Carol Lynn Alpert – Observer/Chronicler
QSTORM nickname: The Eye
Brief Bio and QSTORM role
Carol Lynn is director of strategic projects at the Museum of Science (MOS) in Boston. She develops partnerships with education and research organizations to pursue innovative approaches to enhancing STEM literacy and public engagement with science. Carol Lynn developed the award-winning Current Science & Technology Center at the Museum of Science and co-founded the NSF Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. Before joining MOS, she developed and produced PBS television programs for series such as NOVA’s Race to Save the Planet, Frontline, The American Experience, Scientific American Frontiers, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age, and La Plaza. Carol Lynn has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in history and science.
Carol Lynn’s QSTORM role is (1) to foster ongoing communication between the collaborating research teams, and (2) to provide an open portal so that other investigators, students, and members of the public can follow the process of this collaboration, exploring the frontiers of biological imaging, and engaging with the researchers. She is joined in these efforts by two very talented QSTORM team members at MOS, Jeanne Antill and Karine Thate.
Q. In what ways do you feel that you don’t fit the stereotype of a scientist?
Well, I’m not a scientist. I pursued a career in science, but got side-tracked into studying the history of science and the fascinating interplay between science and society. I suppose I’m a “lapsed scientist.”
Q. What led you to this particular collaboration?
I was one of a handful of artists/educators invited to participate in NSF’s Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization Ideas Lab retreat in the spring of 2010. Once there, I collaborated with four different teams developing research proposals, three of which were funded. NSF asked me to focus on Team QSTORM, and Jessica, Ge, Beth and Peter have been terrific colleagues. They embody so much that I value about the scientific spirit and creative collaboration. (… and, they have also been open to participating in some fairly unusual activities – like this website. )