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Dr. Steve Elliott, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar
Steve Elliott studies the relations between science and society. He's especially interested in the conceptual foundations of research design, in the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to study science itself, and in how people develop their capacities for scientific and computational thinking. At CGEST, he helps to mentor student researchers, to secure research funding, to design research, and to disseminate results to academic audiences. As a Flinn-Brown Fellow, he's also involved with Arizona civic leadership. For more information, see his Academia Profile, LinkedIn profile, and a current CV.
Dr. Tara Nkrumah, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Tara was born in Chicago, Illinois. Most of her early adult life was spent in Texas and Tennessee before moving to West Africa. After seven years, she returned to the United States from Ghana to complete her PhD. She has 13 years of teaching experience in the United States and seven years in Ghana. Her ability to successfully teach science in diverse settings by population, culture, and class is attributed to years of teaching in U.S. inner city, urban schools, and overseas at the top international school in Accra, Ghana with over 60 nationalities. She has taught both high school level courses in Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Health, Algebra I and in middle school Comprehensive Science. She is well versed in teaching the Middle Years Program (MYP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum as well as Honors and Advanced Placement courses.
Mentored by her father and grandmother at an early age cultivated her passion in the field of science/STEM education. The conferred degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Middle Tennessee State University, a Masters in Education from Tennessee State University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. Tara is energetic, disciplined and passionate about exposing students to the joys of science education through hands-on experiences that help them to bridge the classroom to their community and life.
Tara’s research agenda on science curriculum (leadership) development explores methods to increase the underrepresentation of Black women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM). Her current research on the pedagogical and theoretical development of science educators’ understanding and practice of engagement in science relies on poststructuralist perspectives, her extensive experience teaching science, and her exposure to qualitative research methods. Additionally, her training in anti-oppressive theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, supports her examination of how popular culture and sociopolitical discourse flow through entertainment media and frame public perception about science education and/or STEM careers, particularly for underrepresented groups.
Besides conducting research and presenting, she enjoys meeting new people, traveling, exercising, dancing, eating Indian food, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Chun Tao, Graduate Research Aide
Chun is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. She holds a MS degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a BS degree in psychology from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Chun's research interests include examining disparities in marginalized individuals’ experiences in career and relationship contexts. Chun is passionate about empowerment of women and advocacy for gender equity in professional development opportunities.
Lydia McInnes, Graduate Research Assistant
Lydia is a first-year Gender Studies doctoral student in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She completed her BA in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lydia’s research interests include gaming, media, and culture studies, specifically how women and other minority groups are represented, portrayed, and barred from gaming and tech circles. She is also interested in violence prevention and bystander intervention work and where the tech and violence prevention realms intersect and overlap.
Rachel Ware, Barrett College Fellow
Rachel is working with the center on the i3/CompuPower grant. She is a junior studying Computer Science. She has an interest in teaching computer science and STEM topics to children in underrepresented groups. Through her own experience of discovering the ability to study engineering in high school as a woman of color, she is invested in others having the chance to try STEM in an encouraging environment. CGEST works to provide the types of opportunities and research that support these aims.
Molly Luther, Barrett College Fellow
Molly is a junior majoring in Computer Science with a certificate in Digital Culture at ASU. Joining CGEST as a Barrett College Fellow, Molly will be assisting with the Service to Practice project as well as in web development for the Center's site. She has worked in STEM outreach programs for Xavier College Preparatory's Girls Have IT Day and ASU Open Door, a spring educational symposium. As part of the Women in Computer Science club, she also volunteers at local events that encourage female participation in engineering. This past summer, Molly attended the National Center for Women in Information Technology Summit, where she served as a Change Leader Scholar for diversity in tech. Molly is especially passionate about community building, working in Barrett, the Honors College for her second year as a Community Assistant for 75+ first-year and upper division students.