Igniting Students’ Interests in Science Careers
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.
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.