"If you want to do something, don't let anyone put limitations on you." an interview with Rosaly Lopes

Rosaly Lopes is a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. She discovered seventy-one new volcanoes on IO, for which she was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. She uses her research into the surface of other planets...

Iris Zhorov and Alexandra Zanin-Zhorov

Iris Zhorov (18) talks with her mother Alexandra Zanin- Zhorov (42) about her immigration stories, her academic and scientific career, and the difficulties she faced as a woman in science.

"You never stop learning, you're forever learning new things, and I love that." An Interview with Sharmila Bhattacharya

If Sharmila Bhattacharya wasn't Program Scientist for Space Biology at NASA Headquarters, perhaps she would've been a theater actress. And while her contributions on stage would likely be legendary, we're happy to have her at NASA learning about how space...

Occupational Therapy: Living Life to its Fullest! Lived Experience Interview of Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

In this inspiring interview, Elizabeth Skidmore describes her lived experience as an agent of change in occupational therapy as a distinguished scientist and educator. Dr. Skidmore is the first occupational therapist to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists...

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Erin Pettit and Joanna Young

Joanna Young (33) and Dr. Erin Pettit (48) talked about their career choices as scientists who focus on outreach / education / research, and the role of leadership in glacier science in Alaska. They discuss the Girls on Ice program...

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Maxine Rockoff and Robin Sparkman

Maxine Rockoff (82) talks with her friend and StoryCorps CEO, Robin Sparkman (51), about her life and career. She recalls getting her PhD, working in biomedical computing, becoming a mother, and her accomplishment of wiring settlement houses in New York...

"Persistence is necessary to have a career in the sciences." An interview with Laura Iraci.

Dr. Laura Iraci is a research scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA Ames, where she leads a group focusing on air and where human pollution goes. In this interview, we discuss her early interest in high school chemistry...

Television Role Models

I talk with my mom about her female role models from TV growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s

“I want to do good science, which to me, doing good science and with great people makes it fun.” An interview with Susan Bates

Susan Bates has always been interested by the physical world and especially the ocean. She remembers standing on the beach as a kid in North Carolina wondering where the waves came from. Now, she gets to predict what the ocean...

“We’re really privileged to get to be doing science for a living. That’s a really cool thing.” An Interview with Kelly Fast

Kelly Fast basically works in a sci-fi movie- she works in the Planetary Defense Coordination Office at NASA, which means she finds asteroids before they hit Earth. And while she hasn’t had to deflect any asteroids yet, she’s been involved...

“Put the self-doubt aside and just go for it and you'll be really surprised with the outcome.” An interview with Elizabeth Schaeffer

Elizabeth Schaeffer hasn’t followed the most straight-forward route into the geosciences but that’s allowed her to discover the field she most wants to study. She’s a non-traditional undergraduate studying applied geology and talks about recent internships she’s done that have...

Sandy Macfarlane and Trish Morse

Sandy Macfarlane and Trish Morse discuss being firsts (female shellfish biologist in Massachusetts and female Ph.D. from Woods Hole, respectively) and meeting for the first time through the New England Estuarine Research Society.

"Don't take yourself too seriously. Try and always put yourself in a new perspective." an interview with Lara Patricia Sotto

While many of the interviews at the conference were with experienced professionals with a career spanning several decades, this interview is with a young up-and-coming PhD student who traveled all the way from the Philippines to attend her first AGU...

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Catherine Olmer and Kate Seader

Catherine "Cathy" Olmer (68) talks with her "Wonderlab Baby", Kate Seader (21) about how she got into Physics, what it was like being a woman in science, and her careers as a professor of Physics and teacher at WonderLab Museum...

“I'd love to see more collaboration happen and [it is] integral in terms of science working in the future.” An interview with Krystal Yhap

Krystal Yhap’s interest in urban water resource management was sparked by the conversations around water safety in Flint, MI. She’s now a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland studying the water system in San Francisco. She talks about her...

"Science is a universal language, which helps us bridge language and cultural gaps." an interview with Emily Wolin

Emily Wolin is almost singe-handedly trying to upgrade Myanmar’s national seismic network. As a student, Emily saw the Mount Saint Helens eruption. Today, she helps scientists in Myanmar prepare their country for the aftermath of the next hurricanes to come...

"You have to believe in yourself and your project more than anybody else, and you have to sell it." An Interview with Amy Winebarger.

Dr. Amy Winebarger is an astrophysicist in the Heliophysics and Planetary Science Office at NASA. Listen to Amy talk about what makes sounding rockets awesome to work with, the rewards of being a mentor, and how a New York Times...