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St. Louis, MO - Toil and Trouble

  • The Ready Room 4195 Manchester Ave St. Louis, MO 63110 (map)

Join us at the Ready Room on July 11 for an evening of true, personal stories about the toils and troubles of science.

Hosted by Eli Chen & Emma Young. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and stories start at 7:00 p.m.

This show is produced in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio and is sponsored by Missouri S&T and The Academy of Science - St. Louis.

Stories by:


Andrew Akira Hansen is an external chemist and a boy who finds himself falling more and more deeply in love with the natural world as he survives each day. Chemistry is the language he’s learned to love it with. After finishing his bachelor's degree at Knox College he messed around in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's master's program for chemistry. From there, he’s worked a variety of chemistry-adjacent jobs he never imagined he’d find himself in, including space camp instructor, beer scientist and slime master (not all official titles). His path in chemistry has been winding, and he can't wait to see where it takes him.


Marc Doll is the EMS Bureau Chief of the City of St. Charles Fire Department and a 26-year veteran of Emergency Medical Services. Marc has flown world wide to transport those in dire medical need from remote Russia to Carbondale, IL. He’s spent a total of 15 years in the high adrenaline atmosphere as a flight paramedic for both repatriation and children. For a change of pace, he has spent 22 years as a firefighter. While working two full time jobs, he finished his bachelor's degree in EMS Management from Missouri Southern State University with honors and is planning on continuing at Maryville University to acquire his nursing degree starting in the fall of 2020. His hobbies include beer making, practicing his banjo, and spending time with his wife, daughter (who is a nurse), two sons, and two dogs.

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Rhonda M. Key has served as a teacher and administrator in suburban, rural, and urban school districts throughout her career. Currently, she serves as Assistant Superintendent of Jennings School District. Under her purview as the former Principal/Director of Secondary Education-Community Partnerships, Jennings Senior High School achieved 100% graduation and job placements for the past three years. In 2014, Dr. Key was named one of Five Women to Make a Difference in the Decatur/Macon County area of Illinois. In March 2019 she was named Principal of the Year by the St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals. Dr. Key is also the co-owner and founder of Key/Ming Educational Design LLC, educational consultant and co-author of articles regarding Urban Education. Dr. Key earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lincoln University, and she completed her educational specialist and doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Patricia Schuba has been active in organizing and politics since 2000. She founded two political organizations that worked to give voice to working Missourians living in rural areas, and she was a candidate for Missouri State House in 2018. She was a caregiver for her father with Alzheimer's who died in 2018, and she has had T1 autoimmune diabetes since childhood. She has been the president of all-volunteer Board of Directors of Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) since 2011 and an active member since 2009. She has lobbied legislators, trained community members to find their voice, and led a citizens' movement in Missouri to end coal and waste pollution of our water and air. The pollution related work has been mostly from the heart and has forced her to grow in ways she never thought possible. It included learning media and advocacy skills but, more importantly… showed her how the world really works and how necessary citizens are in the process.


Travis Sheridan is the president of the CIC Venture Café Global Institute, where he oversees the organization's expansion into several global innovation markets as well as supports the existing network of Venture Café locations. He is passionate about entrepreneurship as a driver for economic mobility, and believes innovation is a process to improve the human condition. Travis earned an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in conflict & peacemaking, a master’s in organizational behavior and completed the coursework toward a doctorate in organizational leadership. Travis was appointed to the board of the St Louis Economic Development Partnership by Mayor Krewson and serves on the board of the Laumeier Sculpture Park. A frequent and international speaker, Travis honed his skills while doing standup comedy for four years where he performed for audiences of four to 14,000. If life teaches us lessons, standup is a classroom where getting an F is the only way to ever earn an A.

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