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AIM / GLOBE / CloudSat 2006 Educator Workshop Instructors & Staff


Dianne Robinson

Dianne Q. Robinson PhD
Professor, Hampton University, & AIM Mission Outreach Director

PO Box 6142
Interdisciplinary Science Center (ISC)
Hampton University
Hampton, VA  23668

Phone:  (757) 727-5869
Fax:  (757) 728-6989

Dianne Robinson is a science professor and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Science Center (ISC) at Hampton University (HU).  In addition to her duties as professor, she works closely with the HU Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS) directing three of their education and outreach programs for NASA satellite-based research missions CALIPSO, AIM, & SABER.  As ISC Chair, she directs four GEOSCIENCE student and teacher outreach programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a NASA Earth Systems Science online course for teachers and undergraduates.  Prior to becoming a professor, Dianne taught science to grades 5-12.  She has a PhD in Science Education from the University of Iowa.

Barbara Maggi

Barbara H. Maggi
Outreach Director,
Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Hampton University
& Deputy Outreach Director
AIM Mission

23 Tyler Street
Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS)
Hampton University, Hampton, VA  23668

Phone:  (757) 727-5869

Fax:  (757) 727-5090




Barbara Maggi is the Outreach Director for the Hampton University (HU) Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS).  She works closely with the HU Interdisciplinary Science Center serving as the Assistant Outreach Director for three NASA satellite-based research missions CALIPSO, AIM, & SABER.  In addition, she develops and implements student and teacher programs for a GEOSCIENCES grant funded by the National Science Foundation.  Barbara has developed and implemented professional development programs for teachers for over 20 years.  In addition she has directed a NASA undergraduate mentorship program, Advanced Undergraduate Research using Optical Radiation in the Atmosphere (AURORA).  In previous years she was a special education teacher, technology/media specialist, and education specialist for the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.  She has a Masters in education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia.

Paul Adams

Paul Adams, PhD
Professor Fort Hays University
& AIM Outreach Instructor

245 Tomanek Hall
600 Park Street
Hays, KS  67601-4099

Phone:  785-628-4538
Fax:     785-628-4146

Paul Adams, Professor of Physics and Anschutz Professor of Education at Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS.  He received his BS Degree in Physics and Mathematics at Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH (1983); MS Degree in

Physics at Washington State University (1986), and PhD in Science Education with an emphasis in physics and Earth science from Purdue University (1996).

Forrest M. Mims III
at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory, where he has calibrated atmospheric instruments every year since 1991.

Geronimo Creek Observatory
Seguin, Texas 78155 USA

E-Mail: (The Citizen Scientist web magazine)


Forrest M. Mims III worked closely with the AIM outreach staff to write the GLOBE NLC Protocol. According to the biography by writer and editor Harry L. Helms on his web site, "Forrest is the most widely read electronics author in the world. His sixty books have sold over 7,500,000 copies and his work has appeared in some 70 magazines and science journals, including Nature, Scientific American, Science, Applied Optics, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, BioScience, Photochemistry and Photobiology, New Scientist, Sky & Telescope, Physics Today, Electronics, and IEEE Spectrum.... Forrest’s consulting clients have included the National Geographic Society, the National Science Teachers Association, [NOAA,] and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Since 1992 Forrest has taught experimental Earth science courses for the University of the Nations at their campuses in Kona, Hawaii, and Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1993, he was named a Rolex Awards Laureate for his efforts in establishing a global ozone measuring network that used instruments of his own design...." In 2004 he received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Society for Amateur Scientists.

Paul T. Jones
Science Teacher at The School of International Studies at Meadowbrook

The School of International Studies at Meadowbrook
7620 Shirland Avenue
Norfolk, Va 23505

Phone: 757/451-4133 or
202/368-0583 (cell)



Paul T. Jones is a middle school science teacher at The School of International Studies at Meadowbrook in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a 1995 graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science. He has been a long time advocate for school age children having mentored middle and high school students since 1992. In the class, Paul brings real-life experiences to make the world of science come alive. Paul’s class has been featured on the NASA CONNECT episode titled, "The 'A' Train Express." He and his students also participated in a video teleconference, which focused on inquiry based problem solving, with students from France and NASA scientists. Outside of teaching, he enjoys spending quality time with family, attending student extra-curricular activities, camping, hiking and traveling.

matt rodgers

Matt Rogers

Stephens Research Group
Dept. of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Ft. Collins, Colorado

Phone: 970.491.8124



Matt Rogers is a doctoral candidate at Colorado State University, completing a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science. His dissertation research focuses on satellite observation of tropical cloud regimes and their relation to the hydrologic cycle. Other research areas include radar
simulation, and cloud modelling. Matt is also a GLOBE-trained educator, and has worked on science outreach programs, as well as performed scientific analysis using joint observations between GLOBE and satellite-derived data. Matt lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his
wife Karin.

