Christopher Kan is a biologist by training and a biotech professional working at the intersection of biology, people, and business. Kan recently gained local attention for his leadership in a two-year campaign to create a safe parking program in the church lot. Learn about how Kan navigated the local approval process to make four spots available for unhoused people to stay in their cars overnight and how his science communication skills helped bring the project to fruition.
ESAL spoke with research scientist Kristine Pistone and how her studies the Earth’s radiative balance, air quality analysis experience in Chile, and interest in sustainability motivated her to serve for her city's local Sustainability Commission in Sunnyvale, CA.
Sarah Hendricks is a biologist that works on zoonotic diseases as well as provides researchers with access to cutting edge genomics resources. Hendricks got her Ph.D. in bioinformatics and computational biology from the University of Idaho and has worked at the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation as well as the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. ESAL spoke with Hendricks about how her interests in animals, humans, health, policy, and data have informed her career.
Sarah-Jeanne Royer is a research scientist for Hawai’i Pacific University and an oceanographer for The Ocean Cleanup. She studies how different types of plastic microfibers degrade over time in the varying conditions they encounter in the marine environment. ESAL spoke with Royer about her hands-on work to curb plastic pollution.
ESAL speaks with associate research scientist, science policy fellow, mentor, committee member ,and AAAS science and technology fellow Alice Grossman on her work in equitable, accessible transportation.
Water quality field/lab technician Jan Paul and water resources planner Angie Reed discuss the importance of sharing data they collect and analyze from the Penobscot River with tribal, state, and federal audiences. Learn more about how the pair utilize its skills to improve public health outreach for Penobscot citizens.
Geoscientist Mark Little discusses his role as the executive director of CREATE, an economic development center at UNC Chapel Hill, and how he helps foster shared economic prosperity. Learn more about how his work has contributed to creating economic opportunity for all through local, regional, and international approaches.
ESAL spoke with biologist, environmental and social justice advocate, and founder Monica Unseld about her experiences with environmental justice and how they have shaped her efforts in empowering communities to hold large corporations responsible for adequate public health.