CLEAN Project Team Members

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Current CLEAN Team

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

Anne Gold is the Director of CIRES Education & Outreach and the Project Investigator for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) contract from NOAA. She has been with CLEAN from its beginnings and has lead the development of the CLEAN peer-review process. She holds a PhD in Paleoclimatology, Masters in Geographic Information System and Science, and Diploma in Physical Geography. Anne has taught many graduate and undergraduate classes focused on climate science.

Katie Boyd - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (PI)

Katie Boyd is the program manager for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and an Education & Outreach Associate at CIRES. She has been with CLEAN from its beginnings and has lead the development of the CLEAN peer-review process. She earned her BS from the University of Washington and her MS from Colorado State University (CSU), both in Atmospheric Science. During these programs, she became interested in science education and outreach and worked with many groups helping the general public learn about weather & climate. She then returned to school and completed an interdisciplinary program with a focus on science education research, receiving a second MS in Ecology and Education from CSU.

Alicia Christensen - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Alicia Christensen is an Education and Outreach Associate at CIRES and manages the CLEAN Elementary Collection and Support pages, as well as the CLEAN expert science review process. Alicia is passionate about connecting students from under-servedcommunities with the natural world. Before joining CIRES, Alicia served as outreach programs manager for Denver Zoo and as a program coordinator for the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences Program (Oregon State University) and at Oregon Coast Aquarium. Alicia has facilitated teacher professional development workshops and taught and developed programming in informal science settings for over 15 years. She holds a M.S. in Marine Resource Management, focused on marine education, and is an enthusiastic ocean lover who can be found exploring some coastline with her 2-year old daughter when not in Colorado.

Naomi Ochwat - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Naomi Ochwat is a research associate at CIRES. She works in glacier and climate research and is a member of the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) team. She helps curate the CLEAN resources as well as participates in the review process. She also provides social media outreach (Facebook and Twitter) and web page technical development. She holds a MSc. in Glaciology from the University of Calgary and a BSc. in Geology and Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. When not working on CLEAN she researches collapsing Arctic ice shelves and melting glaciers. She also extends her interest in science education and outreach by working and volunteering for Inspiring Girls Expeditions.

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. He 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 ...

Monica Bruckner - SERC, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Monica Bruckner 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)

Karin Kirk supports CLEAN as an independent consultant. She lead the development of the Teaching about Climate and Energy pages, is the author of the popular Energy Quiz and has been part of the CLEAN review team from its beginning. Karin further provides web support for the CLEAN webportal. 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 ...

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

Frank Niepold is 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

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

Susan Lynds is the program evaluator within the CIRES Education & Outreach group. She supports CLEAN through program evaluation and analysis of webstatistics. 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.

Jennifer Taylor - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Jennifer Taylor is a curriculum developer and educator within CIRES's Education and Outreach group. She has fifteen years of experience as a middle school science teacher. Within the CIRES team she reviews CLEAN resources, has co-developed the NGSS unit development guide, provides teacher professional development and supports the marketing of the CLEAN collection. She develops climate and Earth science curriculum and leads citizen science projects. She has a Master's Degree in Environmental Biology.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Amanda Morton - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Amanda Morton is the assistant to the director of CIRES Education & Outreach and supports CLEAN through program evaluation and analysis of webstatistics. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design. In addition to her primary job responsibilities, Amanda is also the Regional Coordinator of theTrout Bowl, the Rocky Mountain regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

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