Catherine McCarthy

Catherine McCarthy
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Organization:Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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I currently work for the Science Museum of Minnesota as Project Leader for the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) ( The goal of the network is to create a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Previously, I worked for the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY, as Grant Projects Director managing a wide variety of grant funded exhibit projects and educational programs as well as overseeing our traveling exhibitions program ( I was the project manager for the "It's a Nano World: Smaller than a Spot on a Ladybug" ( and "Too Small to See: Zoom into Nanotechnology" ( exhibitions and active in the NISE Network. I also had the opportunity to focus on other topics such as astronomy (, Sagan Planet Walk (, chemistry (, re-use (, tobacco, and integrated pest management. 

Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors and am formerly President of the Cayuga Nature Center (

Prior to joining the museum field, I worked for local government agencies in environmental management, solid & hazardous waste, and pollution prevention. I hold a BS from Cornell University in natural resources and environmental engineering and an MS and PhD from UC Davis in ecology, focusing on environmental policy analysis and planning.



University of California, Davis, PhD, Ecology: Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning 

University of California, Davis, MS, Ecology: Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning

Cornell University, BS, Environmental Engineering Technology & Natural Resources

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My SMD Projects:

Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project

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