Dr. Alice Bedard-Voorhees received a B.A. in American Studies from Moorhead State University (MN), an M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Distance Education from Capella University.
Her experiences span workplace teaching and training, assessment and evaluation, and instructional and academic leadership positions with two- and four- year institutions including Western Governors University, Colorado Community Colleges, Colorado Mountain College, and the University of Denver.
She continues to design and facilitate for-credit and other e-learning within the US and internationally. In 2004, MERLOT.org adopted the Virtual Speaker Bureau that she helped develop with faculty at Colorado Community Colleges Online. Her enthusiasm for technology as a tool for learning embraces new opportunities to create learning access, success, community, and 21st century learning. Recent roles include the development and evaluation of a virtual tutoring center for developmental education students and project evaluator for the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.
Bedard-Voorhees is the principal of The Constant Learning Organization. Bedard-Voorhees, was the first K. Patricia Cross-Papers fellow selected by the League for Innovation in the Community College and Colorado's E-Learning Consortium's 2009 E-learning Educator of the Year by the E-learning Colorado Consortium. Her most recent publication is a co-authored book chapter on the use of web2.0 for student demonstrations of learning, a publication created in a virtual environment with 98 authors around the world: http://www.openschool.bc.ca/info/edu/index.html
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.