The Brain Science of Museum Learning




Jayatri Das, Ph.D. is Chief Bioscientist and Director of Science Content at The Franklin Institute and an invited Fellow of the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania. She has led development of several exhibitions at the Institute—including Your Brain, a national award-winning exhibit about the neuroscience and psychology of the human brain—and directs in-person and virtual programming initiatives to advance informal science education about emerging health issues, materials science, synthetic biology and other areas of current science and their societal impact. She also serves as an advisor to the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network. Das earned undergraduate degrees in biology and biochemistry from Penn State and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Princeton University. Prior to joining The Franklin Institute, she conducted postdoctoral work at both the Koshland Science Museum and the University of Pennsylvania. She has been honored with the American Alliance of Museums’ Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence.

Mickey Maley began serving as Program Lead for Museum Education, MA and teaching courses  at University of the Arts in 2019. Mickey has 10 years of museum education experience, most recently as Assistant Director of Public Programs at The Franklin Institute, where he gained  experience in facilitating learning on the museum floor through hands-on and live performance experiences, developing visitor centered programming and training for staff and volunteers,  and collaborating on exhibit educational programs. Mickey has his Master of Science in Education in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank  Street College of Education, and his Bachelor of Science in Physics, and is a current member of  the Museum Education Trends Committee for the Education Professional Network and a Museum Assessment Program Peer Reviewer both with the American Alliance of Museums.  Past non-profit leadership positions include serving as a board member for the Philadelphia chapter of the Emerging Museum Professionals network.

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