Jen Swanson

Episode 99: Why Would You Fly into a Hurricane?

Meet the Expert:  LCDR Rebecca (Becky) Shaw, NOAA hurricane hunter Rebecca Shaw is a Wp-3D Hurricane Hunter & Test Pilot at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Experienced Test Pilot with a demonstrated history of working in the Military industry, she has a  Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering from John’s… Continue Reading Episode 99: Why Would You Fly into a Hurricane?

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Episode 98: Why Do We Study Alien Ice?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Will Grundy, Co-investigator of NASA’s New Horizon Project and Planetary Scientist at Lowell Observatory Dr. Grundy does spectroscopic, thermal, and imaging observations of outer Solar System bodies using numerous large ground- and space-based telescopes including Hubble, Keck, Gemini, DCT, IRTF, and MMT. Targets of these observations include icy satellites and Kuiper… Continue Reading Episode 98: Why Do We Study Alien Ice?

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Episode 97: How Can the Ocean Teach Us About Deep Space?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Julie Huber, Oceanographer at WHOI JULIE HUBER is a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is an oceanographer who studies microbial life in deep-sea crustal ocean habitats. She has led and participated in numerous deep-sea expeditions using human-occupied, remotely operated, and autonomous vehicles to study microbial life on… Continue Reading Episode 97: How Can the Ocean Teach Us About Deep Space?

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Episode 96: How Can You Help NASA to do Astronomy?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Marc Kuchner, Citizen Science Officer for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Marc Kuchner is an astrophysicist and the Citizen Science Officer for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. His job is to foster citizen science at NASA; he oversees a portfolio of roughly 25 NASA-funded citizen science projects, reaching more than a million volunteers.… Continue Reading Episode 96: How Can You Help NASA to do Astronomy?

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Episode 95: How are Glaciers Nature’s Time Machine?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj, Glaciologist   Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj is a scientist, mountaineer and educator based near Denver, Colorado. She received her PhD in geological sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder and, in 2016, started Science in the Wild, a citizen science company focused on creating immersive and educational adventure science expeditions… Continue Reading Episode 95: How are Glaciers Nature’s Time Machine?

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Episode 94: How Can You Hold the Sun in a Donut?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Arturo Dominguez, Plasma Physicist Dr. Arturo Dominguez, is a plasma physicist and innovative science education leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). He has worked there for nearly 10 years and is known for his enthusiasm and passion for teaching students and the public about plasma… Continue Reading Episode 94: How Can You Hold the Sun in a Donut?

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Episode 93: Why Do Dogs and Cats Need to Go to the Doctor?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Michelle Clements, Veterinarian Dr. Michelle is from Neptune Beach and loves calling Jacksonville home. She has had a close connection with all creatures from an early age – whether it was insects or zoo animals, she was interested in their lives and wanted to care for them. As soon as she… Continue Reading Episode 93: Why Do Dogs and Cats Need to Go to the Doctor?

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Episode 92: How Do You Make a Great Video?

Meet the Expert: Nick Norris, Anthropologist and Documentary Filmmaker Nick Norris is a professional photographer, owner of the business BokehBard, and works as Sony’s Southeast Camera Representative. Based in Northeast Florida, Nick specializes in crafting a story through documentation and vivid inspiration. Using his background in anthropology and oral storytelling, he creates a dialogue between… Continue Reading Episode 92: How Do You Make a Great Video?

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Episode 91: How Do Scientists Get Kids Excited about STEM?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Jermey Matthews, chemical engineer and MIT Press book editor Jermey N. A. Matthews, PhD joined the MIT Press in 2016 after working for nine years as industry reporter and book reviews editor for Physics Today magazine. He holds a PhD degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland. In 2021,… Continue Reading Episode 91: How Do Scientists Get Kids Excited about STEM?

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Episode 90: How Do You Design a Space Station?

Meet the Expert:  Lou Ramon, former NASA Engineer Lou Ramon has been a “space cadet” his entire life. As a young boy, he had his own model plane “air force” hanging from his bedroom ceiling and he grew up reading and watching science fiction TV shows and movies. So it’s no wonder he ended up… Continue Reading Episode 90: How Do You Design a Space Station?

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Episode 89: How Do You Make a Brain for a Computer?

Meet the Expert: Lisa Leinbaugh, Electrical Engineer As a kid, I loved collecting rocks. I still go rockhounding when I can. Rocks are made of minerals. Minerals have amazing crystal structures. I decided to study electrical engineering in college because semiconductors are made from crystals that conduct electricity. After over six years of college, I… Continue Reading Episode 89: How Do You Make a Brain for a Computer?

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Episode 88: What is Living in Your Dirt?

Meet the Expert: Kelly Bull, Horticulturist and Permaculture Landscaper Kelly Bull is a professional horticulturist, educator, and permaculture landscape designer with an infectious love for plants and an endless fascination for soil. As owner of Kelly Bull Permaculture Design in Colorado Springs, she creates custom designs for backyard ecosystems that allow people to connect with… Continue Reading Episode 88: What is Living in Your Dirt?

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