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2009 PDP Staff


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

Lisa Hunter is the Director of Education and Workforce Development 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.

Patrik Jonsson, University of California, Santa Cruz
Patrik Jonsson is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics at UC - Santa Cruz, and got his Ph.D in Astronomy and Astrophysics from UCSC in 2004. His research is about radiation transfer of starlight in galaxies, interstellar dust, and merging galaxies. Patrik has been involved in the CfAO's EWD activities since 2001, when he attended the first Professional Development Workshop and developed the "Variable Stars" research project for the CfAO COSMOS cluster. Since then, he has continued to work with the CfAO, attended almost every PDP, helped teach inquiry at the Maui Community College, and was part of the "Connecting Theory and Practice" workgroup for the 2005 PDW. This year he has graduated to become a full PDP Staff member.

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, Sonoma State University
Anne Metevier is a consultant to the Professional Development Program and a Lecturer at Sonoma State University. She has been involved in the PDP as a participant or staff member since its inception in 2001. Anne has taught physics and astronomy courses at UC Santa Cruz, Hartnell College, and Sonoma State U, and she has developed and facilitated inquiry-based activities for several venues. Her astronomy 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. Prior to her current work, Anne spent four years at the CfAO as an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz in 2003.

Jason Porter, University of Houston
Jason Porter, an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston’s College of Optometry, conducts research that investigates the underlying mechanisms of retinal diseases, such as glaucoma, using in vivo, high-resolution adaptive optics imaging. As an Optics graduate student and postdoctoral researcher in David Williams’ laboratory, Jason examined methods used to correct the eye’s optics (e.g., laser refractive surgery, contact lenses and adaptive optics) and conducted high-resolution retinal imaging experiments in normal and diseased eyes. He was also lead editor for the book titled, “Adaptive Optics for Vision Science.” Jason has experience in designing, teaching, facilitating and assessing inquiry-based activities (such as Saturday Open Labs and the ‘Stars, Sight and Science’ program), and in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. He currently teaches 100+ optometry students about basic geometrical and physical optics. Jason has been a participant in the Professional Development Program since its inception in 2001 and joined the staff in 2006.

Lynne Raschke, University of California, Santa Cruz
Lynne Raschke is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Adaptive Optics, working with Lisa Hunter and the rest of the EWD team.  Lynne received her PhD from the Astronomy and Astrophysics department at UC Santa Cruz. Her dissertation research was on gas and dust morphology and star formation 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 EWD 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 participant roles before becoming a PDP staff member in 2006. Lynne co-developed and co-taught the first CfAO Short Course in 2002 and continued to teach and develop the curriculum 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. 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 CfAO EWD, 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 detection 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.

PDP Managers

Lani LeBron, Akamai Workforce Initiative, Institute for Astronomy, Pukalani, Maui

Beth Reed, Center for Adaptive Optics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Last Modified: Nov 10, 2008 

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