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St. Louis, MO - Moment of Clarity

  • The Ready Room 4195 Manchester Avenue St. Louis, MO, 63110 United States (map)

Join us at the Ready Room on March 7 for an evening of true, personal stories about moments of clarity in science.

Hosted by Eli Chen & Emma Young.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Stories start at 7:00 p.m.

Stories by:


Chelsey Carter is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and master’s in public health candidate at Washington University in St. Louis. Chelsey‘s research interests include race, anti-black racism, gender, incurable illness, disability, embodiment, and narrative medicine in the United States. Her current research examines how illness experiences of people with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or “Lou Gehrig’s” disease) are mediated by productions of ALS knowledge especially in relation to race, class and gender. For her work on ALS, Chelsey has been recognized as a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Mrs. and Mrs. Spencer & Ann W. Olin Fellow for Women in Graduate Study.


Katie Czeschin is a process and analytical development scientist at Millipore Sigma, supporting the production of antibody drug conjugates. Though she is not an astronaut, Katie enjoys training her dog Chowder in theoretical physics and existential philosophy, just in case they end up on a flight to Mars. Her other passions include cycling, sustainability, stream advocacy, trail building, and community gardening to address local food insecurity. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with biochemistry emphasis from Missouri S&T.


Kenny Kinds is an application developer/comedian and yes, those two things pair together nicely. He also co-hosts the monthly storytelling show Sorry Please Continue at The Heavy Anchor in St. Louis.


Danielle N. Lee is an outreach scientist who studies animal behavior and behavioral ecology.  She studies the behaviors of mice and rats in the Metro St. Louis area and the natural history of African giant pouched rats. Lee was selected as a 2015 TED Fellow and was named as one of EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 and a White House Champion of Change in STEM Diversity and Access. Her current science outreach efforts emphasize engagement with broader audiences via science journalism. In 2013, Lee helped found the National Science & Technology News Service, a media literacy initiative to bring more science news to African-American audiences and promote science news source diversity in mainstream media.


Jenna Niebuhr is a Professional Engineer with ADS Environmental Services working primarily with large scale flow monitoring projects and is a graduate of Missouri S&T. She is also the mom of two amazing daughters who help keep her life and work balance in perspective on a daily basis. She is an engineer, the literal ringmaster of the poo show and a breast cancer survivor. 

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