Dr. Bill Hanshumaker   From 1977 until 1993, I was employed in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). My responsibilities included the design and installation of science exhibits in the 16,000 square feet Turbine Hall. In 1993 I joined the Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Sea Grant faculty as a Public Marine Education Specialist. For six years overlapping these positions, I served on the Exhibition Advisory Board to the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. With funding from the American Chemical Society, an exhibition titled “Science in American Life” was created, incorporating hands-on science activities that I developed while at OMSI. As a Public Marine Education Specialist, my responsibilities have included developing a collection of exhibits on invasive species and sustainable fisheries. One of my central responsibilities is developing outreach programming on the research process and results from the National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Marine Experimental Laboratory, Environmental Protection Agency, Northwest Marine Fisheries Service, and the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. These outreach efforts use design research to develop exhibits, public programming and instructional materials suitable for all age groups. My recently completed dissertation was titled: Making an Aquarium Environment Interactive: A Design Research Analysis of Exhibit Design Processes. My research focused on the development of an interactive aquarium design incorporating the employment of an innovative technology (Passive Integrated Transponder tags) that is used in fishery studies. This study used research on free-choice learning describing the effects of interactive devices on visitor learning, engagement, and attitudes. I am currently the Chief Scientist for Oregon Sea Grant and am a Senior Instructor for the department of Fisheries and Wildlife.



Danielle Asson   I am a graduate student at Oregon State University.  I am currently getting my Masters degree in Marine Resource Management.  My ultimate goal is to become a liaison between the areas of policy, scientific research, and the community, when it comes to the ocean.  I think the ocean is one of the coolest places on the planet, and is filled with so many fascinating things.  I am very excited to be working on this citizen science project, and I hope it helps open the world of marine research for many people!