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Heidi Schweingruber, Ph.D., is the director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council (NRC). She co-directed the study that resulted in the report A Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011) which is the first step in revising national standards for K-12 science education. She served as study director for a review of NASA’s pre-college education programs completed in 2008 and co-directed the study that produced the 2007 report Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8. She served as an editor on the NRC report Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths to Excellence and Equity (2009). She co- authored two award-winning books for practitioners that translate findings of NRC reports for a broader audience: Ready, Set, Science! Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms (2008) and Surrounded by Science (2010). Prior to joining the NRC, Heidi worked as a senior research associate at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education where she administered the preschool curriculum evaluation program and a grant program in mathematics education. Previously, she was the director of research for the Rice University School Mathematics Project an outreach program in K-12 mathematics education, and taught in the psychology and education departments at Rice University. Heidi holds a Ph.D. in psychology (developmental) and anthropology, and a certificate in culture and cognition from the University of Michigan. 

Kerry Brenner

Kerry Brenner, Ph.D., is a senior program officer for the Board on Science Education. In addition to directing the study on Strengthening Research Experiences for Undergraduate STEM Students, she has recently coordinated a workshop on service learning in undergraduate geosciences education and collaborated with the Board on Life Sciences (BLS) in the Division on Earth and Life Studies on a Convocation on Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum. In her past work with BLS, she served as the study director for the project that produced Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Biology Education for Future Research Biologists. As an outgrowth of that study she participated in the founding of the National Academies Summer Institutes for Undergraduate Education. Along with other projects, she has led a standing committee for the U.S. Department of Defense on Medical Technologies, multiple studies related to microbiology and biosecurity, and one on the decision making process for reopening facilities contaminated in biological attacks. She earned her bachelors' degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.

Jessica Covington

 Jessica Covington is a Senior Program Assistant with the Board on Science Education (BOSE) and is currently supporting the American’s Lab Report Update and Citizen Science projects. Before joining the DBASSE team she was the administrative assistant to an architectural and interior design firm in Metro Center called VOA Associates, which is now known as Stantec Consulting. In 2015, she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology. After realizing that she did not want to pursue a career in psychology, she switched her focus over to finance and is now in school to receive her second undergraduate degree in Accounting. She is projected to graduate in 2018 and will then begin her studies to sit for the CPA exam. In her spare time she likes to cozy up with a good book and warm cup of tea or going outside and watching her little one explore new things.

Kenne Dibner

Kenne Dibner, Ph.D., is a senior program officer with the Board on Science Education. Prior to this position, Kenne worked as a research associate at Policy Studies Associates, Inc. (PSA), where she conducted evaluations of education policies and programs for government agencies, foundations, and school districts. Most recently, Kenne concluded an evaluation of a partnership with the Department of Education, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Education to provide citizen science programming to tribal youth. Prior to working at PSA, she worked as a research consultant with the Center on Education Policy and served as a legal intern for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Kenne holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Michigan State University, where she completed her dissertation on the role of military recruiting in public high schools. Upon receipt of a B.A. from Skidmore College in English Literature, Kenne directed a 200-person after-school program for the YMCA of Greater New York. She is currently renovating a house in Baltimore City, where she lives with her wife, Jenny, and her perfect wheaten terrier, Bluebell.


Leticia Garcilazo Green is a senior program assistant for BOSE and the Committee on Law and Justice. Leticia joined the National Academies staff in the summer of 2014. Prior to joining the National Academies, she worked as a legal assistant with a law firm that specialized in security clearances and white-collar crime in Washington, DC. She currently supports four projects: Proactive Policing - Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties; Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences; the Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education. She earned a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in criminology from Louisiana State University in 2012. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in forensic psychology at George Washington University.

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Matthew Lammers is a program coordinator with the Board on Science Education, the Board on Testing and Assessment, and the Teacher Advisory Council.
Amy Stephens

Amy Stephens, PhD, is a senior program officer for the Board on Science Education. Amy received her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and continued on as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and School of Education. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the Southern New Hampshire University Psychology department teaching online Cognitive Psychology and Statistics graduate-level courses. Amy has an extensive background in behavioral and functional neuroimaging techniques and has examined a variety of different populations spanning childhood through adulthood. Her work at CTY focused on characterizing cognitive profiles of academically talented youth in an effort to develop alternative methods of identification to capture talented students from under-resourced populations. Additionally, Amy’s research explored the effectiveness of spatial skill training on performance in math and science classes as well as overall retention rates within STEM-related fields for students entering the Engineering program at JHU. Amy lives in Severn, MD with her husband, Shane, and her almost 2 year old daughter Ellie. They love spending quality time with their adorable schnoodle Scottie, being outside, and running.

Tiffany Taylor
Tiffany Taylor is currently a associate program officer for the Board on Science Education (BOSE) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In this role, she provides research and planning support for several ongoing projects including: a consensus study on Engaging Middle and High School Students in Science and Engineering, a consensus study on Supporting English Learners in STEM Subjects, and a Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education. Her most recently completed project was a Workshop on the Design, Selection, and Implementation of Instructional Materials for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which convened a variety of stakeholders who have developed or are developing tools for selection and design of instructional materials reflecting the principles of the Framework and the NGSS. Prior to her position as a research associate, Tiffany was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies, where she also worked with the Board on Science Education. Tiffany received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Howard University and her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Tiffany is extremely passionate about the legacy of science education and its inclusion of persons of diverse backgrounds. Throughout her graduate tenure, she tutored and mentored first-generation Americans, refugees, and other youth from marginalized communities in order to encourage the pursuit of higher education and careers in STEM. As a career, Tiffany aspires to leverage her PhD training and science policy experience to address education equity within society, in both domestic and global settings.


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