Kara Manke is a Ph. D student studying Physical Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is originally from the Twin Cities, where she received her B. A. in Chemistry from Macalester College. In her graduate work, she uses high-frequency sound waves to study the properties of complex materials, including viscous liquids and nanostructured composites. She loves to write both fiction and non-fiction, and has written for the blog Chembites and the Energy Frontier Research Center Newsletter, where she currently serves as a member of the Editorial board. She is also involved in the MIT Science Policy Initiative, and in March 2013 traveled to Washington D.C. with a delegation of MIT students to talk to policymakers about the importance of science funding.