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October 8th, 2013

Science House Foundation welcomes Five New Science Advisors

We are pleased to announce welcome five new science advisors who will specifically be working with the students and teachers in our MicroGlobalScope community.

 

Beth Kolko, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington, USA 

Beth Kolko is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her academic history includes a background in rhetoric, cultural studies, and online communities. She began researching the Internet in the days of newsgroups and Lynx, and at that point focused on how people used the medium to communicate and interact. In 2000, she co-edited Race in Cyberspace which was the result of several years’ research into how issues of race and gender affected technology usage patterns. She then took those research questions to an international context, spending half a year on a Fulbright in Uzbekistan in 2000. She spent ten years tracking the emergence of information and communication technologies in Central Asia since then, and has worked in several other developing regions, including Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. She runs the Design for Digital Inclusion (DDI) lab at UW. DDI researches diversity and technology from a design perspective, focusing on technology development for resource-constrained environments in order to counteract what could be called a failure of imagination in terms of how devices, software, and services are designed. The DDI group thinks about the other five billion potential users, about computing beyond the workplace or the desktop, and broadly about technologies that can help address the challenges of everyday life. Beth works closely with the change (change.washington.edu) group at UW, collaborating with colleagues in computer science on a variety of projects including a low-cost ultrasound system designed for midwives and a new, multi-year global health technology project.

Somewhere in the past several years she started spending time in hackerspaces, attending hacker cons, and diving into DIY and Maker culture. After a few years of that, and after several years marveling at the creativity of students, she started Hackademia in an attempt to bring the habits of mind of hackers and makers into the university setting. Beth is fascinated by creativity, innovation, and how a new perspective on an old problem can be a game changer. Hackademia is an attempt to create a cohort of *functional* rather than *accredited* engineers, to give a wide set of students basic engineering literacy and the tools to explore potential solutions by bringing the creative mindset of the nonexpert into the mix. It’s also an attempt to bring the joy of exploration to center stage.

Sarah Khan, PhD
Ethnobotanist 

Sarah Khan is an ethnobotanist, entrepreneur, writer and journalist. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and a PhD in Ethnobotany.

Sarah is a contributor for the award-winning food and culture website, Zester Daily. Her work has also appeared in The Art of Eating and Yahoo India. She writes about the story behind the migration of people and plants, food, culture and the environment. Often, she highlights the origins, culinary, ethnobotanical and medicinal use, contemporary scientific research, and cultivation practices of a particular spice or food. She employs multiple media (photography, video, audio) to convey her stories. Her academic research has appeared in The American Botanical Council’s Herbal GramThe Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineIntegrative Medicine by David Rakel MD, and in The American Journal of Health Education.

Sarah is the founder of The Tasting Cultures Foundation (TCF) Inc., a not-for-profit founded in 2009. TCF develops vibrant people-centered educational programming about the multisensory intersection of food and culture. A main focus is “The Arts of Foodways”, a series that highlights artists’ connections to food. TCF has curated two exhibitions: one in Charleston, SC on African and African American Foodways, and a second in Milwaukee, WI on Latino Foodways. By looking at the world through the lens of food, TCF has a fulfilling time co-creating community where all come to the table as equal eaters and contributors.

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 and microscopy.

 

 

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.

 

September 16th, 2013

Communicating Science, Creativity and Entrepreneurship with Brazil. A New Symposia Series

Download the below announcement in PDF format here.

 

Announce a New Symposia Series:
Communicating Science, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
A collaboration between
Science House Foundation
&
The Consulate General of Brazil in New York

Hosted at Science House

For three evenings in October and November 2013, Science House Foundation will host an intimate series of discussions with leading US and Brazilian entrepreneurs, journalists, and science and culture communicators in discussion with the 2013-2014 cohort of Brazil’s “Ciência sem Fronteiras” scientific mobility program. The three events, detailed below, will be hosted at Science House, located at 122 E. 38th Street, New York, NY (between Park and Lexington).

Space is extremely limited for these events. See below for more information about how to RSVP. 

Communicating Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, October 16 6:30-9:00pm
Workshop Coordinator: James Jorasch
Guest Speaker: Guilherme Campellon

James Jorasch and Guilherme Campellon will discuss strategies and approaches to entrepreneurship in cross-cultural context. Brazil has experienced radical economic and entrepreneurial growth in the past decade. How can the US experience inform this?

