AAUW STEM Task Force
The AAUW STEM Task Force concerns itself with all matters related to the dissemination of AAUW created and sponsored STEM education programs throughout the organization.
These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- To act as a STEM Education ambassador to AAUW branches to learn about local STEM education programs that are currently being conducted at the local level.
- With the guidance and assistance of AAUW Staff to help those branches that are interested in conducting a Tech Trek camp or Tech Savvy conference be successful in that endeavor.
- To work with the AAUW Staff in the identification of potential corporate sponsors, educational institutions and other non-profits interested in participating in Tech Trek and Tech Savvy programs.
- To review and contribute to all future AAUW-created STEM education programs.
STEM Task Force Liaisons
Rebecca Norlander, Washington
Rebecca’s goal is to change the world for the better through technology. A computer science graduate and distinguished alumna from Boston University, she spent almost 20 years at Microsoft, several years in venture at Illuminate Ventures, and currently runs her own technology company. She brings a unique combination of technical and business skill together with progressive problem solving. Throughout her adult life, Rebecca has worked to encourage girls and women to pursue technical careers, as technology is a foundational lever for today and tomorrow’s world. She enjoys snowboarding, cycling, hiking, reading, and cooking.
Task Force Chair
Dot McLane, Pennsylvania (E-mail)
Dot McLane has a doctoral degree in biochemistry from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She spent several years in the pharmaceutical industry in preclinical development and is currently a substitute science teacher. McLane has been involved in AAUW’s STEM activities since 2008, including serving as a liaison for the National Girls Collaborative Project, presenting on Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, and leading presentations at many AAUW branch, state, and national STEM activities. McLane is a member of the AAUW Lansdale (PA) Branch, where she has been involved in their STEM program, Discover the Future: A Math and Science Extravaganza. She has served as program vice president and president of AAUW of Pennsylvania, and she is a director-at-large on the national AAUW Board of Directors.
Geraldine Oberman, Illinois (E-mail)
Gerry Oberman had a 42-year career in private and public schools as a teacher, counselor, program evaluation coordinator, and compliance director. She joined AAUW as a national member in 1964 and began using AAUW materials in her teaching and professional development work. Pursuing advanced degrees in public policy analysis and evaluation, measurement and evaluation, and statistical analysis prepared her to conduct social science research in education. In 2008, she was selected to serve as a liaison to the National Girls Collaborative Project in the Great Lakes region. Through this appointment, she assisted and supported the formation and implementation of STEM collaboratives in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. With her appointment to the AAUW STEM Task Force, she continues her STEM equity and advocacy work on behalf of girls and women through collaboration with branch and state leadership.
Elizabeth Vandenburg, Mid-Atlantic (DC, MD, VA) (E-mail)
Elizabeth Vandenburg, an AAUW Reston-Herndon (VA) Branch member since 1996, brings 30 years of experience with nonprofit educational organizations to the STEM Task Force. Since 2007, she has co-led the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) and played a leadership role in recruiting members and securing local and national press exposure. Vandenburg and her two branch partners received an AAUW Community Action Grant in 2001 for producing an award-winning video, “Tech Savvy Girls,” which received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to be disseminated nationally and translated into Spanish. She is also a champion of the Girls Excelling at Math and Science (GEMS) clubs in Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools.
Kimberly Edgar, New Hampshire/Masschusetts/Rhode Island/Vermont (E-mail)
Throughout her life, Kim Edgar has always loved physiology and animal sciences, especially neurobiology and behavior. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal physiology and neurobiology from Purdue University, a master’s degree in laboratory animal science, and a high-technology MBA in operations management from Northeastern University. Working in biological sciences is always changing and evolving, which keeps her motivated. Edgar became involved with AAUW during graduate school and has valued her membership and the many positive learning experiences it has presented.
Jennifer McDaniel, Florida (E-mail)
Jennifer McDaniel is an entrepreneur, a STEM advocate, an electrical engineer, an inventor, and a mother. She is a native Floridian and a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering. McDaniel owns her own engineering firm, which focuses on green building, energy efficiency, storm water management, electrical engineering, and STEM curricula development, presentations, and outreach. With more than 20 years of experience in the corporate arena, she has worked at small companies such as Sonitrol and Schwartz Electro-Optics as well as larger corporations such as Lockheed Martin, AT&T Microelectronics, Cirent, Agere, and Lucent Technologies. To build on her passion for the sciences, she serves as a STEM Task Force member and hopes to increase the STEM pipeline.
Ellen T. Nolan, Kentucky (E-mail)
Ellen Nolan has had a lifelong interest in the STEM fields. After high school, she wanted to be a biochemist, but life took her in another direction. Nolan earned a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Kentucky, and now she is the budget officer for the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice. She was the AAUW liaison to the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, and she is part of the committee working on the AAUW Bluegrass Central (KY) Branch’s upcoming Space Trek camp at Morehead State University.
Kristian Fischer, Texas (E-mail)
Kristian Fischer currently serves as the director for STEM initiatives for the Ingenuity Center at the University of Texas, Tyler, and as the curator of STEM education at the Discovery Science Place. She is a former oceanographer, chemistry and physics teacher, and science education professor. She has served on the board of the Texas STEM Coalition and on the leadership team for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project. She has developed curricula and assessments for Texas Instruments, National Instruments, and Texas state high school chemistry standards. She served on focus groups and committees for Change the Equation’s Vital Signs effort and for the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas. She is also a trainer for Gender Equity in STEM, Learning Styles, and the Exploratorium’s Inquiry and Tinkering curriculum. She is currently a national member of AAUW and works heavily with the AAUW Tyler (TX) Branch to hold an Expanding Your Horizons conference for girls once a year.
Letha Granberry, Tennessee (E-mail)
Letha Granberry is a native Tennessean and a registered nurse who is currently working in the intensive care unit of a Memphis hospital. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in nursing from Southwest Tennessee Community College. She has been a liaison for four years and has gained an enormous amount of experience and knowledge while bringing together like-minded individuals to increase the number of women and girls in STEM academics and careers. Granberry is a member of the AAUW Memphis (TN) Branch, and she has made a difference in the lives of many young girls by working with the branch on an annual Expanding Your Horizons summer workshop at the University of Memphis that exposes girls to careers in STEM.