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Morton Sternheim, Co Director
B.S., Physics, City College of New York
M.S., Physics, New York University
Ph.D., Physics, Columbia University
Professor of Physics, emeritus; Director, STEM Education Institute
Principal Investigator, NSF STEM RAYS out-of-school science program
Co-Principal Investigator, Polar Connections
Director of the UMassK12 Internet service for Massachusetts' school teachers and students

Stephen Schneider

 Professor of Astronomy

Ph.D., Cornell, 1985

Rob Snyder, STEM ED Staff
B.S. Chemistry, California University of Pennsylvania
M.S. Chemistry Education,
S.U.N.Y, Cortland

Science Teacher
(Retired) from Brookline High School

University of Massachusetts STEM staff member of Nanotechnology, IPY Polar Connections, Earth Central, and the STEM Rays Institutes



Holly Hargraves,  STEM ED Staff

B.A. English, Westfield State College; M.Ed. Lesley College in Curriculum & Instruction

English Teacher (Retired) from Hampshire Regional High School

University of Massachusetts STEM  Ed staff member of Nanotechnology, IPY Polar Connections Institutes and for many other previous UMassK12 Programs.

Web Designer since 1995


Julian Tyson


         Position in Stem Digital:  Faculty participant

  B. Sc. (Chemistry) Aberdeen University 

Ph.D. (Analytical Chemistry) Imperial College, London University

          Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs College of Natural Sciences



Amy Biddle -
Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology

B.S. Biological Science, University of New Hampshire M.Ed. Antioch New England Graduate School
Former High School Science Teacher
at Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH and ConVal Regional High School, Peterborough, NH.


 Deborah Carlisle,

Position in Stem - Graduate assistant (doctoral student)

                        M.S. in Biological Science and Technology from UNH

Currently a Doctoral student in MSLT in the school of Education, adjunct faculty member in the chemistry department at Keene State College 
Author and consultant in chemical education.


Karen Tallman, Research Assistant

B.A. Bowdoin College

M.A.T. Boston University School of Education

Doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies

 Chemistry teacher for 15 years.

Co-led a professional development program on Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment

Jennifer Welborn STEM Ed Staff

B.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Maine

M.Ed. and C.A.G.S, UMASS, Amherst

Science Teacher, grades 7/8, Amherst Regional Middle School (currently)

Participating Teacher, STEMRAYS Institute (currently)

Prior experience in K-12 science education, laboratory research and editor of middle school science textbooks

Marie Silver- Project Manager, STEM Ed

B.S. Environmental Planning, University of Minnesota; M.S. University of Texas in Environmental Science

Program Manager for STEM Ed Institute and IPY grant project

Formerly Education Director for Children's Museum at Holyoke, MA and Holcomb Farm Environmental Learning Center, Connecticut.