Keynote Speakers at the Transnational Collaborative STEAM Summit

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The first-annual conference exploring the world of cross-cultural, collaborative science and arts education is fast approaching — this October 3 and 4, 2013. Our conference will be part of a week’s worth of interesting conferences on science and arts education around the world. Learn about how you can participate here.

We’re incredibly proud and excited about the keynote speakers who will be joining us to share their insights, wisdom and ideas. Here’s a sampling of some of the speakers.

Science House Foundation would like to extend special thanks to our grant supporters who have provided grants to make it possible for these amazing speakers to join us. Lead supporters include: The Sarawak Convention Convention Bureau, The Richard Lounsbery Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Dr. Tin Hlaing, Science Advisor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, MYANMAR (BURMA)

Born in 1941, Tin Hlaing first got traditionally educated in the village monastery. He continued his education in the Royal Diocesan High School, Mandalay, an Anglican missionary school, and continued his higher education in Mandalay University, graduating in 1963 with a B Sc (Honours) in physics. After teaching in Mandalay and Yangon universities, he continued his studies in London University finishing PhD in 1976.

After a 33-year academic career, he joined the Myanmar Scientific and Technological Research Department as Director, and in 1997 he became Director-General of Atomic Energy Department in the Ministry of Science and Technology.  At the same time he held part-time professorship in Yangon Technological University. Upon retirement he joined the Myanmar Academy of Technology as Executive Member. Since 2004, he has been Academic Advisor in International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University.

As a writer with the pen name Phoe Hlaing, Tin Hlaing has twice won the National Literary Prize for translation. His interests are diverse, covering science, history, political history and education.  His recent involvements include membership of the Education Advisory Committee of the NLD (National League for Democracy), membership in the Parliamentary Committee for Upgrading Yangon University, and as Executive Member of Myanmar Press Council.

Ralph L. “Skip” Boyce, President, Boeing Southeast Asia, USA

Ralph L. “Skip” Boyce was appointed vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing Southeast Asia in February 2008. He is responsible for strengthening the company’s presence across the region and supporting Boeing’s growth opportunities. He is based in Singapore and reports to Shep Hill, president, Boeing International.

Before joining Boeing, Boyce was a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State for 31 years. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Thailand from January 2005 to December 2007. Before that, he was ambassador to Indonesia from October 2001 to October 2004 and deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific Affairs from August 1998 to July 2001.

His earlier assignments with the U.S. government included deputy chief of mission in Bangkok; deputy chief of mission in Singapore; political counselor in Bangkok; and advisor to the deputy secretary of state, responsible for the foreign affairs budget. Boyce began his Foreign Service career with assignments in Tehran, Tunis and Islamabad.

Boyce is a trustee of the Asia Foundation Singapore. He has a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University (1974) and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University (1976). He speaks French, Persian and Thai.

Dr. Meghan Groome, Executive Director of Education and Public Programs, New York Academy of Sciences, USA

Dr. Meghan Groome is the Executive Director of Education and Public Programs at the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Groome is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on a $2.95M collaborative grant between the Academy and the State University of New York (DRL 1223303). Dr. Groome joined the Academy in July of 2010 after spending almost three years as a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History. While at AMNH, Dr. Groome worked on special projects in the Government Relations and Education Departments. Previous to her work at AMNH, Dr. Groome was a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Governors Association and worked on Governor Janet Napolitano’s Innovation America initiative and co-authored Building a STEM Agenda, a framework for state’s and large organizations to improve their science education pipelines from birth through graduate school.

Dr. Groome completed her PhD at Teachers College Columbia University in Science Education with a focus on urban science education and reform and conducted field research with Dr. Ann Rivet and Dr. Angela Calabrese-Barton at middle schools across NYC. Her academic work includes learning in informal environments, professional development for teachers, and specific classroom strategies for increasing equity and access in schools and has authored numerous articles and academic presentation on those topic areas. During graduate school, Dr. Groome co-founded uPublic, an education consulting company focused on local, national, and international education reforms including large-scale policy reforms in developing countries and school design. In addition, Dr. Groome was an Education Policy Fellow for the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Dr. Groome graduated from The Colorado College in 2000 with a major in biology and theater and is a certified science teacher with experience teaching PreK through Graduate school. She has taught chemistry, physics, and biology and was the founding biology teacher at a start-up school in Paterson, NJ.

