Judith Heberling, Ph.D.
Director of Museum Services and Senior Historian, Heberling Associates, Inc.
Dr. Heberling has 25 years experience in cultural materials conservation and research. She has been curatorial expert for several large museums with extensive research experience in textiles and their conservation. She is married to Michael Husband, another Young Scientist Challenge judge.
Richard Hudson, Ph.D.
Science Producer, Twin Cities Public Television, PBS
Dr. Hudson is the Emmy-award winning producer of the PBS series, Newton's Apple. He is currently producing a new PBS series, Dragonfly Television. Dr. Hudson was the 2004 recipient of the NSTA / Discovery Channel Faraday Award.
Michael Husband, Ph.D.
Senior Historian and Project Planner, Heberling Associates
Dr. Husband has over 30 years experience in historical and exhibit research, exhibit assessment and development, conservation, and has administered several large museums across the US. He is married to Judith Heberling, another Young Scientist Challenge judge.
Education Writer for Discovery Communications' TreeHugger.com.
Kenny Luna is a middle school science teacher at the Robert Moses Middle School in NY, and also serves as the education writer for Discovery Communications' TreeHugger.com. He's known for his commitment to environmental education, particularly the fight against global warming, and recently created the first annual day of action in U.S. schools with the Great Copy Machine Epidemic of 2008. He lives on Long Island with his wife, son, and two wheaten terriers.
President, Showboard, Inc.
Mr. Oleksak is the owner of Showboard, Inc., a science fair resource company in business since 1985. Mr. Oleksak created the handbook, "A Recipe for a Successful Science Fair" and performs workshops for teachers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and South America. He works with school districts to help them communicate to their teachers and students about the advantages of doing successful science fair projects. Mr. Oleksak graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a double major in Management Information Systems and International Relations. He played professional football with the Miami Dolphins.
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
For many years, Linda was the director of the Smithsonian Institution NMNH Education Department. Recently retired from that post, Linda remains on staff for SI and works with scientists and the public on various projects.
A marine biologist by training, Ms. Yunger's career has included researching sea turtles, hosting science expeditions for teachers and students, and training dolphins. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity and studying ecotheology and the dialogue between science and religion.