People

Gelonia L. Dent, Ph.D., Director provides strategic leadership to inform and promote science-related efforts in research, science communication, equity and inclusion, undergraduate science education and outreach. Dr. Dent earned degrees from Brown (Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and M.Sc. in Engineering), Clark Atlanta University (M.S) and the University of Georgia (B.S). Dr. Dent is a member of the Division of Applied Mathematics. Her research interest is in applications of fluid dynamics and computational science. Lately, she is exploring mathematical modeling techniques to analyze underrepresentation in the sciences.

 Contact: Gelonia_Dent@brown.eduSC 328: (401) 863-1629

David Targan, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the College for Science holds office hours at the Science Center for consultation and advising about any issue related to the physical sciences at Brown Dean Targan earned degrees from University of Minnesota (Ph.D in Astrophysics.), University of California-Los Angeles (M.A.) and Brown (Sc.B.). While at UCLA and Minnesota, he conducted research on cataclysmic binary stars at Lick Observatory, Mt. Lemmon, and Palomar. Dean Targan is the Director of the Ladd Observatory, where he oversees public programming and special programs for area teachers and students to conduct original research in astronomy using Brown's supercomputer and telescopes. Dean Targan is a member of the Department of Physics and was the inaugural director of the Science Center.  

Contact: David_Targan@brown.eduSC 327: (401) 863-2314 

 Oludurotimi Adetunji, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the College Undergraduate Research and Inclusive Science leads the Science Center Outreach and chairs the Brown Engaged Scholarship and Broader Impacts Joint Committee. Dean Adetunji earned degrees from The Ohio State University (Ph.D. in Physics), and Fisk University (B.S.). His research interests are in the areas of STEM Education, Science Communication and the Scholarship of Broader Impacts (SoB). His research has resulted in the development of the Multimedia Learning Theoretical Framework (MLTF) that focuses on understanding the background of problem solvers (novices and experts) and approaches for engaging them in the metacognition process. In addition, based on the MLTF, he developed SciToon, a new model for communicating science to a broad audience. Dean Adetunji is a member of Brown's Department of Physics 

 Contact: Oludurotimi_Adetunji@brown.edu:  UH 211: (401) 863-2411 

 Geeta Chougule, Program Coordinator for the Brown chapter of Sigma Xi Honor Society and its affiliates, Bryant University and Tougaloo College. She also provides administrative support to the HHMI and AAU grants. Geeta finds working with bright undergraduate science students exciting and uplifting. Geeta received her B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.    

Contact: Geeta_Chougule@brown.eduBox I, SC 327: (401)-863-6826