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Science Lives provides information about lesser-known careers that rely on a science education and scientific way of thinking. Scientists working in these fields tell us about their jobs and the personal journeys that led to them. Science Lives strives to be both informative and inspirational, providing reassurance to those unsure of what their next steps are and where they will lead

Science Lives provides information about lesser-known careers that rely on a science education and scientific way of thinking. Scientists working in these fields tell us about their jobs and the personal journeys that led to them. Science Lives strives to be both informative and inspirational, providing reassurance to those unsure of what their next steps are and where they will lead

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Science Lives provides information about lesser-known careers that rely on a science education and scientific way of thinking. Scientists working in these fields tell us about their jobs and the personal journeys that led to them. Science Lives strives to be both informative and inspirational, providing reassurance to those unsure of what their next steps are and where they will lead

Language:

English


Episodes

Jayla King, Undergraduate Student

9/14/2021
This episode breaks from the usual format in that I will be interviewing someone who has not yet begun their career as a scientist. My guest today is Jayla King, a senior at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. When she graduates in the spring, Jayla will be the first person in her family to have earned a four-year degree. In high school, Jayla focused on engineering, including completing college-level coursework, and presumed she would continue studying engineering in college. However, once...

Duration:00:33:14

Mallory Mintz, Intern Scientist

8/31/2021
In this episode, I speak with Mallory Mintz, Intern Scientist in the National Park Service’s Scientists in Parks program. A first generation college student, Mallory graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geology, and then worked for several years as a research assistant at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. She left that position after the pandemic hit, and moved across the country to the Olympic Peninsula for her current internship. In this episode, we’ll talk about her passion for...

Duration:00:30:01

Morgan Merriman, Instructional Designer

8/12/2021
In this episode, I speak with Morgan Merriman, Instructional Designer at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. Interested in science at an early age, in high school Morgan became particularly intrigued by research and the scientific method, which led to her studying biology and working in a lab in college. She went to graduate school expecting to earn a PhD in Neurobiology, but ultimately decided that she was more interested in...

Duration:00:33:39

Katherine Lynch, Research Technologist

7/21/2021
In this episode, I speak with Katherine Lynch, Research Technologist 3 in a biology laboratory at Washington State University, Spokane. Growing up facing the challenges of poverty and domestic violence, Katherine was the first person in her family to graduate college, earning a BS in microbiology from WSU Pullman. During college, she worked part-time as a clerical assistant, which provided some of the skills, experience, and contacts that led to a full-time job as a biology research intern...

Duration:00:33:09

Darin Weed, Grant Writer

7/5/2021
In this episode, I speak with Darin Weed, Scientific Consultant and Grant Writing Specialist. The first person in his family to go to college, Darin earned a BS in biotechnology from Minnesota State University. After working for a year as a laboratory technician, he went to graduate school and earned a PhD in virology, and continued doing research as a postdoctoral fellow. However, after about 2 years, he decided to leave the lab and start his current position as a grant writer. We’ll talk...

Duration:00:34:01

Jenna Gallegos, Scientific Marketing Manager

6/20/2021
In this episode, I speak with Jenna Gallegos, Scientific Marketing Manager at a marketing company for diagnostic and life science brands. The first person she knew who “did science” and pursued higher education, Jenna earned a BS in Molecular Biology and PhD in Plant Biology. While a graduate student, Jenna developed a strong interest in science outreach, and afterwards, as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow, interned at the Science Desk of The Washington Post. She then returned to research and...

Duration:00:30:59

Amanda Preske, Small Business Owner

6/6/2021
In this episode, I speak with Amanda Preske, small business entrepreneur and owner of Circuit Breaker Labs, a company selling handmade, science-themed jewelry and accessories. Amanda was always interested in arts and crafts, and got the entrepreneurial bug when she began making and selling jewelry as a teenager. Academically, she focused on chemistry, earning both a BS and PhD, but also took classes in art and business. After graduate school, she committed to her business full time. We’ll...

Duration:00:29:05

Suneer Verma, Strategy Manager

5/23/2021
In this episode, I talk with Suneer Verma, Strategy Manager for Edwards Life Sciences. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in India, Suneer came to the United States for graduate school. However, he soon discovered that he was not interested in bench research, and so explored other career options, particularly around business and consulting. After earning his PhD in Human Biology (Inflammation), Suneer first worked as a Life Sciences Consultant, and then changed jobs to become a...

Duration:00:31:32

Kendall Alway, Physical Therapist

5/9/2021
In this episode, I talk with Kendall Alway, Physical Therapist and owner of SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy in San Francisco. Kendall was an art - dance double major in college, and after graduating danced professionally in New York and Seattle. Then, after considering a variety of “next-step” career options, she decided to attend graduate school to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and become a physical therapist. But first she needed to complete two and a half years of...

