UNC at Chapel Hill
Justin (@jbaumann3) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at UNC studying the impacts of climate change on coral reefs in the Marine Sciences and Biology Departments at UNC. Justin has been a member of the SciREN Triangle team since 2014. He also founded the marine science blog UNdertheCblog.
UNC at Chapel Hill
Casey Berger is a PhD student in the Drut group in the UNC Physics and Astronomy Department. She studies computational many-body quantum mechanics. Casey is a Department of Energy CSGF fellow and recipient of the William Neal Reynolds Fellowship from the UNC Royster Society of Fellows. Casey received a BA in Philosophy, a BS in Film Production, and a minor in Spanish from Boston University in 2010. Following her graduation, she spent two years working in the film industry in Hollywood before returning to academia to complete a BS in Physics at The Ohio State University in 2015. While at Ohio State Casey was co-chair of the Society of Women in Physics (SWiP) and a member of the Mortar Board National Senior Honorary.
Jacob is a PhD Student at Duke University studying the evolution of spines and the biomechanics of puncture. Jacob recently became a SciREN Triangle team member in 2017, and looks forward to working for SciREN Triangle for many years to come. In addition to SciREN, Jacob chairs the graduate student committee for PBO (The Physical Biology of Organisms), a consortium of scientists from six local universities that study organisms in the context of their biomechanics and physical environment.
NC State University
Stephanie wears many hats. During the day, she is a research technician in Biomedical Engineering at NC State. In this capacity, she manages two labs in the department and spearheads outreach efforts for these labs and the department as a whole. By night (well, evening), she is a graduate student in Science Education and is interested in exploring scientists’ motivations for engaging in outreach as well as examining the effects that these efforts have on scientists. She hopes to graduate in 2022, but as a part-time student, there’s a lot of wiggle room. On the weekend, she does science-themed birthday parties for kids and hangs out with her two dogs.
UNC at Chapel Hill
Josh is a PhD student in Astrophysics at UNC Chapel Hill, who studies white dwarfs and builds astronomical instruments. He also is the coordinator and host of Astronomy on Tap Triangle (@aottriangle), the North Carolina branch of the worldwide event series which brings short and accessible talks on astronomy to the public, over beer! Josh joined the SciREN team in 2019, hoping to further the cause of science outreach in the Tar Heel State. Ask him for whisky recommendations as well!
Jason is a PhD student in Biology at Duke University. He studies marine bioacoustics and animal communication. Jason joined the SciREN team in 2019 and hopes to promote science outreach in the Triangle for years to come.
Justin is a PhD student at Duke University and is investigating how and why organisms are able to generate ultrafast movements. Examples include the trap-jaw ant which can snap its mandibles shut in a fraction of a millisecond or the witch hazel plant which shoots its seeds out of specialized fruits. He joined the SciRen Team in 2019 after presenting at the 2018 SciREN Triangle Networking Event as a researcher.
Anna Kudla is a PhD student at Duke University who is broadly interested in understanding morphological diversity of insects and the mechanisms that influence it. Specifically, she is studying treehopper pronotal structures and butterfly wing shape. Before coming to graduate school, Anna spent four years teaching 6th, 7th, and 9th grade science. She joined the SciREN team in 2018 to help bridge the gap between educators and researchers.
Triangle Team Alumni
Gary Wright (NCSU)
Sarah Reifeis (UNC)
Kate Augustine (UNC)
Eleanor Caves (Duke)
Patrick Green (Duke)
Kristen Hopperstad (NCSU)
Rebecca Lauzon (Duke)
Lindsay Maudlin (NCSU)
Doreen McVeigh (NCSU)
Seth Theuerkauf (NCSU)