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COOL JOBS: Savage Careers in Science That’ll Blow Your Mind

Saturday, June 2, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come meet scientists who have some of the coolest jobs on the planet—jobs that take them out of the lab, into the world, and far beyond. You’ll get to meet a venomous snake-loving herpetologist, a forensic scientist sleuthing crime scenes for clues, a NASA engineer who lands spacecrafts on Mars, inventors who are changing the future of sports—and through it all spark new ideas of how a life in science is a life of unending adventure.

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“Science Bob” PflugfelderTeacher, Television Personality

“Science Bob ” Pflugfelder is a science teacher, maker, author, and presenter that loves sharing his passion for all things science. He regularly appears on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live With Kelly & Michael, and The Dr. Oz Show.

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Participants

William ClarkMechanical Engineer

Dr. William “Buddy” Clark grew up on a farm in rural Virginia where he enjoyed building things and learning how machinery worked. He also developed a passion for baseball.

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Matt LanierHerpetologist

Matt Lanier has worked at the Staten Island Zoo for almost 17 years. During his time in Staten Island, he helped in the development and construction of a new Reptile Wing. His everyday animal duties at the zoo have mainly focused on the care and maintenance of the large venomous collection which includes cobras, Asian pit vipers, and of course rattlesnakes, which the Staten Island Zoo is known for around the world.

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Michael MeachamMechanical Engineer

Mike Meacham holds a M.Eng. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, concentrating in vehicular design and creating off-road skateboards as part of his education. He spent the first part of his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

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Casie Parish FisherForensic Science Professor

Dr. Casie Parish Fisher is the Director of the Forensic Science Program, and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She has been awarded for outstanding teaching and recognized for innovative teaching.

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Mike ResslerSports Tech Engineer

Mike Ressler has combined his passion for sports with his computer science education and accidentally stumbled across his favorite line of work, Sports Technology. Hooked on sports tech, Ressler joined local Pittsburgh startup Diamond Kinetics as director of engineering.

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