Dr. Meeyoung Choi Programme Specialist in Education/ESD Team Leader Programme Specialist in Education/ESD Team Leader, Jakarta, INDONESIA

Dr. Mee Young has considerable experience in international education and environmental issues, having both academic background and practical experience evolving in a career path from a Science Education teacher, a researcher and a project manager of policy research team for Capacity Development and ESD since the late 1980s up to the present. She has a Ph.D. and MPhil in Environmental Education from King’s College London (University of London, London, UK), a MA in Environmental Education from Yonsei University (Seoul City, Republic of Korea), and a BA in Science Education & Biology education from Chungbuk University (Cheongju City, Republic of Korea). Mee Young has worked for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Japan), the National Foundation for Education Research (UK), the National Environmental Technology Information Centre (South Korea), King’s College London (UK), and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea, to support ESD, address poverty issues through education, and promote Science Education in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Amancio Friaça, University of São Paulo, BRAZIL

Dr. Amâncio Friaça is a researcher in astrophysics, cosmology and astrobiology at the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences of University of São Paulo and is also dedicated to history and philosophy of science and teaching in science. Having organized several workshops and schools of astrobiology, he is currently involved in middle and high school educational projects from the point of view of astrobiology.

Pascal van den Nieuwendijk, Director, “Shape the Future” Program in Asia, Microsoft 

Pascal is Director of the “Shape the Future” Program in Asia within the Microsoft Public Sector Group. Van den Nieuwendijk is focused on creating demand for Microsoft Software products and online services via Public and Private Partnerships. His mandate is to bring the benefits of technology to students, teachers, civil servants, health professionals, citizens and families in Asia by working with the governments, development agencies and industry.

Van den Nieuwendijk joined Microsoft in January 2010 to lead the “Shape the Future” program in Asia Pacific. This program aims at bridging the digital divide by improving access to technology, internet connectivity, 21st century teaching & learning and relevant local content. Microsoft collaborates with local and worldwide leaders on a comprehensive, long-term approach that positively impacts lives and creates sustainable development.

Pernilla Molander and Anna Kristensson, BRIGHT Education, SWEDEN

Pernilla Molander is the CEO of BRIGHT of Sweden; a Swedish company that develop and sell their own science education models around the world. BRIGHT of Sweden has taken their hands-on models from Sweden to a global market.

Anna Kristensson is the Marketing Director at BRIGHT of Sweden. BRIGHT of Sweden’s aim is to reach science classrooms all over the world and make the inner world of science available for everyone, everywhere.

Bryan “Rick” Switzer, Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer (REO) Hub Director for East and Southeast Asia, US Department of State

Bryan “Rick” Switzer is the Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer (REO) Hub Director for East and Southeast Asia for the United States Department of State.

Prior to Bangkok Rick served in Baghdad where he was the Program Manager of the $650 million Police Development Program.  His other previous postings include Barbados, Tijuana and Beijing.  Prior to joining State Rick co-founded a wireless technology start-up and also conducted innovation policy research at the University of California.  He brings with him an extensive background in entrepreneurship having helped launch the Global Connect program at the University of California San Diego and later the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation while recently serving at the Embassy in Bridgetown.

Rick’s educational background includes a Masters in International Management from the University of California, San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.  He can speak Mandarin and Spanish.  Rick is married to Sandy Switzer who also works for the Department of State and they have three children.

Catherine Saldutti, President of EduChange, New York, NY USA

Catherine Saldutti is President of EduChange, Inc. She has over 20 years of experience in secondary education, and has served as a teacher, administrator, professional development provider, program evaluator and content developer. She founded EduChange in 2000 to provide practical solutions for teaching and learning. Her team of senior consultants has built relationships with over 350 schools in New York City and several school districts across the USA. In 2006 Saldutti founded Teachers for Learners to design instructional tools and systems including Concept Construxions, a patented tool to support interdisciplinary language learning in the academic domains. In 2010 she began forging relationships with education professionals and ministry officials in Chile, New Zealand and the UK. After a 10-year implementation period in NYC with partnering scientists from The Rockefeller University, the Integrated Biology & Chemistry Program has been digitally deployed in a Sao Paulo school and is being marketed internationally. Saldutti earned degrees from Stanford University, where she contributed preliminary work to TIMSS, and The Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she served as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee.

Caroline Chipperfield, Deputy Director, Education for East Asia, for the British Council, ENGLAND

Caroline Chipperfield is the newly appointed Deputy Director, Education (East Asia) for the British Council. Caroline has extensive experience within UK education and science policy having previously worked at Plymouth University, UK as Head of Policy and Strategy, the University of Hertfordshire, The Royal Society and the British Science Association. Caroline originally trained as a science teacher and has a BSc (Hons) in Physics with Mathematics, a Postgraduate certificate in education and an MA in International Policy and diplomacy.

