Martin Storksdieck, an international leader in the study of how people of all ages learn “STEM” subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics both in and out of school, has been named head of the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University.
This unique research center, online at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu, was established two years ago to study how individuals with diverse life circumstances and identities become lifelong STEM learners, practitioners and researchers.
Storksdieck does research on voluntary, or “free choice” learning, and how learning is connected to behaviors, identities and beliefs. He recently served as director of the board on science education at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
“I am delighted to join OSU and honored to be given the opportunity to shape the Center’s focus,” Storksdieck said. “In my new role I will help create a strong OSU community around STEM learning research that is of national and international significance.”