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K-12 Science Education Manager
(919) 843-5735
Center for Public Engagement with Science


Dana Brown Haine is the K-12 Science Education Manager for the Center for Public Engagement with Science. With a background in the biological sciences, Haine enjoys weaving her life science expertise into her passion for educating others on critical environmental science and health topics. Haine’s research translation and curriculum development skills enable her to deliver cutting edge environmental science content and innovative activities to K-12 students, teachers and informal educators. Haine also contributes to the outreach efforts of the Community Engagement Core for the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. In her role as an environmental health educator, Haine shares scientific findings emerging from Center scientists with K-12 audiences and members of the general public.

In 2009, Haine founded IE’s first science enrichment program for high school students, the Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP), which ran from 2009-2017. In 2017, she founded IE’s Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (Energy LEAP) for high school students. In 2018, Haine received NC’s Outstanding Informal Educator Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education from the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center for her success developing and implementing extracurricular science enrichment programs for youth.

Prior to joining the Institute for the Environment in 2007, Haine was a science educator for DESTINY, UNC’s Traveling Science Learning Program, and from 1998-2003 she was a member of the biology faculty at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC.

Professional Focus

Climate change education, energy education, environmental health education, life science education

Current Projects

NC Energy Literacy Fellows | Teacher Professional Development Program, Program Director
Funder: Duke Energy Foundation

Youth Engaging in the Science of Resilience | Advancing Informal STEM Learning, co-Principal Investigator


M.S. Biology, Wake Forest University
B.S. Biology, Appalachian State University