The SSE Project team includes talented researchers, design assistants, and collaborators from diverse disciplines including education, sustainability, and the sciences.
Lee Hartwell, PhD, is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine at the Pathfinder Center, housed in Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. At the Center, part of his work focuses on creating effective learning environments within higher education. He believes that the most efficient path for providing catalytic and positive changes in the world is to educate future and current educators on topics related to sustainability, innovation, critical thinking, and skills necessary to be successful in the 21st Century. He has developed a number of hybrid and all-online courses that utilize technology, digital storytelling, and real-world explorations.
Dr. Hartwell also oversees Project Honey Bee, an interdisciplinary research project to validate wearable devices for ambulatory patient management, as well as a separate project to develop biomarkers for the clinical management of many diseases at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and University in Taipei, Taiwan. For most of Dr. Hartwell’s career, he studied genes that control cell division in yeast; subsequently, many of these same genes have been found to control cell division in humans and to be the site of alteration in cancer. He is the President and Director Emeritus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Annie Hale is the Director of Research & Development for the Sustainability Science Education Project housed in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. She directs a variety of educational programs that target sustainability science and 21st century learning that aim to inspire, engage, and empower a variety of publics, from teachers to community leaders, with an enhanced understanding of the social dimensions of science and technology. Her work combines the fields of science and technology studies, sustainability science, and geography, while her research interests and daily efforts focus on science communication and society’s critical consumption of science and technology. With the goal to better inform how we understand, perform, and envision society’s role with science and technology, Annie works to build upon knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for problem solving with respect to complex sustainability challenges and the interconnected relationships of science and society.
Annie is also pursuing her PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability from ASU, as well as a Masters in Science and Technology Policy from ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. She has a Professional Masters of Interior Architecture from UCLA, and has been a LEED Accredited Professional since January 2009. Annie worked in the field of architecture for five years at the influential architecture studio, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill prior to coming to ASU.
Dr. Archambault’s research areas include increasing sustainability literacy among pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher preparation for online and blended classrooms, the use of innovative technologies to improve learning outcomes, and the nature of technological pedagogical content knowledge. In addition to publishing in several prominent journals, she was awarded the Online Learning Innovator Award for Important Research from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, she was named as the Promising Research Scholar for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Thorough the collaborative course development centered on sustainability and the Sustainability Education Framework for Teachers (SEFT), Dr. Archambault seeks to have a lasting impact on the practice of future and existing teachers throughout the state of Arizona and beyond. Dr. Archambault graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a PhD in instructional and curricular studies. As a former middle school English teacher, she is passionate about improving education, particularly through the meaningful use of innovative technologies.
Katie Anderson works as a Research Assistant for the Sustainability Science Education Project. She has her BA in Elementary Education from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Currently, she works to develop and re-conceptualize the Sustainability Science for Teachers course. She enjoys working with children, researching various teaching methods, and looks forward to educating and empowering future generations everyday. Katie teaches 5th grade at Hudson Elementary in Tempe, Arizona.
Faith Bone is the Business Operations Manager for the Sustainability Science Education Project at the Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University. Prior to coming to SSE, Faith worked at Arizona State University in the Dean’s office of Student Affairs at the West campus, and most recently was an Academic Financial Specialist Sr. in the Dean’s office of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Faith studied Finance and Business at the University of Colorado, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University. Faith has worked in both the public and private sector, including hotel management and administration and student loan consolidation before beginning her career with ASU in January 2008.
Gabriela works on our Teaching Time Capsule project, where she puts her three years of classroom experience to use by making TTC come to life. She develops continuing education course work and lesson plans, while also aligning content with national standards. Gabby has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, along with a certification in Middle School Sciences from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Prior to joining the Sustainability Science Education team, Gabriela taught 6th and 7th grade science at Connolly Middle School and in the 2014-2015 school year, she was honored with the Tempe Elementary School District Rookie Teacher of the Year Award. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Global Technology and Development in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU.
Dr. Michael Burnam-Fink is an interdisciplinary social scientist studying the interactions between knowledge, power, ideals, and responsibilities. Through his research, he developed a unique narrative foresight system, Eventuality, which helps groups rapidly prototype plausible stories about the future, and has lead workshops and presentations on the ways in which humans’ innate story-telling capacities can be used to make the future more real, relevant, and relatable. Michael was a Breakthrough Generation Fellow with The Breakthrough Institute in 2011 and an NSF IGERT Fellow. He earned his PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation and Society in August 2016, and is faculty for SCN 401 – Sustainability Science, Technology, and Society.
