Who We Are

Our projects incorporate contributions from numerous organizations, scientists, teachers, students, and developers—too many to list in one place! Information on such collaborators and partners are available on their respective project pages. Here, you can learn about the core staff members at Impact on Science Education.

Barbara HugBarbara Hug is a Clinical Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the founder of Impact on Science Education. She collaborates with teachers, scientists, and graduate students to develop and using curriculum materials that support inquiry-based learning in science as described in the national science education reform documents (A Framework for K-12 Science Education, Next Generation Science Standards). Her research focuses on the learning that occurs during inquiry and the supports that are needed by both teachers and students to engage in inquiry. Barbara holds a PhD in Developmental Biology and Genetics.

Chandana JastiChandana Jasti is an instructional designer, curriculum developer, education researcher, and teacher workshop leader. Interested in science education, teacher education, and international communities, she enjoys working closely with scientists and teachers to design ways to engage students in science and critical thinking. Joining Project NEURON in 2011, Chandana has worked extensively on BrainCASE: The Golden Hour, Neuroscience Day, and Project MICROBE. She holds an EdM from Harvard University and a BS in Biology and certificate in teaching from UIUC.
Hillary LaurenHillary Lauren is an instructional designer, science writer, education researcher, graphic designer, illustrator and game designer. While working on her MS in Biology, Hillary developed curriculum for the Ecosystem Ecology Workshop in 2009 and began working for Project NEURON at the beginning of 2011. She has also contributed her writing and graphic design skills to many other Impact on Science Education projects. Hillary resides in Seattle, Washington, where she is an Interpretive Content Developer at Woodland Park Zoo and occasionally contributes to freelance projects for small EdTech companies. You can view her online portfolio and her blog The Science Slug about science, education, games, and design.
Portrait of Rob WallonRob Wallon is a PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction at UIUC. He started working for Project NEURON while completing his MS in Science Education, and since that time, Rob has developed curriculum, led teacher workshops, and performed research on projects such as BrainCASE: The Golden Hour. Previous to his graduate education, Rob was a high school science teacher in Morris, Illinois. He uses his classroom experience and interest in educational technology to create and continuously improve curriculum materials, and instructional design. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and baby son.