As it turns out, Elizabeth did get that gig at the student newspaper -- and spent four years producing radio, web and news stories for it. She worked at The Oregonian in 2013 as an AAAS Mass Media in Science and Engineering fellow, traveled to Mexico to report on injuries in the lobster-and-sea-cucumber trade, and just wrapped up her job at the Davis Enterprise, a small newspaper based in Yolo County. Curious about her work? Read the Putah Creek Legacy, a 10,000 word story on the success of a contentious environmental lawsuit.
She decided to apply to graduate school in engineering because she loves to make stuff. In her free time, she builds things like shelves and bike-mounted phone cases and jewelry and sometimes maps and websites. On Tuesdays, she plays Ultimate Frisbee. On Wednesdays, she hangs around with Code for Sacramento.
Johanna Heyer will be joining the Cycle for Science Central Valley adventure! She is a Ph.D. student in the UC Davis Civil and Environmental Engineering department. She is interested in the intersection of air quality science, public health, and environmental justice. Her current research focus is satellite remote sensing of air pollution with applications in epidemiology. She has a longstanding interest in the United States public education system and has worked and volunteered in several elementary schools around California. She escapes to her deluxe, canvas-walled, and collapsible vacation home as often as possible.
Rachel is currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Science and Technology (AS&T) at UC Berkeley, and is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship and the NSF Graduate Fellowship. Her thesis research, conducted at Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will focus on high-throughput computation and synthesis of materials for renewable energy applications.
She's dedicated to spreading science beyond the lab through community outreach and mentorship, and is actively involved in the Community Resources for Science and the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), where she recently published a blog post discussing how scientists can/should/must get involved in environmental activism. She carries a harmonica, headlamp, and hammock with her at all times in case adventure strikes.
Kelly will also be joining us on the Central Valley trip. She is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Environmental Engineering with a minor in the Energy and Resources Group. She conducts research with Power for All, studying how decentralized renewable energy can be used to increase energy access in the developing world. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and arts and crafts, including crocheting a giant blanket that serves as a record of global climate change!
We all have experience teaching and understand how incredibly difficult it is to teach good science while meeting state and federal standards. And we're proudly nerdy about science and incredibly passionate about the need to ensure every kid knows he or she can become a scientist.