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"A Safety Minute" by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: June 13, 2019

NSELA Safety Minute by Dr. Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Compliance Officer - For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on [email protected].

"Awareness/Understanding of Lab Hazards!" When working in a school science laboratory environment, there usually are a number of biological, chemical and physical hazards that occupants come in contact with during the workday.  Check out this important need-to-know information for a safer lab experience!


Alumna’s Lifelong Scientific Curiosity and Career Commitments Earn National Accolades

Posted: June 6, 2019

Sparked by an interest in the natural world, Nancy Kellogg’s scientific curiosity began early on her family’s Colorado ranch. That love of learning led to a lifelong career in and passion for science education with no signs of stopping any time soon.  

With more than 50 years of service to her name, Kellogg was recognized this year with the National Science Teachers Association’s Distinguished Service to Science Education Award. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest organization committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, created the award to recognize educators and NSTA members who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education in the sciences and science teaching over a significant period of time.

Kellogg is a two-time CU Boulder School of Education alumna receiving her BA in biology with education in 1966 and PhD in science education in 1980, and she describes her lifelong education career as “an adventure of curiosity, passion for science, and love of learning, innovation, collaboration, and empowerment of students and teachers.” 

From her early education in a Colorado country school and small rural high school, Kellogg became an advocate for rural education and supporter for rural science teachers. Her CU Boulder education would take her into Colorado schools as a high school biology teacher and experiential education program developer/teacher and eventually, international as a university professor with the women’s medical faculty in Saudi Arabia before returning to Colorado in 1983. She worked as a district science specialist and on state grant-funded initiatives, where she led in rural and urban schools’ standards-based reform and K-16 sustained science professional development initiatives. Kellogg dedicated many years to analyzing assessments and making sure they were fair, equitable and truly matched the intention of the standard.

“I’ve always been driven to improve science education for all students, provide opportunities for teachers, and not accept the status quo,” she said. “Through peer collaboration and other diverse opportunities, I’ve had the privilege of being involved in many service experiences at the school, district, Colorado, national and international levels.”

While technically retired today, Kellogg continues to give back to the science education community and engages in various opportunities to contribute and keep learning. She is on the steering committee of the Colorado Science Education Network, an influential and growing professional network of science leaders from schools, districts, higher education, university research, and the business world that she co-founded in the 1990s. Additionally, Kellogg remains involved in NSTA. Most recently, she traveled to England with the NSTA president to present on next generation science teaching at the United Kingdom’s largest science education conference, and she served on the panel that developed a position statement on teaching of climate science that was adopted by the NSTA Board in 2018. She continues to be actively engaged with the National Science Education Leadership Association, where she currently serves as the awards chair and has held several board positions including president. 

“Dr. Nancy Kellogg is and continues to be a visionary in science education,” said Linda Block-Gandy and Sharon Sikora, her NSTA award nominators. “Each of her achievements reflects the true desire, humility and heart of an individual that has dedicated her life’s work to making a difference for teachers and students alike in science.”

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Thanks Ken and Tyler!

Posted: June, 2019

NSELA would like to extend a huge "thank you" to Dr. Ken Roy and Dr. Tyler Love for hosting Makerspaces, Fab Labs & STEM Labs: Safer Designs and Practices! webinar on May 30th. 

Missed the live webinar? Not to worry! The webinar was recorded and will be available to view at a later date.

Click here to check out the other previous webinars.


"A Safety Minute" by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: June 6, 2019

NSELA Safety Minute by Dr. Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Compliance Officer - For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on [email protected].

"Wood Dust!" - Exposure to wood dust has long been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including dermatitis, allergic respiratory effects, mucosal and nonallergic respiratory effects, and cancer. Also certain airborne levels of wood dust can be explosive! STEM labs, Makerspaces and even some physics/engineering labs use power tools that produce wood dust. Supervisors need to know what engineering controls are needed, based on OSHA legal standards and better professional safety standards? Check out this great resource - OSHA Woodworking eTool:


Upcoming Webinar TODAY, May 30th - "Makerspaces, Fab Labs & STEM Labs: Safer Designs and Practices!"

Posted: May 30, 2019

When: May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 CDT
Speakers: Dr. Ken Roy and Dr. Tyler Love
Platform: Join Zoom Meeting -

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Meeting ID: 464 575 079

Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and STEM Labs have become more common in schools and community centers. These instructional spaces that were traditionally reserved for science laboratories and school shops are now being found in libraries, media centers, hybrid classroom/labs, and other places. This poses a number of risks because of the amalgam of hazardous tools, equipment, and chemicals inherent within these instructional spaces. STEM laboratory safety specialists, Dr. Ken Roy and Dr. Tyler Love, will answer safety questions and discuss content from their latest NSELA and NSTA recommended book, “Safer Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and STEM Labs: A Collaborative Guide!”. Topics to be discussed include: A brief overview of legal standards, instructor and administrator duties, more engaging methods for teaching safety, required safety controls, a broad overview of some critical biological/chemical/physical safety hazards, the planning and renovation process, recommended areas and equipment within a makerspace or lab, and examples of makerspace and lab designs.


  • Dr. Ken Roy
  • Dr. Ken Roy has been a chemistry/physics and mathematics educator, K–12 administrator, and safety compliance officer for more than 48 years. In addition, he has a large number of experiences as an author and editor, with more than 300 published articles and 10 books dealing with laboratory safety. He presently serves as the Director of Environmental Health and Chemical Safety for Glastonbury Public Schools (Glastonbury, CT). He also concurrently serves as Chief Science Safety Compliance Adviser and Chief NSTA Safety Blogger for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Safety Compliance Officer for the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA). Dr. Roy also has a private practice and is the manager/senior safety compliance consultant for National Safety Consultants, LLC.
  • Dr. Tyler Love
  • Dr. Tyler Love is an Assistant Professor of Elementary/Middle Grades STEM Education and Director of the Capital Area Institute for Math and Science (CAIMS) at Penn State University’s Capital Campus in Harrisburg, PA. He currently serves as the editor of the Safety Spotlight articles for ITEEA and is a member of NSTA's Science Safety Advisory Board. Dr. Love received his bachelor’s degree in Technology Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and master’s and doctorate degrees in Integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech. He has published a number of STEM safety studies and teacher resources.
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