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2006 Workshop People

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)
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 two years.

Jason Porter, University of Rochester
Jason Porter is a post-doctoral fellow working under the advisement of Dr. David R. Williams in the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in optics from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Jason’s thesis research focused on the design of clinical diagnostic systems for vision and on improving, designing and enhancing methods to correct the aberrations of the human eye using laser refractive surgery, contact lenses and adaptive optics. Currently, he is developing an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope for high-resolution retinal imaging experiments in human patients with color vision deficiencies and cone/rod dystrophies, as well as in animal models of retinitis pigmentosa and glaucoma. Jason is also the lead editor for the first book that will provide information on how to design, build and implement adaptive optics systems for vision science applications. As a member of CfAO, Jason has designed, organized, and facilitated numerous CfAO Educational activities. He continues to be the lead vision science instructor in the ‘Stars, Sight and Science’ program, and has assisted in the design and instruction of the Professional Development Workshop. He has designed and facilitated inquiry activities at the Rochester Saturday Open Lab while also mentoring undergraduates in the CfAO’s Mainland Internship Program.

Scott Seagroves, University of California, Santa Cruz
Scott Seagroves received a BS (physics) and a BA (philosophy) from the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is now a PhD candidate in astronomy/astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. His research has been in "statistical astrophysics" on such topics as the redshift distribution of gamma-ray bursts, the detection of transiting extrasolar planets by amateur astronomers, and the velocity distribution of pulsars. He has experience designing projects/curriculum, facilitating inquiries, and teaching, in such venues as COSMOS / "Stars, Sight, and Science", Maui Community College, and the CfAO Professional Development Workshop. He was an inaugural Science Fellow of the NSF Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS). He is interested in education, outreach, policy, science literacy, and in particular issues involving groups that are underrepresented in science.

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

CfAO Education Coordinator
Malika Bell, Center for Adaptive Optics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Last Modified: Oct 5, 2005 

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