JASON connects youth with inspiring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) role models via our live, interactive webcast series. Our role models put a human face on STEM careers, and show how STEM fundamentals students learn about in class are applied in real world situations. Each role model shares their passion for their field and their job, tells stories about the path they took to get where they are today, and provides details about their day-to-day experiences as scientists and engineers.
All of JASON’s live events are free and open to the public. Participants may submit questions for our STEM role model guests before and during each live event. Information on how to do so can be found on the landing page for each event. On-demand video archives of each live event are available for later viewing here and on JASON’s YouTube channel.
Live Event: November 8, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern (US)
Heather Heenehan is a Biologist studying the impacts of various human-produced sounds on acoustically sensitive marine mammals, to aid in management, education and conservation efforts. Heather is a JASON STEM Role Model that will be featured in a new World of Waves curriculum mission that will be released in 2018.
Real-Time Expedition Coverage: October 16-28, 2017
Join us on a virtual expedition to the rainforest of Malaysia! JASON Student and Teacher Argonauts along with dozens of scientists from across the globe will be doing a massive survey on the bugs, plants, animals, and trees to better understand the pristine ecosystem in and around Penang Hill. Their work will help conserve this important resource, and could lead to a UNESCO World Heritage designation.We will be sharing videos, virtual 360s, pictures, and posts every day, and will be working with the science teams to answer as many of your questions as we can while on expedition. (more…)
Live Event: September 28, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern (US)
Dr. Virginia Dale is an Environmental Scientist at the Center for BioEnergy Sustainability – Oak Ridge National Labs. She studies environmental decision-making, plant succession, land-use change, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, sustainability, and bioenergy systems in order to develop and deploy solutions in clean energy and global security. She’s also a JASON Host Researcher featured in our Tectonic Fury curriculum.
Shirley Murillo is a research meteorologist for NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division (HRD), located at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida. She leads the Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) science team.
Andre Thornton is currently CEO of Whitman Consulting, LLC and is a former engineering director with Lockheed Martin. He uses his engineering background to create effective professional development methods in his current position. We asked him a few questions about himself and his path through a STEM career to get to know him and his work a bit better before his live event. (more…)
Mara M. Orescanin is a Coastal Oceanographer at the Naval Postgraduate School where she advises students, teaches courses, and conducts oceanography research. We asked her a few questions about herself and her STEM career to get to know her and her work a bit better before her live event.
Erin Fischell is a robotics and acoustics researcher at MIT. She builds robot sensors for use above and underwater, and runs experiments using those systems to collect data. We asked her a few questions about herself and her STEM career to get to know her and her work a bit better before her live event. (more…)
Dr. Roland Kays is a Wildlife Biologist at NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University where he helps conserve wildlife, train students in science, and engage the public in animal conservation. He splits his time between teaching, research, and field work.
Dr. Eric Benbow is an Aquatic Ecologist/Entomologist/Microbial Ecologist at Michigan State University where he studies microbiomes and how they change after a person dies. He spends his time between teaching, research and field work. We asked him a few questions about himself and his STEM career to get to know him and his work a bit better before his live event.
Dr. “Canopy” Meg Lowman is a Conservation Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences. She has been called the Mother of Canopy Research, and has spent her career exploring the biodiversity of the forest canopy and conserving the forests. She also designs and advises on canopy walks built around the world. We asked her a few questions about herself and her STEM career to get to know her and her work a bit better before her live event.
Mark Devlin is an Astrophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania. He designs and builds telescopes and instruments in order to study how the Universe evolved. We asked him a few questions about himself and his STEM career to get to know him and his work a bit better before his live event.
Tracy Drain is a Flight Systems Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and is currently working on the Juno mission to Jupiter. She has also worked on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Kepler projects. We asked her a few questions about herself and her STEM career to get to know her and her work a bit better before her live event. (more…)
Dr. Lee Selznick, MD is a Brain Surgeon at Virginia Brain and Spine Center. He diagnoses and operates on patients with problems involving the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves and helps them get back to their normal lives after suffering otherwise disabling neurological problems. (more…)
Dr. Stephanie Schuttler is an Ecologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She is currently working on a citizen science camera trapping project called eMammal–where students collect real data that she then uses to answer questions about mammal behavior and ecology. (more…)
Dr. Misha Leong is a Postdoctoral scholar who studies insects at the California Academy of Sciences. She is currently involved in a “7 Continent Study” which is a project that explores the arthropods that live in our homes on each continent. She is also involved with informal science education activities at the museum. (more…)
Cas Holman is a professor and toymaker. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is president of Heroes Will Rise, a company that designs learning materials, toys and playgrounds. She is the designer of Rigamajig, a large-scale building kit for hands-on free play and is currently involved in launching Rigamajig JR, an affordable version of the kit so that kids can more easily play alone (more…)
Shauhin Alavi is a biologist at Rutgers University. Currently he is finishing his PhD research on orangutan ecology and cognition. He spends his time between teaching and lab work and the university and field work in the jungle. (more…)