About the speakers:
Science House Founder James Jorasch is an entrepreneur and investor in a dozen companies driven by math and science. He is an inventor named on over 550 patents.

Guilherme Campellon, a Brazilian native, is Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at SirGroovy.com, an award winning music licensing startup, with clients such as Disney ABC, Viacom, and CBS. In addition, he is an Executive Producer for film and TV. Most recently the documentary, Con Artist, about 80′s art star Mark Kostabi, featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. Guilherme currently lives in New York, where he is an undergraduate student at Columbia University.

Communicating Culture
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-9:00 pm
Workshop Coordinator: Joshua Fouts
Guest Speaker: Jorge Pontual

Jorge Pontual and Joshua Fouts will discuss the nuances of explaining the US experience to Brazil. Brazil and the US have had a long history of collaboration dating back to the 1800s when the United States was the first country to sign Brazil’s declaration of independence in 1822. But new revelations about spying by the NSA have created new challenges. What role can a Brazilian journalist in the US play in helping to explain these issues?

About the speakers:
Joshua Sheridan Fouts is Executive Director of Science House Foundation. Joshua’s career for the past 20 years has focused on the business of intercultural development and communication. He worked for the US State Department before founding multiple think-tanks at the University of Southern California focused on cultural understanding. He now oversees the global expansion of SHF, which currently operates in 27 countries, including Brazil, with the purpose of getting kids excited about science and giving them a platform to share their discoveries.    

Jorge Pontual is Senior Correspondent of Rede Globo TV. His career spans more than 40 years in broadcast journalism at Brazil’s largest news network. Since 1998 he has been reporting on news, politics and culture from New York City where he contextualizes news and events in the US for a Brazilian audience.

Communicating Creativity through Social Media and Publication
Wednesday, November 6, 6:30-9:30 pm
Workshop Coordinator: Rita J. King
Guest Speaker: Amanda Moon

Amanda Moon and Rita J. King will discuss creative strategies for understanding and employing social media communicating science and creativity. Brazil is one of the largest communities on the planet using social media. How can social media be harnessed for good?

About the Speakers:
Rita J. King, Science House EVP for Business Development, is a media strategist and storyteller who has worked as an investigative journalist and as a consultant to Fortune 100 companies like IBM and Manpower. Her specialty is global collaboration on the new culture and economy. Features by her or about her work have appeared globally, in The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, on CNN, Fox News, in the Christian Science Monitor, the BBC, Al Jazeera and in many other publications and media.

Amanda Moon is an editor who runs the collaborative publishing imprint by Scientific American and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. This position requires creative thinking through content to make it informative and entertaining, as well as new marketing models for promoting the books.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:
Frederico Menino
Coordinator of the Department of Educational Cooperation
Consulate General of Brazil in New York
Phone number: 917-777-7637
E-mail: csf.novayork@itamaraty.gov.br

About the Partners

Consulate General of Brazil in New York
novayork.itamaraty.gov.br
Established in 1836, the Consulate-General in New York is one of the oldest outposts of the Brazilian Government. It provides assistance and consular services to the Brazilian community and residents of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and  Bermuda Islands. The Department of Educational Cooperation was created in May 2012 and, among its activities, it provides local assistance to participants of the Program “Ciência sem Fronteiras”.

Science House, LLC
sciencehouse.com
Science House was founded by James Jorasch, an entrepreneur and inventor named on over 550 patents owned or licensed by Priceline, Facebook, Zynga, eBay, Groupon, HP, IGT, Scientific Games and many more. The staff of Science House has a long history of creating and growing highly successful businesses, projects and strategies related to the way people interact with technology and each other. James and Science House EVP for Business Development Rita J. King collaborate on customizing each engagement, whether teams need to book space for a spectacular offsite or brainstorm with Science House to rank, prioritize and maximize the value of your ideas.

Science House Foundation
sciencehousefoundation.org
Science House Foundation is an international New York City-based NGO (501(c)3 charity) dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to students around the world. The Foundation supports educational organizations, runs global educational programs for schools, connects our global network of scientists with schools and students, produces educational media, awards scholarships and prizes for outstanding students, and recognizes teachers for their contribution to science and math education.

 

September 10th, 2013

Keynote Speakers at the Transnational Collaborative STEAM Summit

Register now and get access to all a week’s worth of STEM conferences!

