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Primary Investigators (PIs)

Karen M. Haberstroh, Program Manager and Co-PI

Karen M. Haberstroh is an assistant professor of research in the Division of Engineering and the Director of STEM Outreach at Brown University. Prior to joining Brown, she served as an assistant professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University.  Her degrees are in biomedical engineering from Brown University (Sc.B., 1995) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 1996; Ph.D., 2000).  Through this GK-12 program and other initiatives she has worked to build connections between the Providence Public School system and Brown University, so that students in the rising generation might consider futures in science.

Gregory Tucker (Physics), Co-PI

Professor Tucker's observational cosmology group studies the early universe by measuring the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and by looking at the very earliest galaxies to have formed in the universe. The group designs and builds special purpose instruments for these measurements and then uses them and analyzes the results.

Ian Dell'Antonio (Physics), Co-PI

Professor Dell'Antonio's research centers on observational cosmology, the experimental measurement of the fundamental properties of the Universe. He is the leader of two international projects (The Deep Lens Survey and JEDI) that use gravitational lensing to measure the distribution and nature of the dark matter and dark energy that permeate the universe. He has been member of the Brown faculty since 1999, and worked at Bell Laboratories and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories before coming to Brown.

Timothy Herbert (Geology), PI

Understanding how the earth's climatic system, particularly the ocean, adjusts itself to perturbation on various timescales drives most aspects of my research. Professor Herbert's recent projects include application of alkenone paleotemperature determinations to problems of Plio-Pleistocene climate change, development of new tools to scan sediment cores non-destructively, and application of orbital stratigraphy to solve problems in earth history over Cenozoic and Mesozoic time.

David Targan (Dean of the College), Co-PI

David Targan attended Brown, UCLA, and Minnesota, where he earned an Sc.B., M.A. and Ph.D. before returning to Brown as a Physics faculty member and Director of Ladd Observatory. His interests in science education led him to the Dean’s Office, where he helped build nationally recognized academic programs, including WiSE and UTRA. As Associate Dean for Science Education, he is currently spearheading new science education initiatives including the Science Resource Center. He also serves as co-PI on Brown's NSF GK-12 grant, the NASA Space Grant, and other federally supported science projects.