The MU BIN was established in response to the National Science Foundation’s emphasis on the integration of education and outreach into research projects. We assist researchers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality broader impacts activities.
The BIN is led by Director Susan Renoe. She received her BA and MA in Anthropology from MU and a MA and PhD in Education from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Her dissertation focused on the teaching and learning of archaeology in the collegiate setting, and she spent time teaching courses on archaeology to third and fourth graders through the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s summer Xplorations program. Before beginning her work with BIN, she served as the Assistant Director of the MU Office of Undergraduate Research and served as program coordinator for the Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) Program, which provides laboratory experiences for underrepresented groups in the life sciences. Dr. Renoe also participated in two undergraduate research programs at MU—the College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program & the McNair Scholars Program.
Dr. Sara Vassmer, Assistant Director of the Broader Impacts Network, has a doctorate in Health Education & Promotion from the University of Missouri. Her background includes research in alcohol and substance use issues. Dr. Vassmer has experience in grant writing, project coordination, community outreach and program development. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, gardening, swimming and spending time with her family.
Olivia Gill is a Program/Project Coordinator II at the MU Broader Impacts Network. She has 15+ years of experience working in various roles with not-for-profit organizations. Olivia completed her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and became a Graphic Design Specialist for a non-profit, working on various projects including print, web, and logo design. Later she went to work for the University of Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), which is part of the Business Development Program (BDP) of the University of Missouri Extension. Olivia decided to pursue her passion for Geography by completing her Geographic Informational Science (GIS) Graduate Certificate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2015.
Anahita Zare is a graduate assistant at the Broader Impacts Network. She is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Missouri. Anahita was born and raised in Florida. While pursuing her PhD. in Chemistry at the University of Missouri, Anahita also is the President of the Science Communication and Public Engagement organization (SCAPE). Outside of research, Anahita works to develop and implement various science outreach programs throughout Columbia, Mo.
Siddharth (“Sid”) Vodnala is a graduate assistant at the Broader Impacts Network. Sid is responsible for social media, web design and content creation for the Broader Impacts Network.