The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women has appointed Sarah M. Dunifon as the associate director for women in science and engineering, a new position at the center. Dunifon also serves as the advisor for the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable and collaborates with campus and community partners.
A Cleveland native, Dunifon is an advocate for all women in STEMM fields. She comes from a background in informal science education, educational research and evaluation, STEMM youth programming, and science communication. Her master’s degree in biology focused on community-based conservation and inquiry-based learning, and she conducted field studies in Guyana, Belize, and Costa Rica. Professionally, she lives at the confluence of STEMM and social science.
Dunifon has worked for institutions in Chicago and New York City and has experience in nonprofits and informal learning as well as in higher education and science communication. She has written for SciStarter, Discovery Magazine blogs, Association for Women in Science Magazine and Science and Children (the National Science Teachers Association journal), among others. In addition to her writing, Dunifon has helped develop PreK-12 curriculum and educational iPad applications for informal science learning.
Dunifon has given presentations on informal science learning and evaluation at national and international conferences, has served as a judge for the Underwriters Laboratory Education Innovation Award and is a member of several professional organizations, including the
Association for Women in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Evaluation Association and the Citizen Science Association.