Dr. Weber is an artful scientist, creating holistic ways STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) can be taught, studied, and disseminated. Dr. Weber also directs the graduate Science in Education M.Ed. program, and teaches with the graduate and undergraduate schools.
As the world becomes more culturally and biologically interconnected, people are becoming less connected to their natural surroundings. Through an intersection of conservation biology (research) and science education (application), Dr. Weber bridges students’ scientific understanding to local issues in their community and natural environment on a personal, local, and global scale. She looks for ways of connecting conservation to students’ local community, through authentic experiences focused on social and environmental issues, to support students in developing a better understanding of common scientific misconceptions and the interplay of social and environmental issues.
In partnership with Dr. Susan Rauchwerk, Nicole also co-directs the EcoNet Lab, a creative space where educators can connect with scientists to create a learning community that supports local environmental literacy efforts, and as a result have created a critical exploratory space for young minds (STEAM WonderLab). Their collaboration has begun a new dialogue around the embedded pedagogical goals within their science methods courses that ignited new research methods to study the pedagogical shift in a teacher’s experience.
In addition, Dr. Weber realized the need and benefit of making the learning path more visual for students, and as a result enrolled in the Lesley University MFA in Visual Arts Program. As Dr. Weber shifts and finds comfort within the art discourse, her current work looks at the female experience within the science disciplinary silo. Dr. Weber is a lead on the Mt. Auburn Citizen Science project and provides support for STEAM Beans.
Education: PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Postdoctoral Research, Engineering Education, Purdue University