Gina is the Co-Director of iExploreSTEM, a non-profit volunteer organization that
produces and supports public STEM events, primarily in rural and remote areas. Their focus is
STEM festivals, but they also work with communities to help them produce other types of STEM events as
Read this feature about Gina from “Stem Women on Fire.” (http://stemwomenonfire.weebly.com/gina-schatteman.html)
Gina is engaged in research to help us better understand the impact of public science events on
the public value, appreciation, and understanding of science. She is an emeritus associate professor
at the University of Iowa where she taught and ran a lab researching the use of stem cells to treat
vascular disease in people with diabetes.
She likes being outdoors, especially in the mountains, and loves (non-motorized) winter sports.
Three words that describe Gina:
scientist, STEM festival advocate, policy wonk wannabe
The dots Gina connects:
She organizes science festivals, and these require the building of broad-based coalitions in communities. She works to connect STEM education stakeholders in Idaho to share policy best practices in promoting STEM careers and enhancing STEM education.