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Science & Technology

Albany, NY – As a fish hatchery manager at a state university, Laurie Trotta is responsible for raising fish, and for teaching her students to raise them. That work is called aquiculture. In this story, Trotta discusses the study of aqua culture and why it's important.

Albany, NY – Seismologist Sue Nava studies earthquakes from her post at The University of Utah. In this story, Nava talks about the study of earthquakes, and what happens when the earth moves.

Albany, NY – Genomics is at the cutting edge of medical research today, and Claire Fraser is helping to lead the way. Fraser and her husband left good jobs at the National Institute of Health to create the Institute for Gnomic Research. In this story, Fraser talks about her career decisions and what she hopes to accomplish in gnomic research. For more information, please visit:

Albany, NY – Ever wonder who designs the computer games you play? Graphic Artist Marcella Cabrera manages a team of designers who help create the games you play. Cabrera talks about her work as a graphic designer and how art and science combine to create computer games.

Albany, NY – As technical director of the Calvin Theater in Northampton Massachusetts, it's Holly Gettings job to make sure the show goes on. In this story she speaks about the fun, diverse, and scientific job of a technical director.

Albany, NY – Irene Greif is an expert in how people work with computers. As director of research at Lotus, Greif and her team study how people use their computers. They then use this information to help develop new products which allow consumers to use their computers more effectively. In this story, Greif speaks about this research process. Women In Technology International (WITI):

Albany, NY – Jane Hartwell combines art and technology to produce animated films. Most recently, Hartwell was the associate producer for the PDI/Dreamworks feature, 'Shrek'. Hartwell was also involved in the production of the animated feature 'Antz' and worked with Walt Disney Productions on 'James and the Giant Peach'. In this story, Hartwell speaks about the role science and technology play in producing an animated feature.

Albany, NY – Kathryn Born is a medical illustrator whose work appears everywhere from medical textbooks to films. In this story, Borne speaks about combining art and science to help people understand the human body.

Albany, NY – Volcanologist Kathy Cashman knows what it's like to be inside a volcano. Her research has taken her around the world to study how and why volcano's erupt. In this story, Cashman speaks about her work studying volcanology. Ms. Cashman's webpage:

Albany, NY – Kellie-Bea Cooper wears a lot of hats. As a digital animator, an art director, a story teller and a digital puppeteer, Cooper combines art and technology to tell stories to her audience. Cooper's Bio can be found here:

Albany, NY – Entrepreneur Lena West makes other people's business her business. West helps business owners decide how technology can help them. She then helps them find the right computer solutions to meet their needs. In this story, West speaks about her life long dream of running her own business.

Albany, NY – As vice president of EMS technologies, Linda Cook helps create products that build satellites. In this story, she talks about how she helps build satellites and explains how these satellites work. For more information, please visit:

Albany, NY – Lynn Moore, currently Manager of Saturn's body paint operations, uses her background in electrical engineering to help build cars for Saturn. Moore speaks about how her background in engineering prepared her for work at Saturn

Albany, NY – Mary Howell Martins operates an organic farm with her family. Martins began her career as a plant breeder, and uses her background in biology and plant physiology to help her run the farm successfully. In this story, Martins talks about the science of farming.

Albany, NY – Natasha Katz is a Tony Award winning lighting designer who has designed the lights for a long list of Broadway shows including Disney's 'Aida' (for which she won a Tony), and the recent John Lithgow show, 'The Sweet Smell of Success'. In this story, Katz discusses the important role of lighting in a play. For more information, please visit:

Albany, NY – Ninfa Saunders began her career as a nurse. In this story, Sauders speaks about how she combined a love of nursing and a business degree to help make hospitals a better place for the patients and the staff. For more information, please visit:

Albany, NY – Poire Saikia-Eapan uses her background in architecture in her work as a program and construction manager. In this story, she talks about the role of science and technology in the design and construction industry.

Albany, NY – Sherita Ceasar uses her background in engineering to help bring cable television into your home. In this story, Cesar speaks about her engineering background, and how it helps her lead her team at Scientific Atlanta.

Albany, NY – Maya Tolstoy studies volcano's and earthquakes that occur underwater. In this story, she talks about her extensive travels and her fascination with these underwater quakes and eruptions and where her work has taken her. For more information, please visit:

Albany, NY – Colleen Gino became a scientist the day she purchased her first telescope. Before that Gino was a musician, who had never considered a career in astronomy. Gino talks about the fateful day she began looking at the stars.

Albany, NY – Melanie Stiassny travels the world studying fish. She is the curator in charge of the department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Stiassny speaks about her research and how it has led to the discovery of more than 30 species of fish, helping us learn more about evolution. Ms. Stiassny's webpage on the American Museum of Natural History website:

Albany, NY – Naomi Miller is a lighting designer and founder of Naomi Miller Lighting Design. Miller uses physics and lighting technology to help illuminate space and set a mood. Her projects range from bistros to warehouses, offices to churches. Join Miller on a tour of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Troy, New York, one of the churches she worked on, to 'shed some light' on the importance of lighting design in our lives. For more information please visit Naomi Miller's website:

Albany, NY – Neuropsychologist Dr. Ann Helmus is fascinated by the brain. Her work helps children who suffer from behavioral, emotional or neurological problems to function better in the world. Dr. Helmus talks about how brain function relates to behavior and emotion.

Albany, NY – Branda Miller uses electronic media to work for social change. By putting camera's and computers into the hands of other people, and by teaching them how to use those tools, Miller turns the consumer of media into the producer. In this story, Miller speaks about the power of the electronic media, and how she has seen it change lives. Branda Miller's bio page:

Albany, NY – Barbara Brabitz teaches Chemistry and Biology during the school year. But rather than taking the summer off, this life long science enthusiast chooses to run a science summer camp for young women. Visit Brabitz's camp this year where she discusses her decision to work in academics and her life as a scientist.

Albany, NY – Danielle Walker is on the cutting edge of lighting. Walkers lab at General Electric is using tiny semiconductors to develop new, energy saving ways to light up our lives that will make today's bulbs a thing of the past. Listen as Walker speaks about how her lab is helping to change the world of lighting.

Albany, NY – Dr. Elaine Tuomanen helps to save the lives of critically ill children with her research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tuomanen speaks about how she uses science and technology in her battle against infectious disease.

Albany, NY – Writer Gina Kolata turned her love of language and science into a career with one of the most prominent newspapers in the world. Kolata writes about cutting edge discoveries in science and technology so the public can understand the excitement, the change and the decisions that come from these discoveries.

Albany, NY – Heidi Newberg is a professor, and a researcher at RPI in Troy, New York. Newberg is also a participant in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. She talks about the sky survey and what researchers are hoping to learn from it. For more information, please visit:

Albany, NY – Donna Lee Shirley headed the team that built the Mars rover for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab(JPL). Truly a renaissance woman, Shirley is a writer, a singer, an artist and a mother who believes engineers should have a curious nature and be students of the world. She currently serves as Dean of Engineering for Advanced Program Development at the University of Oklahoma. Shirley speaks about her education, her life, and her work leading the team of men who designed the rover project.