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SciComm Story Time

March 23 - April 18, 2020

Welcome to SciComm Story Time! With school closures and so many educators, parents and students at home, we're going to beam exciting Science Communicators, from a variety fields, right into everyone's homes! Every weekday at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific, an exciting SciComm'er will tell a 15 minute story from their field and personal experiences, and then take Q&A for 15-20 minutes afterwards. This is the brainchild of the amazing Emily Calandrelli! Emily is a MIT engineer turned science communicator. She's a host & producer of FOX's Xploration Outer Space, correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World, and author of STEM book series The Ada Lace Adventures. She wants to inspire more females to pursue STEM careers. She believes most young students, especially women and minorities, don't realize how many amazing, creative, and often free opportunities exist for students who pursue STEM majors.

Parents, students and educators can join into any event from home, live via the YouTube stream and send in questions via the live chat side bar. All of the events will also record to YouTube and can be viewed at anytime afterwards. No need to sign-up and register to join the live events! You can tune into events using the links included with each event below, simply follow the link when the event is about to start. There is no limit to the number of groups that can tune into the live events through YouTube. If you have any questions, reach out to

Stay tuned as we'll be announcing lots more SciComm Story Time events over the next couple of days!

All events will stream live here:

The Google Hangouts:

March 23, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Emily is a MIT engineer turned science communicator. She's a host & producer of FOX's Xploration Outer Space, correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World, and author of STEM book series The Ada Lace Adventures. In addition to writing, Emily is a professional speaker and gives talks on the topics of space exploration, scientific literacy and equality. Emily is wildly passionate about space exploration. Through her show, she wants to prove that the space industry is more exciting today than ever before in history. She wants to inspire more females to pursue STEM careers. She believes most young students, especially women and minorities, don't realize how many amazing, creative, and often free opportunities exist for students who pursue STEM majors.

March 24, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Trace is a curiosity explorer, award-winning science communicator, on-camera host, producer, and podcaster. He’s an energetic presenter and prolific writer who cannot help but learn new things and share them. Trace is the host of Star Gazers: a weekly television series on naked eye astronomy, airing nationwide on PBS, creator of Uno Dos of Trace, a video series that explores diverse topics across the sciences, and creator and former host/writer/producer of Seeker one of the most popular science channels online today.

March 25, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Imogene is a wildlife biologist and landscape geneticist researching rare and elusive species. She combines field and laboratory techniques to understand carnivore population genetic structure, evolutionary history, and the relationship animals have with the landscape. She has studied wildlife all over the United States, from bears to fishers to newts, and is currently researching range-wide snow leopard genetics for her PhD at the University of Delaware. Imogene uses social media to talk about cool wildlife (which is all of it!) and to help others learn about being successful in careers in wildlife conservation. Outside of her work, she enjoys finding salamanders, taco trucks and coffee shops, and petting dogs.​ Learn more at

March 26, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Maren is a microbiologist and science explainer who loves making videos about science! She creates videos for Seeker, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and her own personal YouTube channel. She talks about all kinds of science—especially tiny creepy crawly germy things—all over the internet on Twitter, Instagram, and her website. Maren is forever an optimist, and always curious, and will ask questions with you about everything in the universe.

March 30, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Dr. Samantha Yammine, PhD is a Neuroscientist, Science Communicator, and Digital Media Producer who earned her PhD from the University of Toronto researching how stem cells build and maintain the brain. She founded Science Sam Media in 2019 and is a leader in digitizing science. As @science.sam on Instagram she produces educational & entertaining content on all sorts of science, with a special focus right now on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Samantha regularly appears as a guest expert in the popular media including spots on Netflix, TVO Kids, CBC GEM, AsapSCIENCE, and CBC Radio. She is a member of the Editorial Committee for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, and the Program Committee for the Royal Canadian Institute for Science. Learn more at

March 31, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Ms. Mallory, the Curious Conservationist, travels the world turning fears into fascination by sharing the true stories behind nature's creepy, crawly, gross, and scary. When home to take care of her own creepy-crawly crew, she highlights citizen-science wildlife projects and helps grassroots conservation groups connect with local communities. Her mission is to spark curiosity about the natural world while empowering others to do the same through public outreach, community conservation projects, citizen scientist initiatives, and backyard exploration. It's time to Step Outside & Adventure!

