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Ronnie Steinitz

Watch Ecologist Ronnie Steinitz at Work

How I found myself underneath a 200- pound jaguar in the middle of the Amazonian rain forest.

What does an Ecologist do? Ronnie Steinitz is an ecologist currently in the first year of her doctoral research for her PhD. She studies primate-community interactions in several monkey species in Kibale National Park, Uganda. She also collaborates with the US Geological Survey (USGS) to study bobcat prey preferences with changing climate. I had just …

Watch Ecologist Ronnie Steinitz at Work

How I found myself underneath a 200- pound jaguar in the middle of the Amazonian rain forest.

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Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin: British Chemist and Crystallographer

How Photo 51 Changed Everything!

Let’s travel back in time to the year 1952. On that fateful day, something extraordinary happened. It was so groundbreaking, so earth-shattering that it completely changed the face of science! What was it, you may ask? It was none other than a photo. it was called “Photo 51,” to be exact. You may be wondering …

Rosalind Franklin: British Chemist and Crystallographer

How Photo 51 Changed Everything!

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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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Ada Lovelace

The First Computer Programmer – Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was born two centuries ago in London, England. Her father was the super famous poet Lord Byron. Though he was brilliant, he also had the reputation for being a “mad genius.” He abandoned his family early on. Ada’s mother was also incredibly smart, and she insisted her daughter get the best education possible. Ada …

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Facts About 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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Ellen Crocker

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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Rachael Bonoan

Watch Behavioral Ecologist Researcher Rachael Bonoan at Work

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, caterpillars; whatever I could find. I kept my finds in mesh bug cages for a couple of hours, made observations, and set them free. …

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