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2014 STEM Summit


DR. AINISSA RAMIREZ Science evangelist & author, Save our Science (TED Books), based on her TED talk about the importance of STEM education


DR. CARL WIEMAN (via remote) Nobel Laureate


DR. RUSSELL SHILLING Executive Director for STEM Initiatives at U.S. Department of Education




DR. MICHELLE WITHERS Director, The National Academies Scientific Training Alliance


MATT GREENFIELD Managing Director, ReThink Education


DR. RYAN BAKER President, International Education Data Mining Society


DR. MARK McDANIEL Researcher and Professor, learning and memory, Washington University, St. Louis


DR. SCOTT FREEMAN Senior Lecuturer in Biology, University of Washington


DR. NORA S. NEWCOMBE Principal Investigator, Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center


2013 STEM Summit


ROBERT LUE Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University Lue is the inaugural Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University and pioneered the university’s efforts with massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as director of HarvardX. He is Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Director of Life Science Education at Harvard. He has a longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and chaired the faculty committee that developed an integrated science course to serve multiple science majors and premedical students. Lue has also developed award-winning multimedia, including the animation “The Inner Life of the Cell.” He has coauthored undergraduate biology textbooks and chaired education conferences on college biology for the National Academies and the National Science Foundation, and diversity in science for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health. He also founded and directs a Harvard life sciences outreach program that serves more than 50 high schools. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.


JAIME CASAP Global Education Evangelist, Google Casap evangelizes the power and potential of the Web and technology in education in support of new learning models. His team is responsible for bringing Google tools to millions of administrators, teachers and students across the globe.


SARAH MILLER Associate Director of Madison Teaching & Learning Excellence at University of Wisconsin, Madison Miller is a nationally renowned leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education reform. Named a National Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences, she has mentored hundreds of STEM faculty, graduate students and postdocs in scientific teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and nationally. She currently leads new initiative to mentor early career faculty in tenure and teaching.


LINDA ROSEN CEO, Change the Equation Rosen, the CEO of Change the Equation, has a proven track record of leading the business community in its mission to improve STEM. Previously, Rosen was the Senior Vice President for the National Alliance of Business, a Senior Advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley and the Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


TIMOTHY STELTZER Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Steltzer is a distinguished teacher-scholar at the University of Illinois. His education research has focused on making appropriate use of technology to improve student learning. He is co-inventor of the i>clicker personal response system and is coauthor of the “smartPhysics” learning system, which received the 2013 Excellence in Education Award from the American Physical Society.


DAVID L. EVANS Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association Evans, a Ph.D., has held posts including: Director of the Noblis Center for Sustainability, Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.


ELIZABETH STAGE Director, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley Stage directs the Lawrence Hall of Science, a research, design and development organization that provides programs and tools for kids and educators across formal and informal settings. Stage has worked on math and science standards and assessments in California, nationally and internationally.


MIKE BERLIN Director, Strategic Initiatives at Macmillan New Ventures Berlin is responsible for strategic planning, acquisitions and identifying market trends. Prior to Macmillan, he was a consultant specializing in media and entertainment at L.E.K. Consulting. He graduated Cum Laude from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


JOSE FERREIRA CEO and Founder, Knewton A leading adaptive learning provider, Knewton combines big data with psychometrics to continuously personalize any digital learning materials. Ferreira earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University and was elected in 2012 to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education.


SUJEET RAO Special Assistant, U.S. Department of Education Rao leads a number of special initiatives at the Department regarding R&D and education technology, including the recently launched ConnectED initiative. A Michigan native, Rao graduated from the University of Michigan and Yale Law School.


PETER NORVIG Director of Research, Google With Sebastian Thrun, Peter Norvig teaches artificial intelligence at Stanford University, pioneering a massive open online version in 2011. He is a fellow and councilor of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and co-author, with Stuart Russell, of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Pearson, 2010).


IRA FLATOW Host, Science Friday Veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Flatow is the host of Science Friday, a weekly call-in radio program that connects listeners with scientists for informative discussions about science, technology, health, space, and the environment. Flatow has shared his enthusiasm with public radio and TV fans for more than 35 years.


DANIELLE CARNIVAL Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Carnival, a P.h.D., has been at the White House for three years, specializing in STEM education policy. During this time, she staffed the PCAST study on undergraduate STEM education, served as Associate Director for the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and worked on STEM education and education technology


Lifetime Achievement
Lifetime Achievement ALAN ALDA Alda, seven–time Emmy winning actor, writer and director, best-known from M*A*S*H*, hosted the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for 11 years. In a single year he was nominated for an Oscar (“The Aviator”), a Tony (“Glengarry Glen Ross”), an Emmy (“The West Wing”), and wrote a bestseller (Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I’ve Learned). His second book, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, also became a bestseller. In 2006 he received the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for helping to broaden the public’s understanding of science. He has served as moderator and playwright for the annual World Science Festival in N.Y., and serves on its Board of Directors. He is a Visiting Professor and Advisory Board member of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. In September, he will host Brains on Trial on PBS.