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GUEST SPEAKERS

Jim TurnerJim Turner (Counsel, Strategic Planning, and Policy at CredentialED; Visiting Scholar, UVA)
Jim Turner has served as Chief Democratic Counsel on the House Science Committee, member of the American Progress Task Force on US Science and Economic Competitiveness, and Director of Energy Programs for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. He was part of President Obama’s transition team for his work and insights on the evolution and future of tech policy, which he will share in his address at the WVU Science Policy and Communication Symposium.

Gay StewartGay Stewart (Co-director of WVUteach; Director WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education; Professor in Dept. of Physics and Astronomy)
Although formally trained as a physicist, in 1993 Dr. Gay Stewart chose to switch her emphasis to improving STEM education. At the core of her work is the belief that for the US to compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students must have basic STEM skills and knowledge, at the post secondary level, and especially K-12.


Jennifer Robertson-HoneckerJennifer Robertson-Honecker (Adjunct Professor in Chemistry and STEM Specialist)
Jennifer Robertson-Honecker is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry. A graduate of WVU, she is also responsible for the development, training, and evaluation of statewide 4-H science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming and curriculum, serving as the director of the WVU Extension Service 4-H STEM Ambassador Program and Assistant Regional Coordinator of the West Virginia State Science Bowl competition. Dr. Robertson-Honecker is responsible for various annual state 4-H STEM events including the 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment, the First Lego League Scrimmage at Jackson’s Mill, and STEM programming at various state summer camps.

Matt Barnes Matt Barnes (Assistant Professor of Public Administration)
Dr. Matthew Barnes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration. His research interests include American politics, state and local politics, environmental politics and policy, energy policy, and public opinion. His current research examines the challenges confronting local governments in the wake of the shale oil and gas boom. In particular, he analyzes the policy making process in local governments as they restrict, endorse, or adapt to hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

Lea HerronLea Herron (Grants Administrator Eberly College)
As a Grants Administrator at the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Lea is here to help faculty at  any stage of the grant process, whether locating grant opportunities, reading over drafts at any stage, helping navigate through WVU systems, or simply answering questions. Lea previously worked at the University of Kansas where she wrote, edited, and collaborated on international and interdisciplinary grants, served in community relations, ran a scholarship program, and helped plan numerous events.

launch labWVU LaunchLab
LaunchLab is WVU's startup resource center, specializing in helping student and faculty turn ideas into companies. LaunchLab's staff specializes in helping to create business plans, conduct market research, protect intellectual property, and many other services essential to helping Mountaineers build successful businesses. Richard Giersch, Director of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization for the WVU School of Health Sciences is an adviser to Launch Lab and will be presenting in this session.