Education at all levels is an important part of BEACON’s mission. Our goals are to increase interest in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) careers, to increase diversity in STEM careers, to increase the public’s understanding of evolutionary science, and to provide interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculty. Coordinating these efforts are BEACON’s Education Director, Louise Mead, and Diversity Director, Judi Brown Clarke.
Education Director Louise Mead is an evolutionary biologist with a broad range of teaching and administrative experience. Louise earned a PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts and spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher, including two years as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Biological Informatics. Her research interests include sexual selection and speciation as well as evolution education. Prior to coming to BEACON, she spent four years as the Education Project Director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Louise has published her scientific work in Evolution and Trends in Ecology and Evolution. She has also served as a science content and education consultant, and regularly contributes to the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach.
Diversity Director Judi Brown Clarke has an extensive background in diversity, including her most recent position as Director of Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Judi has a unique portfolio of experience including her current membership on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Diversity Workgroup, and chair of the Michigan Afterschool Partnership’ STEM committee. Judi earned a BS in Audiology and Speech Sciences and Masters in Education at MSU; and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, specializing in health policy at Western Michigan University.
Please take a look at BEACON’s ongoing education projects and outreach initiatives.