There are tons of unanswered questions in science. But what are they? And why do they matter? And how are they being solved? And how are you supposed to keep up with it all?
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Sarah Scoles is an Associate Editor at Astronomy magazine. She spends her days trying to think of ways to makephotons that have traveled billions of light-years interesting to people, as if it's possible not to find that interesting. She writes and edits words for the magazine's print and online publications. When she is not attempting to convince people that radio astronomers don't "listen to space" like Jodie Foster in Contact, she is running and biking around Wisconsin's glacial features, writing and reading fiction, and trying to teach her dog to speak English. She has degrees in both Fiction Writing (Cornell University) and Astrophysics (Agnes Scott College).
Brooke Napier, Ph.D.
Brooke Napier is a Post doctoral fellow in Denise Monack's Lab at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in the Microbiology & Molecular Genetics program in David Weiss's Lab, and has a BA in Neuroscience from Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA). She spends her days uncovering the secrets of host and pathogen interactions.
Although she hangs out with human pathogens all day, her interests spread from microbes in the human body to microbes found at the ends of the universe. On her off time you can find her traveling the globe, running & biking around the city, trying to eat at every restaurant in the Bay Area, or downloading pictures of small animals while snuggling her 3-legged dog.