Meet the Staff

Principal Investigators

Dr. Steven Farber
Scientific Advisor
Carnegie Institution for Science
Baltimore, MD
(410) 246-3072
farber@carnegiescience.edu


Dr. Steven FarberWork in my laboratory utilizes the zebrafish, to visualize biochemical processes in living embryos by exploiting their accessibility and optical clarity. Specifically, the laboratory has focused on studying lipid modifying and transport processes in the developing embryo. As a Co-Creator of BioEYES, I am committed to improving K-12 science education. I strive to communicate to students something that can often be lost in traditional approaches to science education; the excitement and wonder that I routinely experience when addressing biological problems. I am well suited for the type of research that I do in that I have a B.S. degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (Rutgers) and a P.h.D. in Molecular Neurobiology (MIT) and Masters in Technology and Public Policy (MIT). I am presently an Investigator in the Embryology Department of the Carnegie Institution for Science and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Biology Department.

Dr. Jamie Shuda
Director of Life Science Outreach,
Co-Principal Investigator

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 746-7679
jshuda@sas.upenn.edu

Dr. Jamie ShudaI always knew that I would work with children. At first I wanted to be a child psychologist, but during a part-time job in college I realized that teaching is what I enjoy the most. As a result, I have spent several years developing Project BioEYES and other science outreach projects. I also spent a few years at Sharon Hill School on data reform initiatives. I miss the students now that I am back working on BioEYES full time, but this project allows me to impact thousands of students each year! At BioEYES I oversee the program’s development and help other universities start up BioEYES in their local area. Currently, I am at the University of Pennsylvania as Director of Life Science Outreach at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Coordinator of Life Science Education at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. I received a MS.Ed in Elementary Education and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies. I enjoy working with such a dedicated hard working staff who all share the same goal of inspiring and exciting students about science.



Program Managers

Valerie Butler
Program Manager and Educator
Carnegie Institution for Science
Baltimore, MD
(410) 246-3041
vbutler@carnegiescience.edu

Valerie ButlerMy love of science is fueled by a passion for learning; that there is still much we don't know is exciting for me. I delight in sharing my enthusiasm and curiosity for science with students. I have especially enjoyed working with minority and under-represented youth. I have a B.S. in biology and over a decade of experience in graphic and web design. I value volunteerism and have done work for federal, state, and local environmental and research organizations, including the Jones Falls Watershed Association, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, the U.S. Geological Service Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. I am an affiliate with the Chesapeake Watershed Network and The Wildlife Society. I have banded birds on the Chesapeake Bay, wrangled snakes on the Eastern Shore, bicycled across the United States and Ontario, and designed for local riverkeepers (among other clients). I bring these skills and my nonprofit experience to my position as a BioEYES program manager and educator.

Dr. Judith Neugebauer
Program Manager and Educator
Pediatric Research Enterprise
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 587-1937
j.neugebauer@utah.edu

Dr. Judith NeugebauerI uncovered my passion to teach science to K-12 students while volunteering at a local elementary school. Working with an equally motivated second grade teacher, I designed “Science Friday,” a curriculum-based hands-on science learning program. Weekly classroom activities included growing plants, collecting data, and extracting DNA. As the Program Manager and educator of BioEYES Utah, I will continue my work with K-12 students. Using zebrafish as a hands-on learning tool, I will use my 10 years of zebrafish research experience to expose students to the scientific method using live zebrafish embryos. I earned my PhD in 2009 from the University of Utah, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, using zebrafish to study heart development. I have over 10 years’ experience conducting research, mentoring, and teaching, and am excited to transition these skills into educating our youth.

Learn more about Judith in her "Know Your Educator" profile!

Dr. Sharon Flecknoe
Manager BioEYES Australia,
Early Years Bioscience Coordinator

School of Biomedical Sciences
Monash University
Victoria 3800
Australia
+61 3 9905 1547
sharon.flecknoe@monash.edu

Dr. Sharon FlecknoeEver since I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher! Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with biology and strayed from my original career trajectory to immerse myself in science. I completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University in Australia, and then continued on to do an Honours year and doctoral studies in Physiology. My research was fascinating: looking at how the fetus grows and develops before it is born. I continued on to do a post-doctoral research position, but during this time became more and more excited about teaching and subsequently enrolled in a Diploma of Education. I am now employed as a lecturer at Monash University, a position which I enjoy! I am surrounded by colleagues who are performing cutting-edge research and I am able to pass this knowledge and enthusiasm on to students. That’s why I love BioEYES! What an amazing opportunity to be able to take real science out to students in the classroom! I love seeing students engage and reignite their sense of wonderment. I believe that being involved in BioEYES, whether it is as a student, teacher or outreach educator, makes you appreciate the amazing science that is inherent in nature. It definitely has for me!



