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AIM / CloudSat / GLOBE 2007 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).

Mike O'Dell

Mike O'Dell, PhD

Roosth Chair of Science Education
University of Texas-Tyler

University of Texas at Tyler
Center for Teaching Excellence in Math and Science
College of Education and Psychology
Science 226
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799

Phone: 903.566.7149

Fax: 903.565.5648


Michael R.L. Odell, Ph.D. is the Roosth Chair of Science Education at the University of Texas-Tyler. Dr. Odell began his career in education as an Earth Science teacher in Irving, Texas (1984-1990). He received his B.A. in Geoscience (1984) and M.A.T. in Science Education (1989) from the University of Texas at Dallas. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Science Education (1993) from Indiana University. Prior to coming to UTT he was an Associate Professor of STEM Education at Illinois State University where he also served as an Assistant Dean of the College of Education (2005-06). Before ISU, Dr. Odell served as an Associate Professor of Science/Technology Education and Director of the Division of Teaching, Learning and Leadership at the University of Idaho (1993-2005). He was also a member of the Environmental Science Faculty. He served as an Associate Director of the Idaho Space Grant Consortium and the Project Director for the Idaho Virtual Campus. He also served as the Director of the Institute for Mathematics, Interactive Technologies and Science (IMITS) where he was involved in the development and implementation of numerous externally funded projects. He is best known for his work with the NOVA program (NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics), the Virtual Center for Online Learning Research (VCOLR), the Idaho GLOBE Program, and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship program. He has served as a National Space Grant Fellow at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (1995-97) and as a Faculty Fellow at NASA Kennedy Space Center (2003) in Florida. Currently Dr. Odell is involved in the research and development of online tools and strategies to improve achievement in science education. He currently serves on the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Aerospace Education Committee and the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Technology Education Committee.

Paul T. Jones

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
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


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 was an assistant professor of physics at the University of Alaska and is currently an assistant professor at Virginia Tech. 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.

John Anderson

John Anderson, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Center for Atmospheric Sciences at Hampton University

Center for Atmospheric Sciences
Hampton University
Hampton, VA 23668

Phone: (757) 727-5106


I am from Rockford, Illinois and a 1981 graduate of Rockford East high school. I enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served my country from February 1982 through January 1986 as a certified weather observer. I did my undergraduate studies at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb Illinois. I received a B.S. degree in Meteorology and a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from NIU in 1990. I recieved a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University in the spring of 1998.

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.

Joyce M. Jarrett

Dr. Joyce M. Jarrett

Hampton University Provost


Dr. Joyce M. Jarrett is a tenured college professor and a university administrator who has been an educator for more than 30 years. She holds the BA degree in English and a MA in English Education from Tennessee State University and the doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Jarrett began her career at Hampton University in 1983 as Assistant Professor of English. Prior to assuming her current role as Provost, she served in a variety of positions to include Director of the Writing Center, Chair of the Department of English, Executive Assistant to the President, and as Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Jarrett has an insatiable love for writing. She has written several creative narratives about her life growing up in Mississippi, the most popular of which is “Freedom” which first appeared in Between Worlds in May 1986 and has since been anthologized in several literary texts. Additionally, she co-authored two writing text books: Pathways: A Text for Developing Writers, Macmillan Publishing Co., 1990 (second edition published by Allyn-Bacon, scheduled January 1999) and Heritage: African American Readings for Writing, Prentice-Hall 1996 (second edition published in 2002).


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. 

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.


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.

PERG Evaluator

Sabra Lee

Sabra Lee
Senior Research Associate

Program Evaluation and Research Group
Lesley University
29 Everett St.
Cambridge MA 02138-2790

Phone: 617-349-8450
Fax: 617-349-8668

Sabra Lee has worked with the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Lesley University for 28 years and is currently a Senior Research Associate. Sabra has experience in educational program evaluation, documentation, and curriculum and resource development, and has evaluated programs from national to school settings, within museums and after school programs. She worked on the PERG team evaluating the education programs of NASA’s Office of Space Science. She co-authored books on mathematics staff development and science assessment. She holds a BA in biology and an MA in education. She loves to garden, hike and sing.


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