Nena Bloom, EdD
Science & Health Bldg. (#36), Rm. 545
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Natural Resources, B.S. 1991
University of California, Davis, CA, Plant Protection, M.Sc., 1997
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D., 2015
- Opportunities for, and persistence and retention of, K-20 students in STEM areas
- Student learning through experiences in science, technology, engineering & mathematics education
Dr. Nena Bloom has been an Evaluation Coordinator with the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at NAU for eleven years. She has extensive experience evaluating STEM education projects focusing on opportunities for, and persistence and retention of, K-20 students in STEM areas, majors and fields. She has experience evaluating both formal and informal education projects, and projects in higher education at universities and community colleges. She has evaluated projects funded by a number of STEM education initiatives, including NSF, NIH and private foundations, such as the NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program, the NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, and the APS Foundation. She uses a variety of methods and approaches in her work, using qualitative and quantitative and mixed methods.
Nena is also involved with STEM education research focusing on questions about professional development for educators and how educators support student learning in STEM. She is a co-PI on an NSF-ITEST project Expanding Geospatial Technology Career Development for High School Students through Teacher Professional Development and NASA Science Education Directorate project, Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology and Science. She has recently published research in Science Educator and Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education. Previously, Nena coordinated science and social studies teacher education projects, facilitated professional development for teachers, and taught middle school science.
Selected scholarly activities
Expanding Geospatial Technology Career Development for High School Students through Teacher Professional Development
NASA Science Education Directorate project, Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology and Science
Transfers to Graduates in Engineering, Math and Science (Transfer-GEMS) funded by the National Science Foundation, Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S-STEM) program.
Creating Opportunities in Science and Mathematics for Occidental Students (COSMOS), funded by the National Science Foundation, Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S-STEM) program.
Integrative Bioscience: Genes to Environment at Northern Arizona University, funded by the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), National Science Foundation.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Human Impacts on the Colorado Plateau: Placed Based Research and Training funded by the National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
Rubino Hare, L., Whitworth, B., Bloom, N., Fredrickson, K., Henderson-Dahms, C., & Sample, J. (2016). Persistent teaching practices after geospatial technology professional development. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 16(3), 208-285.
Duis, J., Bloom, N., Ollerton, A., Sonderegger, D., Fitz-Kesler, V. & Entin, P. (2016). Supporting STEM transfer students. Proceedings of the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Claesgens, J., Rubino-Hare, L., Bloom, N. & Sample, J. (2013). Professional development integrating technology: Does delivery format matter? Science Educator 22(1), 1-9.
Whitworth, B.A., Bloom, N. E., Walker, M.C. & Rubino-Hare, L. (2018, January). Training the trainers: Designing the Power of Data Facilitation Academies. Poster at the Association for Science Teacher Education 2018 International Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Clark, J. & Bloom, N. (2017, December), Data driven professional development design for Out-of-School time educators using planetary science and engineering educational materials (NASA NNX16AC53A). Presentation at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, LA.
Kesler, K., Evans, E. & Bloom, N. Becoming a STEM-Focused School. (2017, October). Presented at the National STEM Education Research & Practice Summit, Lafayette, IN.
Rubino-Hare, L., Bloom, N., Whitworth, B.A. Using the power of data to increase student engagement with geospatial technology and careers. (2017, July). A poster for the International Cartographic Conference 2017, Washington, D.C.
Rubino-Hare, L., Bielefeldt, T., Blevins, K., & Bloom, N. Using ISTE standards to improve a PBL/geospatial technology professional learning program. (2017, June). A paper for the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) 2017 Conference & Expo, San Antonio, TX.
Ollerton, A., Fitz-Kesler, V., Bloom, N., Duis, J. & Entin, P. (2015, October). Supporting the Transition to NAU in STEM: Transfer-GEMS. Poster presentation for the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference, Washington, DC.
Duis, J., Rothlisberg, S., Bloom, N. & Entin, P. (2014, August). Identifying the experiences of transfer students in STEM to support a transfer learning community. Paper presented at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, MI.