Sally Ride Science logo 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.

Dr. Karen Flammer
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 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.

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