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.

July 3rd, 2013

Insects without Borders

From Warsaw, Poland to Michigan, USA

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Stanislaw Staszics Primary School, Warsaw, Poland, November 2011

This week we received a rather unusual, but very exciting request. A Professor from the state of Michigan in the United States wrote Science House Foundation and asked us if he could use one of the pictures posted by our grantees in the Stanislaw Staszics Primary School in Warsaw, Poland. He works at the Microbiology department of the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Medical Center, and is putting together an insect guide so that his students can learn about all the insects in an easier way.

We are so pleased that this student discovery will go on to help other students. One of the purposes of the MicroGlobalScope program is to create collaborative science learning experiences around microscopy. This takes that learning exchange to a new level.

Check out the teacher’s Thank You letter here.

May 13th, 2013

Call for Papers: The Journal of Transnational STEAM Education

Science House Foundation is pleased to announce a call for papers for the first edition of a new, annual peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Transnational STEAM Education.

The journal is an accompaniment to the new annual conference on Transnational Collaboration in STEAM Education that will be held this October 3 & 4, 2013.

The editorial focus of this journal will attempt to illuminate the challenges and opportunities in developing science and arts curricula across cultures with an emphasis on the pedagogical impact and theory of this work as well as the potential impact this may have on trade, diplomacy, science and more.

We invite any interested parties to submit abstracts. A selection of these abstracts will be included as speakers at the conference.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

May 10th, 2012

About the MicroGlobalScope Program

Inside the MicroGlobalScope kit, which is sent to our grantees, now in over 20 countries around the world.

The MicroGlobalScope program seeks to spark the imaginations of 10-12 year olds worldwide about the excitement of science and cultural collaboration. Founded in 2010 by Science House Foundation founder, James Jorasch, the program provides a complete microscopy kit (shown above) to qualified schools and science teachers. MicroGlobalScope operates in more than 20 countries. Participating teachers share student discoveries on a collaborative website. In this way, students learn that science is not only exciting, but collaborative.

Participating schools receive the following in their MicroGlobalScope kit:

  • Celestron LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope
  • Zarbeco MiScope<
  • Canon Powershot camera
  • 4G Memory Card
  • Plastic Pipettes
  • Glass slides
  • Plastic Cover Slips
  • Plastic Petri dishes

Teachers also receive a collection of microscopy books such as “Guide to Microlife” by Kenneth G. Rainis, and “The Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope: Internet Linked” by Kirsteen Rogers.

Learn more about the MicroGlobalScope program or apply for your school here.

Watch the story of our New York City grantee at the Henry Street School for International Studies.

February 16th, 2012

Science Education Advisor Daniel Menelly Joins Liberty Science Center as VP of STEM Education

Science House Foundation is pleased to announce that Science Education Advisor and board member Daniel Menelly, who is also the host of Science House’s wildly popular science education app VideoScience, has just accepted a position as Vice President of STEM Education at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. This will add a new, exciting layer of collaboration and science education opportunities to our growing worldwide network of collaborators focused on sparking the imaginations of students around the world about the excitement of science and mathematics.

The announcement from Liberty Science Center:

Daniel J. Menelly, a Pre-eminent Authority on Science Education, Named Vice President of STEM* Education at Liberty Science Center

February 14, 2012 (Jersey City, NJ) – Liberty Science Center today announced the appointment of Daniel J. Menelly to the position of Vice President of STEM Education starting March 12. Mr. Menelly will direct the Science Center’s extensive instructional programs that reach 190,000 students and teachers throughout New Jersey and the greater NYC area.

Paul Hoffman, President and CEO of Liberty Science Center, says, “Very few people have Dan’s extraordinary range of experience and diversity in STEM teaching and curriculum development. Liberty Science Center is committed to bringing the excitement of science to students and families from all backgrounds, and Dan is the right person to expand our already robust programs.”

Since 1998, Mr. Menelly has worked at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, where he developed and taught middle-school science through a minds-on, experiential model and integrated science lessons into other academic disciplines. In 2010-11, he took a leave of absence from the UN school to become the Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. There Mr. Menelly tracked, evaluated, and promoted STEM education policy and reform initiatives at the national level.

