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New Jersey Science Convention

Banquet Speakers

2022 Dr. John Wilkin
Professor of Marine Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

2021 Dr. William Getsch
Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts & Sciences, Saint Peter’s University 
​Science Education: A Grand Adventure, Building Bridges Between the Formal and Informal Sectors


2020 Dr. Jeff Goldstein
Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
​Human Exploration–It’s Not a Book of Knowledge…It’s a Journey


2019 Dr. Sabine Kastner
Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology and Scientific Director of Neuroimaging Facility, Princeton University
Educational Neuroscience for the 21st Century


2018 Dr. Mireya Mayor
Researcher, National Geographic Learning/Cengage
Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer


2017 Andrés Ruzo
Director, Boiling River Project
On Assignment: Notes from the Front Lines of Amazonian Conservation and Implications on 21st Century Learning 

2016 Dr. David Gallo
Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Center for Climate and Life of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
Deep Sea - Deep Secrets: The Many Wonders of Neptune's Realm


2015 Dr. David Robinson
NJ State Climatologist, Professor in the Department of Geology at Rutgers University
Exploring NJ Climate Variability and Change


2014 Dr. Ricki Lewis
Science Writer, Genetic Counselor, Educator, Public Speaker
Gene Therapy: A Forever Fix?


2013 Dr. Kenneth R. Miller
Professor of Biology at Brown University, Author
Does Science Still Matter in America Today?


2012  Dr. Robert E. Landsman
President, ANOVA Science Education Corporation
Neuron to Brain: Connectivity Impact on 21st Century Worldlings


2011  Dr. Luke Dollar
National Geographic Explorer, Program Director of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative
Seeking Solutions in Predator Conservation


2010 Tim Samaras
Severe Storms Researcher, National Geographic Emerging Explorer
The Science of Tornado Chasing


2009  Chris Linder
Research Associate, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Physical Oceanography Department
Science on Ice


2008  Dr. Jeff Goldstein
Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Present, and Inspiring the Future: Human Exploration - the Journey Continues


2007  Jack Uldrich
Author, President, NanoVeritas Group
The Exponential Educator: How Eight Emerging Technologies will Transform Education


2006  Dr. Alan I. Leshner
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Publisher, Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Science Education in the Current Societal Climate


2005  Dr. Sally Ride
Astronaut, America's First Woman in Space, Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego, CEO of Imaginary Lines, Inc.
Leadership and America's Future in Space


2004  Dr. David Sousa
Brain Researcher, Educational Consultant, Author
Making Schools Brain Compatible


2003  Dr. Leon Lederman
Nobel Laureate, Physics 1988
Isn't It Time Science Education Joined the 21st Century?


2002  Dr. John Peterson
United Nations Foundation
From Silent Spring to Scientific Revolution


2001  Dr. Robert DeSalle
Researcher, American Museum of Natural History
The Genomic Revolution


2001  Emory Kristof
National Geographic Photographer, Pioneer in Deep Sea Robotic Cameras
Ghost Ships and Sea Monsters


2000  Dr. Eric Wieschaus
Nobel Laureate, Princeton University
Doing Molecular Genetics in Model Organisms in Humans

1999  Dr. Emlyn Koster
President, CEO, Liberty Science Center
Lessons from Travels into the Biosphere


1998  Sr. Mary Virginia Oma, Ph.D., OSU
Editor, Chemical Heritage Foundation Publication, College of New Rochelle
Doing Chemistry at the Art / Archeology Interface


1997  Milbry Polk
Explorer, Author, Anthropological Film Maker
Virtual Xplorations


1996  Jim Fowler
Host of Wild Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation and Its Effect on the Quality of Life


1996  Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and Senior Attorney for the National Resources Defense Council, Attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic, Pace University
Our Environmental Destiny


1995  John Horner
Professor of Geology and Biology, Curator of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University
The Complete T-Rex


1994  Dr. Roger Bybee
Associate Director, Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS), Colorado, Chair, Working Group on Science Curriculum Standards for the National Research Council
National Science Education Standards: The Process, Product, Product and Potential


1993  Jeff & Deb Hall Sandler (Mr. & Mrs. Fish)
Marine Science Education Entertainers
Marine Science Education in the Classroom


1992  Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Astronaut and Marine Geologist
Exploring the Earth from Above and Below


1991  Dr. Shirley Jackson
Research Physicist, AT&T Bell Labs
Math, Diversity, and Excellence: Challenge for the Next Century


1990 Geoff Somers
Antarctic Explorer
Trans-Antarctic International Expedition


1989  Dr. Christopher Daggett
NJ Commissioner of Environmental Protection
Education Investment - Environmental Futures


1988  Dr. Ruth Turner
Professor of Biology, Harvard University, Renowned Biological Oceanographer
Deep Sea Exploration and Thermal Vents


1987  Dr. Charles Howarth
Executive Director, Liberty Science Center
New Jersey's Science and Technology Center: Its Role in Education


1986  Dr. Lynn Margulis
Professor of Biology, Boston University
Early Life


1985  Dr. Robert Rines
President, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord NH
Searching for the Loch Ness Monster for Fourteen Years


1984  Dr. Cecily Cannan
Selby Co., Chairperson, National Science Board Commission on Pre-College Education in Science, Mathematics, and Technology
Opening Minds and Opening Doors: Science, Mathematics and Technology Education


1983  Dr. Uri Haber-Schaim
Director, Institute for Curriculum Development
Substances and Images in Science Education


1982  Dr. Niles Eldridge
Curator, Department of Invertebrates, American Museum of Natural History
A Scientific Look at Creationism


1981  Dr. Martin Moore-Ede
Associate Professor of Physiology, Harvard University
Biological Clocks


1980  Dr. Arno Penzias
Nobel Laureate, Bell Labs
Science, Technology and Survival


1980  Dr. Hubert Alyea
Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University
Chemistry Demonstrations


1979  Dr. Margaret Maxey
Associate Professor of Bioethics, University of Detroit
Nuclear Energy as an Alternate Source


1979  Dr. Fletcher Watson
Director, Project City Science, New York University
Science Curricula for the 90s


1978  Dr. Marjorie Gardner
Professor: Chemistry and Science Education, University of Maryland
China's Challenge to Science Education in the US


1978  Dr. Paul Brandwein
Director of Research, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich
Science and the Permanent Agenda of Man


1977  Dr. George Wald
Nobel Laureate, Harvard University
Science and Ethics