Mark Putnam

MVP for Iowa STEM: Dr. Mark Putnam

“I am here with a gift.” It is a phrase that Dr. Mark Putnam used when talking to Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the STEM Council, more than two years ago before being appointed to the STEM Council in August 2013.

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Valerie Newhouse

MVP for Iowa STEM: Valerie Newhouse

This month’s MVP for Iowa STEM is a true leading lady in “STEM for all,” powering momentum behind local, regional and statewide STEM efforts through various roles on and off the STEM Council.

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Deb Dunkhase

MVP for Iowa STEM: Deb Dunkhase

An early champion for out-of-school or informal STEM, Deb Dunkhase helped win STEM Council support for the programs happening in Iowa’s museums, libraries and other popular places for students after the school day ends.

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Dr. Chris Nelson, new STEM Council co-chair, recognizes teachers for the 2015 STEM Education Award

Welcome, Dr. Chris Nelson

Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson will serve as co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council starting this month. Appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad, Nelson succeeds Vermeer CEO and Chair of the Board Mary Andringa, who completed her two-year term as STEM Council co-chair in May.

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Pat Barnes

MVP for Iowa STEM: Pat Barnes

John Deere Inspire’s Pat Barnes has also inspired the STEM Council from day one through the development of the initiative to its widespread success throughout Iowa.

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Iowa's STEM Council co-chair Mary Andringa is recognized by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

STEM Culture of Excellence: Andringa Legacy

Ben Franklin advised that if we want something done, it’s best to ask a busy person. Governor Branstad acted on that advice in 2013 by approaching Mary Andringa to co-chair the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council alongside Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

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Student panelists discuss STEM effort at the 12th STEM Council

STEM Council draws FY2015 to close, kicks of FY2016 with flare

The 12th meeting of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council began with closing the books on end-of-fiscal-year business to begin anew for the innovative and exciting developments to come in the year ahead for STEM in Iowa.

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Rachel Hurley

MVP for Iowa STEM: Rachel Hurley

Although her role outside the STEM Council has changed in the last few years, Rachel Hurley, an original member of the STEM Council, has not changed in her passion for Iowa STEM.

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Paul Gibbins

North Central Iowa STEM Region home to new regional manager

A search team of regional and state STEM Board and Council members successfully nabbed their number one candidate to fill the role as the North Central Iowa STEM Regional Manager. Paul Gibbins will complete the six-person roster of regional managers and start his duties out of Iowa State University on December 1.

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