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    I currently work for the Science Museum of Minnesota as Project Leader for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) ( The goal of the network is to create a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. I work on a variety of projects including fostering community, developing exhibits, and the website. Previously, I worked for the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY, as Grant Projects Director managing a wide variety of grant funded exhibit projects and educational programs as well as overseeing our traveling exhibitions program ( I was the project manager for the "It's a Nano World: Smaller than a Spot on a Ladybug" ( and "Too Small to See: Zoom into Nanotechnology" ( exhibitions and active in the NISE Network. I also had the opportunity to focus on other topics such as astronomy (, Sagan Planet Walk (, chemistry (, re-use (, tobacco, and integrated pest management. Prior to joining the museum field, I worked for local government agencies in environmental management, solid & hazardous waste, and pollution prevention. I hold a BS from Cornell University in natural resources and environmental engineering and an MS and PhD from UC Davis in ecology, focusing on environmental policy analysis and planning (

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