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From Astrobiology to Zoology: Igniting Students’ Interests in Science Careers


Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy
Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy Tam has been interested in science since she was a little girl. One of her favorite childhood memories is of watching tadpoles in a creek gradually sprout legs, go green, and turn into frogs. She studied biology in college, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees. While teaching college biology, she became interested in how kids learn, and went on to earn her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Tam finds her work with Sally Ride Science irresistible—keeping girls and boys interested in science through innovative science publications and programs. Tam is currently Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Sally Ride Science as well as Professor (Emeritus) at San Diego State University.

Brenda WilsonBrenda Wilson
Brenda Wilson has worked with Sally Ride Science (SRS) since its inception and now serves as Vice President of Content and Out-of-School Programs. She works with writers to create books and publications, afterschool programs and curriculum, websites, and workshops. Ms. Wilson previously was the Executive Producer of SpaceKids and held writer/producer positions at Disney, Scholastic, and TV411. She also wrote and produced science videos and curriculum, beginning in 1992 with an interactive series of science mysteries that was broadcast via satellite directly into classrooms. Ms. Wilson is also an award-winning writer and producer of After School specials for CBS and ABC.

Jim Brown
Jim Brown In his 30 years in public education, Jim Brown has taught kindergarten through 9th grade, specializing in designing and implementing science curricula. Jim has worked with Washington State’s Science Curriculum Review Committee, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. He also started his own very successful company, providing parent/child hands-on explorations. Jim has received recognition and honors, including the Award of Merit from the Association of Science Technology Centers. Currently he is bringing his classroom expertise to Sally Ride Science, guiding new programs, hands-on workshops and the development of teacher materials.

Julie Miller
Julie Miller Julie Miller has taught in the Olathe District Schools located within the Kansas City area, for twenty years. Currently she serves as a Science Instructional Resource Teacher/Coach. She is Nationally Board Certified in Early Adolescence Science. In addition to her District responsibilities, Julie serves as an adjunct professor at Ottawa University, teaching an elementary math course to prospective teachers. She also authors online science courses for the ParaEducator Learning Network.

Julie has received the following honors: Honeywell Scholarship to the Space Academy for Educators at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Excellence in Earth Science Teaching Award for Kansas, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, and Kansas Medical Society and KATM Math Award. She also served as the educator facilitator for the NASA Explorer Schools at Dryden Flight Research Center. Professional memberships include the National Science Teachers Association, Kansas Association for Teachers of Science, Kansas Earth Science Teachers Association, Kansas Exemplary Educators Network, and the National Education Association.

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