If someone tells you you're being idealistic, take it as a compliment. ~MBR


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Melissa (Bunin) Rooney
Writer, Children's Author, Hands-On STEM Educator, and Speaker

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Photo Album

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About Melissa

After 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.

In 2002, she returned to North Carolina to raise her family with her husband, Mike Rooney. Since then, she has published children’s stories and verses in Highlights Children’s Magazine and Bay Leaves. Her children’s stories, Beyond the Dark, Milk Drinkers turning to Powder, and Counting on Me  won first place in their categories in the Burlington Writers Contests (Stories for Children and Children's Poetry categories, 2009 and 2016), and her verse Hope was awarded first place by the Poetry Council of North Carolina (Traditional Poetry Category, 2009).

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.

When she is not writing creatively or engaging kids, Melissa provides contract scientific editing for Durham-based American Journal Experts and volunteers as an Associate Supervisor on Durham's Soil and Water Conservation District.

About Melissa's Mission:

Melissa believes that society underestimates our children’s interest in what we consider ‘complicated’ scientific subjects, and that we underestimate our children’s ability to understand many basic scientific concepts.

She is confident that the sooner we expose our children to these ideas, the less intimidated they will be by such subject matter in the future. Whether or not they understand everything is beside the point. What’s important is whether or not they are interested. Thus, presenting scientific subjects to our young children in an entertaining way lays important groundwork for their future and the future of our society, on the whole. 

Melissa, her husband Mike, and their two young children happily reside in Durham, NC.

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