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About Science Matters

Science Matters

About Science Matters

Science Matters is a multi-media educational initiative of VPM, Central Virginia’s PBS & NPR stations. Through our “big loud voice” of Radio, Television and the Web, we strive to inspire our community to value science and to understand its importance to our future. We couple excellent national PBS and NPR content with compelling locally produced segments which feature community partners involved in exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities in Virginia. Our community outreach events and our new Science Matters Community Events Calendar are additional vehicles for engaging audiences of all ages in ongoing discovery and exploration of all things science.

2019-2020 Science Matters Leadership Team

  • Chair, Daphne Schmidt–Science Education Consultant
    Vice-Chair, W. Jerrold Samford–Environmental Compliance Specialist, Troutman Sanders
  • Robby Demeria–Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Technology
  • Hollee Freeman, Ph.D.–Executive Director, MathScience Innovation Center
  • Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D.–Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering
  • Jeremy S. Hoffman, Ph.D.–Climate & Earth Science Specialist, Science Museum of Virginia
  • Kathy Hoke–Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Richmond
  • Karen M. Layou, Ph.D.–Professor of Geology, Reynolds Community College
  • Arlene Levine, Ph.D.–NASA Langley Research Center, Manager of Education and Public Outreach, retired
  • Joel Levine, Ph.D.–Research Professor, Department of Applied Science, College of William and Mary, NASA, retired Emily Loving, Ed.D.–Lead STEM & Secondary Science Specialist, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Francis Macrina, Ph.D.–Professor Emeritus, School of Dentistry, and The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Tina Manglicmot, Ed.D.–Director of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, Division of Instruction Virginia Department of Education
  • Susan R. Maples -Director of Development, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary
  • Robert J. Mattauch, Ph.D.–Dean Emeritus & Commonwealth Professor, School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Eugene G. Maurakis, Ph.D.–Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at University of Richmond
  • Eric M. Rhoades–Secondary Science Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools
  • P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D. -Vice President for Research & Innovation, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Nick Serfass, FAIA, CAE-Executive Director, RVATECH, Richmond Technology Council
  • Caron Trumbo-Director of Operations, Virginia Bio
  • Rob Wyman–NASA Langley Research Center, Lead, Communications Team, Office of Strategic Analysis, Communications & Business Development


  • Debbie Mickle–Science Matters Director, VPM

Community Partners

Each year, we partner with over 160 community organizations, school systems and businesses to create compelling science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content for use online, on TV, on radio, and at community events.

Contact Information

Debbie Mickle, Science Matters Project Manager
[email protected]