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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.
Jessica Borders, Graduate Research Assistant
Jessica is a fourth-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University. Jessica completed her Master's of Arts degree in Counseling and Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests lie in experiences of underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups in STEM fields. Specifically, she is interested in how racial and ethnic minority students in higher education navigate challenges that might hinder their persistence in a STEM career. Future career goals include working towards developing new and innovative interventions to reduce attrition rates of ethnic and minority students entering and graduating from STEM programs.
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.