Agenda & Speakers

Sunday, March 10

Sessions will begin with lunch and registration at 12:00 p.m. at the Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St. N.W. Sessions will be held until 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by a reception at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. The Koshland Science Museum is located in a building connected to the Keck Center.


12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch and Registration, Keck Center of the National Academies

1:00-5:30 pm    Sessions, Keck Center of the National Academies


Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Martin Storksdieck and Mr. Wm. David Burns


Science Needs You!

Ms. Flora Lichtman


Communicating with Congress

Dr. Kristen Kulinowski


Communicating Your Science: The Dual Poster

Dr. Cynthia Maguire


Connecting the Higher Education and Informal Science Education Communities

Ms. Hailey Chenevert, Dr. Ellen Mappen, Dr. Alan Friedman, and Dr. Patrice Legro


5:30-7:00 Reception, Marian Koshland Science Museum


Monday, March 11

Sessions will be held at room 120 of the National Academy of Sciences Building, located at 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W., beginning at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. Sessions will also include examples of campus projects at Texas Woman's University, George Mason University, Longwood University, Towson University, the United States Military Academy, Kapi'olani Community College, and Middle Tennessee State University.


9:00 am - 5:00 pm  Sessions, National Academy of Sciences Building


The SENCER Ideals, Aims for Our Symposium, and Possible Ways Forward

Mr. Wm. David Burns, National Center for Science and Civic Engagement


An Update on Science Education Reform - Tsunami or Tempest in a Teapot?

Dr. Martin Storksdieck, Board on Science Education


Science and Human Rights

Ms. Jessica Wyndham (AAAS) and Dr. Karen Kashmanian Oates (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)


Beginning with the End in Mind - Regional Collaboration to Promote Education and Stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay

Dr. Tom Wood (George Mason University), Dr. Alix Fink (Longwood University), and Dr. Sarah Haines (Towson University)


The 'Energy Spine' at the United States Military Academy

Col. Gerald Kobylski


Strategic Synergies

Dr. Robert Franco (Kap'iolani Community College) and Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross (Middle Tennessee State University)


Making Connections Between Institutions of Higher Education and Secondary Schools

Dr. Joanne Caniglia (Kent State) 


Concluding Reflections: STEM Education and Student Empowerment



Tuesday, March 12

Meetings on Capitol Hill for poster presenters will be individually scheduled for the morning.


The Poster Session, open to the public, will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building, B-340 on Capitol Hill from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*Lunch will be served




Invited Speakers


The Honorable Rush Holt

Congressman for the 12th District of New Jersey,
United States House of Representatives

Please see Congressman Holt's biography here.


Ms. Flora Lichtman

Correspondent and Managing Editor, Video

Science Friday

Flora Lichtman is a correspondent and the managing editor for video for Talk of the Nation: Science Friday on National Public Radio. Science Friday is a live radio show that has broadcast nationwide for over 20 years. Flora manages and creates videos for and makes a weekly appearance on air. Flora is the co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us, and frequently writes for Popular Science magazine. Before coming to Science Friday, Flora worked for a NATO oceanographic lab in Italy, where she spent six weeks aboard a research vessel studying the effect of noise on marine mammals. She graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies.



Dr. Kristen M. Kulinowski

Research Staff Member

Science and Technology Policy Institute

Kristen Kulinowski has expertise is in chemical and materials sciences, risk policy, education, and research administration. Prior to joining STPI, she was at Rice University as senior faculty fellow in the department of chemistry, executive director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, and director of the International Council on Nanotechnology. Her work focused on engaging government, industry, and civil society stakeholders in exploring and managing the environmental and health risks of engineered nanomaterials. She was also OSA-SPIE Congressional Science Policy Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she worked on legislation involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and domestic nuclear power security. Dr. Kulinowski holds a BS in chemistry from Canisius College and MS and PhD degrees in chemistry from the University of Rochester. (From STPI)


