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August 2, 2010
NR-10-08-02

Teachers show how they spent their
summer vacation at LLNL poster session

Teachers as well as students preparing to become teachers will present research conducted alongside scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) during a poster session Friday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 4:15 p.m. The presentation takes place in the Cresta Blanca Room of the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore.

More than 80 science teachers from across California and Hawaii will participate in the poster session.  Thirty of these teachers have been working at Lawrence Livermore for the past eight weeks -- participating in one of three teacher development programs:  Teacher Research Academy, Department of Energy Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (ACTS), and Science Teacher and Researchers (STAR).

The programs enable middle and high school science teachers to develop and maintain mastery in their scientific fields.

“The poster session is a valuable opportunity for community members to view teachers’ research that will not only enhance their classroom science skills, but help bring their state-of-the-art science experience back to their students,” said Richard Farnsworth, manager of the Science Education Program at Lawrence Livermore Lab.

The poster session is open to the public and is free of charge. There is no registration.  

The California State University, Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Science Education Program host the poster session.

The following teachers will present research posters on Aug. 6: (Teachers working at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory) Aaron Glimme, Berkeley High School, Berkeley Unified School District; Alexandria Malloy, Livermore High School, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District; Lavette Richards, West High School, Tracy Unified School District; Ken Wedel, Tracy High School, Tracy Unified School District; Rebecca Reinders, Rancho Milpitas Middle School; Marlene Stark, Kapolei High School, Leeward District, Hawaii; Nan Ho, Las Positas College, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District; Aaron Tsuha, Castle High School, Windward District, Hawaii; Steve Giles, Livermore High School, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District; Pat Wu, Chabot College, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District; Craig Marquardt, Heritage High School, Liberty Union High School District; Will Corning, Deer Valley High School, Antioch Unified School District; Julie Hubbard, Liberty High School, Liberty Union High School District; Michael Hudson, Hercules Middle High School, West Contra Costa Unified School District; Melissa Arteaga, Hogan High School, Vallejo City Unified School District; Thanh Le, Salesian High School, Catholic Schools; and Liz Ritchie, Deer Valley High School, Antioch Unified School District.

(Pre-service teachers from the STAR Program) Shayne Bradshaw, California State University, East Bay; Jody Dunkel, California State University, Sacramento; Ernst Irish, California State University, East Bay; Leo Groner, California State University, East Bay; Jeffrey Herbst, San Francisco State University; Jonathan Kamp, California State University, Stanislaus; Renee Link, California State University, Sacramento; Sarwia Nawim, California State University, East Bay; Rebecca Paddack, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Emily Parra, California State University Bakersfield; Rong Qian, California State University, East Bay; Purna Venkataraman, Mills College; Zachary Leisz, California State University, Sacramento; Sasha Silvestrini, California State University, Sacramento; Dannette Poole, California State University, Stanislaus; and, Jaime Valadez Vallejo, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

For more information about the teacher development programs and the poster session, contact Richard Farnsworth.


Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory that develops science and engineering technology and provides innovative solutions to our nation's most important challenges. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.