Workshop Session I (noon - 1 p.m.)
A. 30+ Years Later: Where Did a STEM Education Take Me?Explore the skills that are learned and the true versatility of a STEM degree, which can empower you to see the world differently.
Presenter: Heidi Welner, Science Teacher, Columbia High School
Heidi Welner has a B.A. in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Instructional Design from Seton Hall University. She broke with tradition early by working in the newly emerging environmental field. She continued along an unconventional STEM career path by establishing and running an environmental education center and participating in research on grey whale migration. She currently teaches science at Columbia High School and has also worked with Steven’s Institute of Technology. Last year Welner worked with Seton Hall to submit a successful proposal to NASA for testing an experiment in zero gravity.
B. Use of Imaging Technology in Developmental Biology SciencesGain a better understanding of advanced imaging technology, with particular focus on the fruit fly and mammalian sperm development and maturation.
Presenter: Angela Klaus, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Angela Klaus is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Seton Hall University. Her research program focuses on molecular and cellular aspects of sperm development in fruit flies. Fruit flies are used as model organisms to understand sperm development in mammalian species, including humans. Her research relies upon the use of imaging technology, including confocal laser scanning microscopy and electron microscopy. Prior to arriving at Seton Hall, Klaus worked in industry, non-profit, and governmental sectors as a technologist and biologist, including at the American Museum of Natural History, the National Science Foundation and ExxonMobil. Klaus received her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutgers-New Brunswick.
C. Achievement of Girls in Math and Science EducationExamine how curriculum development, gender differences, and the effects of nature and nurture impact learning in math and science.
Presenters: Debra Zinicola, Associate Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Debra Zinicola is an Associate Professor in the Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education Program of the College of Education and Human Services. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate education courses primarily in Child Development and Science Methods. Zinicola received her Ed.D. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a concentration in Science Education from Rutgers University. The focus of her research is how “science talk” in collaborative groups, about the causes of discrepant events, promotes the understanding of scientific concepts in middle school students.
Mary Mueller is an Associate Professor in the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education Program of the College of Education and Human Services. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate education courses. Mueller received her Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University. The focus of her research is the development of mathematical reasoning in elementary and middle school students and the role of discourse in the mathematics classroom.
D. Serious Games for Serious WomenConsider the use of games for entertainment, education and professional development and whether there are still gender differences in online game play.
Presenters: Danielle Mirliss, Associate Director, Teaching, Learning and Technology Center
Danielle Mirliss is an Associate Director at Seton Hall’s Teaching, Learning and Technology Center. She is responsible for overseeing the Instructional Design and Training team in a variety of faculty and student support initiatives. She has a broad range of experience in mobile computing, pen-based computing, course redesign, online learning, virtual worlds and assessment. Previously she was an Instructional Designer at an online division of Columbia University. Mirliss is a candidate for the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University. She also received her Ed.M. from the same program and her M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.
Mary Zedeck is an Instructional Designer at the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center. She is responsible for supporting faculty in the design, integration, and assessment of technology resources for courses and programs on campus, as well as online. Training is an important part of Zedeck's role at the University where she organizes and teaches workshops and programs in emerging technology. Prior to joining Seton Hall, she provided technology training and instructional design services to K-12 educators, administrators, and corporate clients. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Lafayette College and an Ed.M. in Adult and Corporate Instructional Management from Loyola University Chicago.
Workshop Session II (1 - 2 p.m.)
A. How the Women of STEM Balance Career Demands and Parenting
Better understand the challenges faced by women in the sciences who navigate career and family, from a diverse range of experiences.
Theresa Bartolotta is Director of Assessment for Academic Affairs in the Office of the Provost and an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Health and Medical Sciences. Her research interest is in improving communication in children with severe disabilities and working with their families to enhance quality of life. The challenges of balancing work and career have long been an interest, especially the unique issues facing working mothers of children with special needs.
B. Women in the Technology Professions: Growth and OpportunitiesIf you are thinking of entering the tech professions, you won't want to miss this lively discussion featuring several faculty and administrators.
Presenters: Marta Deyrup, Professor and Catalog Coordinator, University Libraries
Marta Deyrup is Professor and Catalog Coordinator at Seton Hall University Libraries. For six years she served as Co-Director of the University's Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women's Studies. She holds a MLS from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University. Deyrup is the author/editor of five books and numerous articles on scholarly communication, Slavic librarianship, and digital scholarship.
C. Girls Gone Wired: Promoting STEM Opportunities for America's Marginalized Girls
Learn more about the non-profit organizations that specifically partner female students with STEM programming. Be inspired to connect with these organizations and to form local chapters.