Join us for our next show in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio! This fall, we'll present five, true personal stories about uncharted territory in science.
Hosted by Eli Chen and Emma Young.
Beginning his career in field biology at the tender age of 14, Matt Fox is a passionate and dedicated conservationist who has pursued the cause of ecological stewardship around the globe, with some of the most respected names in the field. Before becoming Programs Manager here in St. Louis at the Endangered Wolf Center, he worked as a field biologist with the Andean Bear Foundation, Panthera, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Sea Turtle Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund. Besides his work in the conservation field, Matt is a trained safari guide, achieving his 1st class certification with the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa in 2009. He has worked as a guide and game ranger at a number of national parks and bush camps throughout southern Africa, including the Nkambeni Lodge and the world-renowned Kruger National Park. In 2016, Matt was the first biologist ever to survey the Onon Balj Strictly Protected Zone, an intensely isolated wilderness along the Siberian border, where he discovered a new species of vole, the Myodes pseudovulpis.
Cynthia Kramer is the Founder and Executive Director of SCOPE-Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration. This grassroots statewide initiative, with a national footprint, began in 2007 to bring Education to Workforce Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) outreach to families and community. SCOPE began when Kramer, a cancer patient clinical trial beneficiary and state representative candidate, with strong bipartisan support, saw the need to need and value of connecting innovation to the public for opportunities and better lives. Cynthia was previously Director of the Social Justice Institute, Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Northeastern University and holds a degree in Merchandising and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
LaShana Lewis grew up in the St. Louis area of Missouri where her love of the starry sky led her to the STL Science Center as longtime volunteer, and now a docent presenting talks on astronomy and aeronautics. LaShana studied computational mathematics at Michigan Technological University, received a HarvardX honor certificate in computer science, and attended NASA space camp. She discovered Astral AR through the Bootstrapped VC podcast and one thing led to another, joining the company in August 2018 and bringing over 20 experience in tech and consulting.
Dr. Patricia Shaw Savant has a Ph.D. In Counseling Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from North Texas State University (1986) and a Masters of Arts in psychophysiology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She currently has a private practice in psychotherapy in Clayton, MO. She practices under the name Patricia Shaw, Ph.D. With Phoenix Psychological Group, Inc. At the time of her story she was an undergraduate at the University of Houston in biology and chemistry.
Chanté Summers is a research chemist at Pfizer Inc where she supports the development of conjugate vaccines. Chanté first became interested in science during high school. Pursuing that dream, she completed a MS in Chemistry from SIUe where her thesis focused on the synthesis of potential biologically active compounds. Outside of the lab, Chanté is proud to engage the community through volunteer work, promote diversity within the sciences, and inspiring local youth to explore STEM fields. With all that extra time, Chanté enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and unwinding with her dog.