Duration:00:34:03

Nici Vance, Forensic Anthropologist

4/25/2021
In this episode, I talk with Nici Vance, State Forensic Anthropologist for the Human Identification Program at the Oregon State Police Medical Examiner’s Office. After graduating college with a degree in Anthropology, Nici worked as an Eyebank Technician and later as a Forensic Scientist and Crime Scene Analyst. Still working full time, she went to night school to earn a Master’s in Anthropology and mentored with Oregon State's head Forensic Anthropologist. She later earned a PhD in Anatomy...

Duration:00:38:46

Adriana Bankston, Legislative Analyst

4/11/2021
In this episode, I talk with Adriana Bankston, a Principal Legislative Analyst at the University of California. After earning a PhD in Biochemistry, Cell, and Developmental Biology from Emory University, Adriana started a postdoc, but soon began considering non-academic career options. This led her to volunteer with a variety of non-profit organizations working to empower early career scientists. She then decided to pivot her career towards science policy. Adriana was a Science Policy &...

Duration:00:33:41

Brian Medlock, Forensic Scientist

3/28/2021
In this episode, I talk with Brian Medlock, Laboratory Director for the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab in Bend, Oregon. An undergraduate pre-med biochemistry major, Brian had second thoughts about becoming a doctor during his senior year. Somewhat on a whim, and leveraging his undergraduate laboratory experience, he applied for and landed a job as a Forensic Chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He then joined the Oregon State Police as a Forensic Scientist. We’ll talk about...

Duration:00:32:13

Cheyla Clark, Genetic Counselor

3/14/2021
In this episode, I speak with Cheyla Clark, a genetic counselor at a clinic specializing in high-risk pregnancy. Initially planning to go to medical school, Cheyla changed direction late in her undergraduate program after learning about genetic counseling. However, it took several years before she was accepted into a Master’s Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling, during which time she earned a Master’s of Public Health degree, held a variety of different full time and part time...

Duration:00:30:47

Natasha Wadlington, Medical Writer

2/27/2021
In the episode, I talk with Natasha Wadlington, Medical Writer for a medical affairs consulting company. Always passionate about making science accessible for lay audiences, Natasha became a scientist so she could better communicate science to the public. In this episode, we’ll talk about how her passion for science began at an early age, her educational and career path, challenges she has faced, particularly after earning her PhD, and of course about her current job as a medical...

Duration:00:36:28

Ohimai Unoje, Business Development

2/14/2021
In this episode, I talk with Ohimai Unoje, Business Development Manager at a clinical diagnostics company. After earning a B.S. in Biochemistry, Ohi went to graduate school but quickly discovered that academic science was not for him. Nevertheless, he stayed in his program and completed his PhD. He then took a job as an application scientist for a diagnostics company, and more recently got into sales. We’ll talk about his experience in grad school, how he got his first job, and the events...

Duration:00:35:54

Adriana Lippy, Medical Illustrator

1/31/2021
In this episode, I talk with Adriana Lippy, a freelance Medical Illustrator and Animator. Adriana completed her B.S. in Microbiology from Washington State University, intending to go on to graduate school and a career in research. Instead, she ended up on a different path, which at various points has included night school, studying overseas to earn an MSc Medical Art degree, and working as an illustrator both full time and as a freelancer. We’ll find out more about her journey and what her...

Duration:00:32:43

Keenan Morrison, Data Scientist

1/17/2021
In this episode, I talk with Keenan Morrison, Senior Data Scientist at an online real estate marketplace company. Before getting into the field of data science, Keenan earned a PhD in evolutionary biology and had every intention of following the traditional academic career path. We’ll talk about his current job, how his training prepared him for a career in a different field, and factors that led to his move away from academia.

Duration:00:34:11

Harinder Singh, Career and Professional Development Director

12/28/2020
In this episode, I talk with Harinder Singh, Program Director of GPS-STEM, a career and professional development program for graduate students and postdocs at the University of California, Irvine. After growing up in India, Harinder came to the United States to attend graduate school, where he earned a PhD in cardiovascular biology. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience. During his training, he became increasingly interested in assisting his peers with their career and...

Duration:00:44:21

Flojaune Cofer, Epidemiologist and Policy Advocate

12/15/2020
In this episode, I talk with Flojaune Cofer, Senior Director of Policy for Public Health Advocates, a non-profit focused on improving justice, equity, and health across the state of California. In her current role, Flojaune oversees PHA’s state policy efforts and the All Children Thrive-CA local trauma policy initiative. We’ll find out about her current work, what it's like to combine research and policy, and the educational and career experiences that led to her current position.

Duration:00:39:18

Caitlin Looby, Science Writer and Freelance Editor

12/7/2020
In this episode, I talk with Caitlin Looby, a science writer and freelance editor, and also a postdoctoral research associate studying soil microbes in cloud forests. We’ll find out about her current work, and also discuss some of the experiences and events that informed her educational and career decisions.

Duration:00:35:08