Mr. Menelly’s areas of specialization include curriculum design and review, cyber-enabled learning, science education media, teacher evaluation, and hands-on science. He has developed curricula in astronomy, materials science, oceanography, chemistry, and physics, and he holds patents on science teaching aids known as The Alien Magnet Ball and The Galactic Manipulative. He has achieved national recognition for his many science instructional videos, including Light Physics and What’s Stomata With You?

He is a science education advisor at the Science House Foundation. He previously worked at the Harlem Day Charter School in New York City and has taught science at the American School of Paris in St. Cloud, France, and at Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, Florida.

Mr. Menelly was a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Materials Science. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and received his General Science Grades 7-12 teaching certificate from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is a resident of New York City.

*Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

About Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center (lsc.org) is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses seven museum exhibition halls, a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX dome theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. 600,000 students, teachers, and parents visit the science center each year, and tens of thousands more benefit from the center’s offsite and online programs.

August 8th, 2011

MicroGlobalScope an Ashoka Changemaker Candidate

Screenshot from the Ashoka Changemakers STEM competition

Science House Foundation was invited to submit an entry in the Ashoka Changemakers STEM competition. We received notice this week that our entry for MicroGlobalScope was accepted to the next round of review and now Ashoka is asking for reader comment. We invite you to read and add your to our submission.

The entries will be reviewed by judges from Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Opportunity Equation, Alcoa Foundation, Google, and the AFT Innovation fund, as selected by our panel of expert judges which include Caroline Kennedy, Tim Brown, founder of IDEO, and Michele Cahill, Vice President at Carnegie Corporation.

Please support MicroGlobalScope’s entry into the Ashoka Changemaker’s STEM competition by adding your voice!

 

 

March 7th, 2011

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: December 17, 2010

The MicroGlobalScope Website, located at www.microglobalscope.org (sometimes referred to as the “Website”) is operated by the Science House Foundation, a private philanthropic organization established under section 501(c)(3). In this Privacy Policy, we refer to the Science House Foundation as the “Foundation” or “we.” The Foundation wants to create a safe, enjoyable and educational platform for students of all ages, teachers, and guest scientists to interact and share ideas. The privacy of all users is important to the Foundation. This Privacy Policy is intended to describe the kinds of information that may be collected through your use of this website, www.microglobalscope.org, and how that information is secured. Please review this policy in order to understand our privacy and security practices. By visiting www.microglobalscope.org, you agree to these policies..

Note to Users in European Union and Other Countries with Data Protection Laws

Because the Foundation is based in the U.S., this Policy is consistent with U.S. law and practice. By agreeing to this Privacy Policy, you consent to the Foundation applying its Privacy Policy in place of data protections under your country’s law. That is, you freely and unambiguously consent that:

• The terms of this Privacy Policy, not your home country’s laws, control how the Foundation will process personal data about you;

• Data you enter on the Website will be transmitted to and processed in the U.S., a jurisdiction whose laws do not offer data protections equivalent to your home country’s laws; and

• Sensitive data, such as data involving your health, will also be processed consistent with the Policy below and transmitted to/processed in the U.S., a jurisdiction without equivalent data protections.

What Information Do We Collect?

During the initial Field Trial Program of www.microglobalscope.org, only teachers and scientists more than 18 years of age may post or upload information to www.microglobalscope.org. The Foundation will not provide access codes to minors under the age of 18. Prior to posting or uploading any information to www.microglobalscope.org, teachers must agree in writing to prohibit students from posting or uploading any materials to www.microglobalscope.org.

Applicant Schools

Only schools may apply to participate in the MicroGlobalScope program. When schools apply to be part of the MicroGlobalScope program, the Foundation requires applicant teachers to enter information such as the teacher’s full name, email address, contact phone number, school name, school mailing address, information about the number and age of students, school technology resources, background information about the school.

Other Website Visitors

We also collect certain other information from all Website visitors, such as the type of computer operating system (e.g., Windows XP or Mac OS), the user’s IP Address, the web browser being used (e.g., Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer), the frequency with which guests visit various parts of our Website, and information regarding the user’s Internet Service Provider. We collect this information in order to improve our service and make our site more interesting and useful.

The Foundation may use data tracking tools that collect this information through the use of software technologies such as unique identifiers or “cookies.” Cookies are small text files that are placed in visitors’ computer browsers to store their preferences. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer or Firefox) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, however, some of the functionality of the Website might be impaired.

