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

Email: stacyhamel@ncesse.org

Stacy Hamel is the Senior Education Program Manager for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and also serves at the Senior Flight Operations Manager for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). As the Senior Flight Operations Manager, Stacy oversees all aspects of SSEP from the microgravity experiment design and proposal competition phase, to proposal review and selection, experiment refinement and validation for flight, launch, on-orbit operations, and experiment return to Earth for harvesting and analysis. In this capacity she also serves as the liaison to NanoRacks on all flight experiments and issues associated with NASA flight safety review. Stacy manages SSEP international participation through the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education. She oversees the Flight Operations team, including Flight Operations Managers and Coordinators.

As the Senior Education Program Manager at the Center, Stacy managed 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 trained over 20,000 grade K-12 teachers on solar system science and exploration since program inception in 2004 through the end of the mission in 2015. Stacy also oversees the management of the Center’s Family Science Night program at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, which has been running for 25 years, and has seen attendance by over 50,000 students, teachers, and parents.

Her previous experience at the Center included 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-directs 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.

 

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

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

Email: johnhamel@ncesse.org

John is the Education Program Manager at the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and a Flight Operations Manager for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. As a Flight Operations Manager, John provides logistics support for all phases of flight operations from experiment design and proposal writing through experiment return to Earth for harvesting and analysis. He also oversees coordination for the annual SSEP National Conference, organization of SSEP delegations attending a launch, the Mission Patch design competitions for each SSEP Mission and contributes to website content development.

In his role as Education Program Manager, he provides logistics and coordination support for NCESSE’s various programs, including the Voyage National Program and Journey through the Universe.

John also manages the Center’s Family Science Night Program at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, which has been operating for over 25 years. The program has impacted over 50,000 students, teachers and their families.

John has extensive experience with non-profit education organizations and a certified association management group. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and spent the early years of his career working directly with pre-school and school-aged children.

 

Kirsten Weimer Education Program Coordinator

Kirsten Weimer
Education Program Coordinator, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
Program Coordinator, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Email: kirstenweimer@ncesse.org

Kirsten is the Education Program Coordinator at the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. She provides administrative support for NCESSE’s various programs, including the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and the Voyage National Program. Kirsten has extensive experience working in higher education, previously working at the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond. Her most recent position was supporting programs and fundraisers in University Advancement at UVA.

 

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 on staff at the Center as an Adjunct Space Science Researcher, and participates in the delivery of the Center’s education and public outreach programs. He also serves as a Science Advisor to the Center’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DrHarriVanhala

 

 

Dr. Tim Livengood, NCESSE Adjunct Space Science ResearcherTim 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 is a University of Maryland researcher working on site at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Tim’s scientific field is understanding the composition and structure of planetary atmospheres, measuring composition, temperature and wind velocity with a wide variety of instruments. His research includes everything in the Solar System with a significant atmosphere as well as several things that have atmospheres that are insignificant, but still very interesting. He is the principal investigator of an instrument to measure water vapor over the Moon’s surface, and a co-investigator on several projects flying instruments or developing instruments to explore the Solar System. He is a co-investigator of the LEND instrument that is currently operating on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been at the Moon since 2009. He was a co-investigator and outreach team leadoff the EPOCh investigation of NASA’s EPOXI mission.

Tim is also an adjunct faculty member at the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, serving as a presenter and team leader for the Center’s public and school programs, and has visited hundreds of classrooms. Behind the scenes, he has created new a large number of lessons, with embedded hands-on activities and clear explanations of required background science, for the Center’s grade K-12 compendia of lessons. Tim has also led workshops for teachers around the nation on the lessons. Tim serves as a Science Advisor to the Center’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Tim is also a professional storyteller, using his life in science as a source of new ideas and material for stories, and using his experience in storytelling to convey science and the understanding of the world gained from science. He is an occasional writer, photographer, and silent actor in astronomy-themed music videos, produced primarily by Kelly Fast at Goddard Space Flight Center.

NASA EPOXI Mission
EPOXI/EPOCh Education and Public Outreach Team Leader
Degrees: B.A., Physics, Washington University; M.S. and Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University
Notable: Dr. Tim starring in Kelly’s music videos

 

Michael Hulslander, NCESSE Adjunct Space Science Educator

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

How Things Fly Manager, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Education Advisor, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) 

Email: HulslanderM@si.edu

Mike is responsible for STEM education in the Museum’s How Things Fly gallery, which teaches visitors about the science of flight. Mike has also taken a leading role in helping to reimagine all 23 galleries and presentation spaces as part of the seven-year project to transform the National Mall Building for a new generation of visitors. Mike has worked in museums and zoos for more than 28 years, researching, writing, presenting and evaluating STEM programs for school groups, educators, families, and the general public.

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 National Conference for the Center’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) held at the National Air and Space Museum each July. He also serves as a Science Education Advisor to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

 

 

Dr. Matt Bobrowsky, NCESSE Adjunct Space Science ResearcherMatthew Bobrowsky, Ph.D.
Adjunct Space Science Researcher, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Faculty Member, Delaware State University
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus
Science Advisor, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

Email: mbobrowsky@desu.edu

Dr. Matt Bobrowsky is a nationally recognized science educator and recipient of multiple awards for teaching excellence. 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 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 Global Campus (formerly UMUC), 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.

NASA Hubble Space Telescope Observer
Degrees: B.A., Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University; M.S. and Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, University of Maryland
Notable: Keynote Speaker at 2009 conference of the West Virginia Science Teachers Association and featured presenter at conference of the MN Science Teachers Association; Won the UMD Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award (given to the top two instructors out of ~800)

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.