Listee Features — Science

JACQUELINE Y. MILLER

Growing up in a farming area in western Pennsylvania, Jacqueline Y. Miller loved wandering outside, collecting butterflies and birds, and going fishing. She decided she wanted to pursue her interests further, so she became a curator of drosophila in the Department of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. Getting this opportunity was wonderful for her, and only strengthened her passion. Set on her quest for discovery, Dr. Miller advanced through positions like curator of drosophila in the Department of Zoology at the University of Maryland, College Park, instructor in the Department of Biology at Gallaudet College, and assistant curator and entomology associate at the Allyn Museum of Entomology at the Florida Museum of Natural History. She continues to serve as

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PAMELA HALLOCK MULLER

Growing up in the country, Pamela Hallock Muller has always loved the outdoors. She knew she wanted a career that revolved around nature, and found oceanography to be a particularly appealing niche. Dr. Hallock Muller proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from the University of Montana in 1969 and both a Master of Science and PhD in oceanography at the University of Hawaii in 1972 and 1977, respectively, and to become a certified scientific diver. Her first position in the field was assistant professor of earth sciences at the University of Permian Basin, followed by associate professor of marine science at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She currently serves the latter school as a professor.

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T. KAY KISER

Education has always been a big part of T. Kay Kiser’s life. She comes from a family of teachers and scholars, and learned the importance of continuously pursuing knowledge at a young age. Her dream in high school was to use her resources to become a medical missionary to Africa, but life got in the way. Still interested in the sciences, however, Ms. Kiser decided to make the best of her situation and become an independent scholar. She was very good at analysis, particularly instrument analysis, and took pleasure in digging deep and discovering the truth about things. Over the years, Ms. Kiser garnered hands-on experience in positions like microbiologist for the South Carolina State Board of Health, teacher at

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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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