Dr. Patrice Legro


Marian Koshland Science Museum

Patrice Legro, director of the Marian Koshland Science Museum, provides strategic leadership and direction for the museum, and shapes its mission to help critical thinkers use science to solve problems. She was a fellow in the Noyce Leadership Institute, and has served in an advisory capacity for other museums. With 24 years experience with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Patrice has an appreciation for scientific culture and its high intellectual standards. Her experience and insights are built on a successful track record of leading innovative projects for the NAS. In 1998, she was co-study director for Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science - a report that received nationwide attention for its quality and accessibility. In 1996, Patrice helped establish the Office on Public Understanding of Science, after managing the National Science Education Standards Project from 1993-1996. She has also led a broad-based national review of the Standards. Patrice?s interest in scientific literacy emerged from her work in the international arena, coordinating U.S. participation in scientific organizations, facilitating analysis of the global flow of science and technology personnel, and administering scholarly exchange programs with China. With an educational background in international political economics, Patrice began her career with an interest in how science drives innovation within a country and around the world.


Dr. Alan Friedman

SENCER-ISE Project Director

Alan Friedman is a consultant, helping museums, foundations, government agencies, and other organizations improve the public understanding of science and technology.  Previously, he spent 35 years working as a science museum director or senior staff member in New York, Paris, and California. At the New York Hall of Science he oversaw the development of a program, now 25 years old, to nurture careers in science, technology, and science education among young people, especially those from underrepresented communities in New York City.  Along the way this program helped secondary school and college students find ways to relate science to the issues their own communities found compelling, including AIDS, educational disadvantage, and prejudice. Alan is the project director for SENCER-ISE.


Dr. Ellen Mappen


Ellen Mappen is a recognized leader of initiatives to encourage young girls, women, and minorities to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers. Ellen holds a Ph.D. in History and has written on women’s participation in the workforce in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain. She was the founder and long-time director of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering at Rutgers University. Under her leadership, the initiative to encourage girls and women to enter STEM fields received the 1999 National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Ellen is also the former director of the Healthcare Services Program at the New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School, where she designed projects to encourage students to pursue education in healthcare fields. In sum, she has over 25 years of experience in designing educational programs for girls, young women, and students of color to encourage their participation in STEM fields. As a senior fellow, Ellen helps develop NCSCE initiatives, especially the SENCER project, in high schools around the nation. She also works to develop new opportunities to expand the inclusion of women in the STEM fields.



Dr. Martin Storksdieck

Director, Board on Science Education

National Research Council

Martin Storksdieck, Ph.D., is the director of the Board on Science Education (BOSE) at the National Research Council (NRC), where he oversees studies that address a wide range of issues related to science education and helps coordinate science education work within the National Academies. Dr. Storksdieck also serves as a research fellow at the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) where he directs ongoing research studies on science learning in immersive environments; models of involving researchers and scientists in science museums and science centers; and understanding the impact of science hobbyists, such as amateur astronomers, on the public understanding of science. He previously served as director of project development and as senior researcher at ILI. He also was a science educator with a planetarium in Germany where he developed shows and programs on global environmental change, served as editor, host, and producer for a weekly environmental news broadcast, and worked as an environmental consultant specializing on local environmental management systems. He holds an master of science in biology from the Albert-Ludwigs University (Freiburg, Germany), a master of arts in public administration from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in education from Leuphana University.


Ms. Jessica M. Wyndham

Associate Director for the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Jessica Wyndham is Associate Director of the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program where she directs the "Article 15" project, aimed at engaging the scientific community in elucidating, promoting and assisting in the realization of the human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. She is also Coordinator of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. Jessica has worked extensively with national human rights institutions throughout Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Americas and served as Legal Adviser for the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Ecuador. Jessica is also currently an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University where she teaches a graduate course on internal displacement. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors), a Bachelor of Laws (with Honors) (J.D. equivalent) and a Master of Laws.


