Local Organizers

 Meredith Rawls

Meredith Rawls, chair

Meredith Rawls is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington. She writes software to prepare for the coming onslaught of data from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and studies weird binary stars. She holds degrees in physics and astronomy from Harvey Mudd College, San Diego State University, and New Mexico State University. When she's not science-ing or telling people all about it, she plays viola, volunteers at summer camp, and advocates for more equity and less light pollution.

 

Eleanor Lutz

Eleanor Lutz

Eleanor Lutz is a second year PhD student in the UW Biology Department. She studies the neurobiology of mosquito learning and memory in the Riffell lab. Eleanor also runs a science blog, TabletopWhale.com, where she posts science animations, illustrations, maps, and other sciart projects.

 

 

Jessica Hebert

Jessica Hebert

Jessica F. Hebert is a PhD candidate in biology at Portland State University, studying placental function and preeclampsia at Oregon Health and Science University. When she isn't working hard for #teamplacenta, she is an avid supporter of science communication through Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Science Communication Fellowship. You can also find her rocking stages with her nerdband, The PDX Broadsides, singing songs about space, science, and Nathan Fillion's various laudable characteristics.

 

Molly  Gasperini

Molly Gasperini

Molly Gasperini is a burgeoning genome scientist from the University of Washington, where she spends her time trying to develop '-omics' technology.

 

 

 

 

Shelley Chestler

Shelley Chestler

Shelley Chestler is a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. As part of the Seismology research group, she studies “slow” earthquakes, a newly discovered type of earthquake that occurs about every 15 months under the Olympic Peninsula, WA. She is also the coordinator of Rockin’ Out, the Earth and Space Sciences K-­12 outreach program. Before coming to UW, Shelley received a BA at Pomona College in Geology.

 

Will Chen

Will Chen

Will Chen is a graduate student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington. His research focuses on using statistical analyses and mathematical models to improve freshwater fish conservation in dammed rivers without marginalizing societal needs for water. Will is also passionate about games and designs games for climate change communication and education.

 

 

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