July 14, 2015: Dana Riley Black, Director, Logan Center for Education at the Institute for Systems Biology: The Logan Center

by Gary Fast on July 14, 2015

Dana Riley Black was recruited by Leroy Hood to join the Institute for Systems Biology in 2005. Dana is an educator whose interests include professional development for teachers and administrators as applied to systemic science education reform, and correspondingly, strategies that enable the scientific community to engage with and support K-12 and undergraduate science education. Dana provides leadership to ISB’s Logan Center for Education, a group of professional educators that support teacher and administrator professional development. Through securing and managing grants from federal, state and corporate organizations, she partners the Logan Center with school districts across the Puget Sound region in support of their their efforts to implement research-based science education reform.

Dana has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington and a M.Ed. in Science Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Studies from Miami University. Through graduate school she worked for the Principal Investigator of Ohio´s NSF-funded Statewide Systemic Initiative, Project Discovery – a systemic initiative supporting middle school mathematics and science teachers across the state of Ohio. During her post-graduate appointment at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, she developed physical science curriculum and televised professional development experiences for teachers of mathematics and science. Before joining the Institute for Systems Biology, she worked for five years at the University of Washington, establishing its K-12 Institute for Mathematics and Science Education – this work served to coordinate the university´s Mathematics and Science outreach efforts with regional systemic reform efforts.

Dana is the mother of 2 children that attend Seattle Public Schools.  In her spare time she serves on the boards for Washington MESA and Washington FIRST, and is a third generation Girl Scout leader.

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