“I spent my childhood driving around the most beautiful place in the world.” an Interview with Jim Pizzuto

For Jim Pizzuto, a career in science was never the plan. His father was a landscape painter, and he grew up surrounded by art and the majestic landscape paintings that his father produced. By the time he entered college, he...

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Robert Wallace and Lindsay Smythe

Robert (Rob) Wallace (45) talks with his girlfriend, Lindsay Smythe (30) about his life expereinces living in Italy and California, his service in Kuwait and Somalia, and working as a police officer in Yuma.

“The Government’s Best Kept Secret”: Dale Gump and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

Ensign Dale Gump, a Commissioned Officer within NOAA Corps, talks to Nathaniel Janick for the American Geophysical Union’s Paths Through Science project about the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, his work aboard the NOAAS Thomas Jefferson, and advice on successful careers...

"We make discoveries when not expecting results." an interview with Roberta Rudnick

Roberta Rudnick, Professor at University of California Santa Barbara, was captivated by science from a young age, witnessing the Mt. Saint Helens eruption while in college, and traveling the globe to understand plate tectonics, and how and why continents form...

“I became a geologist kinda of by accident.” an Interview with Luis Gonzalez

While an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, Luis Gonzalez couldn’t decide on whether he wanted to pursue a major in physics, chemistry, or mathematics. To his surprise, he found that he could do all three as...

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Jolene Croasmun and John Brown

Spouses Jolene Croasmun (60) and John Brown (65) talk about how they both came to live in Salt Lake City, their journeys as single parents, and first meeting each other. Jolene and John talk about what they enjoy doing together...

“The question is, is it still alive? Was Mars able to form microbes as well?” An interview with Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown is the deputy scientist on the Mars 2020 Rover mission at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Adrian uses his background in geology to explore Mars via the Mars Rover, living out his childhood fascination with the planets. He...

"We should not live in a bubble when we conduct science." A conversation with Florian Schwandner.

From a childhood filled with archeology lessons from his dad, to graduate studies measuring gases from active volcanoes, and then designing early warning systems to detect volcanic activity, Dr. Florian Schwandner's life goal has been to make a difference in...

"Science is very rarely an individual effort. It takes multiple people to get anything done." An Interview with Noah Petro

Noah Petro is a research scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center- which doesn’t seem like much, but it includes being the lab chief of the Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Lab at Goddard and being the project scientist...

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Stephany Mason and Tabitha Mason

Tabitha Mason, 22, asks her step-mother Stephany Mason, 46, about her career as well as the challenges of joining a family.

How did I get here?

EXP391 / EXP397T sedimentologist and volcanologist Dr. Mike Widdowson talks to Onboard Outreach Officer Maya Pincus about the twists and turns throughout his life that resulted in his various adventures aboard the JOIDES Resolution.

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James Knudsen and Brian Myers

One Small Step partners James Knudsen (57) and Brian Myers (58) talk about their upbringings, the experiences that shaped their career trajectories, and how their political views have changed over time.

“Me and a million other kids wanted to be an astronaut.” an interview with Doug Archer

Doug Archer has a rock collection, only he’s never actually held any of the stones, and they are hundreds of millions of miles away on Mars. As a research scientist working with the Curiosity Mars rover in NASA’s Johnson Space...

John M. Moody – Pioneering Geologist in Venezuela

John M. Moody started out as a small boy from a small town in Texas, visiting Lake Texoma and admiring the wealth of fossils all around him. This led him to a career in geology through which he pioneered the...

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Joe Nahama and Rodney Nahama

Joe Nahama (54) talks to his father, Rodney Nahama (87), about his family's Greek roots, Rodney's life being born in New York City and later moving to Los Angeles with his family, and his long career in the oil industry.

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Susan Stover and C Campbell

One Small Step partners Susan Stover (67) and C Campbell (53) realize they have many parallels in their lives as they talk through their experiences losing their husbands, discuss banned books, and find common ground in their shared perspective on...

Examining geomicrobiology in caves and mines, with a side of space exploration and astrobiology. An interview with Penny Boston.

Dr. Penny Boston is a woman of many talents! A notable academic with a background in microbiology and geology, Penny has investigated microbial life in the lab and in the field as a speleologist -- someone who studies cave science....

Chris Klein & Alex Wu

Chris Klein, an Andover native and author, discusses his German and Irish roots. He recounts his life growing up amidst classism in the 1980s. Inspired by AP US History class, he discovered his passion for research-based writing, determined to preserve...

Elias and Sam Wright

Eli asks his great uncle for advice on becoming a scientist. They discuss their love of reading and the worlds a good book can open for you.