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Meet the BSCS leadership


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Daniel C. Edelson

Executive Director

Daniel Edelson joined BSCS as Executive Director and President in January 2015. He brings significant experience as a curriculum and educational software developer, educational…

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Jody Bintz

Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Professional Learning

Jody Bintz , MA, serves as Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Professional Learning with BSCS Science Learning. She…

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Sue Kowalski

Division Director, Research

Dr. Sue Kowalski joined BSCS as a Science Educator in May 2007. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) for two NSF-funded research and…

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Lindsey Mohan

Senior Science Educator & Division Director, Instructional Materials Development

Dr. Lindsey Mohan joined BSCS as a Research Scientist in May 2017. Her expertise is in instructional materials design and…

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Lauren Novo

Director of Communications and Advancement

Lauren Novo joined BSCS as the Director of Communications and Advancement in August 2017. With nearly a decade of communications agency experience, she has…

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Aleigh Raffelson

Executive Office Manager

Aleigh Raffelson joined BSCS as a Marketing and Development Assistant in October 2001 and currently serves as Executive Office Manager and Assistant to the Executive Director. With an extensive background...

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Rob Smariga

Director of Operations and Finance

Rob Smariga joined BSCS in March 2019 as Director of Operations and Finance. He provides management oversight for the corporate IT, HR, accounting, payroll…

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Molly Stuhlsatz

Assistant Director

Molly Stuhlsatz is a Research Scientist and the Assistant Director at BSCS Science Learning. She has dedicated over 15 years to leading research and evaluation…

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Chris Wilson

Division Director, Research

Christopher Wilson , PhD is Director of the Research Division and a Senior Research Scientist at BSCS Science Learning. He joined BSCS in 2007 from the Center for Curriculum…

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Susan Gomez Zwiep

Senior Science Educator

Dr. Susan Gomez Zwiep joined BSCS in 2020 as a Senior Science Educator. She began her career in science education as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles, where she...

Board of Directors

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Richard A. Cardullo


Howard H Hays Chair, University Honors Interim Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education Undergraduate Education Professor Richard A. Cardullo , Ph.D., is currently the Interim Vice Provost of…

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Stephen Traphagen

Vice Chair

High School Biology & AP Biology Teacher Stephen Traphagen , M.S., M.Ed., is a biology and AP biology teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, and a Senior Fellow with…

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Philip Bell

Professor Philip Bell is a professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development and holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences. He is executive director of the UW Institute for Science…

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Rodolfo Dirzo

Professor Stanford University Rodolfo Dirzo , Ph.D., is a Bing Professor in Environmental Science and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Dr. Dirzo's…

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Alexandra Fuentes

STEAM Integration Program Manager Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Alexandra Fuentes is the STEAM Integration Program Manager in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. She began her career teaching in…

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Louis M. Gomez

Professor of Education UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Louis M. Gomez , Ph.D., Professor of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of…

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H. Craig Heller

Professor Stanford Department of Biology H. Craig Heller , Ph.D., is a Lorry Lokey/Business Wire Professor of Biological Sciences and Human Biology at Stanford University. Dr. Heller’s research focus…

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Nathan Root

Nate Root started his career as a property & casualty actuary in Chicago and achieved his designation of Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. After spending over 20 years in the commercial…

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Dennis Schatz

Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs Dennis Schatz is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs at Pacific Science Center, Seattle, Washington, where he has played a leadership role…

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Bill Warren

Bill Warren serves as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Partnerships within the Division of University Advancement at The Catholic University of America. In this role, Bill oversees...

Emeritus Board Member

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Bruce Alberts

Chancellor's Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education University of California, San Francisco Bruce Alberts , Ph.D., holds the Chancellor's Leadership Chair in…