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Participant Profiles

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Inner space or outer space? A mom or a scientist? This scientist has the drive to do it all. 

An ambassador guiding newcomers into a new relationship with her native Hawaii, Cindi works to embody the aloha spirit.

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Erin Garza

When she was small she learned plastic pollution was hurting the animals. Now she hopes to put the tiniest organisms to work solving the pollution problem. 

Rosa León-Zayas

Dedicated to understanding how microbes interact with what's around them, Rosa got her start at a marine research station off the coast of her native Puerto Rico. 

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Dieuwertje "DJ" Kast 

A full-time educator and a full-time mom, DJ models herself after Ms. Frizzle to inspire today's kids. 

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MELINDA ODUM 

Work on the coastline in tropical Belize led her to work on the coastline of frozen Antarctica — building a wharf to allow research ships to dock. 

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Lindsay Huerta 

A psych major and science teacher, Lindsay has made a study of how kids learn, of what inspires curiosity, and — along the way — themself. 

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José Ricardo moreno

Potions class may have been fictional, but to this wizard, chemistry proved to be the next best thing. 

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