Board of Directors
The board is a team of strategic planners, scientists, educators, executive leaders and business owners not only with the collective expertise and experience, but more importantly the long-term commitment to bring the Colorado Springs Science Center to reality.
Janet Carlson, Ph.D.
“I inadvertently turned from the path of becoming a scientist to the path that led to becoming a science educator when a high school counselor told me there was a great course in flower arranging after I expressed the desire to become a botanist. Without realizing it at the time, that misguided advice, which I ignored, launched my career in science education in which I conduct and use research about the learning and teaching of science to generate enthusiasm about science in others. I am excited to be launching a science center in Colorado Springs because it provides a wonderful venue for experiencing the inquiry of science in a cross-disciplinary, multi-age setting with no homework!”
Peg Bacon, Ph.D.
Retired UCCS Provost / Professor / Dean
“My primary area of interest and research has been literacy, particularly with secondary students and adults. Over the years, I’ve become fascinated with the notion of scientific literacy as a gateway to helping inform the national conversation on scientific issues. A key to that literacy is a basic understanding of science concepts and the path to that, I believe, is hands-on active learning — exactly what a science museum can provide.
Daniel Edelson joined BSCS as Executive Director and President in January 2015. He brings significant experience as a curriculum and educational software developer, educational researcher, and advocate for science and social studies education to this role.
Before coming to BSCS, Dr. Edelson was Vice President for Education at the National Geographic Society from 2007-14. During this time, he also served as Executive Director of the National Geographic Education Foundation, overseeing a $3.5M annual grantmaking program. In these roles, Dr. Edelson led National Geographic’s educational outreach and reform efforts.
Educator / Business Owner
“I believe in experiential learning. As a young girl growing up in western Colorado, I learned about lizards by climbing the rock ‘palace’ where so many lived. I’d walk ditches with my grandmother, looking for caterpillars on milkweed pods. We’d bring them home, put them in jars, and watch them turn into Monarch butterflies. I remember the thrill of opening up that lid and watching a beautiful butterfly ascend into the sky. My wonderment of that process – ‘how did that happen?’ – is something I feel everyone should be able to experience. I believe our children need to ‘engage’ science – not just hear it from a TV show or read it in a textbook. That is why I’m so passionate about this project. It will be a place that will inspire us all to discover, learn, and experience more about the amazing world around us.”
Ron Furstenau, Ph.D.
“I first realized I wanted to be a scientist when I took 9th grade physical science. My teacher, Mr Starr, opened my eyes to experimental science and how it helped us to understand the physical world. I was so proud when I was able to identify the contents of the ‘mystery jar’ and the end of the course based on the principles that we had learned during the year. Science opened my mind to the thrill of discovery. Throughout my career, I have seen how an understanding of science can make people better, more informed citizens and enrich people’s lives. I joined this project because it’s the best opportunity I’ve seen to bring science to the entire community of Colorado Springs.”
Rick Meinig, MD
“I was born one month to the day after the launch of Sputnik. As with many of my generation, I grew up in awe of space exploration, the emerging awareness of our oceans and environment, major medical advances and the advent of computers. More importantly, science was a fun and a joyful activity as I built model rockets, peered through telescopes, and participated in science fairs. Ultimately, I graduated from MIT and pursued a career in Orthopaedic Surgery and clinical research. Science and technology are still fun subjects, but risk being somewhat abstract in this “Information Age”. Colorado Springs has a rich tradition in the sciences ranging from Nikola Tesla, TB research, Cray supercomputers and the community’s concentration in space sciences. A Science Center would be a natural addition to our region that would enhance the enjoyment and curiosity of science and technology for people of all ages…”
El Pomar Foundation Fellow
"As a lifelong Colorado Springs resident, I believe there is a huge need for a science center in our community. I am excited to help with this project and make Colorado Springs a better place for learning."
Steve Rothstein, Ph.D.
Professor / Strategist / Fighter Pilot
“Two things drive my daily passion for this project: the opportunity to help shape our community’s future in a fresh and positive way, and my longtime love for the world of science and technology (and the fascinating contributions it’s made to the quality of our lives). Simply look around. The advance of science surrounds and deeply affects all of us. And Colorado Springs in particular is steeped in, has built upon, and remains fundamentally driven by this advance. I can’t think of a more exciting way to engage in our community, and to influence it over the long-term, than to be a part of creating and establishing a landmark center through which all of us will be able to connect and grapple with, explore and better understand this profound aspect of our lives so crucial to our future.”