State Geologist & Director, Arizona Geological Survey
Lee has served as State Geologist of Utah, Kansas, and now Arizona, and was on loan as Policy Advisor for Science and Energy to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. Lee serves on the Advisory Council to the Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation and is on Arizona Governor Brewer’s Renewable Energy Cabinet. He received the Public Service Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 2002, the Tanya Atwater “Encourage” Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists for promoting the role of women in the profession, and the American Institute of Professional Geologists John T. Galey Jr. Award for Public Service. He is a member of the Arizona STEM Network and the AZ Science & Technology Festival Action Committee and a co-founder of COPUS.
The Science Cheerleader
Darlene is the founder of ScienceCheerleader.com, a blog that promotes the involvement of citizens in science and science-related policy. On occasion, she employs the influence of the Science Cheerleaders—NFL and NBA cheerleaders-turned-scientists and engineers—to help inspire others. Cavalier is also the cofounder of ScienceForCitizens.net, a website that connects regular people to citizen science projects they can do. She’s a contributing editor and senior advisor at Discover Magazine and is a frequent writer and speaker on all things related to public engagement in science. Read my COPUS testimonial.
Science Education Specialist
Jennifer Collins is a science educator and former science teacher, working for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s Deep Earth Academy program. She is involved with projects that bring scientific ocean drilling science to a range of formal and informal audiences, through the development of classroom activities, teacher professional development, and museum programming. Jennifer has also been involved in organizing DC COPUS Hub activities, and Year of Science Ocean and Water activities and she serves as an Advisor to the Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science projects. Read my COPUS testimonial.
Harris Social Media LLC
Roger has spent most of his adult life making science interesting, fun and relevant in a way that is inclusive and appeals to non-expert and non-traditional audiences. Today he leads communication outreach strategies for a major research group at Duke University, where he manages websites and advises on social media outreach. He has written articles for popular science magazines and is author of the leading travel guide to the Amazon rainforest. He is principal at Harris Social Media LLC which advises organizations on web marketing and social media strategies in science, non-profit and education sectors. He also develops science content for online education including clients such as Discovery Communications. Roger has been dedicated to the mission and vision of COPUS since its inception. Read my COPUS testimonial.
SCOPE-Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration
Cynthia is the Founder and Executive Director of SCOPE, a grassroots statewide initiative, which initiates, organizes and maintains community engagement, outreach and education throughout Missouri. SCOPE was created when Kramer, as a candidate for state representative with strong bi-partisan support in 2006, saw the need to connect science, technology and innovation opportunities to the public. She works closely with civic leaders, educators, government, policymakers and industry. Cynthia was previously Director of the Social Justice Institute, Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Northeastern University and holds a degree in merchandising and marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Read my COPUS testimonial.
Dr. Natalie Kuldell
Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Natalie pursued her doctoral and post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School, studying cell biology, microbiology and genetics. She now develops and teaches investigative and project-based curricula in biological engineering at MIT. Her published work includes educational materials to improve scientific communication and undergraduate education, and her research focuses on gene expression in eukaryotic cells. As Associate Education Director of SynBERC, the NSF-funded Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, she developed BioBuilder.org, an open-access resource with animations and lab activities for teaching and learning synthetic biology in high school and college settings.
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Danielle N. Lee, Ph. D.
Outreach Scientist, Science Blogger Urban Science Adventures! © and SouthernPlaylisticEvolutionMusic
St. Louis, Missouri
Danielle’s outreach efforts emphasize sharing science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via outdoor programming and social media. She writes about science, urban ecology, evolutionary biology, as well as diversity outreach in science, technology, engineering, and math for several online communities. She is the recipient of the 2009 Diversity Scholars Award by the American Institute of Biological Sciences for her contributions to science and promoting diversity within the field, as well as the winner of 2009 Black Weblog Best Science or Tech Blog Award and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center 2010 ScienceOnline Travel Award. Read my COPUS testimonial.
Sue Ellen McCann
Executive Producer, KQED Public Media
San Francisco, CA
Sue Ellen is the executive producer on two KQED projects, QUEST, a multimedia science and environment project about Northern California, and Truly CA, a documentary series which showcases the best independent documentary films about California. She is a senior advisor to The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), advisor to the Bay Area Science Festival, a core member of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) and the vice chair for The Whitman Institute. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on communicating science to the public.
Manager, Business and Program Development, American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
In her role at AIBS, Sheri builds connections with the diverse community of biological scientists from across the sub-disciplines, helping to serve their professional needs and connect them to mechanisms to improve public appreciation of science, advocacy for science funding, and programs that inform policy professionals about the importance of biological research in decision making. Sheri is also actively involved in connecting her local community to quality science in both her roles as a Girl Scout troop leader of a large multi level troop, and as a parent to a child with autism spectrum disorder involved in the community that serves special needs children. Sheri has been the program manager of COPUS since January 2008, and was involved as staff support for the year prior.
Assistant Director, University of California Museum of Paleontology
Judy is currently the Project Coordinator of three NSF-funded programs - Understanding Evolution, Understanding Science, and the Paleontology Portal. Judy was the recipient of the 2004 Joseph T. Gregory Award for outstanding service to the welfare of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the 2006 recipient of the Education Award presented by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and was elected as a AAAS Fellow in 2009 for her leadership in defending the teaching of evolution and quality science education. She is a co-founder of COPUS.
Manager, Science Festival Alliance
MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA
The Science Festival Alliance is dedicated to encouraging more and better science festivals everywhere, and began in 2009 with a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Ben was previously Outreach Program Director at WGBH, the public media organization, where he supported the grassroots growth of science cafes. His experience includes education and fundraising in museums, natural parks, and public schools. He received his MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, and holds a degree in philosophy and physics from Bowdoin College. Read my COPUS testimonial.
Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Andrew teaches interdisciplinary biology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to undergraduate art and design students. His current research in evolutionary biology, interdisciplinary liberal arts education, and science teaching include a collaborative project called the Small Science Collective that involves students, teachers, and citizens from all walks of life to create and distribute handmade booklets to engage the public in a variety of science topics. The Collective partnered with COPUS in 2009 to hold an international “Zine-a-thon” contest. A summary of his projects and work can be found at www.andrewyang.com. Read my COPUS testimonial.