Key Individuals

 

Dr. Jeff Goldstein, NCESSE Center Director, Clarke Institute Director, SSEP National Program Director

Jeff Goldstein, Ph.D.
Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
Institute Director, Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education
Program Director, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Email: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org
Cell: 301-395-0770
Twitter: http//twitter.com/doctorjeff
CV on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/drjeff

Dr. Jeff Goldstein is a nationally recognized science educator, and planetary scientist, who has dedicated his career to the public understanding of science and the joys of learning. As NCESSE Center Director, he is responsible for overseeing the creation and delivery of national science education initiatives with a focus on earth and space. These include programs for schools, families, and the public; professional development for grade K-12 educators; and exhibitions for museums and science centers. Initiatives are meant to provide a window on the nature of science and the lives of modern-day explorers, with special emphasis on not just what is known about Earth and space but how it has come to be known. Programs embrace a Learning Community Model for science education.

Jeff oversaw the creation of the Center’s national science education initiatives, including the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), which immerses hundreds of students across each participating community in real science. As Director of the Voyage National Program, he led the inter-organizational team that permanently installed the Voyage model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in front of the Smithsonian and is author of the storyboards. The exhibition is dedicated to an understanding of Earth’s place in space. The Center is now permanently installing replicas in communities world-wide (see Voyage in DC, Houston, Corpus Christi, and Kansas City.)

Jeff is Director for the Center’s activities supporting NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft mission to Mercury, which includes establishment of the MESSENGER Educator Fellows, a corps of master science teachers that are providing training for 27,000 teachers on Solar System science and exploration content. He also oversees Journey through the Universe—a national science education initiative that engages entire communities—students, teachers, families, and the public. He also directs the Family Science Night program at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Jeff is also a blogger at the Huffington Post, and writes Blog on the Universe which is dedicated to science education.

Jeff’s planetary science research includes the development of techniques for measuring global winds on other planets using large telescopes on Earth. His research has produced the first direct measurement of the global winds above the clouds on Venus, and the first measurement of the global winds on Mars.

Jeff created the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and oversees all facets of program operations. He is the principal liaison to all communities and partner organizations through the onboarding phase for a SSEP flight opportunity, which includes national announcements of opportunity, conversations with interested communities, fund-raising on behalf of interested communities, and all formal contractual activities. Jeff is also the principal liaison to NanoRacks and appropriate NASA offices, and is the principal author for SSEP web content.

Program Director: Voyage National Program, Journey through the Universe, MESSENGER Educator Fellowship Program, Family Science Night at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.
Prior: EVP for Space Science Education and Research, Challenger Center (1996-2005); Astrophysicist, Laboratory for Astrophysics, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (1989-1996), departing as Acting Chair
Degrees: B.A., Physics, Queens College, City University of New York; M.S. and Ph.D., Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania; recipient of the 1990 Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award, U. Penn Chapter, Sigma Xi
Full Bio: at Blog on the Universe

Notable: Ph.D. research as NASA Graduate Student Researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; attended the Bronx High School of Science; recipient of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s 2005 Klumpke-Roberts Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Public Understanding and Appreciation of Astronomy”; recipient of the 1995 Barry M. Goldwater Educator of the Year Award from the National Capital Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for “an individual of national stature who has supported the advancement of science and technology in commerce and education at all levels.”; his March 2011 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference keynote address to 6,000 science teachers was highlighted in a Symphony of Science music video We’ve Got to Be That Light.

 

Highlight: Jeff Goldstein Interview on Human Exploration with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Interview with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Kauffman Conversations –  “highlight interviews with guests whose ideas and insights are changing society. We are privileged to talk to these thought leaders, innovators, experts and authors and share their observations about their work, lives, and fields of expertise.” The interview addresses the nature of human existence in the greater universe using the context of the Voyage 1 to 10 billion scale model Solar System installed in Kansas City, MO, which is a replica of Voyage on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Jeff oversaw the creation and installation of these exhibitions.

 

Stacy Hamel, NCESSE Education Program Manager, SSEP Flight Operations Manager

Stacy Hamel
Education Program Manager
, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
Flight Operations Manager, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Email: stacyhamel@ncesse.org

Stacy Hamel is the Education Program Manager for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and also serves as the Flight Operations Manager for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Her previous experience at the Center included co-directing the Voyage National Program – a national public education and outreach program that is installing replicas of the Voyage Scale Model Solar System located on the National Mall in Washington, DC in communities worldwide. It is also designed as a focal point for community-wide science education in Solar System science and exploration.