Outreach Educators

John Anderson
Program Coordinator and Educator
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 587-1467
John.D.Anderson@hsc.utah.edu

John AndersonBioEYES is changing young students’ lives, and I’m ecstatic to be a part of the team. I grew up here in Utah, and have been part of this community for most of my life. I love science education and am thrilled to be joining the BioEYES team as an outreach educator. I have had few experiences that have left such an impression on my life as watching young students build their own positive science identity. I earned my B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Utah, and look forward to sharing my excitement for the STEM sciences with students throughout Utah.

Anthony Natale
Outreach Educator
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
anatale@mail.med.upenn.edu

Tracy NelsonI am thrilled to be part of Project BioEYES here in Philadelphia. I have spent the past 10 years working in science, research, and education in the area. My expertise is the distillation of complex biological concepts into easily understood and applicable terms by all ages, as well as assisting others in finding their path in life. I have a fondness for the natural world, STEM education, and work with youth. Professionally, I have had a varied and engaging career in biology, first serving as Lab Preparator for USciences in Philadelphia, where I designed, organized, prepared and taught biology labs for undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines, including General Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Immunology, and Ecology. I was afforded the pleasure of working with K-12 students on occasion when a group would visit the University, where typically we would explore the structure of DNA, animal diversity, or habitat. I also held the title of Research Specialist with the Gene Therapy Program at University of Pennsylvania. This experience afforded me a working knowledge of current biological research and many advanced skills in molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. I am excited to take my experience working in advanced biology and use it to identify and inspire the scientists of tomorrow, as well as show children the fun and learning inherent in scientific discovery.

Learn more about Anthony in his "Know Your Educator" profile!

Robert Vary
Outreach Educator
Carnegie Institution for Science
Baltimore, MD
(410) 246-3004
vary@carnegiescience.edu

Robert VaryIn college, I worked in my school's planetarium for two years, and earned my B.S. in physics by writing, producing, and performing four planetarium shows. This managed to combine two of my great loves: science and performing. Since graduating, I have continued working in informal science education, first as an Outreach Specialist at the Maryland Science Center for five years and, since 2008, as Science Outreach Educator for the Carnegie Institution's Project BioEYES in Baltimore. Throughout those years, I've never tired of seeing the spark flare up inside a child when they first truly figure out that science can be fun and exciting.

Terrone Jasper
Outreach Educator
Carnegie Institution for Science
Baltimore, MD
(410) 246-3004
jasper@carnegiescience.edu

Terrone JasperI’m a kid from Philly with an unrelenting drive to inspire the youth to be the best possible versions of themselves. Science has taken me to many places that I never could have imagined over the years and it is crucial that my testimony reach the youth so they too can reach for the stars. I graduated from W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia majoring in Aquaculture and went on to obtain my B.S. in Aquatic Sciences from Virginia State University. Later serving as a Community Based Natural Resource Manager with the Peace Corps in the country of Malawi in southern Africa took my drive to new heights. And now as an Outreach Educator with BioEYES I continue on this path of aspiration by way of scientific exposure and genuine personal connections.

Tracy Nelson
Outreach Educator
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
tracyn@mail.med.upenn.edu

Tracy NelsonI am so excited to join BioEYES. As a former 5th grade teacher who had BioEYES come to their classroom, I saw firsthand how engaging it was for students. It is definitely something special and I'm glad to be a part of it. Working for BioEYES combines my biology and teaching background perfectly. I was also a graduate student at Penn and it feels very comfortable being back here, just in a different capacity now. I'm looking forward to great teaching/learning moments with students of all ages as I visit a different school each week. A scientist lives in each one of us and every student deserves the opportunity to do real science.

Laura Reid
Outreach Educator
Monash University
Victoria 3800
Australia
+61 3 9902 0399
laura.reid@monash.edu

Laura ReidScience is something that I have always had a deep passion for, but more specifically in how the human body works. It was my past sporting experience that led me into this desire to study the human body, and so I continued my science studies to University. I completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia with a major in physiology. The next year I undertook a Graduate Diploma of Education in Secondary Teaching. This degree opened my eyes even more to the satisfaction and reward that came with educating students. It was this combination of science and teaching that made me realise that I found my perfect career! Since starting with BioEYES I have developed a true love for science education. I want my passion for science to excite and motivate students to enquire and investigate all that science has to offer, and BioEYES is a fantastic way of showing how extraordinary and amazing science and biology is.

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