Ruth Goldstein: Of Gold Mines, Plants, and Women

Ruth Goldstein develops an unlikely friendship in the Peruvian Amazon, studying the social and environmental effects of the Interoceanic Road.

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Ruth Goldstein is currently Head Tutor and lecturer in the Folklore and Mythology Program at Harvard University. Her scholarly interests stem from over ten years of working on social and environmental justice issues. 

Ethan Hollander: Can you be guilty…and innocent?

Ethan Hollander grapples with a morally harrowing question after interviewing a Nazi war criminal.

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Ethan Hollander is a professor of political science at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He is also the author of Hegemony and the Holocaust: State Power and Jewish Survival in Occupied Europe (Read more here).

Elisa Schaum: A Mainly True Story About Science

Elisa Schaum describes her experience as the only scientist in a family of eclectic artists, and demonstrates why art and science are more similar than we might think.

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Elisa Schaum is an oceanographer turned evolutionary biologist that investigates what makes some phytoplankton populations better at evolving under climate change than others. (Read more here)

***Note from Elisa:

Confessions of a non-native speaker: it was only after the story telling session that I realised that to most native English speakers, ‘gipsy’ is a slur that should not be used without permission by the person that is being talked about. As this story is in its essence a love letter to my crazy artist family, the word was not meant to be read as a slur but is just the word that is, in translation, closest to the way that my family describes themselves.

Michael R. Brudzinski: Just Keep Swimming

As a professor and a new father, Michael R. Brudzinski juggles building a new online class with starting a family.

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Michael R. Brudzinski earned a Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed an endowed postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining Miami University of Ohio in 2004. (Read more here)

Dawn Wright: A Good Old-Fashioned Sea Story

As the only black woman on a two-month voyage, Dawn Wright tries to find her place aboard scientific drill vessel JOIDES Resolution.

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Dawn Wright
 is chief scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (aka Esri), as well as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University.