If someone tells you you're being
idealistic, take it as a compliment. ~MBR
Melissa (Bunin) Rooney
Writer, Children's Author and
Hands-On STEM Educator
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receiving undergraduate degrees in English and Chemistry from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA), Melissa
Rooney attended graduate school at the University of North
Carolina in Chapel Hill. She studied
electrochemistry under the direction of R. Mark Wightman, and was
awarded her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UNC in 1998. From 1999-2002 she conducted
electrochemistry research in the laboratory of Alan M. Bond at
Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She
was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian
Research Council for 2000-2003.
In 2002, she returned to North Carolina to raise her family with her husband, Mike Rooney.
Since then, she has published childrens stories and verses in Highlights Childrens Magazine and Bay Leaves. Her childrens
stories, Beyond the Dark, Milk Drinkers turning to Powder, and Counting
on Me won first place in their categories in the Burlington Writers Contests (Stories for
Children and Children's Poetry categories,
2009 and 2016), and her verse Hope was awarded first place by the Poetry Council of North Carolina
(Traditional Poetry Category, 2009).
Eddie the Electron
and The Fate of The Frog form the
basis of two workshops offered through the Durham
Arts Council's Culture
and Arts in the Public Schools (CAPS) program, through which Melissa teaches
elementary and middle school students about electrons and atoms. For her involvement in
public education, she received the Durham Public Schools' Get Involved! award in 2011.
When she is not writing creatively or engaging kids, Melissa provides contract scientific
editing for Durham-based American Journal Experts and
volunteers as an Associate Supervisor on Durham's
Soil and Water Conservation District.
About Melissa's Mission:
Melissa believes that society underestimates our childrens interest in what we
consider complicated scientific subjects, and that we underestimate our
childrens ability to understand many basic scientific concepts.
She is confident that the sooner we expose our children to these ideas, the less
intimidated they will be by such subject matter in the future. Whether or not they
understand everything is beside the point. Whats important is whether or not they
are interested. Thus, presenting scientific subjects to our young children in an
entertaining way lays important groundwork for their future and the future of our society,
on the whole.
Melissa, her husband Mike, and their two young children happily reside in Durham, NC.