Digital Learning Sciences is a former joint program within UCAR Community Program and the National Center for Atmospheric Research at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. This static website is an archive of the program.


Mary Marlino
Former Director at UCAR

Mary Marlino is Director of Digital Learning Sciences and the Library at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She provides leadership for the strategic direction and programmatic development for information services that support the research and education mission of the institution, especially in the areas of scholarly communication, data curation and research impacts. Previously she was a principal investigator and Director of the Digital Library for Earth System Education, where she led the NSF-funded community development efforts for this geoscience education initiative. Prior to joining UCAR, Dr. Marlino was the first Director of Educational Technology at the United States Air Force Academy. She has significant experience in the management of innovative educational programs and library services, and in the evaluation of educational technologies.

Tamara Sumner
Executive Director at CU
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Tamara Sumner is Executive Director of DLS. She is responsible strategy development and the conduct of our research program. Sumner is also an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, with a joint appointment between the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Computer Science. She has significant experience in the theory, design, and evaluation of interactive learning environments, human-centered systems, digital libraries, and intelligent information systems. Since 2000, she has published over 50 articles on these topics. More information


Keith Maull
Analytics and Repository Engineer
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Keith is an analytics and software engineer at NCAR library and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His background includes a broad mix of both software development within the industry (from Fortune 50 to startups), to academic research where he studied computational models of teacher behavior within the Curriculum Customization Service. His research focus is on data mining, educational informatics and advanced analytics of repository utilization, scholarly impact, collaboration networks and scholarly communication.

Matt Mayernik
Research Data Scientist
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Matt is a Project Scientist and Research Data Services Specialist with the NCAR/UCAR Library and Digital Learning Sciences. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from the UCLA Department of Information Studies. His work focuses on conducting research and leading service development related to research data curation. His research interests include data publication and citation, metadata practices and standards, data curation education, and social and institutional aspects of research data. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Data Stewardship.

Jonathan Ostwald
Software Engineer
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Jonathan is a software engineer at Digital Learning Sciences and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science. His dissertation research focused on the critical role of rich descriptions in supporting collaborative design and examined how computers could leverage these descriptions to support organizational learning and knowledge management. He has written over a dozen peer-reviewed publications in these areas. Jonathan has significant expertise in core library technologies such as XML schemas and web services. He contributes to maintaining and extending library systems associated with managing the library’s repository. Jonathan is currently a lead developer for the the Curriculum Customization Service (CCS) project.

Pat Steinkamp
Administrative Assistant III
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Pat comes to Digital Learning Sciences with extensive experience in administrative support. She provides general administrative, meeting and event planning, and logistical support for DLS staff, visitors, and community members.