Linda Morris is committed to turning kids on to science….a goal she has pursued through a
variety of “extreme” career roles, from donning a space flight suit to investigating the poles! As the former Director of Education & Public Outreach for the NSF-funded Ice Drilling Program, she was responsible for the outreach needs of the scientists, drillers and national projects
currently conducting paleoclimate research through ice cores. Linda was formerly the Center Director
and Director of Education for the Buehler Challenger & Science Center (Paramus, NJ), a flagship of the Challenger Space Science Center national network, where hands-on earth science experiences and simulated space missions delivered cutting edge content to teachers and students from a tri-state area.
Linda was responsible for program development, training and strategic planning efforts, and pioneered a new model for parent involvement in science as PI on a major NSF grant, Parents And Children Co-Traveling in a World of Ideas (PACCT). She has designed and delivered professional development seminars for the Merck Institute for Science Education and the NASA Explorer School Program, and acted as an evaluator for UPenn’s Center for Policy Research in Education team. In her earlier career, she spent ten years as a science specialist at the middle school level and has consulted throughout on the design of numerous multi-media programs in the “Passport to Knowledge” and “Earth, the Operator’s Manual” series produced by Geoff Haines-Stiles. Linda has been honored with multiple NASA awards and with the SBC Foundation and National Partners in Education National Telecommunications Grand Award 2000.
She has served on the Space Telescope Institute and Liberty Science Center Advisory Boards, among others. Linda is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College, with a degree in biology and a Masters in Science Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In January, 2013 she was a Distinguished Visitor at the WAIS Divide deep ice drilling field camp.