NISE 2018 Featured Speakers

  • The Mystery Speaker is ...

    Ryan L. Prouty

    Manager, Mission Integration & Operations Office for ISS, NASA

    Ryan L. Prouty leads the organization that defines the launch sequence of all vehicles to the international orbiting laboratory, what science experiments and supplies will fill those vehicles, and what the crew will accomplish with those supplies and throughout their stay onboard.

    She holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Wyoming; the same state where she was raised. She is often asked what prompted her to move from such beautiful country to Houston, TX; her only response is the passion to be part of something greater than herself.

    Prouty will talk about how teachers helped paved the way for a life of adventure at NASA. Full Presentation Details ...

  • Dr. Taylor Chapple

    Research Scientist, Stanford University

    Dr. Chapple is a research scientist at Stanford University working to increase our understanding and appreciation of sharks on local and global scales. His background is in population modeling with application to movements, energetics and behavior of highly mobile species, notably the white shark.

    Taylor is focused on shifting the current mantra from fear and apprehension of sharks to one of awe and inspiration- there is more to sharks than just pointy teeth. He has worked all over the planet engaging people, through science, television, magazines and technology, to think differently about the predators in their backyard.

    Dr. Chapple's presentation will discuss how, through his research, he works to promote scientific discovery. Full Presentation Details ...

  • Dr. Mark Eakin

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Coordinator

    Dr. C. Mark Eakin has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for over 25 years and directs Coral Reef Watch, a program that monitors coral reef ecosystems through satellite and in water observations. Dr. Eakin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Miami and publishes on coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change on coral reefs, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and coral paleoclimatology. He formerly co-chaired the US Coral Reef Task Force’s Climate Change Working Group, has testified before the US Congress on the impacts of climate change, was a contributing author on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report, and a Chief Scientific Advisor for the 2017 Sundance-winning film Chasing Coral.

    Dr. Eakin's presentation will discuss Coral Bleaching and NOAA's research to understand this essential marine ecosystem and how we can help save them. Full Presentation Details ...


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    Ahsan, The Field Museum

    Emily Graslie

    Chief Curiosity Correspondent, The Field Museum

    Emily Graslie was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. After moving to Missoula, Montana to pursue an undergraduate degree in fine art painting, she fell in love with the campus vertebrate research collection as a place of artistic inspiration. What started off as a passionate volunteering position within a small museum eventually transformed into a full-time career as an advocate for these under-appreciated repositories. Now she lives in Chicago and works as The Field Museum's "Chief Curiosity Correspondent," where she uses a variety of new media to communicate the importance of natural history museums with the world.

    Join her as she shares details of her past to learn how she built her work on a foundation of visual arts, leading to innovation and change in an unfamiliar field.

    Emily Graslie's presentation details her past and how she built her work on a foundation of visual arts, leading to innovation and change in an unfamiliar field. Full Presentation Details ...

  • Dr. Robert M. Key

    Research Oceanographer, Princeton University

    Robert M. Key, Research Oceanographer at Princeton University, has been heavily involved with large scale biogeochemical and tracer observation programs since 1980, including many of the U.S. sponsored Transient Tracers. He played a very active role in both sample measurement and data organization, collection and analysis. As a data coordinator he led the effort to produce the first global scale open ocean database suitable for biogeochemical investigations (Global Ocean Data Analysis Project, GLODAP).

    He is heavily involved with the The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project's (SOCCOM) Adopt-A-Float outreach program. Four years ago the National Science Foundation funded the SOCCOM program to provide a wintertime upper ocean data set that would allow us to estimate CO2 concentrations and fluxes both in and under the ice. The measurements are being made by a collection of autonomous floats that are equipped with biogeochemical sensors. The floats are deployed during the summer, but are "smart" enough to operate year-around. The program encourages primary and secondary schools/classes to "adopt" these floats.

    Dr. Robert Key's presentations will discuss the Adopt-A-Float outreach program and how educators can use the program with their students. Full Presentation Details ...

  • Philip Matthews

    Physics Teacher, Kennesaw Mountain HS

    Philip Matthews has taught physics and chemistry in Cobb County, Georgia schools for the last 16 years, where he has provided professional development for physics and physical science teachers and served as a district lead teacher for AP Physics. Philip has helped to lead AP Physics professional development workshops for the Georgia Department of Education, and presented topics related to science pedagogy at state and national conferences. He also serves as a consultant for the Georgia Public Broadcasting digital series, Physics in Motion.

    Philip will present two sessions. One will will examine several physics and chemistry phenomena using the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning framework to help guide students’ thoughts and build conceptual understanding. The other will discuss the characteristics and specific examples of phenomena that can be implemented in physical science courses, along with tools that students can use to help explain them.

    Philip Matthews' will be giving two presentations, one on specific examples of phenomena for physical science courses and the second will analyze using physics and chemistry phenomena with the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning framework.

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