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...]

MEET the Women of SciGirls

Do you ever wonder who the women are that work somewhere? Do you try picturing what their day looks like? And then wonder, what are their challenges? What motivates them to work in STEAM fields? What are they eating? Just who are they? We do. “The Women of SciGirls” launches a series that puts a little frame around some women that work at the same place. If you would like a … [Read more...]

SNAPSHOT: Leslie Van Stavern Millar

Leslie Millar is a visual artist who uses art to explore ideas and images. Her background in science provides her with a framework for that exploration. ANIMATE. Which animated character do you most identify with? JANE JETSON. DRIVE. What are your dream wheels? (Or closest to it if you can’t walk or use public trans.) BICYCLE. ACTION. Where does your focus lie? (The … [Read more...]

SNAPSHOT: Marilyn Marler

Marilyn Marler manages natural areas for the University of Montana and also serves on the Missoula City Council. ANIMATE. What animated character do you most identify with? LUCY VAN PELT FROM PEANUTS. DRIVE. What are your dream wheels? (Or closest to it if you can’t walk or use public trans.) BICYCLE. ACTION. Where does your focus lie? (The Vision. The Process. The … [Read more...]

SNAPSHOT: Angie Prindle Producer

ANGIE PRINDLE is Series Producer for the TV series, "SciGirls". She oversees the work of production staff, episode development, partner relationships, casting, production of live action video, and animation. ANIMATE. Which animated character do you most identify with? JANE JETSON. DRIVE. What are your dream wheels? (Or closest to it if you can’t walk or use public trans.) … [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...]