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Dennis Schatz

President, NSTA

Dennis Schatz is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Learning Innovation, as well as Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. He is also President of the NSTA (National Science Teaching Association) board of directors. 

He led the initial development of the Portal to the Public (PoP) effort, and remains active in the program. PoP is an initiative to develop programs that works with scientists to engage with public audiences regarding current science research and its application. 

He is Co-PI of the NSF funded Broader Impact Design (BID) Partnerships project to develop sustained institutional relationships between universities and ISE institutions regarding the delivery of broader impact activities provided by research scientists. He is also Co-PI of the NSF funded On-the-Spot Assessment (OSA) project to develop assessment strategies for scientists to embed in public presentations to assess how well the audience is understanding them.

He was the founding Field Editor of the journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school learning. The journal is a joint effort of NSTA and ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers).  He was also a National Science Foundation (NSF) program officer from 2011 to 2015.

He has received numerous honors.  Most recently, Asteroid 25232 was renamed Asteroid Schatz by the International Astronomical Union IAU) in recognition of his leadership in astronomy and science education. 

He is the author of 26 science books for children, and co-author/editor of several curriculum resources for teachers.