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Directors

Maryse Thomas

Maryse is a post-doctoral researcher in auditory neuroscience at the Mass. Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In her spare time, Maryse enjoys learning languages, biking, running, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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Ian Mahar

Ian is a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University, studying neuropsychiatric features of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and other neurodegenerative conditions. He did his PhD in Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, doing neuropsychiatry research in the McGill Group for Suicide Studies at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. He also does science writing and outreach, and his primary interests for all three are how the brain regulates emotions, and what happens when this regulation goes awry.

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Susan Rogers Van Katwyk

Susan Rogers Van Katwyk is the Research Director for global antimicrobial resistance at the Global Strategy Lab at York University. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa and her work focuses on generating evidence-informed policy recommendations for global health threats. She loves hiking, curling, and craft beer.

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Jaime Devine

Jaime K Devine is an interdisciplinary neuroscientist whose research focuses on how behavior and biology, specifically sleep and health, interact. She has a PhD in Neuroscience from Brandeis University and a Certificate in Sleep Medicine from Harvard Medical School. She is also a dedicated science communicator, runner, working mother and nerd.

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Joshua Jackson

Joshua Conrad Jackson is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studies how culture changes over time, and the impact of cultural change on human cognition and behavior. Outside of research, he enjoys traveling and long-distance running.

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Steve Mow

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.

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Carl Snyder

Carl is a PhD graduate student at Portland State University in the Applied Physics program with an emphasis on biophysics. His research is focused on the development of technologies and techniques that could one day be used for detecting microbial life out in our solar system. In his free time Carl likes to do anything that gets his body moving or outside, including: hiking, climbing, biking, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, swimming, rafting, kayaking, snowboarding, camping, and the list goes on and on.

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Contributors

Melanie Matthies

Melanie is an emeritus faculty member at Boston University and was previously a research scientist at MIT. Her primary research area is the effect of hearing loss on speech production but she also enjoys reading studies about health and wellness.

Rose Himber Howse

Rose Himber Howse is a writer and teacher from North Carolina. She attended Haverford College, where she studied psychology and completed a meta-analysis of studies identifying protective factors against suicide among LGBTQ+ youth. She has also written queer-inclusive, evidence-based sex education curriculum for practitioners in the South. She currently works as an academic editor.

Caitlin Fowler

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. In the little spare time that is left, Caitlin can be found playing competitive ultimate frisbee, reading, or scouring the internet for easy meal prep ideas.

Avaneesh Narla

Avaneesh is currently a PhD student in Physics at the University of California San Diego. His work focuses on theoretical biophysics and quantitative biology, and includes fields such as fluid dynamics, computational neuroscience, theoretical ecology and bacteriophysiology.

Simon Lehrner

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.

Lindsay Schwartz

Lindsay is a behavioral scientist at the Institutes for Behavior Resources in Baltimore, Maryland, working in the areas of behavioral economics, substance use, and fatigue and performance. Her dissertation focused on the use of behavioral economic methods to quantify drug value in those with substance use disorders. These days Lindsay is focusing her efforts on using biomathematical models of fatigue to understand how sleep and fatigue can impact performance in different industries like healthcare and aviation.

Lauren Sterlin

Lauren graduated from Northeastern University with her DPT in Physical Therapy. She currently works in cancer research focusing on metastatic prostate cancer. She enjoys running/fitness, baking and is slightly obsessed with skincare products. One of her talents is spotting film errors.

Wyatt Toure

Wyatt is an M.Sc. student at McGill University studying the factors that constrain behavioural flexibility in organisms. He splits his research with work in the tropics and work in the lab. Some of his other interests include music, video editing, and photography.

Vinko Culjak Mathieu

Vinko is a master’s student at McGill University and the Lyman Entomological Museum. He studies the interactions between plants and insects in the Canadian Arctic and how those interactions change across time. He is active in many science communication and outreach initiatives in addition to Useful Science such as Skype-a-Scientist, the McGill Bee Club, and Letters to a Pre-Scientist. He gives public talks on ecology, speaks to middle school classes about biology and evolution, and uses his Instagram account to highlight the diversity of insects and plants. In his spare time, Vinko teaches workshops on science communication, collects bugs, and practices macro photography.

Erik Larson

Erik is a PhD student in neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research involves studying how neurons integrate and process information through synapses. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and pub trivia.

Sarah Weintraub

Sarah is a Microbiology and Cell Science BS graduate from the University of Florida. She currently works at NorthShore University Healthsystem, associated to University of Chicago, in the Center of Psychiatric Genetics. When she's not in the lab, she enjoys reading, running and exploring!

Kevin Neibert

Kevin graduated from McGill with a PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, specializing in Nanotechnology. In his spare time he reads & writes about science in society. He also works with video game developers as a science media consultant at Thwacke! to help to make games smarter.

Michael Gaultois

Michael is hunting a PhD in Chemistry at the University of California, and is a big fan of fountain pens, smoked gouda, M.C. Escher, and high fives. His interests have taken him to collegiate service organizations, RC helicopters, organizational management, start-up companies, world travels, and scientific endeavours.

Emma Fowler

Emma recently graduated from McGill University with an MSc. in Experimental Medicine, studying how cancer metabolism contributes to drug resistance in breast cancer. She now works as a Medical Writer in Montreal and is happy that she spends her day creating interesting learning materials instead of pipetting at a lab bench. Emma has many other passions and tries to do as much rock-climbing, wandering in parks, and reading as possible.

Clara Gepner

Clara is a journalism student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She holds a BSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology from McGill University, and an MSc in Global Health from Maastricht University. She loves learning about everything from neuroscience to oceanography, and enjoys playing the guitar and running in her free time.

Athanasios Athanassiadis

Thanasi is a physicist and engineer who uses light and sound to investigate how the physical world works. For his research, he has made sound with lasers for underwater sensing, built an x-ray scanner for sandcastles, and measured how jets of water can be used to move underwater robots. Outside of science, Thanasi is a passionate clarinetist, playing with a variety of Greek and Turkish groups around the Northeast.

Uyen Nguyen

Uyen is an M.Sc. student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She likes to be called “Oo-in” instead of “Yu-en”. Using high-dimensional flow cytometry, Uyen looks at how physical exercise affects immune composition in bone marrow recipients. In her free time, she runs, watches comedies, reads biographies, and eats chocolate-coated pretzels (usually not all at once).

Julia Talbot-Jones

Julia is a lecturer (Asst. Prof) at Victoria, University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her work bridges economics, ecology, and natural resource management.

Katie Keil

Katie is a Master's student in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Program on Climate Change at the University of Washington. She is currently researching zooplankton sensitivity to ocean acidification, and is passionate about bridging the gap between scientists and policy-makers. When she's not in the lab or attending some scicomm workshop, you'll find her backpacking in the Olympic mountains, beachcombing in Seattle, or catching up with friends at a local coffee shop.

Partners

Sur Place Media

Sur Place is a media company of freelancers and artists who come together to fulfill media contracts in a stimulating and supportive environment. At their well-equipped Mile End studio in Montreal, they offer workshops, a collaborative work space, and opportunities for job placement and professional development. Sur Place is supporting Useful Science by helping us make videos to help people be better informed about science.

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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a unit of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Their mission is to serve North Carolina and beyond by bringing together the unique resources of UNC to engage the public for an improved public understanding of science, technology and health. The U.S. astronauts of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, including the astronauts who walked on the Moon, trained under Morehead’s dome in celestial navigation. Morehead is now helping support Useful Science’s podcast production.

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Past Contributors