Learn about the Festival Team

The Bay Area Science Festival is produced by the UCSF- Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP).

Bruce Alberts

Bruce Alberts

Festival Co-founder

Bruce Alberts, professor emeritus at UC San Francisco, served two six-year terms as president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) from 1993 to 2005. During his tenure at NAS, Bruce was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards. Bruce just completed a successful term as editor-in-chief of the journal Science. He is also one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a preeminent textbook now in its fifth edition. Bruce serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 nonprofit institutions and was co-principal investigator on the NSF grant that initially seeded the Bay Area Science Festival.

Katherine Nielsen

Katherine Nielsen

Festival Co-founder, Co-Director, UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP)

Trained as an educator and a scientist, Katherine has taught science at the middle through undergraduate level; conducted research in developmental neurobiology; and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education. Ms. Nielsen has 15 years experience in the scientist-teacher partnership field, launched the International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference in 2013 and is co-author of Girls in Science: A Framework for Action. She has a Masters of Arts in Education from Stanford University and a Masters of Science in Biology from Montana State University. Katherine serves as an adviser on the science festival, regularly overseeing day-to-day decisions.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Festival Co-Founder, Co-Director, UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP)

Co-Director, UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP)
Rebecca started her career in science education as a scientist volunteer in SEP’s programs while a graduate student in Biochemistry at UCSF. Her partnerships with extraordinary teachers and their students convinced her that this was a career path she wanted to pursue. Working at SEP since 2000, she has developed extensive experience developing and implementing teacher-scientist partnership programs, teaching doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, and leading professional development for teachers. Rebecca serves on the Advisory Boards of other science education projects both locally and nationally.

Kishore Hari

Kishore Hari

Bay Area Science Festival Director

Kishore Hari joined SEP in November 2009, bringing an interest in engaging public audiences in science discussion. In 2007, he founded Down to a Science, a San Francisco based science cafe, to create social dialogues fueled by scientific research. Building on its success, Kishore co-founded BayAreaScience.org, a web portal aggregating events and educational content from all the various science institutions throughout the Bay Area. Kishore is available 24 x7 for all your science festival needs.

Jennifer Kaelin

Jennifer Kaelin

Science Festival Coordinator

Jennifer joined SEP in 2006, where she has worked with K-12 teachers and scientist volunteers, helping to support inquiry-based science lessons in the classroom, as well as K-5 professional development in the City Science Summer Institute. She has also led workshops for doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and teachers, and been involved in program and curriculum design. Jennifer received a B.S. in Biology from the University of California at San Diego, a M.S. in Environmental Studies from San José State University and a teaching credential from Santa Clara University. Jennifer currently works on the Bay Area Science Festival, where she works on Volunteers, Explorer Sunday Science Tours and Discovery Days logistics.

BayAreaScience Year Round Calendar Team

Bob Siederer

Bob Siederer

Calendar Team

Bob has always been curious about how things work, from the mysteries in the sky to the construction of a house, to the logic and architecture of a computer. Holding degrees in Accounting and Technical Education, Bob proceeded to ignore them and joined IBM in 1978 as a Systems Engineer in Akron, OH. Several cities and 27 years later, he found himself in the Bay Area and retired from IBM. He has become a proponent of science education and outreach, as well as a regular construction team leader at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. He also goes back to Akron to volunteer at the Firestone Country Club’s PGA tournament each summer, and, for the past several years, has helped keep BayAreaScience.org full of event listings.

Herb Masters

Herb Masters

Calendar Team

Helping get the lay public engaged with science and reason, in conjunction with strengthening the separation of church and state, is one of the most important endeavors if our society is to survive. Since retiring as a firefighter, Herb has been a connector of the public with the amazing range of informal science education organizations and presenters we have in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Herb is a volunteer at and Oppenheimer member of the Exploratorium, a docent at the California Academy of Sciences, serve on the board of directors of the Bay Area Skeptics, host Skeptics in the Pub @ Fiddler’s Green in Millbrae, and have in the past been on the steering committee of Center for Inquiry SF. Herb started the Science Schmooze weekly newsletter several years ago and now is a co-editor.

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