Brian Worthmann is a PhD Candidate in Applied Physics at the University of Michigan studying sonar. When not working on underwater acoustics or science communication, Brian can probably be found binge watching something on Netflix.
Paula Wishart is the Academic Program Director for Professional Development at Rackham Graduate School. Wishart designs and leads programs that foster graduate students' professional development through core skill development, career awareness and job search skill development.
Leah Bricker is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Bricker’s research explores youth and adults’ (e.g., scientists) science-related learning across timespans, and over settings (e.g., science classrooms, museums, homes, neighborhoods, science cafes). In addition, she designs science-related artifacts and learning environments (e.g., curricula, professional development experiences), and then studies how those designs function in context, as well as studying aspects of people’s learning who are using and experiencing the designs.
Andrew Maynard is a Professor of Environmental Health Science and Director of The University of Michigan Risk Science Center. Maynard’s research focuses on emerging technologies and how they can be developed responsibly. When not grappling with the risks and benefits of everything from “gray goo” and synthetic organisms to planetary engineering and artificial intelligence, he makes YouTube videos about the the science of risk at Risk Bites, and hangs out on Twitter as @2020Science.
Katie Parzych is a PhD candidate in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan studying how cells recycle parts of themselves to survive. In addition to research, Katie enjoys teaching undergraduate biology classes and is working towards a graduate teacher certificate. When not geeking out about microbiology and yeast, Katie can usually be found acting on stage with a number of Ann Arbor’s local theatre groups.
Brooke Horton is a science writer with a Master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan. Her love for all things science is outweighed only by her desire to share it with the public. When not developing carpal tunnel syndrome from furiously typing out her next piece, she can usually be found watching documentaries while bundled up with her adorable, moody Shih Tzus.
Kim Daley is a physical chemist at the University of Michigan doing research with lasers. She is also passionate about social justice, intersectional feminism, science fiction, and exercise.
Wahida is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of rheumatology at the University of Michigan. Wahida studies environmental instigation of rheumatoid arthritis in specific genetic settings. When she is not postdocing, Wahida likes to travel, read, and walk her dog.
So'Phelia is a dual degree MPH/MSW student with the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work. So'Phelia's academic interests include the effects of discrimination, microaggressions, and racial stress on the mental and physical health of African Americans. When So'Phelia is not being studious, she enjoys reading and finding new dogs to play with.
Jimmy Brancho is a Ph. D. candidate in inorganic chemistry at the University of Michigan focused on figuring out new ways to create cheap, stable materials that put visible light to work. He spends his free time developing a science writing portfolio, seeking out new board games, and writing a very bad novel.
Ryan McCarty is a PhD student in the Joint Program in English and Education, studying the ways that individuals learn while translating between diverse language settings. He's also likes a little bit of comic books and politics in his life, along with as much time as possible bumming around with his family.