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.
Jan-Ole Brandt is an intercultural trainer and enthusiastic Ph.D. student from Germany who is exploring the field of sustainability, with a particular focus on higher education, learning processes and competence development. He is dedicated to the things he loves and interested in education towards a more sustainable future, social interaction and intercultural collaboration. After his BA in Sociology and Intercultural Business Communication Jan-Ole completed a Master of Science program in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University & SLU in Sweden. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany.
As an educational research aide at the Biodesign Pathfinder Center, Tharun works on the project for developing a science and technology-oriented curriculum for the middle school students under the leadership of Dr.Leland Hartwell. He is currently a master’s student majoring in software engineering at Arizona State University. He holds a bachelors degree in electronics and communication engineering from Shiv Nadar University. Tharun has a keen interest in developing machine learning algorithms for novel applications.
Tess is a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. She investigates how expertise is understood and portrayed in public discourse around science and technology. Her work engages scientists and institutions to generate strategies to ensure that research and innovation are responsive to the needs and values of the communities in which they are embedded. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, and an MA from the University of Denver.
Stefanie is a Administrative Specialist for the Pathfinder Center and 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.
Sherie Gwynn is the Business Operations Specialist Sr. for the Sustainability Science Education Project at the Pathfinder Center, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University.
Dr. John Harlow is a postdoctoral scholar for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society as ASU. John 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. John was also the Conference Director for 2012 International Conference on Sustainability Science at Arizona State University. His current research studies strategic intervention points for process innovations in governance, focused on solving urban and sustainability problems using behavioral science, design, and digital tools.
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.
Warren Martin is the student videographer for the Sustainability Science Education Project at the Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University. Warren is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Film Production at Arizona State University and holds his associates in Multimedia Technology and Game Development. Warren enjoys stitching together the pieces of video fragments until they form a cohesive narrative that engages the audience to learn something new and be moved by the content.
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.
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 an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Advanced Studies at CSU Stanislaus. 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 online technologies. In one line of research with ASU’s Sustainability Science Education Project, she has explored digital storytelling as a way for pre-service teachers to engage with complex sustainability ideas by integrating narrative story and video technology.
Jeanette is a Research Coordinator 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.
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. Gabby holds a Masters of Science in Global Technology and Development from the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU.
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.
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.
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.