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Boston, MA - Rocky Road

  • OBERON 16 Arrow Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Join us at the Oberon on February 12 for an evening of true, personal stories about navigating difficult paths in science.

Hosted by Ari Daniel & Katie Wu.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Stories start at 8:00 p.m.


Elana Brochin is an avid board game player, founder of a basketball group for people under 5'2", baker specializing in cookies shaped like anatomically correct reproductive parts, and "Auntie Ana" to a hilarious 3-year-old and a kooky 6-month-old. Elana lives in Jamaica Plain with her pet turtle, Tali, and during the day works on state health care policy. Elana is a Moth StorySLAM champion and is excited to make her Story Collider debut!


Roan Martin originates from South Africa, where he graduated from the University of the Free State (BMed.Sc (Hons) in Clinical Pharmacology).  Starting as Project Manager in a small Clinical Research Organization (CRO), he transitioned to a career in Quality Assurance. After he was sent on a two-year assignment to the US in 2004, New England became home in 2006. From the CRO world, Roan crossed over to Biotech in 2016.

Outside of work, Roan enjoys spending family time, tinkering in his workshop, exploring the outdoors, discovering new places and cultures, and lots of archery (shooting, coaching, judging).


Tajana Schneiderman is a PhD student in planetary sciences at MIT. Although she thought astronomy would be a career that let her look up, she finds she spends a lot of time reading papers, writing code, and analyzing data. She’s interested in detecting and characterizing exoplanetary systems to better understand the way systems form and evolve.  In her free time, she knits, reads, and goes on backpacking adventures.


Brianna Shaughnessy is a PhD Student in Environmental Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining Jarrett Byrnes' lab as a Coasts and Communities Fellow, she completed a Master's of Professional Science through Northeastern University's Three Seas Program. Her past research focussed on surveying kelp forests with the purpose of assessing the impacts of global change on such critical ecosystems. As a native of Cape Cod, MA, an integral part of Brianna's upbringing involved constantly questioning and developing a deep respect for coastal communities. Her current research focusses on the development of sustainable fisheries practices in hopes of acting as liaison between the community that raised her and the scientists aiming to understand and protect it. 


Jordan Todd is an aspiring humanitarian/university professor/yoga teacher/corgi parent. He is a third year PhD candidate in the Biological and Biomedical Science (BBS) PhD program at Harvard University studying how cancer cells alter their metabolism to become aggressive tumors. Outside of his scientific endeavors and yoga practice, he is passionate about social equity and works closely with the David Potter & Edwin Furshpan Native American Education Program at Harvard Medical School to inspire brilliant Native American students to pursue careers in higher education and hopefully convince them that science is the best!

Earlier Event: February 5
New York, NY - My Love Affair with Science
Later Event: February 13
Washington, DC - Curses