With a shared interest in encouraging youths to explore the wonders of science, a panel of distinguished educators and scientists are lending their expertise to help select this year's Top Young Scientist.
Patti Duncan is a manager with the Discovery Education Instructional Implementation Team. After working for ten years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education in 1997. She taught middle school and high school science for twelve years, most recently in Hawley PA. During that time she continuously strived to keep her classroom innovative and engaging. She has spent the past twelve years presenting at workshops and institutes for fellow educators on a variety of subjects on the local, state and national level. She has also hosted workshops for both Wilkes University and Rutgers University. Sharing what she knows about science, technology and STEM education has become a passion, as well as a career.
Dr. Matt Scholz is currently a Corporate Scientist in the 3M Healthcare Division and leads a Discovery Team to develop advanced Infection Prevention. Scholz is an inventor on over 110 issued United States patents and has facilitated numerous healthcare products through to commercialization including synthetic casting tapes and splints, sterile adhesive incise drapes used in surgery, antifog and antireflective films used in disposable face shields and diagnostics, and products to prevent ventilator associated pneumonia.
For over 29 years, Scholz has worked in Research and Development for 3M and has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Carlton Award, 3Mâ€™s highest recognition for scientists who have made extraordinary contributions to the company.
Melding the latest in science and technology with a passion for education, Reed Timmer has spent the last 13 years in the eye of the storm. As the lead meteorologist and professional storm chaser on Discovery Channel's award-winning series Storm Chasers, Reed is one of the world's most respected experts on severe weather forecasting, safety and survival.
Reed's "hands-on" experience with a vast assortment of hazardous weather and natural disasters, as well as his extensive education in the science of meteorology, have made Reed a strong advocate for extreme weather and disaster education. He conducts storm spotter seminars for the National Weather Service, emergency managers and the general public. Reed has appeared on national news broadcasts including Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, CNN with Wolf Blitzer, CBS, NBC, and of course, The Weather Channel.
Libbey Kitten serves as the Secondary Science Specialist for Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia. Her twenty-two year teaching career spans three states in both public and private school settings. Prior to entering the field of education, Libbey worked as an oncology research assistant at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. When not immersed in science education, Libbey enjoys spending time with her husband and lab partner of twenty-five years, Todd. Libbey was recognized as Henrico Countyâ€™s 2010 Instructional Leader of the Year.
Milagros Fornell began her career in education in 1978 as a mathematics teacher, and from there her vast experience includes being a department chairperson, regional curriculum coordinator, school-site administrator, regional administrator, and currently district associate superintendent for Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida. Her numerous awards include, but are not limited to: 1984 Miami-Dade County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, 1998 South Florida Phi Beta Kappa Superior High School Principal, 2001 Student Services Principal of the Year, 2001 Media Specialists' High School Principal of the Year, and 2001 Region VI Principal of the Year.
Dr. Cindy Moss is Director of Science and Math, K-12, for the 140,000 students and 15,000 teachers in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. She received a B.S. in zoology from the University of North Carolina (where she was a Morehead Scholar), an M.S. in science teaching from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in science education from the Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. In 2001, Dr. Moss was named a Milken Family Foundation National Educator for her expertise in kinesthetic learning, her ability to help low achieving students succeed, her passion and enthusiasm in the classroom, and her tireless work with the environment. She has won numerous awards including a Radioshack National Teaching Award and the Ben Craig Award. Most recently Dr. Moss was selected as 1 of 13 members on a federal commission created by the National Science Foundation's National Science Board to create a strategy to improve the nation's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and she has spoken to Congress on this issue several times in the past year as well.