DR. MELISSA ROONEY


Dr. Melissa Bunin Rooney received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. She subsequently conducted post-doctoral research in Australia for four years, during which she traveled extensively. In 2002, she obtained Australian citizenship and returned to the U.S. Since then, Melissa has been a scientific editor, a columnist for the News and Observer, an award-winning poet, and an author of three children’s books. Her work in Durham Public Schools earned her the inaugural “Durham Public Schools’ Get Involved Award” in 2011. After taking a break from CAPS to raise her third child, Melissa has returned with two interactive science-based artist workshops. BOOK Dr. Melissa Rooney

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Workshop
Australia, Aborigines, and the Science of Sound

Physically experience sound-waves, frequencies and resonance via Dr. Melissa Rooney’s demonstrations on the Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo and other instruments, traditional and home-made (many from recycled materials). Discuss the fascinating geological and evolutionary history of Australia and the 75,000-years-old Aboriginal culture that continues today. Learn about Aboriginal didgeridoos and dot-art painting and how both have been adapted in modern society. If desired, make your own dot-art paintings using basic supplies provided by the artist. You determine the direction and how far you want to go! 45- 60 minutes.

Maximum Participants:
30

Duration: 1-3 hour (or even more)

Cost:
$100.00 per class/per hr.
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GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Residency
Eddie the Electron and Your Future in Science
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Let Melissa introduce you to ‘Eddie the Electron’ and his atomic world. Help build electrical circuits (simple or complex) and listen as Melissa reads her children’s book, ‘Eddie the Electron’ (Amberjack Publishing, 2015), a copy of which is given to the class. Other concepts may include magnetism, solar-systems and the earth’s magnetic field, nontraditional careers in science (including writing and illustrating), college and graduate-school in the sciences (free or paid); and/or a first-hand layman’s presentation of Melissa’s Ph.D. research (Electrochemical Neurotransmitter Detection in Living rats). 45 – 60 minutes.

Maximum Participants:
30

Cost:
$125.00 per class/per hr.