From Astrobiology to Zoology: Igniting Students’ Interests
in Science Careers
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 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.
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 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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Underwritten in part by Sally Ride Science.