Before They Were Scientists: Monica Peters

When I first met New Zealand native and science/artist Monica Peters, she was attending the Citizen Science Association meeting in San Jose, California. After her [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:45+00:00 March 6th, 2015|

Before They Were Scientists: Mette Olufsen

Dr. Mette Olufsen found mathematics very easy in middle school and had an interest in biology. Yet, she never predicted that she would grow up [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:46+00:00 February 20th, 2015|

Before They Were Scientists: Mariano Vázquez

I recently interviewed physicist Mariano Vázquez. From his office in Barcelona, Spain, Mariano told me about the supercomputer encased in a crystal box located in [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:46+00:00 January 30th, 2015|

Before They Were Scientists: Emily Graslie

In addition to interviewing traditionally trained scientists, I sometimes get the opportunity to interview the science communicators that help translate what happens in the lab [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:47+00:00 January 16th, 2015|

Before They Were Scientists: Holly Menninger

Not every scientist got their inspiration from their science classes -- in fact many have gleaned inspiration from museums, family trips or extracurricular opportunities that [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:52+00:00 January 9th, 2015|

Before They Were Scientists: Corrie Moreau

Corrie Moreau grew up a city kid in the South. In middle school, she was on the dance team and marched in Mardi Gras parades [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:52+00:00 December 12th, 2014|

Before They Were Scientists: Chris Schell

While interviewing scientists about their middle school lives, I often encounter a recurring them: scientists didn't realize until they were much older that they could [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:53+00:00 December 5th, 2014|

Before They Were Scientists: Randy Woodson

When I learned that North Carolina State University had a scientist as our Chancellor I made it my personal goal to tell his middle school [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:54+00:00 October 24th, 2014|

Before They Were Scientists: Doug Emlen

I recently sat down with evolutionary biologist Dr. Doug Emlen when he was in town to give a seminar at NC State. We met at [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:54+00:00 October 17th, 2014|

Before They Were Scientists: Jonathan Bujak

Dr. Jonathan Bujak (on the right in the photo above) had a reputation for causing trouble, one that started on his first day of school. [...]

By | 2014-10-10T13:09:46+00:00 October 10th, 2014|

Before They Were Scientists: Anne Madden

Interviewing Anne Madden was both enlightening and entertaining, I've never before wished that a recorder would break so I could repeat an interview -- it [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:54+00:00 October 3rd, 2014|

Before They Were Scientists: Julie Hecht

Julie Hecht began our interview by admitting she was nervous because, to her, middle school was horribly awkward. I assured her that she would never [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:55+00:00 September 26th, 2014|