Dr. Karen Kashmanian Oates

Dean of Arts and Sciences

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Karen Kashmanian Oates is a nationally recognized scientist, science educator, and higher education leader. Dr. Oates joins Worcester Polytechnic Institute from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she has served as a deputy director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies. At the NSF, Oates managed a budget of over $380 million and a staff of more than 35 charged with supporting innovative programs to strengthen undergraduate education and help revitalize American entrepreneurship and competitiveness. A biochemist, Oates' early research focused on various chemical and biological aspects of breast cancer and biologic therapies for cancer. After receiving her Ph.D. at George Washington University Medical Center in Biochemistry, she worked as a visiting scientist at the National Institutes of Health's Oncology and Hematology Division. She then began her academic career at George Mason University, where, as associate dean for the new College of Integrated and Interdisciplinary Studies, she helped create George Mason's New American College environment. She later served as inaugural provost for the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, where she established the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Dr. Oates's more recent interests and publications have centered on women's health generally, faculty development, service learning, business-higher education partnerships, and K-12 science and mathematics education. Among the honors she has received are the Bruce Alberts Award, presented by American Society for Cell Biology for excellence in science education reform, and the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest civilian honor presented by the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As the inaugural holder of the Peterson Family Deanship of Arts and Sciences, she oversees seven academic departments, as well as several interdisciplinary programs. In 2012 she was inducted as a fellow into the prestigious American Association for the Advancement as a Science Education fellow.


Dr. Mel D. Schiavelli

Executive Vice President

Northern Virginia Community College

Melvyn D. Schiavelli presently serves as the Executive Vice President at Northern Virginia Community College. Mel earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the College of William and Mary, the University of Utah, and the University of Delaware during his 44-year career in higher education. He served as a faculty member, department chair, dean, provost and interim president at the College of William and Mary and as provost at the University of Delaware. More recently he served as the founding president of the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Mel has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters as well as written extensively on higher education topics and STEM education. He has been an invited speaker at universities in the United States, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Yugoslavia, Korea, Japan, and China. The National Science Foundation and the Petroleum Research Fund have supported his research in the mechanisms of acid-catalyzed and solvolysis reactions. He enjoys longstanding ties with the University of Aberdeen, Scotland as a senior research fellow, has been a member of the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, and an elected member of the Sigmi Xi Scientific Society. He served as a member of the Board of the Medical College of Hampton Roads, Virginia, as President of Opera Delaware, Chair of numerous accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and a charter member of the Education Council of the Manufacturing Institute. His recent accomplishments include leading the establishment of the first comprehensive university opened in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in over 100 years. As its founding president he was responsible for the creation of a science and technology focused curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate levels, the design, financing, and oversight of the construction of a $73MM Academic Center, and the hiring of the academic and support staff to operate the University and deliver and develop a sophisticated science and technology focused curriculum tied strongly to the corporate community. In his current position he serves as Chief Academic Officer of the nation's 2nd largest community college comprising 6 campuses, enrolling 80,000 students, and graduating the largest number of Associate degreed students in the nation.



Photographs provided courtesy of speakers.

Symposium Information


Guest Registration

Guest registration for events on Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11 is now closed.


If you have not registered but are interested in the Symposium, we invite you to stop by the Poster Session on March 12 from 12-2 in Rayburn House Office Building B-340.



Symposium Locations


Sunday, March 10


Keck Center of the National Academies

12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Lunch provided

500 Fifth St. N.W.

Washington, DC

Metro: Gallery Place or Judiciary Square


Marian Koshland Science Museum

5:30 p.m.

Reception following sessions

525 E St. N.W.

Metro: Gallery Place or Judiciary Square



Monday, March 11


National Academy of Sciences Building

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lunch provided

2101 Constitution Ave. N.W.

Washington, DC

Metro: Foggy Bottom



Tuesday, March 12


Rayburn House Office Building, B-340

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch reception

Independence Ave. S.W. between First St. S.W. and S Capitol St. S.W.

Metro: Capitol South




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