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Category: Stories from the Field

Article - Oct 25, 2020
Neurobiologist Promotes Shared Governance to Relieve Education Inequities

Ashton Powell is a biology instructor at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics and elected member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education. He spoke with ESAL about how he uses his research and policy background to improve equity and mental health issues in the classroom.

Article - Sep 29, 2020
Cleaning Up Our Investments to Keep Earth Habitable

Ravi Mikkelsen is the co-founder of ATMOS Financial, an organization which builds banking solutions that allow customers to have a direct impact on the transition to a clean economy. He spoke with ESAL about how using his technical engineering degree to tackle climate change in the financial sector.

Article - Aug 23, 2020
Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Minnesota Science and Technology Community

Lindsey Hillesheim draws from her experience working for the Department of Defense as she leads AI strategy and solutions development efforts at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She spoke with ESAL about how her Ph.D. in physics helps her engage the state’s science and engineer entrepreneurs and actualize their ideas for regional problem-solving.

Article - Jul 26, 2020
International Innovations Benefit Northern Virginia Communities

Dale Medearis is a senior environmental planner at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, spearheading their climate and international partnerships. He spoke with ESAL about how policy and technical innovations from abroad can benefit local communities.

Article - Jun 28, 2020
Microbiologist Represents DC Neighborhood

Ian Simon serves as an elected commissioner of his Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), part of a unique system that gives voice to neighborhoods across D.C. Simon talked to ESAL about translating his federal policy experience to tackle local housing, education, and business issues.

Article - May 24, 2020
Condensed Matter Theorist Leads On Clean Energy

Aimee Bailey's interest in climate change took her from a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics to the local energy utility sector. She now leads a portfolio of electrification initiatives as the director of decarbonization and grid innovation at Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

Article - Apr 26, 2020
Plasma Physicist Takes on Emergency Response Role

Jim Treglio is a retired materials scientist who mobilized a Community Emergency Response Team program in San Diego. Treglio shared his experience using his technical background to work with the local fire department and how scientists can contribute to community response efforts.

Article - Mar 22, 2020
Graduate Students Advocate for Transportation Safety in Houston

Kathryn Kundrod and Mary Natoli are Ph.D. candidates in the bioengineering graduate program at Rice University and active members of Rice University’s Cycling and Triathlon Club. ESAL interviewed them about their advocacy for transportation safety around campus and broadly in the City of Houston.

Article - Feb 23, 2020
Information Science Leader Opens Data for Positive Change

Jeanne Holm serves as a senior technology advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as deputy chief information officer for Los Angeles. ESAL interviewed Holm about how her scientific training informs her work in LA on infrastructure, mobility, and air quality.

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