NISE 2018 Featured Speakers

  • Mystery Speaker

    Aerospace Engineer/Manager for an International Aerospace Organization
    [Editor Note: Due to contractual and legal reasons we are unable to talk about the speaker prior to the event. We can say it is not Wile E. Coyote on an Acme rocket.]

    Theme of the presentation will be related to "Woman in STEM" and the aerospace Industry. The presenter will discuss the journey from a math major to manager for a major aerospace organization.

  • Dr. Taylor Chapple

    Research Scientist, Standford 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. 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.


  • Photo Credit: Sheheryar
    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.

  • 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 (SOCCOM) Adopt-A-Float outreach program. Dr. Key will discuss the project, which partners with teachers and classrooms across the country to inspire and educate students about the Southern Ocean and climate change through the "Adopt-A-Float" initiative. It creates a powerful opportunity for elementary- and secondary-aged students to engage directly with world-class scientists and learn about their research by naming and tracking SOCCOM floats.

    Two schools/districts from Illinois will be considered for the project.

  • 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.

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