School and Scientist Participants

When a school becomes a registered participant at www.microglobalscopel.org, the Foundation generates a username and password for the school’s use of the Website. Schools may change their passwords at any time. The Foundation asks registered participant schools to create profiles that include information such as location and the number of students at the participant school.

Participating registered teachers may use the school’s username and password to post content, including photos, to the Website and to comment on content. Non-registered users who visit the Website will be able to view the content of the Website, but will not be able to contribute content or comments to the Website. The Foundation may also provide usernames and passwords to selected guest scientific experts. Such scientific expert participants will be able to view the Website, and will be able to comment on the Website and/or communicate with teachers through the Website.

Any and all personal information posted by teachers and scientists on www.microglobalscope.org can be read, collected or used by other users and the public. By posting to www.microglobalscope.org, you consent to allowing other users to access what you have posted and to see your public profile. The contents of your postings, and your linked profile, will be freely available to the public on the Internet. By posting in any blog or interactive forum, you agree that any information you choose to post will be shared with other website users and will be freely available on the Internet.

How Do We Use and Share Your Information?

The Foundation may disclose the information we collect on www.microglobalscope.org to service providers or other third party companies that provide support for the operations of www.microglobalscope.org and who have agreed in writing to prohibit the use or disclosure of the information for any other purpose. Further, the Foundation may share this information with its affiliated companies, including Cell Motion BioBus Inc., and guest scientists.

If participating teachers and/or scientists post and upload any information to www.microglobalscope.org, they understand that this information will be freely available to the public on the Internet.

To the extent permitted by law, we may disclose any information collected over the Website or concerning its use (personal and non-personal) to government authorities or third parties pursuant to a legal request, subpoena, or other legal process. We may also use or disclose your information as permitted by law to protect the rights or property of the Foundation, the Website, its users, or third parties, or when we otherwise believe in good faith that the law requires it.

Children’s Information

Because only teachers and scientists over the age of 18 may post or upload information to www.microglobalscope.org during the initial Field Trial Program, the Science House Foundation does not currently knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 at www.microglobalscope.org without verifiable parental consent. If you are under the age of 13, please do not provide personally identifiable information of any kind whatsoever.

Security

The Website uses standard security measures to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of the personal information under our control.

Third Party Privacy Policies

The Website may link to other websites not connected with or controlled by the Foundation. The Foundation is not responsible for the content of unaffiliated sites to which it links, and those sites are not covered by this privacy policy. We recommend that you review the privacy policies of any linked sites you visit.

Third Party Advertising

The Website may contain names and logos of the Foundation’s corporate sponsors, but the Website does not include any other third-party advertising.

How Can You Review or Request Changes To Your Information?

Registered teachers and scientists can review and update their posts and profile information (biography, photo and email address) at any time via the admin interface.

How Will You Know About Changes to our Policy?

By using the Website, you agree to the Privacy Policy currently in effect at the time. We reserve the right to update this Privacy Policy as necessary to reflect any changes we make and to satisfy legal requirements. If we make a material change to this Policy, we will inform users of this update and provide them an opportunity to review the new privacy policy and provide their consent to the new terms outlined in such an updated privacy policy.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding www.microglobalscope.org, the Foundation, or this Privacy Policy, you may contact us at info@microglobalscope.org, or via phone or regular mail (see the “Contact Us” page for the Science House Foundation)

March 7th, 2011

Terms of Use

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 26, 2010These Terms of Use (“Terms of Use” or “Agreement”) apply to the use of the MicroGlobalScope website http://www.microgloblascope.org and the physical equipment (Microscopes, books and microscope accessories) provided by Science House Foundation and/or the Biobus to registered participants. When you agree to become a participating school in MicroGlobalScope (through invitation by the Science House Foundation), you become a “User” for the purposes of this agreement.

PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE POSTING CONTENT AND FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN ON THE MICROGLOBALSCOPE WEBSITE. YOUR USE OF MICROGLOBALSCOPE.ORG SIGNIFIES THAT YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF USE, AND YOU CONSENT TO THE INFORMATION COLLECTION PRACTICES DISCLOSED IN THE MICROGLOBALSCOPE PRIVACY POLICY.

