Barry Aprison, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Initiatives in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Aprison is currently working with K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, curriculum specialists, engineers, scientists, evaluators, and designers on STEM education projects for Maryland schools.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Aprison was Director of Science and Technology at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago for nineteen years (1988-2007). He led project teams to design and produce highly successful, multi-million dollar, interactive exhibitions. He also directed outreach education programs for millions of visitors, parents, teachers, and students. The National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and other organizations supported these projects. In 2007, before leaving MSI, he was leading a $24-million project, ScienceStorms, to produce 20,000-sq. ft. of new hands-on exhibits about physics, chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology. Two of Dr. Aprison’s permanent exhibitions– Imaging: The Tools of Science and AIDS: The War Within–won national award-recognitions from the Curators’ Committee of the American Association of Museums, and he is listed in Richard Saul Wurman’s “1000” book, a compendium of the most creative people in the United States.
Dr. Aprison joined the Museum of Science and Industry in 1988 after serving as an NIH post-doctoral fellow in Indiana University’s Department of Biology. There he researched the molecular genetics of sex-specific regulation of gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster. He also taught undergraduate genetics and developmental biology.
At Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, Dr. Aprison studied the regulation of yolk protein gene expression and DNA synthesis in Xenopus laevis. He taught undergraduate biology and received his Ph.D. in biology in 1984.