Teach-In Outside the White House Speakers

Anjali Kumar is a tropical ecologist, conservation biologist, and AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C. working to help build scientific research capacity across the world. She aids scientists in translating technical research into information for non-scientists to use in policy making. Anjali spent several years teaching students the scientific method, how to formulate questions, and how to apply principles of science to their lives. Anjali is also the daughter of two immigrant parents from Ireland and India, a daughter, sister, aunt, partner, member of the LGBTQ community and a part time dog owner.

Anjali Kumar is a tropical ecologist, conservation biologist, and AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C. working to help build scientific research capacity across the world. She aids scientists in translating technical research into information for non-scientists to use in policy making. Anjali spent several years teaching students the scientific method, how to formulate questions, and how to apply principles of science to their lives. Anjali is also the daughter of two immigrant parents from Ireland and India, a daughter, sister, aunt, partner, member of the LGBTQ community and a part time dog owner.

Alejandro de la Puente, Ph.D. is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow serving in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Studies at the National Science Foundation. Prior to the AAAS fellowship, Alejandro was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Physics in Carleton University. His research focused on building and studying new physics models to address the nature of dark matter, the naturalness of the Higgs boson, and the mechanism for neutrino mass generation. We worked primarily with models that can be directly tested at particle colliders. Alejandro has also been involved with High Energy Physics outreach activities in Latin America, an area that allowed him to lead and organize the first ever High Energy Physics Masterclass in Lima – Peru in 2015 and most recently in April 2016. Alejandro is a spokesperson for Instituto Apoyo, a non-profit organization with a mission to design and implement educational solutions to promote inclusive social development in Peru. He is very interested and wants to be further involved with designing and promoting new ways to improve undergraduate STEM education is the United States during his time at the National Science Foundation. Alejandro received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics at Florida International University and his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame du Lac.

Lavinia Kumar has an EdD in science education, and degrees in Chemistry (BA, cum laude) and Biology (MA), and was long involved in technology education.  She has taught in middle and high school, in college, in medical school.  She has trained innumerable faculty, teachers and administrators in theories of learning, use of data, how to involve students in their own learning, to update science curricula,  and incorporate everyday technologies.  She developed and directed a state-wide web-based professional development resource for educators for New Jersey (since non-funded).  She co-wrote Using Assessment for Instruction for the International Center for Leadership in Education, in 2008.