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CLEAN Project Team Members


To contact the CLEAN Pathway project or any of its team members, please contact Anne Gold at anne.u.gold@colorado.edu.

Current CLEAN Team

Susan Sullivan - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (Principal Investigator)

Susan Sullivan directs the Education Outreach program of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Before beginning her work in K-12 education, she conducted research in atmospheric chemistry analytical methods with CIRES and the NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory and attained a PhD in analytical chemistry. Susan now enjoys learning about a wide variety of science topics through education work, and the working with educators, students, geoscientists and social scientists. Susan's current projects include professional development workshops for science teachers, provision of education related to research projects and oversight of numerous other education projects within the CIRES Outreach group. more ...


Anne Gold - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (Project Manager)

Anne Gold is the Project Manager for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN). She holds a PhD in Paleoclimatology, Masters in Geographic Information System and Science, and Diploma in Physical Geography. She has been an instructor at the college level for graduate and undergraduate classes and served as an advisor for three Masters students.


Sean Fox - SERC, Carleton College, Northfield, MN (Technical Lead)

Sean Fox is the Technical Director for SERC and is the technical lead in charge of the infrastructure supporting the CLEAN website and the review process. Sean has a Masters in theoretical solid state physics. Before joining the SERC office in 2002 he was the Academic Computing Coordinator for the Natural Sciences at Carleton College. I worked closely with science faculty implementing a wide variety of computing technologies in support of curricular innovation and was part of a team nationally recognized for excellent faculty support. more ...


Marian Grogan - TERC, Cambridge, MA

Marian Grogan is a Project Director at TERC and, on the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN), is a member of the resource collection and professional development teams. She has developed Earth and space science curriculum for and taught middle school science, and managed a secondary math and science teacher professional development project during her previous tenure at Education Development Center (EDC). Marian holds MEd and MBA degrees and has been a financial manager and banker earlier in her career. more ...


Monica Bruckner - SERC, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Monica Bruckner currently works for the SERC office at Carleton College helping to build and maintain its web-based digital collections that support its many workshops. In the summer of 2009, she began to provide evaluation assistance for the SERC pages. In 2008 she completed a Master's degree in Earth Sciences at Montana State University with a thesis project involving biogeochemical changes and hydrology in alpine catchments in response to glacier retreat. more ...


Karin Kirk - (Independent Consultant)

Through her work on the On the Cutting Edge project and other work at SERC, Karin has become involved with many pedagogic topics, including the role of the affective domain, teaching with visualizations, teaching with data and a variety of specific pedagogic techniques. Because so much of SERC's work is web-based, she has also become adept at creating, collecting, organizing and editing web-based educational materials. Her background in the earth sciences is in environmental geology and hydrology. Her master's research involved investigating the Madison Aquifer for a potential public water supply for the city of Bozeman, MT. Prior to that she taught geology and environmental science at Skidmore College. more ...


Susan Lynds - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (Internal Evaluator)

Susan Lynds currently works at CIRES on geoscience education evaluation and program assessment. Her background includes experience as a scientific database manager with NOAA and CIRES, program evaluation with Sea Grant, and development of science museum assessment tools.


Sarah Hill - TERC, Cambridge, MA (Administrative Support)

Sarah Hill is an experienced administrative assistant. She holds a degree in English Literature with a concentration in creative writing. Ms. Hill worked in the AmeriCorps VISTA program for one year in Montana. She also lived and worked in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand over three years as a factory worker, housekeeper, milkmaid, migrant farmer, and EFL teacher.


Frank Niepold - NOAA, Silver Spring, MD (Advisor to CLEAN)

Frank Niepold is currently the Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA's Climate Program Office and co-chair of the Climate Education Interagency Working Group at the US Climate Change Science Program. At NOAA, he develops and implements NOAA's Climate goal education and outreach efforts. He is a co-managing author of the 2009 USGCRP released Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, a collaborative effort of NOAA, NSF, NASA, AAAS Project 2061, CIRES, the American Meteorological Society, and various members from both the science and education community to define climate literacy in the United States. He received his MSEd in Earth Space Science Education (2006) from John's Hopkins University with areas of concentration in Earth Observing Systems, Scientist/Teacher/Student Collaboration and Earth Systems science education focused on climate.


Tamara Ledley - (Advisor to CLEAN, former Principal Investigator)

Tamara Ledley a 2017 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow. She holds a PhD in meteorology and has published 15 scientific research papers on climate science and Earth system science. The focus of her research is on the cryosphere and its impact on atmosphere-surface energy exchange and the global climate. Her educational experience includes teaching undergraduate and graduate students and acting as the lead editor and an author of the "Earth as a System" investigation of the GLOBE Teachers guide. She is particularly interested in how to bridge the scientific and educational communities to make Earth science data accessible and usable in educational contexts. more ...