James M. Russell, III

James M. Russell, III, Ph.D.
AIM Principal Investigator,
Professor and Co-director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at Hampton University

Center for Atmospheric Sciences
Hampton University
Hampton, VA  23668

Fax:  (757) 727-5090

I attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1962 and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. My master's degree at the University of Virginia was also in electrical engineering. I earned my Ph.D. in aeronomy at the University of Michigan. I am a professor and co-director at the Center for Atmospheric Sciences.

I study long-term trends, chemistry, dynamics, and transport of trace gases in the middle atmosphere, analyze data to study the properties of Polar Mesospheric clouds, and aid in the development of retrieval algorithms for the SABER experiment. I am the Principal Investigator for the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission which will launch in 2007.

I enjoy being with family, going fishing, and watching football.

Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey, Ph.D.
AIM Deputy Project Investigator
University of Alaska-Fairbanks


Dr. Bailey’s research interests involve the aeronomy of the atmosphere including studies of the Sun’s influence and the formation and variability of polar mesospheric clouds. He is actively engaged in sounding rocket and satellite observations of both the Earth and Sun. He served as instrument scientist and later principal-investigator on the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer. He is co-investigator on the Solar EUV Experiment and the EUV Variability Experiment. He is deputy-principal investigator of the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere. Dr. Bailey is currently an assistant professor of physics at the university of Alaska and will become an assistant professor at Virginia Tech in August of 2006. He received his B.S. in physics in 1990 from Virginia Tech. He received his M.S. in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Colorado. Before joining the University of Alaska he was a research assistant professor of physics at Hampton University.

Cora Randall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and
& Co-Investigator on the AIM mission

  She received her PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1985.  Her scientific background is diverse, involving protein folding and laser experiments in the 1980s, then comet research with the Hubble Space Telescope in the early 1990s, and finally atmospheric science since the mid-1990s.  Cora's main area of expertise is analysis of satellite data pertaining to atmospheric composition, with a particular emphasis on polar processes such as ozone depletion and now, with AIM, polar mesospheric clouds.  She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband Glenn Randall, a professional landscape photographer, and two children, Emily (12) and Audrey (10).  They love being active in the outdoors, skiing in the winter and hiking & backpacking in the summer.
Guest Speakers

Donald Pettit

Donald R. Pettit, Ph.D.

NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born April 20, 1955 in Silverton, Oregon. Married. Two children.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Silverton Union High School, Silverton, Oregon, in 1973; received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University in 1978; and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983.

EXPERIENCE: Staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico from 1984-1996. Projects included reduced gravity fluid flow and materials processing experiments on board the NASA KC-135 airplane, atmospheric spectroscopy on noctilucent clouds seeded from sounding rockets, fumarole gas sampling from volcanoes, and problems in detonation physics. He was a member of the Synthesis Group, slated with assembling the technology to return to the moon and explore Mars (1990), and the Space Station Freedom Redesign Team (1993).

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Pettit reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years of training and evaluation, he is qualified as a mission specialist.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Expedition-6, Nov. 23, 2002 to May 3, 2003. Dr. Pettit recently completed his first space flight as NASA ISS Science Officer aboard the International Space Station, logging over 161 days in space, including over 13 EVA hours. During 5-1/2 months aboard the International Space Station, the crew worked with numerous U.S. and Russian science experiments. Dr. Pettit and the mission commander Ken Bowersox performed 2 EVAs (spacewalks) to continue the external outfitting of the orbital outpost. The Expedition-6 crew launched on STS-113 Space Shuttle Endeavour and returned to Earth on Soyuz TMA-1.

Jim Botti

Jim Botti, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant

NASA Classroom of the Future
Center for Educational Technologies
Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003

Phone:  (800) 641-8806



Dr. Jim Botti is a graduate of Penn State University and an educator with more than 35 years of teaching experience from grade school to graduate school.  Since 1994 Dr. Botti has been Senior Educational Consultant and Instructional Designer for the NASA Classroom of the Future project at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit College in West Virginia.  He is best known for using Problem Based Learning and Earth System Science to design and develop online courses and educational resources for teachers. Presently Dr. Botti is Co-Director of the The K-16 PBL Consortium.


