It’s our first-ever very special highlights episode! We’re bringing you some of our favorite illuminating moments from four guests who all have at least one circle of their Human Venn Diagrams in the world of STEM communication. You’ll hear Bobak Ferdowsi of NASA’s JPL, Danielle Feinberg of Pixar, Emily Graslie of Chicago’s Field Museum and The Brain Scoop and our favorite high school teacher Monsieur Le Nadj of Interlochen Arts Academy. It’s our gift to you!
Imagine you're talking to a rock. What would you say? If you're Adeene Denton, a whole lot. Adeene is a geologist and planetary scientist whose background in history gives her an eye-opening take on science communication. She's also a dancer and choreographer who has her sights set on space dancing as she travels to Mars in the future. Whether you need a fresh perspective or a boost of energy, this episode is for you!
Sasha Samochina has a really cool job. She’s an immersive visualization producer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she creates interactive experiences to help scientists and engineers share their work with the public. You’ll hear about Sasha’s last-minute choice to go to art school and the lightbulb moment that led her to merge her love of art and science. Get ready for inspiration, realness and a whole bunch of rad resources.
If you think you can't dance with international ballet companies and make physics breakthroughs at the same time, you haven't met Merritt Moore. Merritt continually jumps from lab coats to leotards and tells us how she pulls it off with the grace and dedication of, well, a professional ballerina. Did we mention she also recently competed to become an astronaut candidate on a BBC reality show? Its an episode that truly raises the barre.
We talk with Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, an Australian artist, researcher, occupational diver, and lover of space who is currently training to be an “artist-astronaut” and will soon be bringing art to a suborbital space mission. We discuss how SJ’s art is connected from sea to summit to space, why we need to keep asking good questions, why it’s always a good idea to discover, discover, and discover some more, and why every expedition needs an artist.