Listee Features — Science

CATHERINE UYEHARA

Catherine Uyehara has been pursuing science with a passion for as long as she can remember. She was always curious about the world, and found research to be an exciting way to discover new things. In grade school, her studies focused on fungus growth and on the affects of sea cucumber toxins on fish hearts. While at Yale University, however, she decided to pursue psychology and biology, opening the doors to neuroscience and physiology. Dr. Uyehara ended up earning a Bachelor of Science from Yale in 1981 and a PhD in physiology from the University of Hawaii in 1987. Her peers advised her against going to and remaining in Hawaii, since they believed the East Coast was at the top

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JUDY SCHIEBLE

Backed by 31 years in education, Judy Schieble is currently lending her knowledge to Spaceport Sheboygan. She joined the NASA-affiliated organization as a teacher liaison in 2003, and loves being able to help the younger generations. Ms. Schieble is particularly skilled at model rocketry and paper rocketry, and thus also volunteers for the company’s Rockets for Schools Program. Previously, she garnered experience as a science teacher. While in the public school system, she served as a coach of the boys and girls swimming and diving teams and as the founder and coach of the freshman girls’ basketball program. Ms. Schieble attributes her success thus far to her diverse academic experience. She started by earning a Bachelor of Science in physical

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DEBORAH J. CALLENDER

Hardworking and dedicated, Deborah Callender is thriving as a physical scientist with the Naval Oceanographic Office at the Stennis Space Center. 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

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MAURA J. DONOHUE

Growing up with a mother employed at United States Environmental Protection Agency, Maura J. Donohue was introduced to the sciences at a young age. She decided to pursue her interest, first at Elms College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1995, and then at American University, where she earned a PhD in chemistry in 2002. Dr. Donohue found she really enjoys the transition of digging into details and making them practical, usable, and insightful. She joined the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a research chemist in 2003, and continues in that role to this day. Some of her responsibilities include developing methods for Legionella detection and microbacteria detection in drinking water and helping out the

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THELMA DUNNEBACKE DIXON

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

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DIANA JEANNE COSAND

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

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SUSAN D. ZIMMERMAN

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

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INGE JULIANA SACKMANN CHRISTY

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,

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L. MIRIAM DICKINSON

Although L. Miriam Dickinson started her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts in music and German with a minor in math at the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University in 1974, she didn’t have a set goal in mind. She decided to take a position as a research technologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1975, and became very interested in the job. At the time, there weren’t a lot of women in the mathematical sciences, but Dr. Dickinson was determined to succeed. She obtained a Master of Science in biometry from her employer in 1979, and was promoted to research assistant in the division of biometry that same year. She transferred to the Fuqua

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QINQIN LIU

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,

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