I am available for consulting and freelance work. Not sure if I fit the bill? Check out my resume or just drop me a note.
Email: stephanie (at) sciencegeekgirl (dot) com
Cell: (303) 775-3277
See my bio page for more information about my career and background.
Recent clients and positions
University of California at Berkeley. Presented workshops on effective clicker use, writing clicker questions, and aligning assessments with learning objectives. November, 2011 and February 2012
University of Oregon Science Literacy Program. Presented workshops on effective clicker use, writing clicker questions, and aligning assessments with learning objectives. November, 2011 and February 2012
Oregon Association of Physics Teachers. Presented workshops on learning goals, backwards design, and alignment of assessment with learning outcomes. October, 2011
Sheridan County School District. Presented workshops on effective questioning techniques and question-writing, with a focus on clickers and peer instruction. August, 2011
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT). Prepared and presented full-day faculty professional development workshop on learning goals, backwards design, formative assessement and effective use of clickers. April, 2011.
Learning About Teaching Physics podcast. Creating a podcast on physics education research, directed towards high school and college physics teachers. With assistance from a grant from the Physics Education Research Topical Group (PERTG) of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
JILA Research Highlights, CU-Boulder and NIST. Science Writer Produced short articles about atomic and astronomical physics for the public.
PhET Interactive Simulations. Video Producer. Directing and producing videos on effective uses of interactive simulations in the classroom. November 2010 - present.
i>clicker / MacMillan. Blog writer and webinar presenter. Main author for new blog on engaging students through technology, The Active Class. Regular presenter for webinar series on effective use of classroom technology. Ongoing.
National Science Digital Library: Podcaster and writer. Podcast series for K-6 teachers; Content articles for website; Research report on librarians' use of digital libraries; Blogger for Expert Voices network. February, 2009 - June, 2010.
American Institute of Physics: Writer. Developed Physicists' Manual for participants in Adopt a Physicist program. 2009
AAAS Science Magazine: Podcaster. Reported and produced two interview segments for regular podcast. 2009.
National Public Radio AAAS Mass Media Fellow. Learned the art of radio writing and production with the nation's premier science reporters.
PhET Interactive Simulations. d Providing formative and summative assessment for 3-year NSF DRK-12 program to create and research the use of interactive simulations in middle school environments. October 2010 - present.
Department of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.Evaluated innovative NSF-funded graduate education training program (IGERT) in computational optics. Ongoing.
IQ-Biology Graduate Training Program, University of Colorado at Boulder. Evaluated innovative NSF-funded graduate education training program (IGERT) in quantitative optics. Ongoing.
Center for Astronomy Education, University of Arizona Evaluated faculty development program for new astronomy faculty. 2011.
Lawrence Hall of Science Science Education for Public Understanding (SEPUP). Science content review. Reviewed instructional modules for scientific accuracy.
Harvard-Smithsonian Science Media Group / Annenberg Media. Curriculum developer. Development of curriculum and accompanying guide to be used in facilitating a professional development course for high-school physics teachers on Physics for the 21st Century. November, 2009 - May, 2010.
Science Education Initiative at University of Colorado. Postdoc. Developed curriculum and researched student learning in Carl Wieman's innovative educational reform program.
Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception. Postdoc. Created podcasts and webcasts, developed and taught teacher workshops. Here is a passionate description of what my time at the Exploratorium meant to me.
CU-Boulder Outreach Office, Learn More About Climate. Directed the outreach office's efforts to connect teachers and students in Colorado to university scientists and resources on climate change. February - October, 2011..
Selected writing clips
Horse Clone spot. (MP3). Aired August 7, 2003, NPR's Morning Edition.
Causal Relations; HIV in Guinea. Feature article, Science & Spirit, May/June 2005.
Sex and Gender Scientists Explore a Revolution in Evolution. Stanford News Service, February 16, 2003.
Tiger Moths Jam Bat Sonar. Podcast interview for AAAS's Science Magazine, July 17, 2009. My segment is at about 13:40.
Birdwatcher's Delight -- Birds and Inquiry Learning. Podcast for Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears webzine. February 2009.
Sing a Song of Science (Science Teaching Tips). 8 minutes. Rilla Chaney describes how she uses songs to teach science in her classroom.
A Little Ray of Sunshine (SmallTalk). Using nanotechnology for cheaper solar energy. 25 minutes.
About my career:
How a Scientist Becomes a Science Writer: Article I wrote for the National Science Writers Association website about my career.
Sample cover letter
I aim to create innovative education and communication programs about science for K-12 teacher professional development or the public, using writing, blogging, podcasting, and inquiry-based learning.
I have been communicating science through education, community outreach, and journalism for almost 10 years. Thus, I have learned to craft a compelling story on a broad range of topics for diverse audiences. My main skill lies in my ability to tie together multiple threads into a logical and coherent whole. While working on my physics doctorate, I began a part-time career in science journalism in 2002 and have several dozen publications in web, radio, podcast, and print format. I was an AAAS Mass Media Fellow at National Public Radio in 2003. While at the Exploratorium I spearheaded, wrote and produced three podcast series, including a monthly half-hour variety show on nanotechnology (SmallTalk) and a years' worth of short weekly podcasts (Science Teaching Tips). I have consulted for the National Science Digital Library to create a year-long podcast series for elementary teachers. At the University of Colorado I wrote, directed, and produced a series of 8 videos on pedagogical practices.
I have gained unusually diverse experience in interactive engagement and education reform through traineeships at two nationally recognized centers of science education. My first postdoc was at the Exploratorium under Paul Doherty, where I ran and developed professional development workshops for secondary school science teachers using hands-on and inquiry methods. Currently, I am a Science Teaching Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder under Carl Wieman, applying research-based teaching practices to college education and assessing their effectiveness as part of an attempt to systematically transform higher education from within.
I am very self-motivated and independent: My dissertation, as well as my educational and writing activities, have required and cultivated these attributes. I am also a good interpersonal communicator. I founded and managed a small national nonprofit, and I’ve coordinated and collaborated with a diverse array of people – African villagers and bureaucrats, scientists in academic and educational settings, prison inmates, museum employees, and science teachers. I'm good at juggling different people and ideas as a project manager.
My PhD is in physics – specifically material science. My scientific interest is broad, however, and my undergraduate degree is in social psychology. My skills as a scientist and science writer, plus demonstrated ability to work hard to bring a project to completion, make me an excellent choice to tackle your individual project.