April 1, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Nick is a West Virginia born, raised, and schooled aerospace engineer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hurricane Hunters. Since 2016, Nick has served as an aircrew member aboard NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft supporting a number of science missions including Arctic sea ice surveys, marine mammal surveys, atmospheric river reconnaissance, and hurricane research and reconnaissance. To date, he has flown into 12 hurricanes across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, including Hurricanes Irma, Florence, and Dorian. Nick is also pursuing a master’s degree in physical oceanography at the University of South Florida. He is passionate about sharing NOAA’s mission of environmental stewardship, promoting hurricane awareness, and STEM education.

April 2, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Raven is a molecular scientist and educator at both university and K-12 levels. Online, she's known as Raven the Science Maven, and known for spearheading the "science trap" music genre. She creates rap music that features crafty science wordplay with music videos that represent a diversity of accomplished women in STEM. Raven is the creator and host of STEMbassy, which is a science talk show where STEM ambassadors discuss critical issues with each other and a live public audience.

Professionally, she's worn many hats as a biology professor, corporate drug discovery scientist, and STEM academic advisor. Raven is completing a doctorate in science education, studying the relationships between media representation of women scientists and science identity in adults. Currently, she's the Director of Collegiate STEM Initiatives at a STEM Charter School in Buffalo, New York, where she develops outstanding culturally responsive science programs and opportunities for high school students.

April 3, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Diana is a Propulsion Development Engineer at Virgin Orbit. She is part of a team that is responsible for LanuncherOne’s Stage Systems design, operation and testing. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2017) from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Originally from Baghdad, Diana is an Iraqi immigrant who has been passionate about engineering since she was 10 years old, watching her grandfather weld metal plates in small machine shop in the backyard of their home in Baghdad. Prior to enrolling at UCSD, Diana earned an Associates Degree in Physics, Mathematics, and Science. At UCSD, she was the Propulsion Team Lead for Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) at UCSD. She was heavily involved in NASA’s CubeQuest Challenge in designing a 6U Cubic Satellite with propellant feed system, powered by a monopropellant engine. She became a Brooke Owens Fellow in 2017. In October 2018, Diana founded @TheArabianStargazer (; a bilingual Instagram page that promotes STEM to the Arab youth all around the world.

April 6, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Sarah Habibi is a pharmacology and parasitology PhD Candidate. Sarah is a highly published researcher in the field of parasite anthelmintic research. Aside from Sarah’s academic work, she also runs a science communication page on Instagram, where she shares her experiences as a PhD student, provides resources and motivation for undergraduate students, and uses beauty and makeup to teach various concepts in science. All of which is well represented in her brand of Science Bae (Beauty and Education).

April 7, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D., graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering. His passion for science and entertainment, along with his curiosity for new innovation has taken him through an incredible life journey. He now uses his knowledge of science to help inspire minorities and youth by bridging the gap between music, entertainment, & science - encouraging more diverse involvement in the S.T.E.M. fields.

April 8, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Athena advocates for space exploration through her platform Astroathens. It’s a website, youtube channel and various social media platforms where people can find DIY videos for astrophysics demos, rocket launch coverage and going behind the scenes at space ports and events around the world!! Coming from a background in astrophysics, theater and fashion, Athena’s mission is to show that space is within all of us and is fun for everyone to learn about—no matter what industry you are in! Athena conducted research on Proto-planetary disks-early formation of planetary systems like our solar system! But after giving her first talk on stage, she fell in love with presenting science rather than conducting it!

April 9, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Dianna is the always enthusiastic, ever curious, creator and host of the highly successful YouTube channel Physics Girl. She’s especially passionate about science, education and sparking a lifelong curiosity in science for girls and minorities. Dianna loves sharing her curiosity with her 1.3 million subscribers and beyond, and she was named as one of Forbes 30 under 30. Her time is split between writing, filming and producing content for her YouTube channel; and public speaking engagements at conferences, universities, classrooms, and further afield. She lives in San Diego and loves to get out on the water surfing.

April 10, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Naomi is a scientist and communications specialist passionate about making science accessible. She is being awarded her PhD from the University of Technology Sydney where she studies stem cells and teaches undergraduate subjects. Naomi has been featured as an expert guest on both Discovery Channel and ABC and she loves getting out in the community to talk about science through events like Sydney Science Festival.