I am an educational researcher and co-director of XSci at the University of Colorado Denver. XSci is the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative and produces both projects and research based on STEM learning theory and the field of experiential learning.
My research focus is on science identity construction and the role of narrative (storytelling) in content understanding and personal meaning making. I am also an accomplished documentary filmmaker and multimedia designer, having been the lead for several NSF and NASA projects over the past 10 years.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, I was an educational researcher at the Space Science Institute, a multimedia instructional designer in the online learning industry, a NASA educational lead, and a social science researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). My NASA experience began in 2001 as an education lead for space shuttle mission STS 107, Columbia's final flight which ended in tragedy. Following my stint on the human space flight side of NASA, I became in involved is several educational efforts in space science and astrobiology through the NASA Astrobiology Institute.
I have extensive experience in informal science education and formal science education and teacher professional development. My work generally includes the intersection of science learning, the innovative use of technology for learning, and the power of transformative first person experiences to bridge content learning with the emotion and excitement of science.
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