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.
Dr. Karen Flammer
Dr. Karen Flammer is a Research Physicist at UCSD. She obtained her Ph.D. in Space
Physics from UCSD in 1988. Since 1995, Karen has devoted her career to educational
outreach projects at UCSD. She directs ISS-EarthKAM, a NASA funded educational program
that teaches middle school students how to photograph the Earth from space using
a digital camera onboard the International Space Station. Karen coordinates hundreds
of middle schools across the country and develops curriculum supporting middle school
teachers and their students. As Senior Vice President, Karen assists in educational
outreach and gives workshops for parents at Sally Ride Science (SRS) Festivals.
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.
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Underwritten in part by Sally Ride Science.