Beth Ruedi, PhD

Headshot of Beth Ruedi
Senior Project Director

Beth Ruedi joins AAAS as Project Director of Science in the Classroom (SitC) after six years of working for the Genetics Society of America. She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, where her research focused on the genetic basis of complex behavioral traits. After holding dual positions as postdoc and faculty lecturer at North Carolina State University, she moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as the Director of Education and Professional Development at the Genetics Society of America (GSA), providing strategic leadership for GSA’s growing portfolio in education and training as its first dedicated education staff member. Beth helped cultivate an educational mission for GSA, resulting in a complex portfolio of over 20 activities, initiatives, partnerships, and awards. She is excited about joining the SitC team, and will continue to pursue her passion for promoting best practices in education and enhancing diversity in science while working with the Department of Education and Human Resources at AAAS.

Melissa McCartney, PhD

Research Director

Dr. Melissa McCartney, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, is the Research Director for Science in the Classroom (SitC). Melissa performs discipline-based education research using SitC resources, focusing on how effective the SitC project is at conveying the nature and process of science to students, as well as how serving as a Contributor for SitC enhances the annotator's understanding of effective science communication.

Melissa developed, implemented, and managed SitC, serving as Senior Project Director for 2 years and as an Associate Editor for Science for 5 years. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/Penn, received her PhD from The George Washington University, and received her bachelor of science from Binghamton University (SUNY).

Shelby Lake

Shelby Lake
Senior Program Associate

Shelby Lake, a Senior Program Associate in Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS, works with the Project Director to develop and expand SitC resources and perform outreach for the project. He also maintains the Science in the Classroom website and social media accounts, and coordinates collaborations with other institutions and AAAS programs. He studied biology and English literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shelby began working in education at the Duke University Center for Science Education, and continued this interest abroad in Japan as a member of the Saga Prefecture Board of Education. He is interested in improving public attitudes toward science through improved science communication and education.

Lydia Kaprelian

Project Coordinator

Lydia Kaprelian is the Project Coordinator for Science in the Classroom within the Education and Human Resources Department at AAAS. She works with the Project Director and Senior Program Associate to coordinate and develop project initiatives at SitC. Lydia earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She developed an interest in interactive science education working for the World Science Festival and through internships with AAAS and the educational arm of NBC News. She hopes (and believes) the future of science education will not be based on memorizing amino acid abbreviations.

Shirley Malcom, PhD

Dr. Shirley Malcom
AAAS Director, Education and Human Resources Programs

Dr. Shirley Malcom is head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS. She works to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM fields as well as to enhance public science literacy. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech and a regent of Morgan State University, and a member of the SUNY Research Council. She is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom , a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University, masters in zoology from UCLA and bachelor’s with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. She holds 16 honorary degrees. Malcom serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, the National Math-Science Initiative and Digital Promise.  Internationally, she is a leader in efforts to improve access of girls and women to education and careers in science and engineering and to increase use of S&T to empower women and address problems they face in their daily lives, serving as co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on S&T for Development and  Gender InSITE, a global campaign to deploy S&T to help improve the lives and status of girls and women. In 2003, Dr. Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

Jeremy Berg, PhD

Dr. Jeremy Berg
Editor-in-Chief, Science Magazine

Dr. Jeremy M. Berg became Editor-in-Chief of Science and the Science family of journals in July 2016. He came to Science from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he was Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning and Pittsburgh Foundation Professor and Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine. Prior to that, he served as the Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has been recognized for his accomplishments with awards including the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, the Eli Lilly Award for Fundamental Research in Biological Chemistry, the Barry Wood Award for Preclinical Teaching, the Graduate Student Teaching Award at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, selection as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, election to the National Academy of Medicine, and public service awards from the Biophysical Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Chemical Society, and the American Society for Cell Biology. He served as President of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2011-2013.

Sandra Blumenrath, PhD

Sandra Blumenrath
Former Team Member; Visiting Scholar from HHMI

Dr. Sandra Blumenrath is a Science Education Fellow for HHMI Biointeractive. At HHMI, Sandra uses her considerable experience educating undergraduates to collaborate with educators, scientists, and graphic designers to produce engaging educational media and ensure their scientific accuracy. She is responsible for the scientific content of a variety of BioInteractive classroom resources that support the Holiday Lectures on Science and short films.

Sandra earned a PhD in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has been a researcher and lecturer in the US and abroad. Prior to joining the educational media team, she conducted research on animal behavior and sensory biology, specializing in the perception of auditory signals in natural environments. 

Pamela Hines, PhD

Dr. Pamela J. Hines
Former Team Member; Senior Editor, Science Magazine

Dr. Pamela J. Hines, Senior Editor at Science, works with the Advisory Board to ensure the project remains aligned with the standards of Science.  Dr. Hines brings extensive experience at assessing quality and interest of science research papers, and working to improve the research as well as the presentation.  Her interactions with professional colleagues have resulted in a network of scientists and organizations that are interested in science education.  She has led development of the education-related content at Science, including special issues, research content, the Education Forum, the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE), the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI), and the Science Controversies: Online Partnerships in Education (SCOPE) project. 

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree
Former Team Member

Michael Crabtree, an editorial intern at Science in Fall 2014, worked on annotating research papers for Science in the Classroom, in addition to updating and maintaining the website. Michael was a PhD student at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK), where he studied the role of residual structure in intrinsically disordered proteins. Before moving into the field of biophysics, Michael developed a broad scientific background, attaining his undergraduate degree in Medical Science at the University of Birmingham followed by his Masters in Drug Discovery at King’s College London.

Fanny Bernardon

Fanny Bernardon
Former Team Member

Fanny Bernardon, was an intern at Science in Fall 2013, where she worked on annotating research papers for Science in the Classroom and assisted with website maintenance and social media visibility. She was an undergraduate student in her third year at University Paris Descartes (Paris, France). The interdisciplinary curriculum she followed included mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, didactics, and the philosophy of science. Her main scientific interests are virology and bio-modelization including population dynamics and differential equations.