Hardworking and dedicated, Deborah Callender is thriving as a marine environment physical scientist with the Naval Oceanographic Office. More specifically, she is a project data manager, surveyor, and geospatial analyst, managing sub-bottom profile studies for marine seafloor geology. Ms. Callender is also an executive leadership program trainee for the U.S. Navy Senior Executive Service and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt trainee. She is known for her editing, organizational, and communication skills.
Some of Ms. Callender’s other positions include GIS project manager at the Naval Oceanographic Office, which entails acquiring data and integration of seafloor geology, physical oceanography, meteorology, bathymetry, and fisheries, and project manager for the Global Marine Environmental Library. Her main responsibility with the latter is to integrate academic and published documents into databases interconnected to geographic information system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, and present spatial or geographic data. Additionally, as an AUV Survey GIS analyst of the Remote Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS), which analyzes side-scan sonar, Ms. Callender provides expertise for the ISS-60 Watchstander for oceanographic surveys, which include the processing of multi-beam bathymetry. Her goal is to eventually develop a multimillion-dollar specialized contract for her division.
Research | Science
After decades of experience as a research scientist, Thelma Dunnebacke Dixon considers herself lucky to still be having fun in the role. She loves witnessing change and development, particularly in cells, and has really found her niche at the Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory of the California Department of Health Care Services. She has worked for the institution since 1976, and previously held the title in the Virus Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, between 1954 and 1976.
One of the highlights of Dr. Dunnebacke's journey was having a species of free living amoeba named Naegleria Dunnebackei in her honor. She was also proud to be a grantee of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Dunnebacke attributes her success to her husband, Jonathan S. Dixon, and to her children, James Dunnebacke, Lindsay Ann, and Frederick Charles, as well as to all the people willing to talk to her and encourage her along the way. Her achievements were featured in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who of American Women. She hopes to be remembered for her honesty.
Education | Science
Fueled by a curiosity for the world around her, Diana Jeanne Cosand has found biology to be the perfect career. She loves that it grants her the opportunity to better understand the nature she grew up admiring, and to support causes dedicated to its conservation. One of her first positions in the field was ranger naturalist at Yosemite National Park. Ms. Cosand’s experience in that role was a real turning point because it sparked her desire to teach environmental biology. She proceeded to obtain roles as adjunct faculty in biology at Cerritos College, Irvine Valley College, Fullerton College, and Santa Ana College. In 2000, Ms. Cosand became an assistant professor of biology at Chaffey College, and in 2002, she became an associate professor of biology at the school. She remains in that role to this day.
To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Cosand earned a Master of Arts in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from California State University in 1991 and 1987, respectively. She credits her growth in the field to her professors, who guided and mentored her. She also notes that her time on an educational cruise in Alaska to see the site of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 was an impactful learning moment, as it brought her face-to-face with a real environmental disaster.
Education | Science
Torn between pursuing history or biology, Susan D. Zimmerman ultimately chose the latter at the encouragement of her freshman college biology teacher. She loved being able to learn about how life works and felt inspired to continue in the field. She proceeded to become a certified secondary teacher in the state of California in 1985 and earned a Master of Science in cellular and molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside, in 1986. That year, Ms. Zimmerman obtained a position as an instructor at Williston State College, and she hasn’t looked back since. She remains with the school even today, as a full professor of biology and astronomy.
Ms. Zimmerman considers one of her greatest achievements to be the material that she has written for students. Even though these lab manuals, workbooks, and lecture notes aren’t published or sold, she is proud of how much they have helped her students. Her favorite part of the career is seeing “little light bulbs” go off in their heads and knowing that she prepared them for the future.
Science | Research
Currently a faculty associate of the California Institute of Technology, Inge Juliana Sackmann Christy loves having the opportunity to advance her field. Her main areas of interest include astrophysics, astronomy, and physics, and she has pursued them at a variety of locations for more than five decades. Dr. Sackmann Christy started out as a postdoctoral fellow at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Max-Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Germany, and continued on as a research associate for Hamburger Sternwarte in Germany in 1971. She moved to the U.S. that same year, when she joined the California Institute of Technology as a research fellow. She became a research associate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory between 1974 and 1976, and then returned to the California Institute of Technology as a senior research fellow from 1976 to 1981, when she assumed the position she holds now.
Dr. Sackmann Christy prepared for her endeavors by earning a PhD in astrophysics, a Master of Arts in astronomy, and a Bachelor of Arts in physics from the University of Toronto in 1968, 1965, and 1963, respectively. She continued her education from 1968 to 1970, when she received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Research Council Canada. As a testament to her hard work and dedication, she was named an Outstanding Scientist of the 20th Century by Personalities of America in 2000, and was granted the Alexander Von-Humbolt Award between 1970 and 1971. Her achievements were highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
ART | Science
Backed by more than three decades of professional excellence, Qinqin Liu continues to pursue her goal of transforming complex science into simplified and informative art. The combination of art and science suits Dr. Liu well, as she was introduced to both at an early age by her father and she finds the thought processes to be much the same. Her work focuses on shared ecosystems and living environments related to changing climates and human health.
Earlier in Dr. Liu’s career, she primarily sought to bolster her scientific knowledge, experience, and standing. She did this by obtaining positions as a part-time ecology faculty member at the City College of San Francisco, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research program manager and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Upon leaving academia, Dr. Liu joined the state of California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation as an associate environmental research scientist, Department of Fish and Wildlife as an environmental scientist and state watershed program coordinator, and Department of Water Resources as an environmental scientist. She shared her knowledge through articles in professional journals and books in both China and the U.S. like, “Prepared a Sacramento River Spring-run Chinook Salmon Annual Report in California,” “Ecovision, Ecosystem Service and Water Resource Management,” and “Wild Rice Plant Development and Seed Physiology. Wild Rice Research Part I: Research and Ecology.”
Science | Education
Interested in the ethical, legal, and social policy implications of scientific research, especially in neuroscience, Dr. Stephanie J. Bird has dedicated her career to advancing the field. She initially pursued her passions at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1971. She continued her education at Yale University, where she earned a Master of Science, a Master of Philosophy, and a PhD.
Dr. Bird began her distinguished career as a staff scientist at the Neuroscience Research Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and served in that capacity for three years. Over the following 10 years, she held numerous prestigious positions at the school, including special assistant to the provost and vice president, visiting scholar, research affiliate, and lecturer. Dr. Bird has contributed numerous articles to professional journals on issues in the responsible conduct of research, on mentoring and other responsibilities of service professionals, and on various aspects of neuroethics. Other research interests include aspects of professional standards and ethical values in science. She is currently using her extensive background as an independent consultant in Wrentham, Mass., an internationally-known speaker, and the founding co-editor-in-chief of the journal “Science & Engineering Ethics,” in Dordrecht, Netherlands. The publication explores ethical issues of direct concern to scientists and engineers.