Spring 2016 Live Event Season

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.


Shauhin Alavi, Biologist

Live Event: March 3, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.

Cas Holman, Toymaker

Live Event: March 17, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern

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

Misha Leong, Entomologist

Live Event: April 14, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.  

Stephanie Schuttler, Ecologist

Live Event: April 28, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.

Lee Selznick, Neurosurgeon

Live Event: May 12, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.

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