The Science Center administrative team is dedicated to science education at Brown and beyond. Feel free to contact us with questions regarding our programs and initiatives.
Science Center Director/Associate Dean of the College
(401) 863-2314, Box 1992, SC 328
David Targan received degrees from Brown (Sc.B.), University of California-Los Angeles, (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.). While at UCLA and Minnesota, he conducted research on cataclysmic binary stars at Lick Observatory, Mt. Lemmon, and Palomar. Dean Targan is a member of Brown's Department of Physics and, as Director of the Ladd Observatory, oversees public programming and special programs in which area teachers and students conduct original research in astronomy using Brown's supercomputer and telescopes.
As Associate Dean for Science Education, David Targan has helped build nationally recognized science programs, such as the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program and the Sloan-sponsored science faculty workshop. He is currently spearheading initiatives on public access to science, informal science education, computational astronomy, and medical education. He also serves as co-Principal Investigator on Brown's National Science Foundation GK-12 grant, the NASA Space Grant, and other federally and privately supported science programs. Contact Dean Targan for consultation and advising about any issue related to the physical sciences at Brown.
Dir. of Science Center Outreach/Asst. Dean of the College
(401) 863-9800, Box 1828, UH 201
Oludurotimi Adetunji earned his B.S. in Physics and Computer Science from Fisk University and his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from The Ohio State University. During his graduate study, he worked as a Physical Scientist in the areas of biomaterials and nano-channel glass device/applications at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. A member of Brown's Department of Physics, Dean Adentunji has conducted research focused on the development of piezoresistive sensor based on nano-network of conducting polymers. During his tenure at The Ohio State University, he received two National Science Foundation grants, including one leading to the development of an intervention model for inspiring future geoscientists.
As Director of Science Outreach, Dean Adetunji oversees STEM initiatives in several areas including Alternative Innovative Science Communication, Broader Impacts, faculty and student coordinator workshops, professional development for educators, and program assessment.
Associate Dean of Biological Science
(401) 863-3814, Box G-A1222, SC 328
Marjorie Thompson received her Sc.B. (Biochemistry, '74) and Ph.D. (Biology, '79) from Brown. As Associate Dean of Biological Sciences, she directs the Biology Undergraduate Affairs Office, which oversees academic advising, programs, resources, courses, and curricular development for all biological sciences programs. A member of the Department of Molecular, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry, she teaches Embryology, Histology, and Biological Illustration.
Contact Dean Thompson for consultation and advising about any issue related to the biological sciences at Brown.
Science Center Program Coordinator/WiSE Coordinator
(401) 863-6806, Box 1992, SC 321
Jodie Gill graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Education and Psychology. Prior to coming to Brown, Ms. Gill worked as a computer instructor for the Urban League of Rhode Island and as the Retention Specialist for the Operation Forward March Program. Ms. Gill came to Brown in 2006 as the Student Affairs Coordinator for the Department of Physics. As Brown's Science Program Coordinator, Jodie assists with all aspects of the Brown's Science Center and oversees the Women in Science and Engineering program.
New Scientist Program Coordinator
(401) 863-5176, Box 1992, SC 306
A Computer Science graduate of Brown (class of 2011), Joseph spearheads efforts to support under-represented minority students pursuing concentrations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. His primary responsibilities include overseeing the New Scientist Program, a mentoring program; facilitating study groups; and running Catalyst, pre-orientation program for underrepresented students in the sciences.
Instructional Coordinator/Science Learning Specialist
(401) 863-6891, Box G-A1, SC 306
Sarah Taylor received her Sc.B. (Biology, 2006) from Brown. She currently provides teaching support for an array of biology courses at Brown including physiology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and evolutionary biology. She is currently co-teaching an experimental course, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, that will give students the opportunity to isolate and analyze DNA using both laboratory and computational techniques. She also teaches biology courses at RISD and has tutored broadly in the biological and physical sciences. Previously, Ms. Taylor worked as a consultant, a grant writer, and as the Coordinator for the Providence Journal-Brown University Public Affairs Conference. As a Science Learning Specialist, Sarah oversees enhanced group tutoring for courses in chemistry and physics at the Science Center.
HHMI Program Coordinator
(401) 863-6892, Box 1992, SC 327
Linda Walsh coordinates the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Program, under the direction of Michael McKeown and David Targan. She assists applicants with the rigorous application process for the 32 paid research positions in the HHMI summer research program. As a new member of the Brown community, Linda eagerly shares other research opportunities with undergraduates that visit the Science Center.