and Public Policy Institute. He received his M.S. in city and regional planning from Ohio State University and his B.A. from the University of Maryland.


Ivan Amato has been writing, editing, and otherwise engaged in acts of communication about the great and ongoing story of science and technology since the mid-1980s. He has been one of the proud and few science communicators who has specialized in chemistry. He has worked primarily in print media, but also has dabbled in radio and TV. Amato has worked on magazine staffs (Science News, Science, and Chemical & Engineering News), as a writer, editor, or both. For much of his career, he has worked independently as a freelancer, placing stories in newspapers and magazines, among them the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, International Herald Tribune, Time, Science, Fortune, U.S. News and World Report, Scientific American, Technology Review, and Discover. He has done some government work too, the last instance with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He has written several books, including Stuff: The Materials the World Is Made, a 1997 New York Times Notable Book; Pushing the Horizon, an institutional history of the Naval Research Laboratory; and Super Vision: A New View of Nature, a celebration of science imagery. He has received several awards for his writing, including the Grady-Stack award administered by the American Chemical Society and the Foresight Prize for writing on nanotechnology. Two of his articles have been listed in the Best American Science and Nature Writing book series. Most recently, Amato joined the Pew Charitable Trusts in its many-faceted approach to further the public good. For his particular part, he is using his skill set in communications to leverage the work of the Pew Health Group to be as consequential as possible. He lives with his wife, children’s book writer Mary Amato, and his two teenage sons.

Jeannette Elizabeth Brown is a former faculty associate in the Department of Pre-College Programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She held the title of New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative (NJSSI) regional director having served as the NJIT NJSSI coordinator previously. In this position she designed, developed, and coordinated the NJIT NJSSI K-8 Professional Development Program. Ms. Brown is a fellow (Cohort 3) of the WestEd National Academy for Science and Mathematics Leadership. She is the Chemical Heritage Foundation 2004 Société fellow.

Brown previously held the position of research chemist and worked at Merck & Co. Inc. for 25 years in that capacity. She synthesized new compounds for testing as potential new drug candidates for human and animal health. She suggested new targets for development. At Merck she became coauthor of 15 publications and 5 patents, and she has one patent in her name alone. She earned a Management Award for her work with the Merck Black University Liaison Committee in which she worked with Grambling University to try to improve the chemistry department. Brown started her industrial career at CIBA Pharmaceutical Co. as a junior chemist and worked there for 11 years. She has a research M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. degree in chemistry from Hunter College. She was elected to the Hunter College Hall of Fame for her work as a mentor for young students.

Catherine Conrad is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Geography at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the founder and research coordinator of the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network ( She has both local and international experience in community-based research (internationally through Canadian International Development Agency projects in Cuba, Ghana, The Gambia, and Vietnam), as well as numerous projects within Canada. Her research spans both science and social science, primarily with the engagement of communities and environmental organizations in the collection of citizen science and community mapping. This involves the collection of information on terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems, but it is driven from the needs of community organizations. More recently she has initiated a new research project involving perceptions of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kirsten Ellenbogen is senior director of lifelong learning at the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM). In this position, Dr. Ellenbogen oversees evaluation and research, adult programs, family and youth programs, school outreach, and field trips. As a Noyce Leadership fellow (2010-2011), she is leading SMM’s efforts to identify the needs of policy makers and create appropriate protocols for using the museum’s resources to help policy makers better use scientific evidence to inform their decisions. She is also president of the Visitor Studies Association, an international network of professionals committed to understanding and enhancing visitor experience in informal learning settings through research, evaluation, and dialogue.

Dr. Ellenbogen started working in science centers in 1987, and she has been a demonstrator, hall interpreter, exhibit developer, evaluator, and researcher in U.S. and U.K. museums. Her leadership activities include service to the field as a founding officer of the Informal Learning Environments Research SIG-American Education Research Association, senior chair of the Informal Science Education Strand-National Association for Research in Science Teaching, and training coordinator of the Visitor Studies Group (U.K.). Kirsten was an affiliated researcher of the Museum Learning Collaborative, project director at the Center for Informal Learning & Schools, King’s College London at its inception,

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