JASON Live Events

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.

Marcos Sastre-Córdova, Ocean Systems Engineer

Marcos Sastre-Córdova, Ocean Systems Engineer

Live Event: December 7, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern (US)

Marcos Sastre-Córdova is an Ocean Engineer at Raytheon where he uses undersea sensor systems technology to develop products that protect the lives of soldiers deployed at-sea.

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Janet Buhlmann, Biochemist

Janet Buhlmann, Biochemist

Live Event: November 30, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern (US)

Janet Buhlmann is Senior Principal Scientist for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. She works with scientists at Pfizer and their academic partners to create new medicines.
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Lindsey Tropf, Video Game Company CEO

Lindsey Tropf, Video Game Company CEO

Live Event: November 16, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern (US)

Lindsey Tropf is the CEO and Co-founder of Immersed Games, where she creates online games that help students master STEM concepts as they play.
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Heather Heenehan, Biologist

Heather Heenehan, Biologist

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.

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Live from the Penang Hill BioBlitz – Event #2

Live from the Penang Hill BioBlitz – Event #2

Live Event: October 25, 2017 at 10:00am Malaysia / 1:00pm Sydney / 10:00pm Oct 17 US Eastern

Join us for a live Q&A with Penang Hill BioBlitz scientists and tree climbers. We’ll be featuring expedition leader Dr. Meg Lowman and several other members of the science team. We’ll share their bios and more info as we get closer to the event date! (more…)

Live from the Penang Hill BioBlitz – Event #1

Live Event: October 18, 2017 at 10:00am Malaysia / 1:00pm Sydney / 10:00pm Oct 17 US Eastern

Join us for a live Q&A with several of the Penang Hill BioBlitz scientists and tree climbers. We’ll be featuring several of the Australian participants in our first live event from Malaysia, including botanists Jen Sanger and Nathalie Nagalingum, and photographer and tree climber Steve Pearce. (more…)

JASON Argonauts in Malaysia for Penang Hill BioBlitz

JASON Argonauts in Malaysia for Penang Hill BioBlitz

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.
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Virginia Dale, Environmental Scientist

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.

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David Panneton, Manufacturing Technician at Dell

Live Event: May 18, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern (US)

David Panneton is a Principal Manufacturing Technician at Dell Technologies where he provides technology services and solutions ranging from consumer laptops and PCs to large data storage devices.

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Shirley Murillo, Meteorologist

Live Event: April 20, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern (US)

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.

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Andre Thornton, Mechanical Engineer & Entrepreneur

Live Event: March 30, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern (US)

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.
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Mara Orescanin, Coastal Oceanographer

Live Event: March 23, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.

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Erin Fischell, Robotics & Acoustics Researcher

Live Event: February 23, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.
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Roland Kays, Wildlife Biologist

Live Event: February 9, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.

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Eric Benbow, Entomologist/Ecologist

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

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.

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Meg Lowman, Conservation Biologist

Live Event: November 10, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.

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Mark Devlin, Astrophysicist

Live Event: October 27, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.

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Tracy Drain, Flight Systems Engineer

Live Event: October 7, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern

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.
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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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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.
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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.  
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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
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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.
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