Stacey Forsyth, Director
Stacey became CU Science Discovery’s fourth Director in August 2010. Previously, she directed K-12 education outreach at the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute, where she developed, funded and managed several science outreach programs including BioME, an NSF-funded GK-12 program, BioLink, which connected underserved girls to female undergraduate mentors, and Jr. BIOTECH, a biotechnology outreach program for middle school teachers and students. Stacey misses the Sonoran Desert (and warm winters!) but loves helping to develop new programs for Science Discovery and can’t wait until her two young children are old enough to participate! Stacey’s background is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Science Education. She received her B.S. from the University of California, San Diego, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
Brian Jernigan, Director of STEM Summer Programs
Brian has spent the last eleven years working directly with students, teachers, parents and university partners in a variety of backgrounds, including K-12 schools and summer camp settings. He has an in-depth understanding of STEM pedagogy and the ability to light a creative spark in students and staff. He has taught an array of summer camps for Science Discovery, including Pinball Design Challenge, Maker Space and Amusement Park Physics. Our campers can’t get enough of “Mr. J”. In his free time, Brian can be found taking his boys on thrift shopping adventures in search of materials for art and engineering projects.
Kathryn Penzkover, High School Programs Manager
Kathryn received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado and her PhD from the University of Michigan. She worked in the field of Biomedical and Tissue Engineering for seven years before returning to her passion for teaching and sharing her love of science with K-12 students. Since 2013 Kathryn has been working with CU Science Discovery to create and lead exciting hands-on STEM learning experiences and is currently the Manager of High School Programming. Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys soccer, volleyball, photography, exploring beautiful Colorado, hiking, camping and spending time with her amazing family.
Anjali Maus, Community Programs Manager
Anjali Maus has been with Science Discovery since 2004, first as an instructor in the Science Explorers and Science from CU programs and then, in 2010, taking over the After-School Program. She has degrees in Dentistry and Elementary School Pedagogy and jumped at the chance to be a part of Science Discovery when she first moved to Boulder from Berlin, Germany in 2004. Anjali feels fortunate to work for an organization that encourages science exploration for kids of all ages. She loves the outdoors and spends her free time hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking and trail running.
Hester Nadel, School Programs Manager
Hester has served the K-12 science community in Colorado through her work with Science Discovery since 1999. Having previously taught in California, she gained experience in a variety of settings, ranging from junior high to adult school, that helped effectively prepare her for the work she would be doing at CU- Boulder. She appreciates the camaraderie she has with her colleagues, past and present, and is happy to be contributing to the science literacy of all the students who participate in Science Discovery programs.
Eric Carpenter, Education Designer
Eric joined Science Discovery in 2009 and during his time here, he has developed and managed state and national-level science outreach programs, teacher professional development and has created numerous school, camp and after-school classes. Eric balances his passion for cutting-edge science and student-directed inquiry with innovative education design and modern approaches to STEM learning and professional development. Prior to joining Science Discovery, Eric worked with the University Center for Atmospheric Research, the GLOBE Program, the Orfalea Foundations and the McCall Outdoor Science School. He did his undergraduate work in upstate New York and received his M.Ed and Ed.Sp degrees from the University of Idaho. When not working with CU students and staff on new program design or bringing science from CU to schools and teachers across the state, Eric can be found hiking and boating in the high country or working with sustainability groups across the Front Range.
Meena Palaniappan, Accountant
Meena began the first stint of her career with Science Discovery in 2005 as a registrar, while she worked her way through school. Upon completing a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Colorado- Boulder, she took a position within the Bursar’s Office. After a subsequent short stint in the School of Education, Meena has returned to Science Discovery as an Accountant. She is excited to re-join the hard-working Science Discovery team in her role. In her free time she can be found reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Maggie joined the Science Discovery team in March of 2011, after a 20-year career with Borders Books and Music. She is excited to be utilizing her marketing knowledge and expertise to promote the Science Discovery mission in any way possible. In her opinion, everyone should know about Science Discovery programs and how life changing they can be! When not working, Maggie can be found in the kitchen concocting sweet treats of all kinds for friends and loved ones or with her nose buried in a book.
Alex Rose, Citizen Science and Teen Science Café Manager
Alex Rose has a BA from Wesleyan University and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She considers herself primarily a bird biologist and she has worked for a variety of non-profits and government agencies studying everything from raptors and seabirds to chickadees. Alex has a diverse background in science education and outreach. She is currently working with Science Discovery and the CU Museum of Natural History to develop Citizen Science research projects and programming for teenaged audiences in particular. In addition to loving wildlife in the outdoors, she and her husband share their home with caged birds, a dog and an elderly house rabbit. In her free time, Alex loves playing tennis, hiking, cross-country skiing and knitting.