[Episode 1.4] - Farisa Morales, Ph.D (Physics/Astronomy Professor & JPL Researcher)
Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering. The four pillars to the acadmic disciplines known across the nation as “STEM.” From The Big Bang Theory to Silicon Valley, STEM has found its place in pop-culture an the amalgamation of nerds, geeks and losers.
It turns out, we’re a lot more than that.
Every week, I’ll be interviewing someone from the STEM industry, whether its a student, educator, or a professional. We’ll be discussing everything, from their childhood dream jobs, to the defining moments in their career.
The Science of Being Human’s goal is to illuminate the humanity in STEM. People in STEM aren’t the socially deficient robots that you see on TV. They’re driven, passionate, empathetic, and kind. But most of all, they’re human. And sometimes, we’re the ones who have the hardest time remembering that.
The Science of Being Human shares the stories of members in the STEM Industry, from where they started, to where they are now, how they got there, and what they learned along the way. The show will also highlight the gender disparity in the industry, and answer the question “so what do scientists really do?"
So I wanted to start a little segment on this podcast called “Science Spotlight” where I feature one of your stories and share a little bit of your experience.
The first “Science Spotlight” feature is about Isa Montelongo. She’s a biotech engineering major from Mexico. Isa chose to study biotech engineering because she wants to be a part of the pharmeceutical industry and help develop new treatments. She initially was interested in medicine, but after joining her high school robotics team, she realised engineering was more the path from her, rather than medical school.
Her advice to STEM students? Try a little bit of everything and to stop being afraid of failing or doing something wrong. Do what you love, even if it seems difficult or scary at first. Leave your heart and soul with everything you do and share a bit of it with the people around you.
Isa, thank you so much for being a part of this project and I wish you the best of luck with all of your endeavors.
if you’d like to be featured on science spotlight, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line science spotlight