with ideas, projects, money, and each other. I connect Latinos with science through media.

Gina Schatteman Gina Schatteman
I am Director of iExploreSTEM, a group that is bringing STEM festivals to Iowa. From one festival in 2011, we have grown to twelve in 2013. I chair a committee for the Governor's STEM Advisory Council whose mission is to monitor programs and policies in other states and bring promising ideas back to the Council. I am an emeritus professor at the University of Iowa where I still run a lab researching the use of stem cells to treat vascular disease in people with diabetes. Formerly, I worked at the NIH Office of Science Education.

Three words that describe me: STEM festival advocate, policy wonk wannabe

The dots I connect: I organize science festivals, and these require the building of broad-based coalitions. I work to connect states to share policy best practices in promoting STEM and enhancing STEM education.

Judy Scotchmoor Judy Scotchmoor
University of California Museum of Paleontology
After 25 years of teaching math and science to 7th and 8th graders, Judy returned to her alma mater and is now Assistant Director of the UC Museum of Paleontology, in charge of Education and Public Outreach. Her primary interest is in the use of paleontology and technology as vehicles for improving science education. Judy is the Project Coordinator of three award-winning websites - Understanding Evolution (, Understanding Science (, and the Paleontology Portal ( She was elected as a AAAS Fellow in 2009 for her leadership in defending the teaching of evolution and quality science education.

Three words that describe me: Football fan, kayaker, cat scruffler

The dots I connect: I connect teachers to science. I connect scientists to new audiences.

Leslie Smith Leslie Smith
Dive into the Ocean, Inc; Your Ocean Consulting, LLC
Leslie is an oceanographer on a mission. After receiving her PhD in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island she set out to promote stewardship of the ocean through increased awareness and education by founding two complementary businesses. The first, Your Ocean Consulting, is a consulting company that works with universities as well as nonprofit and for-profit companies, focusing on oceanographic research and how to effectively communicate that research to non-scientific audiences. The second, Dive into the Ocean, a nonprofit that teaches elementary school students about the oceans and provides hands-on learning activities to help them understand how important the ocean is and how they are connected to it.

Three words that describe me: Crazy. Cat. Lady. Energetic, Driven, and Hopeful, also fit too.

The dots I connect: I connect scientists to their larger communities such as interdisciplinary groups of other researchers, students, and the public. I also connect those communities to the science important to their everyday lives.

Mark Terry Mark Terry
Northwest School
A native Seattleite, teaching high school science for over 40 years. After publishing, lecturing and consulting in environmental education throughout the 70's, co-founded Northwest School in 1978. Headed the school 1983-1990. Began publishing, lecturing and consulting in evolution education in 2000. BA in Physical Anthropology, U Washington; MAT in Science Education, Cornell; 1 year toward PhD in Physical Anthropology, U Washington. Research Associate in Mammalogy, UW Burke Museum. Teacher Advisory Board member of Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science. Education and Outreach Committee member, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Evolution Education Award recipient, 2012, from AIBS, NABT, BSCS.

Three words that describe me: High school science teacher, primate biologist, admirer of Walt Kelly

The dots I connect: I connect high school students with Burke Museum and UW Biology Department researchers. I connect K-12 teachers with the larger evolution education and science education communities.

Morgan Thompson Morgan Thompson
Science and Social Justice Project, Harvard Medical School & Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Morgan Thompson is a geneticist, but her passion is informal science education. She is exploring modes of science-based dialog & engagement to create new (e.g. Science Presentation as a Performing Art, Emerson College Science Communication Collaborative, etc.) & develop existing programs (e.g. Voice of Young Science USA, Science in the News, Ask for Evidence USA) that provide communication training & public service. Morgan is Project Manager of the Science & Social Justice Project & serves on the Public Outreach Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Morgan enjoys kayaking, backpacking, gardening, cooking, random crafts, & sailing.

Three words that describe me: Experimentalist, maker, nurturer

The dots I connect: I connect scientists, particularly early career researchers, to opportunities for training in science communication and direct engagement in their broader communities.

Yvonne Tsai Yvonne Tsai
NH TechFest
After many years of mentoring FIRST Lego League and then FIRST Robotics, we started NH TechFest to showcase STEM careers to middle and high school students . This annual festival brings in industry and university innovators to do hands-on demos and talk about what skills are necessary for the jobs of the future. We hope to inspire the next generation of innovators and scientists by showing off the latest in technology and providing real-life role models for teens.

