Directors

Isabella Liu

Isabella Liu is a chemistry teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the secondary education and non-profit industries. She has taught students with diverse backgrounds in three different countries. As a recognized Apple Distinguished Educator and Google for Education Trainer, she is skilled in educational technology, curriculum design and assessment delivery. Through her platform, she hopes to share her expertise with other educators in using technology to help engage students in new ways.

Alex Garinther

Alex’s degrees are in Psychology (PhD, MA) and Public Administration (MPA). He conducts research on decision making and social behavior, and works primarily on applied projects (e.g., evaluating police training in the United States, assessing persuasive messaging campaigns among charity organizations, linking oncology patients’ religious beliefs to end-of-life treatment decisions). Since 2019, he has run the science communication website Applied Science Live.

Conor Lane

Conor is a PhD student in auditory neuroscience at McGill University. He is interested in how non-neuronal cells such as astrocytes are able to influence learning and memory by regulating the reorganisation of neuronal circuits. In particular, he wants to examine whether we can target these cells to improve cognitive functioning in conditions such as dementias. Outside of the lab, Conor can usually be found cooking for friends or out exploring Montréal!

Carl Snyder

Carl is a PhD graduate student at Portland State University in the Applied Physics program with an emphasis on biophysics. His research is focused on the development of technologies and techniques that could one day be used for detecting microbial life out in our solar system. In his free time Carl likes to do anything that gets his body moving or outside, including: hiking, climbing, biking, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, swimming, rafting, kayaking, snowboarding, camping, and the list goes on and on.

Uyen Nguyen

Uyen got her degrees from the University of British Columbia where she studied how physical exercise affects the immune system of bone marrow recipients. She likes to be called “Oo-in” instead of “Yu-en”. In her free time, she runs, watches comedies, reads biographies, and eats chocolate-coated pretzels (occasionally all at once).

Steve Mow

Steve is an aspiring doctor studying at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. While working towards being a physician, Steve’s passion is teaching and has taught science both formally and informally for years at institutions committed to science education. Outside of school, Steve can be found running, strumming tunes on his ukulele, or playing some Nintendo.

Jaime Devine

Jaime K Devine is an interdisciplinary neuroscientist whose research focuses on how behavior and biology, specifically sleep and health, interact. She has a PhD in Neuroscience from Brandeis University and a Certificate in Sleep Medicine from Harvard Medical School. She is also a dedicated science communicator, runner, working mother and nerd.

Ian Mahar

Ian is a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University, studying neuropsychiatric features of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and other neurodegenerative conditions. He did his PhD in Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, doing neuropsychiatry research in the McGill Group for Suicide Studies at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. He also does science writing and outreach, and his primary interests for all three are how the brain regulates emotions, and what happens when this regulation goes awry.