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Cool Jobs 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Imagine yourself on a movie set with the special effects exploding around you, or exploring a beautiful coral reef under a deep blue sea. Maybe you’d like to be a wildlife handler, or an astronomer studying the stars. Wait—you don’t have to wonder about those jobs anymore; the World Science Festival brought together the coolest scientists with the most interesting jobs on the planet.

Photograph: Jon Smith


“Science Bob” PflugfelderTeacher, Television Personality

“Science Bob ” Pflugfelder is a science teacher, maker, author, and presenter who 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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Marah HardtMarine Biologist

Given the choice, Marah J. Hardt prefers to be under the sea. As a marine scientist she has swum with sharks, watched corals being born, and had her teeth cleaned by shrimp—all in an effort to better understand how healthy oceans work. Today, Hardt works more on land in order to help businesses invent solutions to problems such as overfishing, and other threats to marine life.

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Tanya LoweAnimal Behaviorist, Wildlife Educator

Tanya Lowe has worked with Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc., since 2004. As the director of wildlife education, she has presented Hawk Creek’s free-flying bird shows at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park, and the New York State Fair.

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Amber StraughnAstrophysicist

Amber Straughn is an astrophysicist at NASA and a member of the James Webb Space Telescope Project Science Team. Straughn grew up in the small farming town of Bee Branch, Arkansas where her fascination with astronomy began under beautifully dark, rural skies.

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Steve WolfSpecial Effects, Stunt Coordinator

Steve Wolf has been producing film, TV and live events for 25 years. He is the President of Special FX International, and founder of Science in the Movies Inc., an organization that teaches physics and chemistry through stunt demonstrations.

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