When Scissors Take Over: Interview with Cindy Vattathil

Cindy Vattathil, a Bohemian mother of two from Houston, Texas, has been saving scraps of paper her whole life. Little did she know they would serve as a channel for her artistic voice. Like Matisse, she has found a youthful happiness when "painting with scissors," and prefers the medium of collage to her old acrylic paints. Aside from her art, Cindy enjoys clipping coupons, … [Read more...]

What Defines Learning? Amy Szczepanski

Dr. Amy Szczepanski is a math educator who works at the Art of Problem Solving. She previously coordinated education and outreach for the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center at the University of Tennessee, and in her spare time enjoys sewing and knitting, especially projects with a mathematical flavor to them. Trena Paulus interviewed Amy Szczepanski via Skype on … [Read more...]

Pine Beetles Might Answer Climate Change Questions: Dr Diana Six

Dr. Diana Six is a professor of forest entomology/pathology at the University of Montana who specializes in Pine Beetles and has connected their forest damaging activities with climate change. Her TEDx talk on the subject illustrates the troubling trajectory North American forests are headed in. Geek Puff founder, Toni Matlock, had a chance to sit down with Diana in her … [Read more...]

Chemistry is like a Lord of the Rings book: Becky Winnick

  I met Becky as she cheerfully picked through my yard sale with a keen eye. I admired her bright confidence instantly. I told her about my aspirations for a company like Geek Puff and she proudly stated she was a chemist at a local lab in Missoula, Montana. After talking more, she admitted she sought friendships with more women who shared her interests. She represented … [Read more...]

CRYSTALS BY DESIGN: DR ATHENA SAFA-SEFAT

On its fact sheet Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) boasts that it’s “the largest science and energy national laboratory in the Department of Energy system.”  Originally known as Clinton Laboratories, after the town of Clinton, Tennessee, ORNL was created in the fall of 1943, for the purpose of separating uranium for the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the … [Read more...]

Is that Ray Bradbury’s illegitimate daughter? Physicist Dr Hai Ah Nam

Dr. Hai Ah Nam, a computational nuclear physicist, works with more computers than you do. About 299,000 more. She is one of the 4,480 scientists and engineers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. The laboratory was created in 1943 to separate uranium for the Manhattan Project (which developed the … [Read more...]

Where’s the Art in Science? Emily Graslie

As the host of the Brain Scoop, her educational and entertaining YouTube channel, 24 year-old Graslie shows how the intersection of science and art can be educational and hilarious and entertaining and beautiful. Graslie is also Chicago Field Museum's "chief curiosity correspondent" where she has been paid to squeeze goo out of a dead squirrel’s face and traipse through bat … [Read more...]

Science and Community: Florence Williams

Science Writer, Florence Williams, pulls up in a truck with a river raft on top for our interview at a west-side Missoula home. Somehow it is the perfect rig for this adventurous writer I met on a cross-country ski trip up Lolo Pass. She was a graduate student, as I was, at the University of Montana Masters of Fine Arts program in fall 1992, where we sat elbow-to-elbow in … [Read more...]

Mercury & Motorcycles: Dr. Teresa Mathews

Dr. Teresa Mathews Dr. Teresa (Terry) Mathews, an aquatic scientist in the Ecological Assessment Science Team, is always cleaning up: coal ash and mercury, that is. She is one of the 4,480 scientists and engineers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. The laboratory was created in 1943 to separate … [Read more...]