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Lead Instructors

Lisa Hunter, Center for Adaptive Optics, University of California, Santa Cruz
CfAO Professional Development Workshop Director

Lisa Hunter is the Director of Education and Human Resources at the Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO), where she develops and leads programs aimed at students from the high school to graduate and postdoctoral levels. Her work focuses on engaging scientists and engineers in educational efforts that increase access to science and engineering, such as inquiry-based teaching approaches, mentoring, and partnership building. She has designed residential science programs, internship programs, workshops, and a range of other educational activities.

Candice Brown, Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS), University of California, Santa Cruz
Candice is the Director of the Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) at Santa Cruz. As Director, she co-teaches science education courses for the Science Fellows program and she coordinates Center activities for doctoral students in education, psychology, and in the sciences. She has a Ph.D. in Education Psychology with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning/Science Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focused on middle school students from diverse backgrounds learning about science and how to do science in a long-term weather research project. She has worked on curriculum development, led professional development workshops, designed traveling education exhibits, and taught science methods and theory courses in the Division of Education at University of California, Davis. She founded the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, a nonprofit that helps protect ocean resources through outreach and education. Most recently, she spent the last few years as a science educator working for the Institute for Inquiry (IFI) at the Exploratorium doing professional development design and helping other informal science institution with professional development.

Barry Kluger-Bell, Exploratorium
Barry Kluger-Bell is Assistant Director for Science at the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry in San Francisco. He holds an A.B. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado. Dr. Kluger-Bell has worked as a research physicist, college level physics teacher, science teacher-educator, and as director of the Bay Area Science Project. At the Exploratorium, he has served as science resource teacher, developed curriculum materials, worked with elementary teachers and children in their classrooms, developed and led inquiry education workshops for teachers, university graduate students and faculty, and professional developers. He is author of The Exploratorium Guide to Scale and Structure. He has served as an advisor for video projects by WGBH, Boston and Annenberg/CPB in Washington.

Anne Metevier, University of California, Santa Cruz
Anne Metevier is an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSC. She is an active member of the DEEP (Deep Extragalactic Evolutionary Probe) and CATS (Center for Adaptive optics Treasury Survey) collaborations. Her research focuses on analysis of the morphologies and internal motions of galaxies in order to discern between the many physical processes that may govern their evolution. Anne has been a participant in the Professional Development Workshop since its inception in 2001 (though she did miss one year in order to finish her PhD thesis). She has developed inquiry-based course material for the COSMOS program and the Hartnell astronomy short course, has facilitated inquiries at the PDW and at Hartnell, and she has served as lead instructor of the Hartnell short course for three years.

Jason Porter, University of Houston
Jason Porter is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston’s College of Optometry. His research focuses on using adaptive optics to obtain in vivo, high-resolution reflectance and fluorescence retinal images in patients and animals with glaucoma and macular diseases. Jason received his Ph.D. in Optics from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Under the advisement of David R. Williams, Jason’s thesis focused on the design of clinical wavefront sensors and on enhancing methods to correct the aberrations of the human eye using laser refractive surgery, contact lenses and adaptive optics. As a postdoctoral fellow with David Williams, he assisted in developing an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope for high-resolution retinal imaging experiments in human patients and animal models of retinal disease. He also served as the lead editor for the recently published book entitled “Adaptive Optics for Vision Science.” Jason has designed and facilitated inquiry activities at the Rochester Saturday Open Lab, was the lead vision science instructor in the ‘Stars, Sight and Science’ program, and has mentored undergraduates in the CfAO’s Mainland Internship Program. He has been a participant or staff member in the Professional Development Program since its inception in 2001.

Lynne Raschke, University of California, Santa Cruz
Lynne Raschke is a PhD candidate in the Astronomy and Astrophysics department at UC - Santa Cruz. Her dissertation is a study of gas and dust morphology and kinematics at the centers of nearby galaxies, using data from the laser guide star adaptive optics system at Lick Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. Lynne has been actively involved in the CfAO's EHR activities since the summer of 2000. She has attended the Professional Development Workshop every year since its inception in 2001 and held a number of advanced roles over the years.  Lynne co-developed and co-taught the first CfAO Short Course in 2002 and continued to teach and develop the curriculum (including a version of the Color, Light and Spectra Inquiry) for the Mainland Short Course in 2003 and 2004. Lynne also has participated in the CfAO's "Stars, Sight and Science" (COSMOS) program: she was a project leader in 2001 and co-lead instructor in 2002 and 2003, where she co-designed an optics inquiry, among other activities.  Lynne is very interested in improving college-level introductory science courses and increasing diversity in science.

Scott Seagroves, Center for Adaptive Optics, University of California, Santa Cruz
Scott Seagroves is the Academic Coordinator for the education arm of the CfAO, and he is a PhD candidate in astronomy/astrophysics at UCSC. His research has been in "statistical astrophysics" on such topics as the redshift distribution of gamma-ray bursts, the detction of transiting extrasolar planets by amateur astronomers, and the velocity distribution of pulsars. He was an inaugural Science Fellow of the NSF Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS). He has experience designing student projects and curricula, facilitating inquiry experiences, teaching, and designing and implementing professional development for scientist- and engineer-educators.

Other Instructors

Jerome Shaw, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jerome Shaw is an assistant professor of science education at UC Santa Cruz. His research and teaching interests are in the area of K-12 science teaching and learning, particularly for ethnically and linguistically diverse students. Current research projects with which he is involved focus on assessing student learning in science, with special attention to the performance of English Learners.

Scott Severson, University of California, Santa Cruz
Scott Severson is an Associate Research Astronomer at UCO/Lick Observatory. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from The University of Chicago. His research interests include: developing next-generation adaptive optics systems utilizing MEMS technology; and high spatial-resolution astronomy including the central regions of galaxies and planetary science. His teaching interests include: innovative teaching practices, including project- and inquiry-based learning; mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers; and recruiting, educating and retaining a diverse population of scientists. Scott has designed and facilitated inquiry activities at the COSMOS and CFAO Summer Schools. He was a co-lead instructor at the COSMOS program for three summers, 2002-2004, and has mentored undergraduates in the CfAO’s Mainland Internship Program for three summers, 2004-2006. Scott has been involved in the Professional Development Program since 2002.

PDW Event Manager

Hilary O’Bryan, Center for Adaptive Optics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Last Modified: Feb 15, 2007 

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