1. SAFETY

In becoming a registered participant in MicroGlobalScope, you agree to take personal responsibility for your safety and that or your class. Science House Foundation and the Biobus take care to make sure that the recommended activities are safe, and that sufficient instructions are provided to be able to carry out the activities

Under no circumstances shall Science House Foundation, The Biobus, or any partners or affiliates, be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or relating to the use or attempted use of the MicroGlobalScope website, or the physical equipment provided.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL MICROGLOBALSCOPE, SCIENCE HOUSE FOUNDATION, BIOBUS OR ANY OF ITS PARTNERS, AGENTS, AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OR ATTEMPTED USE OF THE MICROGLOBALSCOPE SITES. YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY HEREUNDER SHALL BE FOR YOU TO DISCONTINUE YOUR USE OF THE SITE(S).

BECAUSE SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, IN SUCH STATES OR JURISDICTIONS, OUR LIABILITY, AND THE LIABILITY OF OUR PARENT AND SUPPLIERS, SHALL BE LIMITED IN THOSE JURISDICTIONS TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.


2. BLOGGING

a. Prohibited types of content and activities

As a user your school will be granted a login and password that enables you to post content on the site by way of blog posts and comments. “Content” refers to all text, photographs, video, or other materials displayed on the MicroGlobalScope website.

Posts and comments will not be moderated before publishing, however, we reserve the right to take down any information that violates the provisions below.

Users of the Sites may be subject to international, federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to laws regulating the privacy and security of personal information (collectively, “Laws”). As a User you are solely responsible for your use of the MicroGlobalScope website being in compliance with all applicable Laws.

In addition, with respect to your use of the MicroGlobalScope website, you agree that you will not submit or create Content that:

1. is offensive, inappropriate, unlawful, threatening, defamatory or invasive of another’s privacy;

2. impersonates any person, business or entity;

3. victimizes or intimidates an individual or group on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;

4. encourages criminal conduct or conduct that might create civil liability for MicroGlobalScope;

5. contains viruses or other computer files or code that interrupts, destroys or limits the functions of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications equipment, or otherwise permits unauthorized use of a computer or computer network;

6. violates the rights of others including intellectual property rights.

In addition, you may not:

1. use the MicroGlobalScope website in any manner that intentionally damages, disables, overburdens, or impairs our servers or networks;

2. attempt to gain unauthorized access to any services, user accounts, computer systems or networks, through “hacking,” “password mining,” or any other means;

3. use automated tools, robots, any data mining or similar data gathering and extraction tools to access, crawl, meta-search, and/or collect any of the Content or information accessible through the Sites;

4. otherwise violate this Agreement.

Science House Foundation reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in Science House Foundation sole discretion, violates these provisions, including but not limited to removing the offending Content, terminating the membership of such individuals, filing a lawsuit to seek civil remedies and reporting such individuals to law enforcement.

b. Use of Content

All Content posted on the site by Users falls under a creative commons “Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike” (CC-BY-NC-SA) license. May wish to elaborate here.

All Content published on the site by the site administrators (Science House Foundation and Biobus staff) also falls under this license, unless otherwise indicated.

As a User you are responsible for not posting Content that infringes the Intellectual Property rights of others.

c. Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. Our use of your information and your use of the MicroGlobalScope Sites and Products and Services is governed by our Privacy Policy which is incorporated in, and subject to, these Terms of Use. To review our Privacy Policy, click here.

3. LINKING TO THIS WEB SITE

You may include a link to the MicroGlobalScope website on another Web site so long as the link does not portray MicroGlobalScope in a false or misleading manner and does not appear on a Web site that is offensive, or otherwise objectionable.


4. CHANGES TO THESE TERMS OF USE AND/OR THE MICROGLOBALSCOPE WEBSITE

We may change these Terms of Use at any time. You can review the most current version of these terms by clicking on the “Terms of Use” link located at the bottom of our Web pages. You are responsible for checking these terms periodically for changes. If you continue to use the MicroGlobalScope website after we post changes to these Terms of Use, you are signifying your acceptance of the new terms.


5. THIRD PARTY SITES; ADVERTISERS

MicroGlobalScope may contain names of and links to sponsor organizations on the site. You acknowledge and agree that Science House Foundation is not responsible for any Content or other materials, or the privacy policies and practices of these third party sites.

6. INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Science House Foundation and the Biobus, and other affiliated companies, and our respective employees, contractors, officers, directors, and agents, from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, that arise from your use or misuse of the MicroGlobalScope website.