Carrie Thomas ~ Catalyst for Engagement


Sharing viewpoints
Engaging in education and outreach inevitably brings change - whether addressing issues of diversity in the sciences or issues relating to climate change, developing a program for middle school girls to meet scientists first-hand, growing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce, or setting up blogs for graduate students. Each of these efforts involves participants who have a viewpoint on the experience of engaging in education and outreach.

Through Dr. Carrie Thomas's work in education and outreach, her activities and achievements have opened up new avenues and have influenced and affected those around her. In the following pages, some of Carrie's COSEE colleagues, fellow faculty members, university project directors and graduate students have contributed their Viewpoints on both Carrie's work in education and outreach and their own. Those whose comments you will encounter as you explore the Viewpoints pages are:

Lundie Spence
Lundie Spence, Ph.D., COSEE SouthEast PI/Director
Why scientists get interested in educational programs and how COSEE can help (featured in Balancing Efforts and Rewards)
Dave DeMaster
Dave DeMaster, Ph.D., Professor
The role of the scientist, how it has changed, and the importance of educating the public about your research (featured in Creating Institutional Change and Climate Change Messaging)
Sharon Schulze
Sharon Schulze, Ph.D., Science House Director
The importance of successful partnerships (featured in Broadening Participation)
Dan Kamykowski
Dan Kamykowski, Ph.D., Professor
How COSEE identifies teachers to work with scientists; and graduate students need to get innovative (featured in Creating Institutional Change and Balancing Efforts and Rewards)
Rebecca Pirtle-Levy
Rebecca Pirtle-Levy, Ph.D. Student
Her experiences are shaping her career goals (featured in Balancing Efforts and Rewards)
Jan Healy
Jan Healy, Media Specialist, Educator
The importance of working alongside research scientists (featured in Creating Institutional Change)

Connecting to Viewpoints from Additional Featured Scientists