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Jennifer Ufnar, Ph.D.

Jennifer Ufnar, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi - Biology

Dr. Ufnar is the Executive Director of the Center for Science Outreach at Vanderbilt University. She holds a Ph.D. in Biology, and has over a decade of experience in science outreach, teaching at the K-16 level, and implementing and directing programs in the science education arena. She is passionate about working with students and teachers to enhance the learning of science and STEAM across the K-12 continuum. 

 
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Angela Eeds, Ph.D.
Director, School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt
Assistant Director, Center for Science Outreach

Molecular Biology: Biomedical Research and Genetics 
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University - Molecular Physiology and Biophysics


Angela leads the endeavors of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt. In addition to overseeing collaborative curriculum development and implementation, Angela is one of the instructors at SSMV. She incorporates her background in molecular biology and genetics into various lessons and research projects.
angela.eeds@vanderbilt.edu

 
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Joe Lopez, Ph.D.
Administrative Officer, Center for Science Outreach
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University - Pathology
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University – Curriculum and Instructional Leadership

Joe oversees the business operations of the CSO, which include grants and contracts management, budgetary and personnel records management, and oversight of compliance with university and governmental policies.   He also provides occasional programmatic support through grant proposal preparation and assisting in preparation of classroom lessons.
joe.lopez@vanderbilt.edu

 
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Assistant Director, School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt
Admissions Coordinator and MNPS Liaison
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University - Organizational Leadership

Amanda recruits students and manages the admissions process for the School for Science and Math. She provides support for students enrolled in the SSMV, and facilitates communication between the SSMV and Metro Nashville Schools. She also provides instructional and administrative support, manages the SSMV online and social media presence, and coordinates internal evaluation and data collection.
amanda.dixon@vanderbilt.edu

 
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Greta Clinton-Selin
Data Management Specialist

Greta collects and organizes information applicable to all CSO programs, especially data involved in the research initiatives. She is likely the first person you will see or talk to when you call or come by the office and directs inquiries of callers while assisting staff members with varied tasks.
greta.c.selin@vanderbilt.edu

 

Jordan Grigor

Jordan Grigor, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Université Laval - Oceanography
Jordan has a background in ocean science, with a particular interest in polar marine ecosystems. Originally from Scotland, he has spent a considerable amount of time living and working in Arctic regions of Norway and Canada. There, he primarily studied the ecology of planktonic or "drifting" animals, which play crucial roles in aquatic ecosystems. At the SSMV, he aims to develop interesting curricula which will introduce students to aquatic invertebrates of the USA and abroad. He also teaches students about the realized and potential effects of climate change on people and ecosystems worldwide.
jordan.j.grigor@vanderbilt.edu
 
Carla Thompson

Carla M. Thompson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Cleveland State University - Biomedical Engineering

Carla develops the engineering curricula for the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) STEM Program. She uses her engineering background to integrate engineering into the science curriculum by incorporating problem-based learning activities for 10th grade students. The implementation of this integrated science curriculum will transform students into critical thinkers and problem solvers.
carla.m.thompson@vanderbilt.edu

 
 Carver Lee

Carver Lee
Educational Consultant
M.S. Geosciences, U. of Massachusetts, Amherst

Carver is a consultant working at Rosebank STEM School, assisting the STEM coordinator with interactive curriculum development and lab instruction for k-4th graders. She uses her background in geosciences and non-traditional classroom experience to encourage students to step outside of their comfort zone and interact with the world around them. 

carver.e.lee@vanderbilt.edu

 
 Desmond Campbell

Desmond Campbell, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University – Physics

Desmond serves as a co-instructor for the Day of Discovery program along with Dr. Clayton Coffman. He utilizes his knowledge of physics, medical imaging, and instrumentation to immerse middle school students from JT Moore, Rose Park, and West End in research-based STEM activities and demonstrations. 

desmond.l.campbell@vanderbilt.edu

 
 

Gennifer D. Goode, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Meharry Medical College-Cancer Biology