Stacy also co-directed many of the Center’s other Educational Programs including Journey through the Universe – a national science education initiative that engages entire communities—students, teachers, families, and the public—using education programs in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration that inspire and educate. Over 200,000 grade preK-12 students have participated in Journey through the Universe.

Stacy currently co-manages the MESSENGER Educator Fellowship Program, the Center’s nationwide professional development initiative for educators in support of NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury, and which has trained over 22,000 grade K-12 teachers on solar system science and exploration since program inception in 2004.

Stacy serves as the Flight Operations Manager for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). She also manages SSEP International participation through the Center’s Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education. Stacy oversees the operational phase of SSEP, including flight experiment design, and flight operations to and from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for selected flight experiments. Stacy’s day-to-day activities include assessment of flight experiment proposals, convening and conducting Step 2 Review boards, and working in concert with NanoRacks, our launch services providers, on all activities associated with NASA Flight Safety Review, launch operations to LEO, SSEP payload operations on the International Space Station, and return to Earth.

 

John Hamel, NCESSE Assistant Program Manager, SSEP Assistant Flight Operations Manager

John Hamel
Assistant Education Program Manager, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
Assistant Flight Operations Manager, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Email: johnhamel@ncesse.org

John is the Assistant Education Program Manager and SSEP Assistant Flight Operations Manager for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. He is involved with many of NCESSE’s various programs, including the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, the Family Science Night program at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the MESSENGER Educator Fellowship Program.

John has extensive experience managing national science education programs, specifically the Journey through the Universe program. Through this program,  a national network of communities was created that focused on inspiring and educating students, teachers, and families by engaging the entire community in Earth and Space Science programming and content. John also has extensive experience with non-profit education organizations and a certified association management group. He spent the early years of his career working directly with pre-school and school-aged children.

John currently co-manages the MESSENGER Educator Fellowship Program, the Center’s nationwide professional development initiative for educators in support of NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury, and which has trained over 22,000 grade K-12 teachers on solar system science and exploration since program inception in 2004.

John manages the Center’s Family Science Night program at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, which has been running for 23 years, and has seen attendance by over 55,000 students, teachers, and parents.

As the Assistant Flight Operations Manager, John provides logistics support for SSEP, including website content development, coordination support for the annual SSEP National Conference, organization of SSEP delegations attending a mission launch, and overseeing the Mission Patch design competitions for each SSEP Mission.

 

Drew Roman, NCESSE Director of Educational Technology

Drew Roman
Director of Educational Technology
, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
Technology Manager, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/drewroman

Drew Roman is the primary driver of information technology at the Center, from providing the core IT infrastructure to handling the Center’s internet operations, to making the most of newer technologies such as social media. Drew has over 20 years of enterprise-level IT experience and is an Air Force veteran. When not working with NCESSE, Drew is the IT Solutions Director for WJ Technologies L.L.C., a consulting firm focused on the needs of government contractors and other project-oriented businesses. His passion for science, technology, engineering and space exploration fuels his enthusiasm for helping to inspire the next generation of explorers.

Drew maintains the overall SSEP web presence, which includes the main SSEP website, the SSEP Community Network Hubsite, and all the SSEP Community Blogs. He provides ongoing IT and communication assistance to the SSEP National Team and to the SSEP Community Network.

 

Dr. Harri Vanhala, NCESSE Adjunct Space Science Researcher

Harri Vanhala, Ph.D.
Adjunct Space Science Researcher
, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
Senior Scientist, Global Science and Technology, Inc.
Science Advisor, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Email: DrHarriVanhala@gmail.com

Originally from Finland, Harri received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Oulu. Harri has worked in various research and education organizations in the Unites States for 16 years. His science research focuses on the use of computer simulations to investigate the origin of the Solar System, and development of computer models to investigate the properties of present-day planets.

His science education activities have included hundreds of visits to grade K-12 classrooms, conducting teacher training workshops, teaching college courses, and presentations to families and the public—he is one of the presenters for the Center’s Family Science Night program at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Dr. Vanhala has also led multiple Journey through the Universe National Teams of scientists and engineers to under-served communities across the U.S., each Team spending an entire week in a community and talking to thousands of grade K-12 students one classroom at time.

Until July 2012, Harri managed the Center’s MESSENGER Educator Fellowship ProgramFamily Science Night Program at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and served as the National Program Manager for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. In July 2012, Harri began a new position as Senior Scientist at Global Science and Technology, working with NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. Harri continues with the Center as an Adjunct Space Science Researcher, and participates in the delivery of the Center’s education and public outreach programs. He serves as a space science researcher on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program’s Step 2 Review Panel for flight experiment selection, and participated in reviews for STS-134, STS-135, and Missions 1 and 2 to ISS flight opportunities.

