Sharon Cooper: Education Manager,

Sharon Katz Cooper oversees Education and Outreach programs for the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) office of the International Ocean Discovery Program. She first learned about IODP when working for the Smithsonian on developing the Sant Ocean Hall, during which she sailed on the very first School of Rock in 2005 and became permanently hooked. Now a full-fledged accidental geologist, she creates and implements programs around the world to encourage students, teachers and the general public to fall in love with STEM and get their minds blown by the amazing science IODP and related programs do every day. She is also a PI on a number of NSF-funded STEM educational programs focused on diversity and broadening participation: the STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS) program, Ambassadors for STEM Training to Enhance Participation (A-STEP), and the brand new Alliance-Building Offshore to Achieve Resilience and Diversity (All-ABOARD) program! In other parts of her life, she is a children’s book author, wife, mom, cook and laundry-folder. She is married and has three boys who refer to the JR as “mommy’s ship.” Contact Sharon at

U.S. Science Support Program
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964


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