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Dr. Norman G. Lederman

Dr. Norman G. Lederman is distinguished professor of mathematics and science education at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has taught a full range of graduate (master’s and doctoral) courses in secondary science education and supervised teaching interns. Lederman received his Ph.D. in science education from Syracuse University (1983), M.S. in secondary education from Bradley University (1977), M.S. in biology from New York University (1973) and B.S. in biology from Bradley University (1971). He is internationally known for his research and scholarship on the development of students’ and teachers’ conceptions of nature of science and scientific inquiry and has studied preservice and inservice teachers’ knowledge structures of subject matter and pedagogy, pedagogical content knowledge and teachers’ concerns and beliefs. Lederman has been author or editor of 10 books, including an elementary science teaching methods textbook. Editor of the recently published Handbook of Research on Science Education, he has also written 15 book chapters and published more than 200 articles in professional refereed journals. In addition, Lederman has made more than 500 presentations at professional conferences and meetings around the world.

Dr. Sharon Deem

Dr. Sharon DeemDr. Sharon Deem is a wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist at the Saint Louis Zoo and a leader in conservation medicine. She holds a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She completed a three-year zoo and wildlife medicine residency at the University of Florida and is board certified in the American College of Zoological Medicine. Before joining the Saint Louis Zoo, Deem worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Smithsonian National Zoo and lived and worked in the Galapagos for three years as the veterinary epidemiologist for the Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Avian Health in the Galapagos Islands. She brings years of experience from her work with both zoo and field-based conservation medicine projects.

Dr. Mario Livio

Dr. Mario LivioDr. Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, best-selling author and a popular speaker who has worked for 24 years with the Hubble Space Telescope. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Livio has published more than 400 scientific articles on topics ranging from cosmology, supernova explosions and black holes to extrasolar planets and the emergence of life in the universe. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research, including being selected as the Carnegie Centenary Professor by the Universities of Scotland in 2003 and the Danz Distinguished Lecturer by the University of Washington in 2006. Livio is the author of five popular science books, and his bestselling book The Golden Ratio won him the Peano Prize in 2003 and the International Pythagoras Prize in 2004 as the best popular book on mathematics. His book Is God A Mathematician? inspired the 2015 NOVA program The Great Math Mystery, and his most recent book, Brilliant Blunders, was selected by The Washington Post as one of the Notable Books of 2013.

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi currently leads a research group at the Florida Institute of Technology that hacks stars to understand the fundamental interactions of plasmas and electromagnetic fields, develop new in-space propulsion technologies and investigate galactic structure and evolution. His team has begun working with the 100 Year Starship Project to help lay the groundwork in preparation for the first human mission to a nearby star system. Communicating the scientific process and the results of modern science to students and the public is one of Oluseyi’s passions, and he appears regularly in numerous TV series, including Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, How the Universe Works, Strip the Cosmos, Are We Alone? and NASA’s Unexplained Files; Discovery International’s Deadly Dilemmas and You Have Been Warned; and National Geographic’s Evacuate Earth and its follow-up series How to Survive the End of the World. He has also appeared on the HBO drama The Making of the Leftovers and has offered scientific expertise to news programs on CNN, NBC, MSNBC and Fox News.

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