Three words that describe me: Fun-loving nerd, instigator of social activities, science and math can explain all

The dots I connect: I connect teens to STEM professionals, show the relevance of STEM education and future careers, and connect educators and industry to find out how we can grow our future workers.

Amy Vashlishan Murray Amy Vashlishan Murray
Emerson College and Ask for Evidence
Amy is an Assistant Professor of Science at Emerson College in Boston; a liberal arts school devoted to communication and the arts. Working closely with talented Emerson undergraduates and a local community of early career research scientists, Amy pursues a passion for addressing communication barriers between scientists, the media, and the public. She has established a Science Communication Collaborative that partners scientists and future artists and communicators for mutual communication training and has worked to build a foundation for the "Ask for Evidence" campaign in the US. To Amy's great satisfaction, #askforevidence has been adopted in her household (by 3-year old, Jackson, and husband, Shane) as a verbal shorthand for expressing scientific skepticism.

Three words that describe me: Needs more hours.

The dots I connect: I connect arts and communication students and the scientific community and I connect anyone who will listen to evidence.

Lisa White Lisa White
UC Museum of Paleontology
Lisa White is co-Director of Education and Outreach at the UC Museum of Paleontology in Berkeley. In this role she facilitates the sharing of research and information on the history of life and the Earth's biota with the broader public through online materials and other resources. She is currently developing new collaborations to increase the public understanding of the impact of global change. She previously held positions of Professor of Geosciences and SF-ROCKS Program Director at San Francisco State University and is thrilled to now be working at a research museum in an education and outreach capacity!

Three words that describe me: Paleontologist, educator, sports fan!

The dots I connect: I share information about the fossil record, global change, and the nature and process of science with educators and students.

Ben Wiehe Ben Wiehe
Science Festival Alliance
Grew up going to smallest public school system in Connecticut. Liberal arts college in Maine: physics and philosophy major with time abroad for Tibetan studies. Worked my way around North America (Chiapas to Aleutians) for a long while. After grad school in Chicago for social science have worked for natural parks, science centers, and public television. Three years of getting science cafes started around the US led into current post at MIT with the new Science Festival Alliance. Been at this COPUS thing since just about the beginning.

Three words that describe me: Social creature, hack of all trades, scavenger

The dots I connect: I connect science festival organizers to each other, and to regional/national collaborators

Cindy Wilber Cindy Wilber
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
I am the Education Coordinator at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University, the Executive Director of Proyecto Itzaes, Advisor to the Stanford SEEDS student group ( Strategies for Ecology Education diversity and Sustainability) and very involved with SEEDS and the Ecological Society of America. I live in Palo Alto Ca and also for part of the year in Chicxulub Puerto, Yucatan, MX

Three words that describe me: Enviornmental educator, gardener, Yucateca

The dots I connect: I connect Stanford students to outreach programs in redwood City and East Palo Alto, CA. I connect Stanford students and other volunteers with Proyecto Itzaes in Yucatan, MX

Andrew  Yang Andrew Yang
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
I teach biology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I am an Associate Professor in Liberal Arts. I teach courses to artists, designers, and writers on various biological topics in contemporary and visual culture, including insect ecology, animal communication, and natural history. My collaborative project, the Small Science Collective, uses narrative "minizines" as a teaching and outreach tool for the public understanding of science. As a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, I am interested in how to combine research, art, and the history of science in new, compelling, and communicatively significant ways for specialists and non‐specialists alike.

Three words that describe me: Teacher, artist, insect fan

The dots I connect: artists and designers to scientists; the public to natural history

Helena  Young Helena Young
California Academy of Sciences
Helena Carmena Young is currently the Senior Manager of Teacher Education at the California Academy of Sciences. She was a former Science Specialist who taught elementary and middle school students for several years. At the Academy, Helena oversees teacher professional development and focuses on curriculum development and teacher workshop content and pedagogy for grades Pre-K-12. Her own interest in art and background in science education has lead to the development of several professional development offerings on art and science integration in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In addition she has worked closely with the San Francisco Unified School District to provide rich professional development for Pre-K-12 grade teachers through long term professional development programs.

Three words that describe me: Science educator, nature lover, entertainer

The dots I connect: I connect teachers to the natural sciences and to fantastic scientists currently working in the field. I connect teachers and students to science by making it relevant to them in many different ways.

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