Dr. John Harlow helped develop materials for the Sustainability Science Education Project at ASU’s Biodesign Institute. He is listed as a Faculty Associate in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and teaches the Sustainability Science for Teachers (SCN 400) course. He was also the Conference Director for ICSS 2012 at Arizona State University. John’s PhD research examined how sustainable urban planning through Reinvent Phoenix can improve participation and urban development. It also addressed how governance systems can leverage digital tools and behavioral sciences (psychology, neuroscience, economics, etc.) to achieve more sustainable outcomes.
Travis Johnson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in 2005 and spent five years as an entrepreneur. He returned to ASU and received his Professional Science Master’s degree in Science and Technology Policy in 2012 from the Consortium of Science Policy and Outcomes. He currently does business development and project management at ASU LightWorks, a research initiative that strategically integrates renewable energy research across the university. His focus is on energy system transitions. Travis is a Sustainability Science for Teachers course instructor and a Faculty Associate for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He has previously taught an Animal Physiology lab in the School of Life Sciences at ASU.
Lauren is a postdoctoral scientist at the Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. She has her PhD and MA from the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Lauren’s dissertation research focused on future scenarios of water governance in central Arizona. During her graduate education much of Lauren’s research focused on sustainability education and how university programs can best educate students in sustainability problem solving. The result of this research was two articles on competencies and education in sustainability, published in international, peer-reviewed journals as well as ongoing changes to the structure of graduate education in the Global Institute of Sustainability.
As Project Coordinator for the Sustainability Science Education Project at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, Jackie acts as a liaison and point of contact within and beyond the University. Through clear communication and a keen eye for detail, she ensures that bases are covered when it comes to keeping all facets of the SSE Project moving, and assists in course development and support, project advancement, business operations, and research for publications. In addition to supporting the Director of Research and Development and the Chief Scientist, she provides assistance for the instructors, researchers, and students, as needed. Jackie also acts as the course coordinator for SCN 400 – Sustainability Science for Teachers, a research assistant for 21st Century Skills, and Faculty Associate in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College for SCN 400 – Sustainability Science for Teachers, and SCN 401 – Sustainability Science, Technology, and Society. Jackie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and also has a Master in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in science and non-fiction writing
Dr. Merritt’s research focuses on teaching practices in K-8 classrooms that optimize student engagement and learning. She developed her passion for environmental and sustainability education while teaching for 16 years in public school classrooms in Virginia. In 2009, she received a graduate fellowship from the Institute of Education Sciences, which allowed her to study educational research methods in the context of a randomized controlled trial at the University of Virginia. Dr. Merritt has received several awards for her writing, including a Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and two problem-based learning curriculum awards from the National Association of Gifted Children. She believes that educators and their students can improve the health of the planet through their daily actions and civic engagement.
Victor is the Graphic Design Specialist for Sustainability Science Education. Victor holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in the Science of Visual Communication Design from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the Sustainability Science Education Project, Victor worked on researching and visually representing food waste in America. His work at the Biodesign Institute includes producing motion graphics, interactive elements and multimedia for the Sustainability Science for Teachers course while overseeing the design of our websites. His work emphasizes clarity and simplicity through design.
Dr. Jennifer Richter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Transformation and the Consortium of Science, Policy and Outcomes. She has also been an instructor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, working with preservice teachers on the topic of sustainability. Her research interests are at the intersections of science and society, and how federal policies are enacted locally. Specifically, she focuses on nuclear energy and waste policies and how they affect small communities in America’s “nuclear corridor” in southeastern New Mexico. By examining how science and technology policies collide with local expectations and understandings of environment and economy, Dr. Richter explores the different scales of nuclear technologies and policies.
Catharyn is a Graduate Research Associate in ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College pursuing a PhD in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies. As a former High School teacher, Catharyn has a passion for developing engaging and challenging learning experiences and for working with teachers. She is committed to sustainability education, and even found a way to integrate it in to the High School Spanish courses she taught. Catharyn’s research explores how teachers teach and learn with emerging technologies. Recently, she is exploring digital storytelling as a way for pre-service teachers to engage with complex sustainability ideas by integrating narrative story and video technology.
Jeanette is the Administrative Specialist for the Sustainability Science Education Project. She works in support of the Director of Research and Development and Chief Scientist, while also providing assistance to the Project Coordinator and research team. Her contributions to SSE include day-to-day administrative operations, as well as course support, research database management, and event coordination. Prior to joining the SSE team, Jeanette worked in various fields, including event planning, office management, and research coordination in a national children’s healthcare study.
Dr. Ahmad currently works on extended research endeavors with the SSE team. She is a former Postdoctoral Research Associate and course instructor with SSE. She earned her PhD in Sustainability from ASU’s School of Sustainability, where her research focused on accessibility and movement as medium of population well-being specifically in the West Bank, Palestine.
