“If you’re not failing, you’re not researching.” An Interview with Michael Hesse

Michael Hesse is the Director of Science at NASA’s Ames Research Center, focusing on space biological science. We talked to him about being a good leader, doing science all over the world, and the joys of racing cars.

Lawrence Kuznetz’s Moon Landing Story

Lawrence Kuznetz shares his Moon Landing story for the Moon Landing in Context Project at Framingham State University. Lawrence discusses his personal experiences working for NASA, the Apollo programs, and the night of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. He also...

“How far you go [in your science career] depends on how big your curiosity is." A conversation with David Moore.

David Moore is a first-year graduate student at UCLA. He is studying tropical cyclones, also known as typhoons or hurricanes, on Earth. In his graduate research work, David is researching how to bridge the gap between planetary atmospheres and meteorology...

"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....

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Ryan Owen and Moriah Beck

One Small Step partners Ryan Owen (41) and Moriah Beck (44) talk about the impact of COVID-19 on education, mental health, and science.

"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.

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LaRico Treadwell and Michael Johansson

Michael Johansson (71) interviews his friend LaRico Treadwell (33) about his upbringing, his academic career, and his goals for the future.

“Persistence is absolutely critical for both science and NASA.” An Interview with Curt Niebur

Curt Niebur is the Lead Program Scientist for Planetary Flight Programs at NASA Headquarters, which means that he works on all the NASA robotic missions that don’t go to Mars- you know, a very small mom-and-pop operation. We talked to...

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Lani Bautista Cabanilla and Edwardo Gillison

Lani Bautista Cabanilla (37) speaks with her museum colleague and friend of the board Ed Gillison (50) about their respective roles at The New Children's Museum, their first experiences visiting the museum, the impact it has for children and adults...

Educating from Experience

To improve the quality of STEM teaching and learning, EnCorps recruits, selects, trains and places STEM professionals as teachers in high needs public schools.

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Ciara Gazaway and [No Name Given] [No Name Given]

One Small Step conversation partners Ciara Gazaway (25) and [No Name Given] [No Name Given] (33) discuss higher education, equity, and state government influence at the University of Tennessee.

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George Williams and Hazel Diaz

George Williams [no age given] and his new friend Hazel Diaz (35) discuss George's father's military career and life. George remembers his father Lt. Col. George Williams, who served in the Air Force.

"I've always had an interest and a fascination with space." A conversation with Jonathan Hale.

Jonathan Hale is one of 25 students in the new Student Airborne Science Activation (SaSa) program at the NASA Ames Research Center. Students at SaSa are undergraduates from minority-serving institutions, competitively selected across the United States. Over the course of...

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Anthony Fountain and Alissa Burse

Alissa Burse (48) is interviewed by her father, Anthony "Tony" Fountain [no age given], about her career in education and how she is adjusting to life as a teacher during COVID.

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Michael Richards and Danait T-Medhin

School superintendent Dr. Michael Richards (56) shares a conversation with former student Danait “Dani” T-Medhin (18) about the Harrisonburg school system and about Dani’s experience in classes, clubs, musicals, and other activities while there.

Community-based Science and Capacity Building with NASA and the Navajo Nation

Dr. Amber McCullum is an Applied Research Scientist for the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (BAERI) at NASA Ames who is currently co-developing a drought tool with the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources that includes remote sensing and ground-based...

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Kimberly Dyar and Erica Jesonis

Kimberly Dyar (45) and Erica Jesonis (36) talk about the collaboration between the Cecil County Public Library and the Cecil County Public Schools.

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Sharon Jessup and Emilia Cortez

Sharon Jessup (84) is interviewed by Emilia Cortez (34) about her experiences as a Girl Scout member and leader.

Lab partners

An interview with a fellow engineering student on his life in a rural school.