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STAFF MEMBERS OF THE CENTER FOR STEM EDUCATION

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Affiliated Faculty

Marion Ben-Jacob, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Mercy College

William Farber, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education, Mercy College

Renee Haskew-Layton, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Natural Science, Mercy College

Wendy Mages, Associate Professor, Childhood Education, Mercy College

 

 

Dr. Amanda M. Gunning

Co-Director

Dr. Gunning is an Associate Professor of Secondary Science Education at Mercy and Chairman of the Department of Secondary Education.   She is Co-Director of the Greater NY Wipro Science Education Fellowship and was the Director of the Step up to STEM Grant at Mercy.  She is also working with the Yonkers School District on a Math Science Partnership and is co-PI on a brand new (2018)  NSF Grant Preparing Master Teacher Fellows in STEM.  

Her areas of specialty are Physics and Engineering, and teacher education in STEM.

Contact: agunning@mercy.edu

Latanya Brandon

Education Research and Outreach Associate

September 2018: Latanya Brandon joins the Center for STEM Education after 10 years as a classroom science teacher in New York City where she participated in numerous partnerships, grant, and professional development opportunities to strengthen her pedagogy and to create a variety of learning experiences for students. She found herself driven to the research aspect of science education and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Connecticut. Her areas of interest include science teaching and learning, teacher leadership and development, community partnerships, and school conditions. Latanya will be putting this interest into practice as she does research and leads the second phase of the Wipro Science Education Fellowship for the CSE.  Her outside interests include time connecting with family, friends, and pets.

Contact: lbrandon2@mercy.edu

Sheila Narayanan

Visiting Fellow in Strategy

Sheila Narayanan is a global strategy and product executive with expertise in shepherding innovation through to execution and commercialization.  Sheila has a BS in Mechanical engineering from University of Wales, UK and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

She was the founding Head of Product for MasterCard's Big Data startup to monetize transaction data and launched MasterCard's first iPhone app.  She was recently the Chief Digital Girl Experience Executive for the Girl Scouts of the USA and GM of the Digital Cookie e-commerce business.  Her focus was to transform the Girl Scout experience to a 21st century model.

Sheila supports the work of the Center for STEM Education by lending her expertise to help shape our work with the community.  Her input helps guide our operational model and work plan.  Sheila is an active member of the STEM education community, helping organize the Wiz Girls workshops for the American Association of University Women.

 

Dr. Meghan E. Marrero

Co-Director

Dr. Marrero is Professor of Secondary Science Education at Mercy. She is Co-Director of the Wipro Science Education Fellowship, and the Director of the Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI), an NSF Grant for training undergraduate Science and Math Teachers. In 2018 she was elected President of the National Marine Educators Association and did a Fulbright research semester at the National College of Ireland, Dublin, where she collected data for the international implementation of FLORES (Family Learning and Outreach for Research and Education in STEM).

Dr. Marrero's research interests are in ocean literacy (she co-authored a high school marine science textbook), and teacher education in STEM.

Contact: mmarrero3@mercy.edu

Mary Ushay

Projects Coordinator

Since 2014, Mary has been the Grant Facilitator for both Mercy's Wipro Science Education Fellowship and the Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI), and oversees the running of all activities under the CSE Umbrella.  She came to Mercy College after many years of volunteering in the Tuckahoe School District to enrich curriculum, as an after school teacher and organizer, and as PTA President and Tuckahoe School Foundation Secretary. She especially enjoys working with the undergraduates to help them realize their potential in the science and education fields.

Contact: mushay@mercy.edu