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Ethan Allen


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    At Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), Dr, Ethan Allen oversees the development and growth of PREL’s STEM education programs throughout Hawaii and the other U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands USAPI). He served as Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Water for Life: Community Education for Water Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting in the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands program that enhanced broad community science learning and improved access to potable water for residents of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and Chuuk and Yap States in Micronesia. As part of this work, Ethan co-authored a 280-page book, Water for Life: A Pacific Island Handbook for Education, Health, and community Resilience. He currently serves as Co-PI for an NSF INCLUDES project, Water Network for Team STEM, bringing together USAPI communities in collective impact endeavors to enhance drinking water security and resilience. Ethan also heads up the external evaluation for the University of Hawaii’s ‘Ike Wai project – a five-year, $20M grant from NSF’s EPSCoR, to model and match groundwater resources in Hawaii. Outside of PREL, Ethan hosts a weekly Internet TV show, Likable Science, on ThinkTech Hawaii, promoting science and STEM as accessible and fascinating parts of all of our lives, and a bi-weekly show, Pacific Partnerships in Education, focusing of learning and teaching collaborations in the Pacific islands. He also served as President of the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Public Health Association. Ethan previously directed diverse science education improvement programs at the University of Washington’s Center for Nanotechnology and Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Institute for Systems Biology (Washington), and at the Teachers Academy for Math and Science. Earlier in his career, he served as Exhibit Developer for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Oregon, and did postdoctoral research both there and at the University of Texas at Austin.

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