Gennifer serves as a co-teacher for the Interdisciplinary Science and Research Program at Stratford High School (9th-12th grade). She utilizes her background in cancer biology and metabolism to develop curricula that generate interest in cancer biology, including signaling, basic cell biology, disease pathology, and metabolic adaptation of cancer cells.  It is her hope to inspire the next generation of scientists, and to expose them to the many possibilities that are open to them through STEM subjects and careers. 

gennifer.d.goode@vanderbilt.edu

 
Letimicia Fears

Letimicia Fears, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Tennessee State University - Biological Sciences

Letimicia is working at Croft Middle Design Center, "The Zoo School," as a STEM Coordinator.  She uses her background in Biology and experience as a Scientist in the Classroom to encourage students to make real-world and career connections with project-based learning and hands-on experiments. She aims also to develop a tight connection between Croft's students and faculty and the Nashville Zoo, which shares a property line with the school.

letimicia.fears@vanderbilt.edu

 
 Matt Wilkins

Matt Wilkins, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., University of Colorado - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Matt is the resident scientist at Head Magnet Middle School. He leverages his experience as an evolutionary biologist and undergraduate educator to collaborate with Rose Park's talented teaching staff to develop fun, interactive STEAM activities that enrich current curricula with examples from ongoing scientific research. He hopes to get students more excited and engaged in all subject areas by making clear the connections between fields of study and how they all contribute to a richer understanding of the world around us. 

matthew.r.wilkins@vanderbilt.edu
www.mattwilkinsbio.com

 
 

 

Clayton Coffman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., The University of Missouri - Plant, Insect, and Microbial Science

Clayton, an instructor with the Day of Discovery program, has spent his entire career as a research biologist, with particular focus on the ecology of plants and insects. Growing up on a small farm in rural Arkansas gave him many opportunities to observe nature, a lifelong curiosity about the natural world, and, later, a passion is for sharing the joy of knowledge with others. Clayton wants to leverage his experience as an academic scientist to teach students science in an authentic way, using the same tools and methods scientists use.

clayton.coffman@vanderbilt.edu

 

 

 

 

 Alissa Anderson, Ph.D.

Alissa Anderson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow 
Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Biological Sciences

Alissa is the instructor for the new Day of Discovery program held at the Nashville Zoo. Utilizing her expertise in the fields of animal behavior, ecology and evolutionary biology, she creates engaging and interactive STEM activities, as well as rigorous (and fun) research based projects. For example, Alissa and her students will work closely with the zoo animals on observational research projects that will not only help the zoo answer important questions about their animals, but will also provide students with an invaluable research experience.  

alissa.g.anderson@vanderbilt.edu

 
 

Dan Michel, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

 
 

Jennifer Gentry, Ph.D.
Day of Discovery Educator 
Ph.D., Vanderbilt - Neuroscience 

Jennifer is the instructor for Stratford and Issac Litton Middle School Day of Discovery programs. As a research scientist in the fields of immunology and neuroscience she has expertise in molecular biology and biochemistry. Using this background, she is creating curriculum that challenges students beyond their regular classroom experiences, as well as guiding them through the process of developing and executing their own research projects.  Jennifer wants to build confidence in the students through learning, so that they can can experience the joy of discovery through science in the world around them.
 
 

Nathan Haag
Instructor, School for Science and Math

 
 

Mailene King
Resident Scientist, Interdisciplinary Science and Research Program, Overton High School

 
 

Kordell Hunter
Resident Scientist, McKissic Middle School

 
 

Ted Lee
Resident Scientist, Madison Middle School 

 
Virignia Shepherd, Ph.D.

Virginia Shepherd, Ph.D.
Director Emerita, Center for Science Outreach
Ph.D., University of Iowa - Biochemistry

A research pathologist for over three decades, Dr. Shepherd has been involved as a PI in science education outreach for nearly 20 years. She uses her strong research background and passion for science education to create and implement diverse programs for K-12 students and educators.
virginia.l.shepherd@vanderbilt.edu