Flávia Petean (Evolutionary Biology Postdoc at National University of General San Martin || Argentina)

“I grew up saying I want to study sharks. I don’t know when it started, it kind of just happened, and so I pursued it! I studied the evolution of so-called ‘cookie-cutter sharks’. They are small…

Melissa Anne Pfeffer (Atmospheric Volcanologist, Icelandic Meteorological Office || Iceland)

“I wanted to work on air quality and air pollution and wanted to be outside as much as possible. So my mentor suggested I go into volcanic air pollution, and that was a great choice! We are currently having a volcanic eruption in Iceland, so I went out today, driving…

(Founder and CTO, Arctic Ice Project || CA USA)

“I hadn’t really understood how bad climate change would become until seeing the movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ It made me realize this was going to affect my kids, here in California, during their lifetime. It wasn’t going to be some far away impact. So I put ‘habitable planet’ on my…

(Senior Data Product Owner, Vanguard || CA USA)

“I was the only woman in 100 people at this research lab. I’ve been in completely male-dominated spaces my whole life. When you come of age in it, you notice it less — you’re conditioned to it. If you’re going to go into STEM, you need to build confidence and…

(Health Scientist & Policy Fellow, National Institutes of Health || MD USA)

“I’m interested in the intersection of biomedical sciences with social and behavioral sciences. I’m trying to understand how psychological, social, and environmental factors interact in the development of mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and addiction. Studying this goes all the way from research on stem cells — differentiating them…

(PhD Student, Université de Lausanne & Crime Analyst, Swiss Police || Switzerland)

“There is no universal consensus as to what forensic science represents. It’s interpreted as a science that serves justice, but also as the study of trace evidence. I specialize in digital trace evidence, in a subfield called traceology and crime analysis — essentially data science in a legal action framework…

(Executive Director, Panamanian Foundation for the Promotion of Mathematics || Panama)

“Imagine a structure that consists of a set of objects together with operations that satisfy certain characteristics — in math we call this an algebra. You want to understand the structure of your algebra, but sometimes it can be really, really difficult to understand. The idea behind my PhD was…

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