Aspen Science Center

Jason Winokur, Director of Programs & Operations

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Jason Winokur, Director of Operations & Programs at the Aspen Science Center, holds degrees in both physics and mathematics from Fort Lewis College, and his career has been at the intersection of scientific research and education.  He believes those who can should both do and teach.  Before joining the Aspen Science Center Mr. Winokur was a professional scientist at the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research for 7 years.  His research on the atmospheric fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane contributed to better understanding of their role in modern, anthropogenic climate change.  Mr. Winokur’s research was published in peer reviewed journals and he presented at several conferences in the stable isotope community.  He has also conducted research projects on environmental nuclear waste remediation, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; improved photochemical reaction detection techniques though a Howard Hughes Institute assistantship; and investigated sonoluminescent phenomena in aqueous media through a NASA/Colorado Space Grant Consortium research assistantship.  Prior to his professional research career Mr. Winokur both taught and developed mathematics and physical science curriculum at a Denver area high school for teens engaged in substance abuse recovery, and he later taught at high schools in the Roaring Fork Valley.  And, while at the University of Colorado he was also extensively involved in the university’s educational outreach program which worked to pair middle and high school students working on environmental science projects with university scientist mentors.  Mr. Winokur also has experience as a professional brewer, cannabis lab chemist, seismic research production engineer, and ski school instructor.  He is an avid snowboarder, trail runner, and craft beer enthusiast, and enjoys KenKen and Sudoku, and other math puzzle games. And even though there are more burnt dishes than not, he also purports to enjoy exploring the science of cooking. He lives in Carbondale with his wife, two children and two dogs, Avalon & Astro.