Don Le ( Lê Triệu Đôn ) and Tony Ngo ( Ngô Chí Giang ), Co-founders, Everest Education, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

Don is co-founder, CEO, and teacher at Everest Education, an international tutoring social enterprise whose mission is to transform how students learn in Vietnam.  He has overseen the organization’s growth from an idea to 150 students on a shoe-string budget and virtually no advertising.  Don also serves as a Board Member of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity – Vietnam (SEO-Vietnam), and is currently President of the Board.  Don holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

Tony is co-founder and Chairman of Everest Education.  Concurrently, Tony works for Bridger Capital, evaluating investment opportunities in Vietnam and globally.  Bridger is a $2bn private partnership based in New York, NY.  Additionally, Tony founded Sponsors for Educational Opportunity – Vietnam (SEO-Vietnam), a non-profit developing leadership capacity among a network of young professionals committed to making a difference in Vietnam economically and socially.

He is currently Chairman. Tony holds an M.B.A., Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Stanford University, and B.A. in Economics, Stanford University

Dr. Gary Wagenbach, the Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Biology, Science, Technology, and Society, Carleton College, USA

Gary Wagenbach, the Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Biology, Science, Technology, and Society Emeritus, taught biology and environmental studies at Carleton for 39 years.  Wagenbach is a leader in off-campus studies directing ecology-oriented programs in Bermuda, California, New Zealand, Australia, and Tanzania.  His on-campus courses included biology of invertebrates, parasitism and symbiosis, and courses in the Environment and Technology Studies program.  He directed Carleton’s concentration in Environment and Technology Studies for four years until retiring in 2008.  His research interests include water quality issues and threatened species of freshwater mussels.  His most recent project involves teacher training and K-12 curriculum development for a bilingual (English & Burmese) school, Lumbini Academy, located in Yangon, Myanmar.

Dr. Lauren Birney, Professor of Education, Pace University, New York, NY USA

Dr. Lauren B. Birney Ed.D is an urban STEM educator with twenty-five years of experience in the field. Currently, she teaches in the School of Education at Pace University preparing both pre-service and in-service teachers in the areas of curriculum and instruction, classroom management, teaching methodologies and research techniques. Lauren earned a B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from the University of San Diego, an M.A. in Counseling & an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. She serves as a consultant to EduChange; a firm that provides professional development; creates content, curriculum & assessment systems; and conducts program evaluation services for the K-12 educational community. Furthermore, serving as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation has been extremely rewarding and gratifying while providing insight into the field of STEM Education.

Dr. Jonathan Hill, Associate Dean for the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, New York, NY USA

Dr. Jonathan H. Hill is Associate Dean for the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, where he establishes and manages key internal and external partnerships for improving STEM education. Jonathan directs key recruitment, retention, and funding initiatives for the Seidenberg School including the Seidenberg Scholars Summer Experience, which brings 30 of the best STEM students in the country to Pace for a week of high tech exploration. He represents the University externally as a board member of the City Council Speakers Initiative on Technology and he is active in external relationships with numerous tech organizations and private sector firms. He oversees interdisciplinary partnerships involving the Seidenberg School with the University’s other constituent schools as well as institutional linkages with international universities including the highly successful partnership with Finland’s Aalto University centered on interdisciplinary collaboration. He started the Seidenberg Scholars honors program in 2005 for top tier undergraduate students and has collaborated successfully on a number of government, private sector, and foundation grants including awards from Hewlett Packard, the NYC EDC and others. He is Director of the Seidenberg Creative Labs, a research and development initiative that develops prototype technology products for corporate partners. Since 1992, Jonathan has partnered with the NYCDOE to provide professional development programming for teachers at the middle and high school levels. These partnerships are key to providing applied research experiences available to the faculty, students, and staff of the school. In addition to his development duties, Jonathan teaches two courses per semester and is active in the life of the University. He is a member of the inaugural class of Pace’s Fast Paced Leadership Development Program. Prior to coming to Pace in 2003, Jonathan held faculty postings at the City University of New York as well as management positions with customer facing technology companies.

Joshua Sheridan Fouts, Chair and Convener, First International Summit on Transnational Collaborative STEAM Education

Joshua Sheridan Fouts is an anthropologist and social entrepreneur whose career has focused on projects involving creativity and innovation in education, media, cultural and international relations. He is currently executive director of Science House Foundation an international human development, workforce preparedness and education innovation NGO working in over 25 countries. He also works as a consultant in civic and cultural communications, international public relations and strategies for cultural engagement for private businesses. He is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese.

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