Former CLEAN team members

Cathryn Manduca - SERC, Carleton College, Northfield, MN (former Principal Investigator)

Cathy Manduca is the Director of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College where she is involved in a variety of projects that support improvements in geoscience and science education. Her work includes serving as a community leader, organizing workshops and other activites for faculty and educators of all types, and developing web-resources that link teaching resources, pedagogy and discussion. Much of her work contributes to program of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) and the National SMETE Digital Library (NSDL). more ...


Mark McCaffrey - (former Co-Principal Investigator)

Mark S. McCaffrey is the Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). He has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (with a focus on Environmental Education) from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. more ...


Cynthia Howell - (Co-Principal Investigator)

Cynthia Howell served as the National Renewable Energy Lab's Education Programs Director (2001-2010), specializing in informal renewable energy education deployment. She has just joined the Colorado Energy Research Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. Cynthia received her doctorate in Education and Arts Administration at the University of Northern Colorado – Greeley. She has been involved in teaching at all levels, K through University, throughout her career. She has also enjoyed a professional dance career, directing and/or performing in three companies across the nation. She brings a national perspective and knowledge of energy, education, industry and workforce issues with expertise in partnership development, collaborative project design, education reform and tool development.


Jeff Lockwood - (Resource Collector, Professional Development)

Jeff Lockwood currently works for TERC in Cambridge, Mass on several professional development projects. He wrote curriculum materials for such National Science Foundation programs as "Project STAR," "Hands-On Universe" and "Hands-On Astrophysics" while teaching high school astronomy, physics, Earth science, and astronomical research for 28 years at Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Arizona. Jeff also taught planetary and stellar astronomy at Pima Community College for 20 years. He has a bachelor's degree in geology with minors in physics and chemistry. His EdD major was curriculum specialist (minor on astronomy) and focused on how attitudes and interests of students were affected by engaging in authentic research in their high school astronomy class. A lot of his work in the past 20 years (both curriculum and professional development) has focused on using science data to do classroom research.


Scott Carley - (Resource Collector, Webmaster)

For the last 7 years, Scott Carley has been the director of Green STEM programs for the online College of Exploration where he designs and facilitates online workshops / courses and websites for professional science teacher development. His current research involves exploring how integrated web and mobile technologies can support just-in-time and just-in-place collaborations among scientists, educators, learners and the general public. Scott holds a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry (Dilute Gas Properties) and has postdoctoral experience in Philosophy of Science and Systems Ecology/Natural Resource Management.


Candace Dunlap - (Resource Collector)

Candace's biographical sketch will be available shortly.


Jenifer Helms - Inverness Research Inc., Inverness, CA (External Evaluator)

Dr. Jenifer V. Helms is an educational consultant and researcher with Inverness Research who specializes in studying improvements in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology-related formal and informal education programs. Projects include the Center for Informal learning and Schools; San Diego Urban Systemic Project; Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning and Assessment in Mathematics; Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative; and Partnership for Learning in Washington State. Prior to joining Inverness Research, she was director of education at two nationally recognized informal learning institutions—The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, and Ocean Journey in Denver, Colorado. Jen was also assistant professor of science education at the University of Colorado in Boulder and taught high school science in California. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Stanford University.more ...


Ellen Iverson - SERC, Carleton College, Northfield, MN (Website Usability)

Before coming to Carleton College, Ellen Iverson spent 14 years in industry working for IBM and Marathon Multimedia (as the Technology Manager) At the SERC office her work includes the usability and evaluation efforts that ground SERC projects in the reality of educator practice. Ellen holds a Master;s degree in Scientific and Technical Communications. more ...


Bora Simmons - University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Alignment with NAAEE Guidelines)

Bora Simmons is the Director, National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education at University of Oregon. For more than 15 years, Simmons has led the effort on behalf of North American Association for Environmental Eductions (NAAEE) to design, develop, print and implement several volumes of the Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education. The Guidelines for Excellence are a bridge between the formal and nonformal education communities, providing a pedagogy resource to those who have the environmental content knowledge, but who lack the skills and creative methods to convey that knowledge to a variety of audiences with different learning styles.She holds a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.


Ted Willard - (Alignment with AAAS Benchmarks)

Ted Willard is a project director for Project 2061 and leads several Atlas workshops each year. He was responsible for the development of the growth-of-understanding maps published in Atlas of Science Literacy, Volume 2. He also participates in Project 2061's work in assessment and curriculum analysis and is involved in several National Science Digital Library (NSDL) projects. Before joining Project 2061, he was an instructor of physics and dormitory supervisor at The Asheville School, an independent coeducational boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina. He also spent five years editing elementary and high school science textbooks for the Globe Book Company, a part of Prentice Hall, as well as for Harcourt Brace School Publishers. Willard holds a B.S. in earth, atmospheric, and planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. more ...