Dr. Jennifer Hiras


Throughout her career, Jennifer coordinated and organized many science outreach programs that impacted students of all ages (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students). She has a passion for science education and enjoys teaching at all levels. Jennifer is currently an educator at the Science & Discovery Center and looks forward to growing the organization to meet the needs of students and teachers in the region. Previously, Jennifer was a research biologist at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) where she investigated aspects of renewable biofuel production. At JBEI & LBNL, she worked on projects including the pilot scale production of enzymatic cocktails, and testing high throughput enzyme screening technologies. She earned a Ph.D. in marine studies and microbiology from the University of Delaware and studied physiology of anaerobic bacteria. There, she established analytical protocols for metabolite extraction and identification. In addition to staying up-to-date on current technologies in the field, Jennifer is an expert grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and will chair the Gordon Research Seminar on Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Bruce McLaren

Mobile Science Laboratory Educator

Mr. McLaren serves as the Mobile Science Laboratory educator for the Science & Discovery Center. In this capacity he is responsible for an innovative outreach program for schools and organizations, utilizing the self-contained mobile science laboratory. An integral part of this program is his work with classroom teachers to develop introductory, follow-up activities with students.

Mr. McLaren has served as an elementary teacher at Ecole Kanatamat, QC.; instructor at Delaware Technical and Community College, Wilmington; tutor/instructor at the University of Delaware; university teacher’s assistant at Alfred University, NY; and substitute teacher, Alfred-Almond Central School. He has been a consultant and developer in computer technology designing Internet systems for national and international corporate and educational applications.

He graduated from McGill University, Montreal, QC with an Honors BA and also holds a Diploma in Education from this university. Mr. McLaren has a MBA, summa cum laude, from Alfred University, NY. A talented musician, he speaks both English and French.

Christine Stull

Educational Program Coordinator

Ms. Stull’s position is the Educational Program Coordinator for the Science & Discovery Center.

Christine has served as a long-term substitute teacher in several grades for the Corning Painted Post School District in the Calvin U. Smith and the William Severn Elementary schools. Her responsibilities included creating original lesson plans to meet the diverse needs of all students and working collaboratively with all teachers. In addition, she has experience as a substitute teacher, Grades K-12, and as a student teacher in several local school districts. She is actively involved in community volunteer efforts.

A graduate of Corning Community College with an Associates degree in Science, Christine then completed a BS degree, Magna cum Laude, and a Masters degree both in Childhood Education at Elmira College, NY.

Lisa Gibson

Deputy Director

Maintains membership and monthly reports on funding and finances

BS from East Stroudsburg University in PA

Patricia Dann

Executive Director

Fundraising, directing collaborative educational programming with multiple schools, colleges, and various organizations

BA Liberal Arts and Sciences, from Simmons College, Boston, MA