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MEET OUR
TEAM
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Stephanie Rollmann, PhD

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Rollmann is a behavioral biologist whose research focuses on sensory ecology and the genetics  and neural bases of insect behavior. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on the mechanisms underlying behavior and sensory perception. She has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students in scientific research. She also developed and directs a program for Hughes High School students, that brings ninth grade students and teachers to the department to conduct hands-on activities showcasing biology fields.

STEPHANIE ROLLMANN, PhD

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John Layne, PhD

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Layne is a sensory neurobiologist whose National Science Foundation funded research examines vision and animal navigation. Dr. Layne teaches undergraduate courses in sensory physiology and neuroscience. He has been recognized as a professor of influence by the Darwin Turner Scholarship program, a competitive scholarship for minority undergraduates, and mentors many students in research.  

JOHN LAYNE, PhD

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Dieter Vanderelst, PhD

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Vanderelst is a faculty member with joint appointment across four University of Cincinnati departments: Psychology, Biological Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. His highly interdisciplinary research focuses on the sonar system of echolocating bats. In his research, he uses a combination of computational methods and robotic models. His teaching includes a course on Bio-robotics. He is also an active participant in the University of Cincinnati Women in Science and Engineering program.

DIETER VANDERELST, PhD

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Anna DeJarnette, PhD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Anna DeJarnette is an assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction.  She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.  Her primary research interests are how students understand and talk about mathematics with one another when they use computer programming environments for doing mathematics.  She is also interested in the ways that students position themselves towards one another and how this interpersonal aspect of their work is related to their mathematical reasoning.

ANNA DEJARNETTE, PhD

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Kathie Maynard, EdD

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Maynard works to engage the University of Cincinnati with the community. She provides co-leadership for two community-based organizations focused on STEM education: Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and Ohio STEM Learning Network. In this work, she facilitates collaborative service projects, research, and grants. These projects have included pre-service teacher development, in-service STEM professional development, and research on the implementation of engineering design instruction by science and math teachers. She also leads the UC Scholars Academy Initiative, a university-wide effort to increase college access for underrepresented and underserved students.

KATHIE MAYNARD, EdD

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Anna E. Hutchinson, EdD

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Anna E. Hutchinson earned her doctorate in science curriculum and instruction from the University of Cincinnati.  With experience as a classroom educator, science advisor and district administrator for Cincinnati Public Schools, she utilizes her expertise to expose K-12 students and teachers to STEM concepts and careers through instructional program collaborations.  Her research interests include STEM identity formation, program development and teacher leadership.

ANNA E. HUTCHINSON, EdD

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A Joint Effort

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This project is funded by a National Science Foundation ITEST grant.
NSF DRL 1759150

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