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Gitanjali Rao

Interview with America’s Top Young Scientist – Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao had two minutes to convince people that an 11-year-old girl from Colorado could do something about the Flint water crisis. Her video earned her a spot as a finalist in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and a chance to work with a scientist mentor. And after months of hard work, and more than …

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Mary Anning

Facts About Mary Anning: Discover the Famous Fossil Hunter

While scientists were trying really hard to expand the fossil record, a young English girl was dedicated to searching through rocks on the beach. She was on the hunt for things she called ‘curiosities’ – unusually shaped bits of rock that she would sell to help support her poor family after her father died. Her name was Mary Anning. And while she didn’t know it at the time, she …

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Watch Astronaut Instructor and Flight Controller Theresa Parks at Work

I’m an astronaut instructor and flight controller. That means that I teach astronauts all about their spacesuits and how to get ready for a spacewalk. Then, I work in Mission Control when the astronauts go on spacewalks and do all of those activities on the space station. As early as I can remember, I’ve always …

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Watch Forest and Natural Resources Researcher Ellen Crocker at Work

Ellen Crocker is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. She works on a wide range of research, education, and outreach related to threats to forests and sustainable management approaches. I love talking with people about their trees and how to keep their forests healthy. I …

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Watch Behavioral Ecologist Researcher Rachael Bonoan at Work

Post-doctoral Researcher, Tufts University and Washington State University. This plant, which looks like a giant dandelion, is called Salsify. You can eat its roots! Hi, I’m Rachael! I’ve been studying insects for eight years, but I’ve been observing them for most of my life. As a kid, I spent summer evenings collecting June bugs, moths, …

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What does a Geologist do? Watch Geologist Dr. Tamie Jovanelly at Work

I am a geologist and I teach at a college. Geology is a fascinating science, because it lets me think about rocks and minerals, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, plate tectonics, climate change, and water. I grew up on an acre of land outside of south Detroit (Wayne, Michigan). As a kid, my dog and I would …

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Animal Keeper Job Description: Watch Animal Keeper Deidre Ousterhout Save Animals at Work

Currently I work as an Ambassador Animals Keeper at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia. That means I care for, train, and monitor the health, wellbeing, and safety of the Zoo’s education animals. But my favorite part of my job is talking to the public about the importance of wildlife and the ways we can help them …

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Watch Public Health Entomologist Dr. Liz Dykstra at Work

As a public health entomologist, I focus on insects like mosquitoes, bed bugs, and hornets. I also work with other arthropods, like ticks and spiders, that can hurt people by either making them sick or injuring them by biting, stinging, or causing allergic reactions.   My job involves field and lab work ,data analysis, and communicating …

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