Ricardo Nemirovsky, Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of San Diego State University

I have led educational projects in Argentina, Mexico, and USA.   My teaching includes courses on theories of learning, projective geometry, complex functions, and educational technology.  I conduct research and theory development on the interplay between embodied cognition, affects, and mathematics learning.  Part of my work focuses on the synergy between art and mathematics.  I have been working with several museums in mathematics-oriented projects that combine research, development, and museum staff professional development.  In addition to research papers, I have co-authored curricular units and designed multiple devices for students’ use.

Ricardo is the Principal Investigator of the InforMath Project

Molly Kelton
Molly Kelton is a postdoctoral researcher at San Diego State University for the Informal Mathematics Collaborative
I have loved mathematics and its connections to other disciplines since my days as an undergraduate Mathematics major.  I have a PhD in Mathematics Education, as well as BA and MS degrees in Mathematics.  I have studied and conducted original research in mathematical biology and statistical epidemiology.  While completing my PhD in Mathematics Education, I became fascinated by how people use their bodies to engage in mathematical thinking and learning in and across formal and informal learning environments.  I have co-authored several publications and given numerous conference presentations on embodied mathematics learning and interactive mathematics exhibitions.  I have also helped develop and implement museum-based public programs and professional development workshops related to mathematics.
Molly is a co-Principal Investigator for the InforMath Project.
Paul Siboroski

Paul Siboroski, Exhibits Director at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

With a BA in Graphic Design and an MA in Art History from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Paul Siboroski has served as Director of Exhibits at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for over thirteen years. In addition he has held positions at the Anniston Museum of Natural History in Anniston, Alabama and the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida totaling over twenty years of experience in the informal science education field. As co PI on the InforMath project Mr. Siboroski works with the other senior personnel and seminar participants in the design activities and oversees all design and production of participant projects. He also assists in overall project planning and the development and management of all project documentation and dissemination.

As Exhibits Director at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, Mr. Siboroski is responsible for oversight, development, implementation, and maintenance of all permanent and temporary exhibitions. Mr. Siboroski also oversees staff responsible for maintenance, installation, and interpretation of the Fleet’s collection of hands-on interactive science exhibits, floor demos and related programming. He is also responsible for strategic long range planning, grant development, design and project management related to. Mr. Siboroski is committed to the informal education field and opportunity to partner and share with other organizations.

Paul is a co-Principal Investigator of the InforMath Project

Bohdan Rhodehamel

Bohdan Rhodehamel, Mathematics educator at the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (SDSU), Southwestern College, and Woodbury University

I have taught courses ranging from arithmetic to trigonometry and teacher education. I have worked on research projects investigating how people learn ratio and linear and quadratic functions, the tangibility of teaching and learning mathematics, and informal mathematics learning in museums. More recently my work has focused on the design, development, fabrication, and study of mathematical teaching and learning tools that more overtly require bodily interaction. This includes the development of learning activities that seek to integrate mathematics and the arts.

Bohdan is a member of the SDSU research team for InforMath


Cierra Rawlings, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (SDSU)

Bio coming soon

Cierra is a member of the SDSU research team for InforMath

Patti Saraniero

Patti Saraniero, Ed.D. is principal of Moxie Research, a program-evaluation and consulting practice that collaborates with arts, cultural and education organizations

I work on large- and small-scale projects to identify and address questions in arts, culture, and education that lead to effective programs and experiences.   I ran the education programs at La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre and worked as a stage manager off-Broadway and at a number of regional theatres around the country.   I teach in the Non-Profit Leadership and Management graduate program at University of San Diego and in the graduate theatre program at University of California San Diego. I currently serve as board president of the San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools.

Patti is the project evaluator for InforMath

Kristen Mihalko

Kristen Mihalko, Program & Communication Manager for the Balboa Park Learning Institute, a program of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Kristen has four years of experience in program and curriculum development and facilitation and one year of experience with communications and social media in non-profits. After graduating from college in 2009, she moved back to San Diego and began volunteering at the San Diego Zoo in the Education Department. Soon after, she began working as the Children’s Activities Coordinator with the YWCA of San Diego County and implemented programs such as therapy art and music through strategic partnerships with outside organizations. She then moved on to the Armed Services YMCA San Diego as a Program Leader where she quickly moved up in responsibility by becoming the PR Liaison for the Family and Youth Enrichment Department and then being promoted to Program Coordinator. Kristen is an advocate for career development and personal growth and is excited to use the skills she has learned along the way as well as continuing to learn and grow at the BPCP. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Family Resources with a certificate in Women’s Studies and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from National University.

Kristen serves as an administrator for the InforMath project.

Stephania Villar

Stephania Villar, Social Media Coordinator for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Stephania is a huge advocate of community outreach and engagement and joins the Partnership to assist with Maker Faire, Explorer, and other BPCP events and programs. Having earned a BA in History from Pitzer College and an MA in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she has previously worked for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and Coronado Historical Association and is also an active member of Rising Arts Leaders. She’s a big lover of stories, food, travel, and “the Internets”.

Stephania serves as the social media coordinator for the InforMath project.

