Born: September 2, 1958 in Córdoba, Argentina.
Languages: Spanish and English (Bilingual/Bicultural).
U.S. citizen, naturalized in 1983.
Married, 2 children
2000-present: Senior Fellow. Research Astronomer II. Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley.
1997-2000: Senior Fellow. Associate Research Astronomer III and IV. Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley.
Director, CSE@SSL – Center for Science Education @ Space
Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley (Leadership of a
group of scientists, educators, and staff who conduct science education
research and implement education and outreach programs on a national
scale. CSE@SSL collaborates with schools of Education, science
departments, NASA missions, school districts, science museums, and
1997-present: Principal Investigator. The NASA Office of Space Science Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum. The Forum is one of four national centers for space science education and public outreach. The goals of the Forum include raising the scientific literacy of the general public and contributing to the improvement of K-14 science education. The Forum stewards the knowledge and discoveries of NASA Sun-Earth Connection missions, and facilitates scientist participation in education and outreach. This grant has been renewed through November 2007.
1997-present: Principal Investigator. Project FIRST – Fostering Reading through Science and Technology. Project FIRST develops on-line and print integrated science/literacy teaching materials for early elementary grades. The project produces a suite of inquiry-based science activities developed and tested by UC Berkeley educators and scientists at the Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory in partnership with classroom teachers. Project FIRST is funded by UC Berkeley’s School-University Partnerships Program, NASA’s Office of Space Science, and Calspace.
1997-2002: Principal Investigator. The Science Education Gateway Project. The SEGway program, funded by NASA's Office of Space Science, is a national consortium of science museums, research institutions and educators working together to present the latest space science research for students, teachers, and the general public. SEGway develops education and public outreach materials for five NASA solar and astrophysics satellite missions.
1997 Spring Semester: Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley. Taught a Cybersemester Freshman Seminar on the Interactive University project. Topic: Investigate issues of using technology to make University resources available to the K-12 community.
1995 Spring Semester: Instructor, UCB Extension, Education, UC Berkeley. Designed and taught a course for science teachers featuring the operation of a NASA astrophysics satellite mission and supporting teachers in the development of on-line lesson plans using the unique capabilities of the Internet. Course funded by NASA Office of Space Science).
1994: Adjunct Professor, Physics & Astronomy Department, San Francisco State University, San Francisco. Designed and taught the course described above which was funded by NASA Office of Space Science. Course was cross-listed between the Physics & Astronomy, and Education Departments).
1988: Visiting Professor, Astronomy Department, University of California, Los Angeles. (Taught the lower division astronomy course entitled General Introductory Astronomy).
1988: Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Astronomy Department, San Diego State University. (Conducted a series of seminars and demonstrations to faculty and students on the use of the Image Reduction and Analysis Facility (IRAF) package for astronomical data reduction).
Fellowships and Honors
2001: NASA Group Achievement Award. Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum.
2001: NASA Group Achievement Award. Space Science Education Resource Directory.
2000: NASA Group Achievement Award. Sun-Earth Connection Roadmap Team.
1995: Professional Award for Distinguishing and Fostering Amateur Astronomy. The Astronomical Association of Northern California.
Spring 1985: Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles.
1981-1982: Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles.
1981: Phi Beta Kappa (FBK) Iota Chapter of the University of California, Riverside.
Other Professional Activities
1997-present: Member, NASA Office of Space Science Education Council.
2000-present: Member, Editorial Board, Astronomy Education Review Journal.
2000-present: Member, Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Family ASTRO Advisory Board.
2001-present: Member, NASA Office of Space Science Origins Roadmap Team.
2001-2002: Principal Member, Science Definition Team for NASA’s National Virtual Observatory.
1999-2002: Member, American Astronomical Society Committee on Minorities in Astronomy.
1998-2001: Member, NASA Space Science Advisory Committee (A Federal Advisory Committee Act – FACA Committee).
1998-2000: Reviewer for National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate.
1998-1999: Reviewer for NASA Office of Space Science Education and Outreach proposals.
1998-1999: Member, NASA Office of Space Science Sun-Earth Connection Roadmap Team.
1995-1996: Member of the NASA Education Steering Committee, Remote Sensing Public Access Center.
1993-1995: Referee for Astrophysical Journal and Astrophysical Journal Letters.
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Astronomical Society
American Education Research Association
American Geophysical Union
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
California Science Teachers Association
International Astronomical Union
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Science Teachers Association
National Society of Black Physicists
National Society of Hispanic Physicists
Invited Colloquia and Panels
2002: NASA Headquarters. Panelist. Report to NASA Office of Space Science from the Science Definition Team of the National Virtual Observatory project.
2001: American Association for the Advancement of Science. Panelist. Bringing Space Science Down to Earth: Developments in Education and Outreach.
2001: Data Analysis Symposium, Raytheon Annual Workshop. The NASA Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program.
2001: Scientist Symposium, DePaul University, Chicago. The NASA Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program.
2000: Historical Development of Modern Cosmology Symposium in Valencia, Spain. Education and Public Outreach – A Modern Perspective.
