Stegman, Melanie Ann
Melanie A. Stegman, Ph.D., is the director of the Learning Technologies Program at the Federation of American Scientists. The program focuses on the innovative use of technology to present molecular science to students and the public. Convinced that cellular biology is the greatest fantasy world and biochemistry is an inherently fun puzzle, Stegman is making games to teach the average human how cells work.
Current projects include 1) evaluating Immune Attack, 2) developing and evaluating the sequel -- Immune Defense, 3) distributing the games and 4) working with teachers to find the most effective way to teach science using games and game design. Evaluation work is in collaboration with the Maine International Center for Digital Learning. Bringing games and game design into science classrooms is in collaboration with the George Mason University Instructional Technology program.
Stegman is funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF).
Stegman earned her Ph.D. in molecular genetics, biochemistry, and microbiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She did her post doctoral work in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell, NYC.
Learning Technologies Blog
2011 Khalili N, Sheridan K, Williams A, Clark K & Stegman M. 2011. Students Designing Video Games about Immunology: Insights for Science Learning. Computers in the Schools. 2011. 28:228-240.
2011 Mazloum N, Stegman MA, Croteau DL, Van Houten B, Kwon NS, Ling Y, Dickinson C, Venugopal A, Towheed MA, Nathan C. Identification of a chemical that inhibits the mycobacterial UvrABC complex in nucleotide excision repair. Biochemistry. 2011. 50:1329-35.