New Perspectives in Science Education

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Bryan Wunar

Institution: Museum of Science and Industry

Country: United States

Bryan Wunar is currently the Director of Community Initiatives in the Center for the Advancement of Science (CASE) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Wunar leads the Museum’s strategic efforts to engage youth, families and communities in science learning experiences focused on developing science literacy and preparing the next generation to consider STEM careers.

Wunar joined the staff of the Museum of Science and Industry in 2004 serving as the Director of Education, providing leadership for the Museum’s programming to support improved science education for students, teachers, schools, and communities in the Chicago area. He has served as Senior Director of the Science and Mathematics Curriculum Program at the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston, the Associate Vice President for Education and Programs at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, and as the Director of the Alliance for Community Education at Loyola University Chicago.

Wunar’s work and research has focused on bridging informal and formal science education to extend learning beyond the classroom. He has served as Principal Investigator and Project Director on numerous federal grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of Education. He holds a B.S. in Biology, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, graduate certifications in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management, and has completed all coursework toward a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, all from Loyola University Chicago.

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