This Podcast series aims to provide SMS students with relevant career advice from professionals with STEM degrees who work in various types of fields.
Episode 12: Drug Development and Research
In this podcast, Dr. Evan Darzi joins Dr. Austin to speak about his career as a medicinal chemist. Dr. Darzi is a graduate of ASU and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in medicinal chemistry from the School of Molecular Sciences. He currently works as a chemist at Icagen, which is a pharmaceutical biotech company focused in early drug discovery.
Episode 11: Science Policy & Government
In this podcast, join Dr. Austin as she interviews Dr. Sarah Staton, a scientist who has been working at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. since 2014. In her role, Dr. Staton provides her scientific expertise to guide policy making and governmental affairs, and she currently works as the Senior Coordinator for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program.
For more information on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) program as mentioned in the podcast, please see: https://www.aaas.org/programs
Episode 10: Science illustrator
PhD Candidate Anna Guerrero who currently works as a professional scientific illustrator joins Dr. Austin on this podcast. Anna holds a Bachelor's degree in microbiology and is currently pursuing her PhD at ASU, researching the history and philosophy of images in the sciences. She will share her experience as a scientific illustrator, which allowed her to merge her science background with artistic talent.
Episode 9: Science Teacher
In today's podcast, Dr. Austin interviews Mr. Chad McCluskey, Alhambra High School's "Teacher of the Year." Mr. McCluskey received his chemistry degree from ASU and was the recipient of the annual Merit Award during his senior year of college. He will share why he chose to pursue a career in teaching, and the joys that his students bring to his life.
Episode 8: Environmental Science
In this podcast, Dr. Austin interviews ADEQ’s Communication Director Mr. Ian Bingham, who has held a variety of roles at ADEQ. He will share how he has used his degree in chemistry to work in the field of environmental science. http://azdeq.gov/programs/azww
In this episode, Dr. Austin interviews a cosmetic chemist Ms. Mica Oba. Once an aspiring baker, Ms. Oba will share how a trip to Sephora guided her to become a cosmetic chemist instead. In her spare time, Ms. Oba mentors future cosmetic chemists through her website Geek + Makeup + Wisdom (https://www.geekmakeupwisdom.com/about), where she shares various tips to break into the competitive beauty industry.
Did you know that behind every great tasting beer, there is a lot of science involved? Join Dr. Austin as she interviews a quality assurance scientist Ms. Jenna Roberson from Diageo, one of the world's largest producer of spirits and beer. Jenna will take you through the science behind making some "happy beer".
In this podcast, Dr. Austin speaks with the scientists who are responsible for different stages of product development at Starbucks, Dal Perio and Alicia Binion, and a flavoring chemist at Robertet, