2024 Guest Writers

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These are exclusive articles only for our Premium Subscribers. We annually invite Guest Writers that provide articles that can be included in data collection for education, workforce, and equity policy development that can impact the economy and global competitiveness. This group of topical authorities have portfolio history of domestic and international journal, technical, and academic publications that reflects their expertise.

2024 Guest Writers

Cyril Azubuine
Azure Support Engineer

Cyril Azubuine

Cyril Azubuine has a track record of volunteering and is an advocate for STEM fields. He is an Azure Support Engineer as a Microsoft contractor providing technical support to clients, customers, and service partners on various cloud products, such as networking, virtualization, app development, authentication, backup, and recovery. He is based in Lagos Mainland, Lagos State, Nigeria.

He founded ioTEA lab to promote the tech community and the women-in-tech ecosystem, using the STEAM pedagogical content knowledge to empower under-represented communities. Azubuine is also aligned with the goals to create sustainable future through quality education and gender equality.

Adriana Bankston
Senior Fellow in Science Policy at the Federation of American Scientists

Adriana Bankston earned her PhD in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University and has since established a prolific career in science policy. She works on building the next generation STEM workforce through policy research, training, mentoring, skill building and advocacy. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow in Science Policy at the Federation of American Scientists, where she is focused on a policy entrepreneurship project.

Prior to this role, Adriana was a Principal Legislative Analyst at the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations, where she served as an advocate for the university’s research priorities with Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. She is a former Policy & Advocacy Fellow with the Society for Neuroscience and CEO & Managing Publisher of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance.

Dr. Theresa Robinson
Associate Professor and Director of Secondary & PK12 Education at Elmhurst University, IL.

Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor and Director of Secondary & PK12 Education at Elmhurst University, IL. She earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Secondary Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in science and environmental education. She has taught grades 9-12 science in Chicago Public Schools and has dedicated her career to preparing teachers to teach STEM in culturally relevant and sustaining ways. She serves as the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship Program. The grant addresses the critical shortage of diverse STEM teachers locally and nationally.

In 2023, Dr. Robinson founded the George Washington Carver: Center for the Advancement of Science Education to dismantle sources of inequity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The mission of The Carver Science Center is to promote racial equity in STEM, addressing barriers to academic achievement, the STEM workforce, and scientific advancement. She is an active member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Board member of A Black Education Network (ABEN), and President Emeritus of the Board of Girls Like Me Project Inc. (GLMPI)

2023 Guest Writers

Stephan A. Schwartz
Distinguished Associated Scholar for The California Institute for Human Science, Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University, and a BIAL Foundation Fellow

Stephan A. Schwartz is an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction, columnist for the journal Explore, and editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net in both of which he covers trends that are affecting the future. He contributes columns to the Huffington Post along with dozens of articles involving Exceptional Human Performance Research, journals and technical reports on Social values, Social Outcomes, Social transformation and Future Trend Analysis Research.

His other academic and research appointments include Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing of the Samueli Institute; founder and Research Director of the Mobius laboratory; Director of Research of the Rhine Research Center; and Senior Fellow of The Philosophical Research Society.

Government appointments include: Special Assistant for Research and Analysis to the Chief of Naval Operations, consultant to the Oceanographer of the Navy. He has also been editorial staff member of National Geographic Magazine, Managing Editor of Sea Power Magazine. And staff reporter and feature writer for The Daily Press and The Times Herald.

Charlotte King
President/Creative Director, Snowden & King Marketing Communications

Ms. King has Masters of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (MSEEM) from Georgia Tech School of Public Policy, with 25+ years in forestry, sustainability, and community engagement; Georgia Conservancy Board; Statewide Forestry Marketing, Georgia Forestry Commission; Project Manager, Legislative Forum Post Katrina; environmental consulting across the U.S. since 1996.

Her Expertise includes, Sustainability & Systems Thinking – Sustainability Environmental Practitioner; 25+ years environmental/forestry experience, policy strategy, and B2B project management. Skilled in managing state-wide and national initiatives in collaboration with decentralized stakeholders, cross functional teams identifying collaborative partners, sponsors, public/private, peer-reviewed & co-author for energy policy research. Global Liaison, United Nations Regional Centre of Excellence (RCE) Leadership Circle.

Public Policy – Environmental Fellow/Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), SNDSI Board Chair, largest urban community in Atlanta’s Beltline (addressing highest levels of foreclosures and policies impacting land banking); lobbied Congress on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation several times related to the Clean Air Bill, food subsidies for emerging countries; peer-reviewed co-author “The Persistence of High Energy Burdens: A Bibliometric Analysis of Vulnerability, Poverty, and Exclusion in the United States,” Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 70, September. Brown, Marilyn A., Anmol Soni, Ameet D. Doshi, and Charlotte King.

Communications and training – instructional design, national communications; B2B marketing communications for 20+ Fortune 500; designed curriculum for the Community Tree Leadership Forum – National Arbor Day Foundation, delivered annually to 100+ community forestry leaders.

Dr. Trina L. Coleman
Physicist, Academic Blue Blood

Dr. Coleman is the founder of Coleman Comprehensive Solutions, LLC, the creator of the STEM Skills online course platform, the persona behind the Academic Blue Blood brand, and the host of Beyond the Classroom with Dr. Trina Coleman on HBCUSmartTV and HBCUiRadio. Dr. Coleman is formally educated as a Ph.D. physicist, with a doctoral degree in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from Hampton University.

As a scholar and former academic administrator, Dr. Coleman crafted a diverse professional portfolio. From post-doctoral researcher and faculty member to executive director, assistant provost and CIO, her experience ranges across a broad spectrum. Her professional journey includes educating high school and postsecondary students in physics and astronomy, conducting unclassified research sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency, and spearheading enterprise initiatives as a member of the Howard and Hampton University administrations.

Presently, Dr. Coleman is back in the classroom as an adjunct professor to provide academic support in physics and other STEM courses at Virginia Union University and Bowie State University. She believes in devoting time and resources toward improving skills in math and the sciences while providing mentorship opportunities. This formula will ultimately equip students to become the new technological and scientific workforce. It is also her goal to help find solutions for closing the STEM race/gender gap.

Dr. Natoshia Anderson
Engineer, Educator, & Entrepreneur

Dr. Anderson is an Engineer, Educator, and Entrepreneur specializing in helping minority women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) who feel overshadowed, overwhelmed, and overlooked to speak up for themselves and speak out in order to advance themselves in their personal and professional lives. She is the CEO & Founder of Smart STEM, LLC. a successful DEI and STEM education and empowerment program where her experience in STEM and education is applied to assist organizations in the development of programs that will lead to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace for all. Dr. Anderson also uses her experiences as a woman of color and as a certified life coach to assist other minority women in getting control of their lives and in developing a personal action plan (PAP).

Her podcast, STEMming in Stilettos, is all about showcasing the stories of women of color in STEM. The production makes sure that the audience walks away with advice that can be used to advance their own careers. You can catch the podcast anywhere you listen to podcast or https://stemminginstilettos.buzzsprout.com.

Iris R. Wagstaff, PhD
Chemist, educator, DEI thought leader & STEM policy advisor

Iris R. Wagstaff, PhD, is a chemist, educator, DEI thought leader and STEM policy advisor. She currently serves as a STEM Program Director at AAAS where she manages a portfolio of initiatives focused on broadening participation in STEM, advancing innovation at HBCUs, and supporting low-income STEM students. In this role, she is PI and C-PI on five NSF-funded grants totaling ~26$ Million Dollars. Prior to AAAS, she served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the DOJ National Institute of Justice where she developed and led an agency-wide strategic diversity and inclusion initiative. She has over 20 years of experience at both the K-12 and higher education levels developing culturally relevant STEM curricula, coaching STEM teachers and faculty, and developing strategic partnerships between industry, academia, non-profits and government. She has a BS and MS in Chemistry, a PhD in science education research and policy, and has worked in all four sectors (industry, academia, government, non-profits).

Dr. Wagstaff is also a social scientist whose research focuses on quantitative analyses to examine factors that predict motivational constructs in STEM (science self-efficacy, science identity, STEM career intent) in k-12 students. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Wagstaff STEM Solutions – a DEI and education consulting company. She is a native of Goldsboro, NC where she still leads middle school STEM outreach programs with her high school chemistry teacher. She serves on several advisory boards that include the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Framework Steering Panel, National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), American Chemical Society Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect, and the HBCU STEM Undergraduate Success Research Center. She has received several honors that include the NOBCChE Presidential Award for Mentoring, NOBCChE Award for Excellence in Chemical Teaching, HBCU Alumni of the Year Award for Education, and the Women of Color in STEM Education Award.

2022 Guest Writers

Kelli List Wells
STEM Leadership Alliance

Dr. Gurlovleen Rathore
STEM Advocacy Institute

Dr. Ronil Hira
Howard University

Maria Anna Van Driel
The Nexttruth

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