"Well, I think at the earliest stage, the most important thing is to try it out." An Interview with Craig Kundrot

Craig Kundrot had a hard time narrowing down what type of science he wanted to specialize in, but that ended up being a strength when he became the Division Director for Biological and Physical Sciences at NASA. We talked to...

From the band room to the office: Mr. Ayers

A glimpse into the vice principals daily life. How has his personal progress affected his progress in the field of education?

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Elizabeth Brady and Jennifer Perrow

One Small Step partners and long time friends Elizabeth Brady (58) and Jennifer Perrow (53) discuss what they are most proud of in the past year, working in HR and accommodating the hardships people are facing in their jobs, and...

"There's Always Something That's Going on That's Exciting." An Interview with Eric Ianson

As the Deputy Director of Planetary Science at NASA, Eric Ianson has his hands full overseeing all of NASA’s planetary science missions. We talked to Eric about learning to navigate press conferences, the gratification of launch day, and maintaining focus...

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Seph Rodney and Monique Davis

Friends and colleagues Seph Rodney (50) and Monique Davis (56) discuss their work, their career paths, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their lives.

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Alex Mozes and Rosie Campagna

One Small Step conversation partners Alex Mozes (43) and Rosie Campagna (45) consider political parties, changing views and the bubbles we find ourselves in, questioning as a means of understanding and coming to one's views, distrust and conspiracy theories, the...

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Dr. Ahsan Choudhuri and Susie Byrd

Friends and colleagues Dr. Ahsan Choudhuri (52) and Susie Byrd (51) discuss Dr. Choudhuri’s path to becoming an aerospace engineer, his decision to work at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and their commitment to economic development and...

"I like to say that being an astronomer involves a lot of things that my mommy never told me." An Interview with Marcia Rieke

Marcia Rieke has had to take a break from her job as a professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona recently because she is currently the principal investigator of the Near Infrared Camera being launched on the James Webb...

"Our role as geoscientists is to help people understand fragility and power of the world." an interview with Jackie Caplan-Auerbach

“What is the earth saying to us?” Jackie Caplan-Auerbach is a volcano seismologist with the Western Washington University geology department. Jackie studies ice avalanches, which can happen at any time. Most ice landslides do not give warnings, but some do....

"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...

"Just be really excited about what you're going to learn." An Interview with Peter Michelson

Peter Michelson was inspired by the Apollo moon program to study physics; now, he's a professor of physics at Stanford University and works at the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. We talked to Peter about pivoting into a new field after...

Jacob Bay and Veronica Papendieck

Veronica Papendieck(70) is interviewed by her grandson, Jacob Bay(14) about her life.

“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...

“I realized outreach needs to be part of my scientific career. It brings me so much joy to talk to people.” An interview with Sanjoy Som

Sanjoy Som, Director of the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, believes in the importance of space science as a common goal of humanity, regardless of country – the founding inspiration of his institute. He talks about his passion for...

"There's something in science for everyone." An Interview with Judy Pu

Judy Pu is currently a grad student at the University of California, Santa Barbara studying Earth Science. We talked to her about moving forward from failure and criticism, the importance of education, and dealing with the loss of a mentor.

“It's very satisfying to be – even a small cog – in a very important machine.” An Interview with Jeffrey Myers

Jeffrey Myers knows his way around aerial photogrammetry. As a former lead manager at the Airborne Sensor Facility at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Jeffrey’s work with data collection and earth mapping has been affiliated with NASA’s U-2 program, MODIS, and...

“Science isn’t finished until it’s communicated.” An Interview with Mark SubbaRao

As the Scientific Visualization lead for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Mark SubbaRao oversees the translation of NASA science into images and movies. For Mark, science visualization is a key communication tool that allows the public to interact and explore...

"The lone scientist idea is a wonderful story, but it's a myth, right?" An Interview with Matt Mountain

Matt Mountain thought he wanted to work alone as a scientist, but on his journey to becoming the president of an Association for Universities in Research in Astronomy and the telescope scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA,...

"We Have to Understand People Better to Make the Science Work Better for Everybody." An Interview with Prosanta Chakrabarty

As much as Prosanta Chakrabarty loves his job as an ichthyology professor at LSU, his favorite part of the job is making human connections while doing fieldwork around the world. And whether it's trying every single cocktail in a bar...

“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...

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Donna Myrow and Dave Rohee

One Small Step partners Donna Myrow [no age given] and Dave Rohee (78) discuss the role of journalism, domestic and international politics, and immigration.

"It’s about how we translate the science and make it relevant to the people's life." An Interview with Saleh Ahmed

Saleh Ahmed is probably the only researcher who’s working in both Bangladesh and the Intermountain West. And as a professor in Environmental Studies, Global Studies, and Public Policy at Boise State University, his research in climate change is particularly urgent....