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Episode 103: Why Do Scientists COUNT Lizard Scales?

Meet the Expert:  Sarah Skebba, zoologist and creator of edZOOcating.com  Sarah is a self-proclaimed animal expert with a background in wildlife biology and zoo and aquarium work. Her passion for animals started at a very young age thanks to incredible picture books like Stellaluna and Verdi by Janell Cannon. As a student, she was able… Continue Reading Episode 103: Why Do Scientists COUNT Lizard Scales?

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Episode 102: How Can YOU Be a Codebreaker?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Wallmark, computer scientist and children’s author   Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark is a former software engineer and computer science professor. She writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as fiction. Her books have earned five starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and… Continue Reading Episode 102: How Can YOU Be a Codebreaker?

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Episode 100: How Will Astronauts Get Back to the Moon?

**100th episode special guest** Meet the Expert: Jim Geffre, NASA’s Orion Vehicle Integration Manager Jim Geffre is the manager for vehicle integration in the Orion Program Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He brings more than 20 years of NASA experience to this role, in which he is responsible for spacecraft system design… Continue Reading Episode 100: How Will Astronauts Get Back to the Moon?

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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 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 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 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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Episode 82: How Do You Make Toilet Paper Soft?

Meet the Expert:  Madison Matson, Chemical Engineer Madison is a 2020 graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Madison had an internship at a Tucson firm and then went to work as an engineer at Proctor and Gamble in Pennsylvania where she helps with the production of paper products such… Continue Reading Episode 82: How Do You Make Toilet Paper Soft?

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Episode 81: Do Whales Have Germs?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Amy Apprill, Marine Microbial Ecologist Dr. Amy Apprill is a marine microbial ecologist and Associate Scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry department. Apprill’s research focuses on the ecology of microbial communities (or ‘microbiomes’) residing in association with sensitive animal hosts and ecosystems of the ocean. She studies the factors driving… Continue Reading Episode 81: Do Whales Have Germs?

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Episode 79: How Do You Work With Snakes… Safely?

Meet the Expert: Travis Land, Herptology Curator My name is Travis Land, and I am currently working as a Ranger Tech for the City of Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department. I am committed to helping its mission of enhancing the quality of our community and its citizens by assisting its wildlife rehabilitation efforts, educational… Continue Reading Episode 79: How Do You Work With Snakes… Safely?

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Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Orth, Music Teacher and STEAM education pioneer STEAM education pioneer Laurie Orth brings together the two contrasting disciplines of space exploration and music. Creating a pipeline for young people into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) educational programs through music is important to her. With over two decades teaching… Continue Reading Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

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