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Brian Slattery

Graduate Student

Learning Sciences Research Institute


Building & Room:

1570 SSB


1240 W. Harrison St.

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Research and Teaching Interests

Informal learning, museum interpreters/docents, informal science education, human-computer interaction, professional development


Cognitive psychology, Informal learning

Year Entered Program



Leilah Lyons


Highland Park, IL

Professional Goals

Work at an informal institution (e.g. museum, zoo, aquarium, etc.) in the areas of education, interpretation, and technology, continuing my research on learning in informal settings

Hobbies & Interests

Comics, constructed languages, and gaming

Why Learning Sciences?

I've always been interested in the different ways that people learn and how that can be affected by content and context. Learning sciences provides the best way for me to learn how to make our shared educational institutions stronger, and how to support enjoyable, lifelong intellectual development.

Why LSRI at UIC?

I was drawn to UIC due to its location, as Chicago is full of so many great museums and informal learning spaces. But LSRI is mainly valuable because of the people working here—I greatly appreciate the wide variety of disciplinary interests, backgrounds, and research perspectives that LSRI members bring to our many projects.

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Service to Community

Past president of the UIC Learning Sciences Student Association (LSSA), Founding member of the Learning Sciences Graduate Student (LSGS) Conference organizational committee

Notable Honors

2011, Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program


2015 - National Association for Interpretation, Certified Interpretive Guide
2010 - BA, Indiana University, Cognitive Science

Licensures and Certifications

Certified Interpretive Guide (National Association for Interpretation)

Professional Memberships

Visitor Studies Association

Research Currently in Progress

Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network (CLiZEN), "A Mile in My Paws"