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About VPM Science Matters

About VPM Science Matters

Science Matters is a multi-media educational initiative of VPM, Central Virginia’s PBS & NPR stations. Through our “big loud voice” of Radio, Television and the Web, we strive to inspire our community to value science and understand its importance to our future. We couple excellent national PBS and NPR science content with compelling locally produced segments which feature community partners involved in exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities in Virginia. Our community outreach events and our  Science Matters Community Events Calendar are additional vehicles for engaging audiences of all ages in ongoing discovery and exploration of all things science.

2022-2023 Science Matters Leadership Team

  • Chair: W. Jerrold Samford–Environmental Compliance Specialist, Troutman Pepper
  • Vice-Chair: Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D.–Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering
  • Robby Demeria–Chief of Staff, Phlow Corporation
  • Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D.- Science Education, Principal Investigator: VCU NOYCE, Co-Investigator: Hero-T, VCU RTR SEED, NOAA B-Wise, NOAA BEST, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Chuck English- Virginia STEM Coordinator
  • Jeremy S. Hoffman, Ph.D.–Climate & Earth Science Specialist, Science Museum of Virginia
  • A. J. Hostetler- M.A., Communications Director, Virginia Commonwealth University Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
  • Kathy Hoke–Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Richmond
  • Karen M. Layou, Ph.D.–Professor of Geology, Reynolds Community College
  • Emily Loving, Ed.D.- Principal, Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs 
  • Susan R. Maples- Director of Development, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William & Mary
  • Eugene G. Maurakis- Ph.D.–Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology and School of Professional & continuing Studies, University of Richmond
  • Anne Petersen- Science Coordinator, Division of Instruction, Virginia Department of Education
  • April Phillips- News Chief, NASA Langley Research Center, Office of Strategic Analysis, Communications & Business Development (OSACB)
  • Eric M. Rhoades–STEM consultant and former Director of Science and Health Education, Virginia Department of Education
  • Daphne Schmidt -STEM consultant and former Director of the Summer Regional Governor's School, Math Science Innovation Center
  • Nick Serfass -FAIA, CAE, Executive Director, RVATECH/Richmond Technology Council
  • Caron Trumbo-Director of Operations, Virginia Bio
  • Rob Wyman–NASA Langley Research Center, Lead, Communications Team, Office of Strategic Analysis, Communications & Business Development

Staff:  Debbie Mickle- VPM Science Matters Director

Community Partners

Each year, we partner with over 100 community organizations, school systems and businesses to create compelling science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content for use online, on TV, on radio, and at community events.

Contact Information

Debbie Mickle, VPM Science Matters Director
[email protected]