Project Participants

Johanna Benson

Johanna Benson, Education and Outreach Manager at Mingei International Museum

Johanna  began her work in museums at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego in 2000, after which she completed her BA in Art History from San Francisco State University in 2004, followed by three years at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City.  As Mingei International Museum’s Education and Outreach Manager, a position she has held since 2009, Johanna oversees all educational programs for students and teachers, families and adults.  This includes all exhibition-related programs and workshops, museum tours, supervising and training the Museum’s volunteer docents,  curriculum development, school and community outreach programs and developing content for in-gallery educational interpretation. In addition, Johanna is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Johanna is one of Mingei International Museum’s participants in the InforMath project

Lucera Gallegos

Lucera Gallegos, Outreach Coordinator at Mingei International Museum

I design and implement arts based lessons for a variety of academic and informal learning spaces for Mingei International Museum’s School and Family Programs.  Since 2009, I have created and implemented a variety of exhibition inspired projects into dozens of San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and Escondido Unified School District (EUSD) classrooms reaching hundreds of students annually.  As Outreach Coordinator, I oversee the Museum’s community involvement from local cultural festivals, workshops for Girl Scouts,  student art exhibitions and our monthly Family Sunday event.  I work closely with Mingei’s docents to develop strategic and engaging questioning strategies during school tours and the Graphic design team to create fun and purposeful Treasure Hunts for our young audiences.  As an art educator I view art as the vehicle to inspire learning in many subject areas and love to explore those avenues of discovery with students.

Lucera is one of Mingei International Museum’s participants in the InforMath project


Ashanti Davis, Tinkering Studio Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Ashanti joined the Fleet Science Center in 2014 as a Tinkering Studio Coordinator, where she has had an opportunity to explore STEAM and innovation with visitors of all ages. She has a background in Arts, Design, and Media, receiving her BA in Creative Arts and Communications: Art, Design, and Media with Combined Studies in 2009 from Richmond the American International University, London, England. In addition to her studies she has worked in both the local arts nonprofit sector and the commercial retail. She developed and is responsible for the implementation of the Tinkering Studio’s fee-based programs, which include the Tinkerers’ Club, launching mid-2014, Introduction to 3D Printing and CAD Drawing and STEAM Shops launching mid-2015, and Maker Hour launching summer 2016. In the 2015-2016 year of the Informath Grant, Ashanti curated Taping Shape, an abstract sculptural installation of Art, Science and Math which opened January 2016 as an exhibition developed collaboratively for the Fleet Science Center.

Ashanti is one of Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s participants in the InforMath project


Ashley Atwell

Ashley Atwell, Senior Science Educator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

As an undergraduate, and as someone equally interested in both science and education, I majored in both Biology and Secondary Education. I became involved in after-school science clubs, summer day and sleep-away camps, ecological field research, and genomics laboratory work. I continued my interest in ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary sciences in graduate school for my Masters. While working on my thesis, I also stayed involved in education by TAing freshman introductory biology courses and creating and implementing an after-school science club for middle school students.  I currently teach workshops, outreaches, camps, and after-school science clubs for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Ashley is one of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center participants in the InforMath project


Akiko Hicks, Tinkering Studio Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Akiko joined the Reuben Fleet Science Center as a volunteer gallery facilitator in 2012 and began working as a Tinkering Studio Coordinator in 2015. Akiko has a background in Computer Science, receiving BS in Math/Computer Science from UCLA and working as a programmer before retiring to become a full-time mom. Akiko is interested in learning by problem solving and enjoys communicating science related topics to the general public.

Akiko is one of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center participants in the InforMath project

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Chantal Lane, Youth Programs Manager at Museum of Photographic Arts

Chantal Lane serves as the Youth Programs Manager at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, California. She oversees the Museum’s K-12 and family programming, which focuses on photography and lens-based art and uses visual literacy as a broad platform.   She has been involved in the Arts Education community in San Diego since 2003, working with MOPA, The California Center for the Arts, The New Children’s Museum, and UCSD.  Throughout her career, she has developed arts education programs and courses responding to audiences from Pre-kindergarten through adult.  Chantal received her BA in Professional Photography with an emphasis in Motion Picture Production from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2001.

Chantal is one of the Museum of Photographic Arts participants in the InforMath project


Kevin Linde, Museum of Photographic Arts

Bio coming soon

Kevin is one of the Museum of Photographic Arts participants in the InforMath project

Past Participants

Nan Renner

Nan Renner, Director for the San Diego Incubator for Innovation, a project of the Art of Science Learning

Nan seeks to integrate art, science, and life. Her professional history includes exhibit development and evaluation for the San Diego Natural History Museum, graphic design for the San Diego Museum of Art, and set painting and design for Sea World. She served on the founding boards of San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project and San Diego Cooperative Charter School, and the Vision & Strategy Team of the Balboa Park Learning Institute. She studied science, art, and the humanities at Northwestern University and completed her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2013. Her thesis research focuses on how children use exhibits in a natural history museum and how they make sense of their multisensory experiences.

Nan serves as personnel for the InforMath project.

Valerie Roder

Valerie Roder, Research Assistant for Ricardo Nemirovsky at San Diego State University

After completing my undergraduate coursework in mathematics and receiving a BA in Mathematics, my interest in the interplay between the arts and mathematics was piqued. Since 2013, I have worked alongside Ricardo, Molly, and Bohdan at the Center of Research of Science and Mathematics Education (CRMSE) at San Diego State University by assisting in different research projects. I have experience in teaching after school mathematics programs for primary and secondary students, and I was a Teaching Assistant for mathematics and history courses during my time as a student at San Diego State University.

Valerie is one of the SDSU CRMSE participants in the Informath project


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