 

Dr. Tim Livengood, NCESSE Adjunct Space Science Researcher

Tim Livengood, Ph.D.
Adjunct Space Science Researcher, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland
Science Advisor, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Email: sciencetimlivengood@gmail.com

Tim Livengood is an active planetary scientist, an energetic science educator, a professional storyteller, and an occasional subject of unexpectedly life-threatening adventures that are 100% true, but better related in person than in print.

Dr. Livengood was recruited into the world of science education and public outreach in 1999 by Jeff Goldstein and has stuck with it, visiting hundreds of classrooms and speaking before audiences of a few to well over a thousand, adding up to tens of thousands in total. Behind the scenes, Tim creates new hands-on activities, and writes clear explanations of the background science, for the Center’s grade K-12 compendia of lessons, as well as leading workshops for teachers around the nation.

Tim’s primary scientific field is infrared spectroscopy of planetary atmospheres, to measure composition, temperature, and wind velocity. His research includes virtually everything in the Solar System that has a significant atmosphere, which means he has worked on Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn’s moon Titan, and even Earth. Only Uranus and Neptune have escaped this treatment, and he has plans for them. He was a co-investigator on the EPOCh investigation of NASA’s recently-ended EPOXI mission, and was the education and public outreach team leader for EPOCh.

Tim is also an adjunct faculty member at the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, providing scientific expertise to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program on the microgravity environment, and was co-author on the SSEP curriculum materials addressing the science that can be done in microgravity. He also serves as a space science researcher on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program’s Step 2 Review Panel for flight experiment selection, and participated in reviews for STS-134, STS-135, and Missions 1 and 2 to ISS flight opportunities.

 

Michael Hulslander, NCESSE Adjunct Space Science Educator

Michael Hulslander
Adjunct Space Science EducatorNational Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)

Manager of Onsite Learning, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, National Mall Building
Education Advisor, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) 

Email: HulslanderM@si.edu

Michael has worked in museums and zoos for more than 25 years, researching, writing, presenting and evaluating science programs for school groups, families and the general public.

Michael is responsible for science education at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He also manages the How Things Fly gallery, Moving Beyond Earth gallery, the Public Observatory Project and the Explainers Program. How Things Fly teaches visitors about the science of flight. Moving Beyond Earth is an immersive exhibition placing visitors “in orbit” during the shuttle and space-station era. At the Public Observatory visitors explore craters on the Moon, spots on the Sun, the phases of Venus, and other wonders of the universe using a 16-inch telescope. The Explainers Program gives high school and college students the chance to work at the National Air and Space Museum.

Michael is also an adjunct faculty member at the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, and he oversees all museum activities for the annual SSEP National Conference held at the National Air and Space Museum in July. He also serves as a science educator on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program’s Step 2 Review Panel for flight experiment selection, and participated in reviews for STS-134, STS-135, and Missions 1 and 2 to ISS flight opportunities.

 

Dr. Matthew Bobrowsky, NCESSE Adjunct Space Science Researcher

Matthew Bobrowsky, Ph.D.
Adjunct Space Science Researcher, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Director of Special Programs, College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, Delaware State University
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland University College
Science Advisor, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Email: mbobrowsky@desu.edu

Dr. Matt Bobrowsky is a nationally recognized science educator. He is the lead author of the Phenomenon-Based Learning books for teaching physical science. Matt teaches various scientific subjects, carries out scientific research, and engages in numerous public speaking events. Currently at Delaware State University (DSU), recent experience also includes serving as Director of the Physics Demonstration Facility at UMCP, a collection of 1,600 science demonstrations.

Matt teaches at DSU and the University of Maryland University College, where he has received multiple awards (an example). He has developed science curriculum materials and presented countless workshops to teachers and the public. His educational presentations address topics such as the process of science, misconceptions in science, effective science teaching, and science vs. pseudoscience.

His public presentations on astronomy are entertaining and educational. Matt also delivers other types of presentations, such as after-dinner talks for corporate events. Read about his keynote address at the opening of the Heavens Above exhibit at the State University of NY at Geneseo.

As an astrophysicist, Matt’s research includes astronomical observations with many telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope. His specialty is the study of planetary nebulae – clouds of gas expanding outward from aging stars. One planetary nebula that he discovered using Hubble is the Stingray Nebula.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.