2000: American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting. Total Solar Eclipse Webcasts as Tools for Public Outreach.
1999: Presentation to the President of the Dominican Republic Dr. Leonel Fernandez and his entourage of more than 50 ministers, presidents of universities, and business people. – Space Science Education Program – Accomplishments.
1999: Presentation to the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee – The NASA Office of Space Science Education Program - Accomplishments 1998-99.
1999: Presentation UNISPACE III/COSPAR meeting in Vienna, Austria – Space Science in the Secondary Classroom – Benefits and Challenges.
1999: Presentation for the NASA/OSS Education Program distance learning course for scientists – The NASA/OSS Education Program.
1999: Presentation to the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Cabinet. Project FIRST – Foundations in Reading Through Science and Technology.
1999: UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory Colloquium. NASA Office of Space Science Education Ecosystem and Center for Science Education @ SSL.
1999: Stanford University. Solar Physics Colloquium. NASA Office of Space Science Education Ecosystem.
1999: American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting. Lessons Learned from the NASA/Exploratorium Total Solar Eclipse Internet Webcast.
1998: UC Office of the President Educational Outreach Symposium, UC Santa Cruz, CA. Project FIRST – Foundations in Reading Through Science and Technology.
1998: UC Berkeley, Physics GSR Colloquium. Education at the Space Sciences Laboratory.
1998: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. The Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum.
1998: NASA Space Science Advisory Committee. A View from the Forums.
1998: American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting. The Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum.
1997: UC Berkeley, Berkeley Pledge Roundtable. Science On-Line - A Model of Evaluation.
1997: American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting. Collaborations Among Research Centers, Science Museums, and Schools.
1995: UC Berkeley, The Vice-Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ's Seminar for Teachers on University-Community Issues. The Interactive University - CEA Science On-Line Program.
1995: UC Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education, Instructional Technology Seminar Series. The Interactive University - CEA Science On-Line Program.
1995: UCLA, Physics and Astronomy Department, Los Angeles, California. The CEA Science Education Program - Effective Strategies for Engaging Scientists in K-12 Education.
1995: Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California. The CEA Science Education Program.
1995: NASA/Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. The CEA Science Education Program
1995: Lockheed Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Palo Alto, California. Science On-Line Project and The CEA Science Education Outreach Program.
1995: NASA/Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite's Science Highlights.
1992: Sonoma State University, Physics and Astronomy Department, Sonoma, California. The Extreme Ultraviolet Sky.
1990: UCLA, Astronomy Department, Los Angeles, California. The EUVE Mission and its Prospects.
1989: Sonoma State University, Physics and Astronomy Department, Sonoma, California. Distortions of the Cosmic Microwave Background by Pre-galactic Stars and Fractal Dust Grains.
1988: University of California, San Diego, Physics Department, San Diego, California. Probing the Possibility of a 12C/13C Abundance Gradient from Observations of Interstellar CH+.
Invited School and Public Lectures
1992-present: Ongoing visits to K-12 classrooms with demonstrations and hands-on activities (approx. 3 visits/year).
2002: UC Berkeley Mathematics and Science Workshop for Middle School Girls – West Contra Costa County Unified School District
2000: UC Berkeley Mathematics and Science Workshop for Middle School Girls – West Contra Costa County Unified School District
1999: Guest Scientist at the San Francisco Exploratorium Eclipse ’99 Webcast Event.
1998: TriValley Amateur Astronomical Society. Key Note Speaker. NASA’s Sun-Earth Connection Theme and Education Forum.
1998: Mount Tamalpais Key Note Speaker in the Public Astronomy Lecture Series, San Francisco, CA. NASA’s Sun-Earth Connection Theme and Education Forum.
1995: Mount Tamalpais Key Note Speaker in the Public Astronomy Lecture Series, San Francisco, CA. Science Highlights of The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite Mission.
1995: Teachers on the Internet Workshop, sponsored by EECS, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. Science On-Line - Earth and Space Science for the Classroom.
1995: Workshop for Bay Area Earth Science Academy. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Science On-Line - Earth and Space Science for the Classroom.
1995: Workshop for Summer Camp students at the Lawrence Hall of Science on the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Mission.
1995: Workshop during Science and Technology Conference for Teachers in Oakland, CA, sponsored by the Bay Area Science and Technology Education Collaboration.
1993-1995: Tour leader for science tours of our satellite operations center at the CEA, Berkeley, CA, for groups of children, teachers, parents, and the general public, with a total audience greater than 900 people.
1994: Morrison Planetarium Key Note Speaker in the Public Science Lecture Series, San Francisco, CA. The Extreme Ultraviolet Sky.
1993-1994: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Project ASTRO partner to 5th grade Oakland Sequoia Elementary school teacher and students.
1992: San Jose State University, San Jose, California. First Results of the EUVE Satellite (Amateur Astronomers Conference)
1989: Chabot College, Livermore, California. Expanding your Horizons Workshop.
Dr. Hawkins has published more than 80 astrophysics and science education articles in refereed journals, conference proceedings, popular magazines, and conference abstract bulletins. (A complete list is available at http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/isabel/pubs.html).