Linda Coulombe is the Manager of Science Programs at the National Children’s Museum, formerly the Capital Children’s Museum. As science manager, she is directly involved in the planning and implementation of all science programs and exhibits, and is the exhibit development team leader for two of the new museum’s major exhibit areas; Being Me: Inside and Out, and Kids Environment. She is also currently serving as an advisor to the National Capital Area Asthma Coalition and the Children’s National Medical Center in the development of children's programs related to asthma and other health issues. She recently developed the content for the new NCM children's website on fireflies, "Ready, Set, Glow" in support of the citizen science Firefly Watch project at the Museum of Science Boston. While at Capital Children’s Museum, she held the position of Public Programs Manager for Science and Technology, and was responsible for the Chemical Science Center exhibit and for related science programming. She also supervised the implementation of several science grants from organizations such as AAAS and the EPA, and served as a referee for a ReDiscover Grant proposal for the Glasgow Science Center.
Linda holds a Masters degree in Biology from San Diego State University, and was the first woman scientist hired by the Naval Undersea Center, Marine Mammal Facility in Point Loma, California where she published scientific articles on methods of aging the common dolphin and the redistribution of the California sea otter. Linda has over 15 years experience in both formal and informal science education. She was a science teacher, served on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Curriculum Review Committee for Health and Science, and helped to develop the countywide environmental curriculum for Grade 4. As a volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, she developed and presented programs relating to environmental issues. She has published scientific articles as well as short stories for several children’s magazines. . Her memberships in professional organizations include; American Zoological Society, National Science Teachers Association, and the Museum Education Roundtable.
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