If someone tells you you're being idealistic, take it as a compliment. ~MBR
New! Podcast Interview with Clarion Content in Durham, NC
Melissa (Bunin) Rooney
Writer, Children's Author, Hands-On STEM Educator, and Speaker
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receiving undergraduate degrees in English and Chemistry from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA), Melissa
Rooney attended graduate school at the University of North
Carolina in Chapel Hill. She studied
electrochemistry under the direction of R. Mark Wightman, and was
awarded her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UNC in 1998. From 1999-2002 she conducted
electrochemistry research in the laboratory of Alan M. Bond at
Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She
was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian
Research Council for 2000-2003.
Eddie the Electron
and The Fate of The Frog form the
basis of two workshops offered through the Durham
Arts Council's Culture
and Arts in the Public Schools (CAPS) program, through which Melissa teaches
elementary and middle school students about electrons and atoms. For her involvement in
public education, she received the Durham Public Schools' Get Involved! award in 2011.