Simon is an ESL and psychology/philosophy teacher in Vienna, Austria, a gamer across all media and loves curiosity in its many manifestations. He thinks communicating science is as important inside the classroom as it is outside and was therefore immediately drawn to Useful Science. When he's not hunched over classwork, a game board, his computer or a book/newspaper, he's out taking a walk or eating delicious food.
Caitlin recently started a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. She is using neuroimaging to study how brain chemistry and structure change over time in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease, and if anti-inflammatory treatment can mitigate these disease-related changes. She is not yet jaded by the world of academia and is keen to expand her horizons by learning about (and concisely communicating!) as much scientific research as possible.
Steve is an aspiring doctor studying at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. While working towards being a physician, Steve’s passion is teaching and has taught science both formally and informally for years for institutions committed to science education. Outside of school, Steve can be found running, strumming tunes on his ukulele, or playing some Nintendo.
Isabella graduated from McGill University majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Film Studies. She is currently teaching secondary school at an international school in Hong Kong. Inspired by her teacher Philip Marsh who prides himself as an art-scientist, Isabella also identifies herself as an art-scientist, blending the interdisciplinary aspects of both art and science through educational technologies.
Cara Shousterman is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow and HI’s Partnerships and Engagement Manager. At HI, Cara is responsible for leveraging external partners and supporting various types stakeholders as they work with Harmony Institute to discover new ways of applying media for social impact. In particular, Her role at HI focuses on the adoption of and new uses for StoryPilot.
Paul is a current PhD student in behavioural neuroscience at the University of Guelph with a BSc in neuroscience and nutrition from Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research focuses on the rapid effects of estrogens on social memory and learning tasks and the mechanisms by which they occur. He has 4 cats, a long-list of unplayed podcast episodes to get to, and a thirst for good beer and good music.
Julia is a New Zealander completing a PhD at the Australian National University. Her work bridges economics, ecology, and natural resource management. She really likes grass, trees, snow, and mountains.
Eileen is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Biology, with a concentration in neurobiology, at McGill University. Her studies are ultimately motivated by a curiosity of the mechanisms of disease and wellness, and she feels public literacy in science to be an essential goal of a developed society. Outside of academia Eileen enjoys long-distance running, hiking, reading, and exploring foreign lands.
Guiomar holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is currently doing a postdoc in brain imaging at McGill. She enjoys dancing with the brain's magnetic signals and maths to paint some colors on the surfaces of these mini white and grey universes.
One of Peter's foremost goals while pursuing residency training in Emergency Medicine will be to harness the power of technology to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare. Prior to med school, Peter earned a B.Sc. at McGill in Psychology & Economics. His research has spanned from stem cell biology, to behavioral neuroscience, to the implementation of health initiatives in communities abroad. When not in the ER or perusing the latest issue of The Economist, Peter can be found skiing, surfing, or backpacking a new corner of the world.