Michael is a Postdoc Research Associate in the School for the Future of Innovation and Society, and earned his PhD from the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His doctoral research investigates how different ways of influencing science policy and the education of scientists and engineers affects research discoveries and technology development. In Spring 2013, Michael served as a Faculty Associate at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, where he was responsible for an online section of Sustainability Science for Teachers. Other teaching experience includes his work in 2012 and 2013 with The Global Classroom Experiment, a three semester hybrid course bringing together German and U.S. undergraduate students for an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural exposure on urban sustainability issues. Prior to attending ASU, Michael worked as an editor at the Clinton Foundation in New York City. He graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor of arts in geology.
The single unifying theme of Dr. Foley’s research is how to deploy emerging technologies safely while also addressing critical environmental and social issues effectively. He aims to bring diverse knowledge sets together to enrich our understanding of those challenges and, through this process, contribute to shared-learning and novel approaches to discovering the underlying root causes to complex problems. His current research on nanotechnology leverages interdisciplinary team-based science to frame broad sustainability challenges facing urban communities. The research engages with nanoscale scientists and engineers to bring their interdisciplinary knowledge together to understand how nanotechnology may contribute to ameliorating social problems. His research reaches out to entrepreneurs, issue-advocates, and policy-makers to enhance the stakeholders’ grasp of the social dimensions of emerging technologies and discover beneficial applications of nanotechnology to address critical environmental and societal challenges.
Kristen Kortman works as a Research Assistant for the Sustainability Science Education Project. She graduated from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU in 2013 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Biological Sciences. Currently, she is working to develop and re-conceptualize the Sustainability Science for Teachers course. She is now a 6th grade science teacher at Pueblo Middle School in the Kyrene School District. Through her teaching, she hopes to inspire students to use science to think critically about the world around them and make decisions that will positively impact their future.
Laurel is a Sustainability Manager for Pierce Energy Planning, where she works directly with school districts on energy management and engagement strategies to promote sustainability awareness, and energy cost savings initiatives within the districts themselves. Laurel completed her Master of Arts in Sustainability at ASU’s School of Sustainability in 2015, focusing her research on perceptions, knowledge, and behavioral decisions of high school students regarding climate change. During graduate school, she supported research focused on cross-cultural climate change perceptions, and worked in a high school on sustainability initiatives and acted as a guest-lecturer. Prior to graduate school, she received a bachelor’s degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University, and was a workplace strategist at a global architecture firm.
Dr. Nzengya is a Research Assistant in the Center for Pathfinder Center in the Biodesign Institute, and works on the Sustainability Science Education Project. Daniel has his doctorate from ASU’s School of Sustainability. His contributions involve working with quantitative data required for the Sustainability Science for Teachers course. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Nezengya is also involved in helping to establish a network of K-8 teacher training universities in Africa, collaborating with ASU around issues related to sustainability science for teachers. He is a passionate advocate of children’s basic rights and is involved in several environmental movements. Prior to joining ASU, he spent nine years working as a lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He led the development and launch of Africa University’s Bachelor of Science degree programme in Natural Resources and Environmental Management.
Mary Jane C. Parmentier, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the Global Technology and Development M.S. program in the School of Letters and Sciences and the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. She is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the School of Sustainability. Her research has focused on political aspects of development, including the roles of religion and technology (particularly in North Africa and Latin America), in addition to the role of science and engineering in development in Latin America. She believes strongly in international education, and has led students on many study abroad trips to the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Her prime goal is to constantly innovate and improve university teaching, including the development of methodologies and techniques to enhance and fully utilize the online learning environment for national and international collaborations. Before coming to ASU, Dr. Parmentier received her PhD from the Korbel School of International Studies and the University of Denver, where she directed study abroad and international academic exchange programs. Dr. Parmentier also taught English in a high school in Morocco for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and speaks Spanish, French and Moroccan Arabic.
Jason is a Technologist for ASU Online. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Design from Arizona State University and is currently one of the technical administrators for the LearningStudio system within ASU Online. He has a strong interest in using new learning technologies and design thinking to further education.
Rodney’s educational background includes a BS in Information Technology and a MA in Education – Curriculum and Instruction. He has held faculty positions at the community colleges, for-profit universities as well as public universities. Courses that he has facilitated include, web interface design, application development, computer information systems, database management, technology in education, university composition and sociology. Rodney is interested in experimenting with new technologies and design ideas to help advance higher education in traditional and online courses. He has experience with Blackboard, Learning Studio, WebCT, Angel, D2L and a variety of proprietary learning management systems.
Tahnja Wilson is a former healthcare administrator, K-8 teacher, educational consultant, and online university instructor. She is passionate about designing courses that resonate with students and is particularly interested in gaming and the leveraging of technology. Her educational background includes a Masters in International Management (Thunderbird), a MBA (Arizona State University), an Elementary Education Certificate (Arizona State University), and a BA in Journalism (University of Washington.) She is also an Intel Teach to the Future graduate and conference speaker.