People

Gelonia L. Dent, PhD, DirectorDr. Dent  earned her doctorate at Brown in Applied Mathematics '99 (also the M.Sc '97 in Engineering). She completed undergraduate and masters training at the University of Georgia at Athens, and Clark Atlanta University, respectively.  She is an expert in fluid dynamics and computational science, teaching and is interested in the issue of underrepresentation in the science. Dr. Dent  provides strategic leadership to promote science-related efforts in communication, and inclusion teaching and collaboration in the sciences.  Contact: Gelonia_Dent@brown.edu, (401) 863-1629

David Targan, PhD, Associate Dean of the College for Science.  Dr.  Targan received degrees from Brown (Sc.B.), University of California-Los Angeles (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.). While at UCLA and Minnesota, he conducted research on cataclysmic binary stars at Lick Observatory, Mt. Lemmon, and Palomar. Dean Targan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics and 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 holds office hours in the Science Center for consultation and advising about any issue related to the physical sciences at Brown. Contact: David_Targan@brown.edu, (401) 863-2314 

Oludurotimi Adetunji, PhD,  Associate Dean of the College for Undergraduate Research and Inclusive Science  Dr. Adetunji earned a B.S. in Physics and Computer Science from Fisk University and the Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from The Ohio State University. Dr. Adetunji's current research interests are in the areas of  STEM Education, Science Communication and the Scholarship of Broader Impacts (SoBI). His research has resulted in the development of the Multimedia Learning Theoretical Framework (MLTF). The MLTF 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 has developed a new model for communicating science to a broad audience dubbed the SciToons model. Dean Adetunji leads the Science Center Outreach and chairs the Brown Engaged Scholarship and Broader Impacts Joint Committee.  Dr. Adetunji is a member of Brown's Department of Physics Contact: Oludurotimi_Adetunji@brown.edu,  (401) 863-2411 

Angella Lynsey Ford, Coordinator  earned the ScB in Chemical Engineering at Brown in 2010. She manages the daily operation of the Science Center and is the program coordinator for New Scientist and WiSE, and all programmatic activities in the Science Center. Lynsey has a strong interest in increasing diversity in STEM and she has been deeply involved in tutoring programs for urban core students, and in theatre programs at Brown and in the city of Providence. Contact: Angella_Ford@brown.edu

Geeta Chougule is the Program CoordinatorGeeta received her B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.  She coordinates the Sigma Xi Brown Chapter program for Brown, Tougaloo College and Bryant University.  She provide administrative assistance for the HHMI and AAU grant. Geeta finds working with bright undergraduate science students exciting and uplifting. Contact: Geeta_Chougule@brown.edu : Box I, SC 327 : (401)-863-6826

Kyle Trenshaw is the STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Associate Kyle received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2009. After graduation, Kyle started his graduate work at the . He received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2011 at  and the Ph.D in 2013 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His work at the Center focuses on improving undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Brown University with a specific motivation of increasing students' mathematics competency in STEM courses. He also has a personal research interest in the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students in STEM fields and hopes to promote LGBTQ+ supportive practices in higher education with his future work. Contact: Kyle_Trenshaw@brown.edu : Box 1943, SC 306 : (401) 863-5176