Meet DEB: Melissa George, Einstein Educator Fellow

Basic Profile

Name: Melissa George

Looking in the opposite direction at Halawa Falls, Molokai.  I took the picture with my iphone.  Can you believe it?!

Looking in the opposite direction at Halawa Falls, Molokai. I took the picture with my iphone. Can you believe it?!

Education:

BS Biology, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA;

MS & PhD Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Home Institution:  I taught middle school science for 12 years at Lafayette Tecumseh Junior High School in Lafayette, IN.  I will return to the same school corporation on August 12 teaching Biology and Zoology at Jefferson High School.

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A shameless plug for DEB-funded grad students making broader impacts online

A cool student-run blog, BioDiverse Perspectives: http://www.biodiverseperspectives.com/,

emerged as part of the communication portfolio of this project: http://www.dbdgs.org/,

funded by the Dimensions of Biodiversity program: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503446.

See what else has been funded by Dimensions of Biodiversity here: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13042/nsf13042.pdf.

 

We love hearing what our PIs and their students are up to, and links to share are even better! Let’s see if our readers have any to add in the comments.

Program Announcement: International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge

We would like to take a moment to call your attention to the Call for Entries to the annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, cosponsored by NSF and AAAS’ Science.

Rules and entry information can be found on the NSF website: www.nsf.gov/news/scivis. Continue reading

Flipping Fairs for Science Fun

Colleagues from NSF GEO/OAD Education Marcia Barton, Einstein Fellow, and Keith Spangler, Scientist Assistant, model the seasons.

Colleagues from NSF GEO/OAD Education Marcia Barton, Einstein Fellow, and Keith Spangler, Scientist Assistant, model the seasons.

All DEB staff are engaged in science and committed to outreach activities of various kinds. Perhaps some of our readers have attended outreach talks by program officers or management at professional meetings. But we don’t just talk about NSF programs, DEB is engaged in Broader Impacts-appropriate outreach activities, too.  One such activity, the Reverse Science Fair, fosters middle school students’ curiosity by providing an opportunity to meet professional scientists and to experience their work “hands-on.” We highlight it here because of its applicability to many settings, its ability to foster lasting K-12 partnerships, and simply because we wanted to share an experience we have enjoyed. Continue reading