Emma Walton

Emma Walton



Dr. Walton is an educator with expertise in science teaching, science materials and professional development. She taught for 10 years, served as a science supervisor for 19 years and spent four years as a program director at the National Science Foundation. Upon retirement, she was elected NSTA President. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, she has been involved with the GLOBE program and related activities.

Her most recent work has included consulting on a CD Rom project titled, Arctic Connections, serving as the evaluator to a project titled, Rural Access to Technical Education and serving as the evaluator to a project titled, Development of an Alaska Earth Systems Field School. Presently she is working with the NASA Explorer Schools program in Alaska, working with an NSF project titled, MapTeach & working with an NSF project titled, Improved Online STEM Instruction for Rural Alaskan Native Students.

Sue Lini

Sue Lini

Research Coordinator CloudSat

Atmospheric Science
1371 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins CO  80523-1371

Phone:  970-491-8550
Fax:  970-491-8166

Susan Lini has been the Research Program Coordinator for Graeme Stephens Research Group at Colorado State University for over 20 years. She spends significant time negotiating contracts, implementing cost accounting standards, and responding to requirements for NASA and JPL.  She also coordinates meetings, work extensively in human resources areas, and participates actively in CloudSat/GLOBE outreach activities. 

Nan McClurg

Nan McClurg

The GLOBE Program

Atmospheric Science
1371 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Ft. Collins, CO 80523-1371 USA

Phone:  970-491-8580 or 800-858-9947
Fax:  970-491-8768


Nandini (Nan) McClurg is the U.S. Regional Desk Officer for the GLOBE Program and also manages the GLOBE Help Desk at Colorado State University, where she oversees the answering of emails and phone inquiries from GLOBE teachers, students and Partners.  Nan has a B.Sc. in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University and an Assoc. Degree in Computer Science from Wichita State University.  She has been with the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University since 1983, where she served as a Research Coordinator with Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) from 1983 to 2003 and joined the GLOBE Program in 2003.

Nan is the recipient of the 2005 Multiethnic Faculty and Staff Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado State University where she is currently working on her Masters in Business.

Emily Hill

Emily Hill
AIM Outreach Graphics, Products, & Web Designer

Phone:  (757) 869-1796

Emily Hill is a graphic and web designer who contracts with the Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS) at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. Among other projects, she designed, developed, and currently maintains three NASA satellite mission web sites: AIM, CALIPSO Outreach, and SABER Outreach. She also designs AIM mission graphics, posters, and products.

Emily received her B.A.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology where she studied computer science and digital imaging and publishing.



Jodi Sandler

Contact info:
Jodi Sandler
Research Associate
Program Evaluation and Research Group
Lesley University
29 Everett St.
Cambridge, MA 02138-2790

Jodi received her BS in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her M Ed in elementary education from Lesley University. Since joining PERG in September 1998, Jodi has participated in numerous evaluations of science education programs, in both informal and formal settings. These evaluations have included curriculum development, museum visitor studies, and informal education/school partnerships. Her clients have included NASA's Office of Space Science, the Boston Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, National Audubon Society, TERC and EDC.

Sabra Lee

Sabra Lee

Sabra Lee has worked with the Program Evaluation and Research Group at
Lesley University for 23 years where she is currently a Senior Research
Associate and Assistant Director. Sabra has had a broad range of experiences
in educational evaluation, documentation, and curriculum and resource
development. She has evaluated programs at multi-state, state and district
levels, as well as within museums and for after school programs. She has
also evaluated curriculum development programs, including Earth system
science, and on-line programs. Sabra has co-authored three books on
mathematics staff development and one on science assessment, as well as several articles. She has presented at local, state and national conferences
in both mathematics and science education. She serves on the steering
committee for Earth System Science Education in the 21st century, which is a
NASA/USRA Cooperative University-based Program and is a member of the
advisory board for the Merck Institute for Science Education. She holds a
Bachelors degree in biology from Reed College and a Masters in Education
from Tufts.


2006 AIM/GLOBE/CloudSat Educator Workshop

AIM Workshop Staff
Instructors and Staff at the 2006 Workshop

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The AIM mission is a part of
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