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tam_oshaughnessy_lrgTam O'Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Cofounder, Sally Ride Science
Executive Director, Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego

Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy is cofounder of Sally Ride Science and executive director of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. Tam grew up in California and played professional tennis from 1971 to 1974. She later earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Riverside.

Tam has written 13 science books for children, including six with Sally Ride. They received the American Institute of Physics Children's Science Writing Award in 1995 for The Third Planet. In 2015 Tam published Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America's Pioneering Woman in Space. It was nominated for the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.

As a scientist and educator, Tam became concerned about the underrepresentation of women in science and technical professions. In 2001, Sally, Tam, and three friends—Karen Flammer, Terry McEntee, and Alann Lopes—founded Sally Ride Science to try to narrow the gender gap in science. Tam served as the company's chief creative officer, guiding creation of the Cool Careers in STEM and Key Concepts in Science programs. She was also chief operating officer from 2009 to 2013, chair of the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015, and chief executive officer from 2014 to 2015.

The University of California, San Diego, acquired Sally Ride Science in October 2015 and named Tam executive director of the resulting nonprofit organization. Tam also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Karen Flammer holds a dual appointment as director of education for Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego and director of education, outreach and training at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego.

Karen is a third-generation physicist. She earned her B.S. in applied physics and Ph.D. in space physics at UC San Diego. While doing research in space and planetary physics, Karen became passionate about educational outreach and increasing girlsr' and minorities' participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. In 2001, she cofounded Sally Ride Science with the goal of narrowing the gender gap in STEM.

Karen has more than 20 years of experience directing large-scale STEM outreach and professional development programs, most notably Sally Ride EarthKAM and the Sally Ride Science Academy. Sally Ride EarthKAM engaged more than 600,000 K-12 students from 80 countries in STEM by allowing them to photograph Earth with a digital camera on board the International Space Station. The Sally Ride Science Academy, a robust train-the-trainer professional development program, has reached more than 30,000 educators, giving them strategies and resources to encourage studentsr' interest in STEM.

Edward Abeyta, Ph.D.
Director of Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparation Programs
Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, UC San Diego Extension

Dr. Edward Abeyta is director of Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparation Programs and assistant dean for community engagement at UC San Diego Extension. He has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. from the University of San Diego, and a Ph.D. in post-secondary adult education from Capella University. Edward has been recognized by UC San Diego and the UC Office of the President for his involvement in staff diversity and development initiatives. In 2008 Edward was selected to a two-year term as staff advisor to The Regents. He has served on the UC Diversity Commission, Post-Retirement Task Force, and The Regents' UC Commission on the Future.

Edward founded the University of California STEAM Channel. He is active in the San Diego community as a trustee of the San Diego Youth Symphony and a founding board member of the San Diego Urban Discovery Academy charter school. He is deeply involved in programs serving foster youth and veterans, and other youth development programs.

Jennifer Davies
Assistant Dean of External Affairs, UC San Diego Extension

Jennifer Davies is assistant dean of external affairs at UC San Diego Extension. She is an accomplished communications and public affairs professional with extensive experience in local governments and at nonprofits. Jennifer helps guide Extensionr's communications strategy and shape key policy initiatives to advance its mission to bolster the regional economy through lifelong learning. She also served as vice president of external affairs for the Downtown San Diego Partnership, as well as communications director for San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner. Jennifer got her start as a journalist, working as a staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune for close to a decade and covering a variety of high-profile beats. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from UCLA and a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Debi Kilb, Ph.D.
Seismologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Dr. Debi Kilb is a seismologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). She also is the director of the SIO Games Group, which develops educational video games to promote Scripps science. Debi's primary research interest is in mainshock/aftershock sequences, with a focus on earthquake source physics and earthquake triggering processes. Debi plays an active role in education and outreach at Scripps, participating in more than 20 events each year. She cofounded the annual Scripps Graduate Student Visualization contest and founded the annual Teacher Earthquake Education workshop (now in its 12th year). When media outlets request information about noteworthy earthquakes locally or globally, Debi is often the responding Scripps scientist.

Born in Schenectady, New York, Debi received a B.A. in mathematics and computer science, with a minor in music, from UC San Diego. She received a master's degree in applied mathematics from UCLA and a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis, studying at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) and specializing in seismology. She served as a graduate intern at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University before joining Scripps, initially as a postdoctoral fellow.

Before attending graduate school, Debi worked as a software engineer at corporations such as Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Mission Research Corporation, and Santa Barbara Research Center. Throughout her career she has tutored mathematics students from grade school through graduate school.

sbradley_lrgShannon Bradley
Executive Producer of UCTV

 

Shannon Bradley is the executive producer of UCTV, the broadcast and online television network of the University of California. She has been with the university for many years, starting as the public affairs producer for UCSD-TV in San Diego. Prior to that, she covered national politics for Roll Call newspaper on Capitol Hill and later, for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. She has a B.A. in communications/sociology from UC San Diego and a master's degree in broadcast journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.

Chris Leong
Chief Technical Advisor

 

Chris Leong is chief technical advisor for Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. He began working as a student intern on NASA's Sally Ride EarthKAM program, created by Dr. Sally Ride to allow students around the world to capture images of Earth from space. Chris received a B.S. in computer engineering from UC San Diego in 2001. After graduation, he served as project advisor and programmer analyst for Sally Ride EarthKAM's mission control at UC San Diego until 2006. Chris then joined Sally Ride Science as vice president of technology, overseeing information technology and web development until the company's acquisition by UC San Diego in October 2015. He also served as technical lead for Sally Ride EarthKAM and another NASA educational outreach program, GRAIL MoonKAM. Chris is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Microsoft Certified Professional.


Margaret King
Writer/Editor

 

 

 Margaret King was senior science editor and writer at Sally Ride Science from 2009 to 2015, when Sally Ride Science became part of UC San Diego. Margaret helped create books and teacher guides that presented science concepts and profiled notable scientists with the goal of awakening students’ interest in science careers. Before joining Sally Ride Science, she worked at The San Diego Union-Tribune in a variety of editing positions, including as politics editor and editor of the “Quest” science section. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in English and history and her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

rwittman_lrgRobin Wittman
Pre-College Programs Manager, UC San Diego Extension

Robin Wittman is the Pre-College Programs manager at UC San Diego Extension. She has more than 25 years of experience at UC San Diego providing project management, strategic planning, and operational support in department areas including Anesthesiology, Epidemiology, Extension Office of the Dean, UC San Diego Global CONNECT, and UC San Diego Pre-College and Career Preparation Programs. Robin is highly involved in community outreach in the San Diego region and in organizations such as the Viejas and Barona Bands of the Kumeyaay Nation, Reality Changers, Promises2Kids, and the San Diego County Office of Education.

Daniel Velazquez
Pre-College Programs Representative, UC San Diego Extension

 

Dan Velazquez is the Pre-College Programs representative at UC San Diego Extension. Dan graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in psychology from Sixth College. Prior to joining Extension, Dan worked as a program assistant in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and as an interim housing coordinator in the Sixth College Residential Life Office.  

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