NSTA Virtual Conference

Connecting In-school and Out-of-school STEM Learning and Teaching

David Evans David Evans

Dr. David L. Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.

Before joining the association staff in February 2013, Dr. Evans served as the Director of the Center for Sustainability: Earth, Energy, and Climate at Noblis, Inc., a Virginia-based not-for-profit provider of science-related, strategic, and technology consulting services to government and commercial entities.

Prior to joining Noblis, Dr. Evans served as the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he directed research and education activities and oversaw strategic planning, outreach, fundraising, and hiring for the national museum and several research institutions.

While at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 1993 to 2002, Dr. Evans served the organization in several different capacities. In 2001, Dr. Evans led the White House Global Climate Change Initiative, coordinating related activities of some 12 federal agencies. Before coming to Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, Dr. Evans was a tenured professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and was a classroom teacher in Media, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Evans's devotion to the science and education community is also evidenced by his involvement in numerous other professional organizations. He has also published extensively for the science and mathematics communities. He has authored numerous scientific publications, contributed to dozens of scholarly journals, and is a reviewer for Science magazine.

Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied for his teaching certification at Villanova University.

Beth Murphy Beth Murphy

Since January 2019, Dr. Beth Murphy has been the field editor for Connected Science Learning, a joint effort of NSTA and the Association of Science Technology Centers.

A physicist by training, Beth spent six years in higher education before pursuing her passion to support K-12 science teaching and learning. This led her to The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis in 1999 where she served in director-level positions for over 15 years. In addition to contributing to a variety of the museum’s education programs and exhibits, Beth had the opportunity to lead and grow its partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools—including district-wide programs for students, teacher professional development and a teacher in residence program.

In 2016, Beth launched her own business as an education consultant and today works with a variety of organizations to support the STEM learning ecosystem. Her expertise includes fostering collaboration between organizations, teacher professional development, program leadership, program evaluation, and writing about science and STEM education for a variety of purposes. Recent and past clients include NSTA, Science from Scientists, Minnesota Independent School Forum, STARBASE Minnesota, The Bakken Museum, SciMathMN, World Savvy, Minnesota High Tech Association as well as a number of schools and school districts.

Beth holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in physics with a concentration in applied mathematics from Colby College. She serves on the board of directors of Science from Scientists and SciMathMN.

Dennis Schatz Dennis Schatz

Dennis Schatz is the president of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). He is currently Senior Advisor at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Learning Innovation. He was the founding field editor for the journal Connected Science Learning, a joint effort of NSTA and the Association of Science Technology Centers.

A research solar astronomer by training, Schatz began his career working as an Associate Director of Astronomy and Physics Education plus Assistant Director, Science Activities for the Visually Impaired at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1977 Schatz moved to Seattle to accept a position with the Pacific Science Center. At the Pacific Science Center, Schatz has held a broad range of positions, including Director of the Regional Astronomy Education Laboratory and Vice President for Education.

An NSTA member since 1973, Schatz has contributed extensively to the Association. He was elected to the NSTA board as Director of Informal Science (2015–2018). He also served as the program chair for the 2004 and 1994 area conferences, the conference chair for the 1998 area conference, and worked on several committees. Schatz is also an NSTA Press author and has written several journal articles for the Association.

In addition to his work with NSTA, Schatz is extremely active with other state and national organizations and science initiatives. Throughout his career, he has been honored extensively for his contributions to science and science education.

Schatz earned a B.S. degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a M.S. degree in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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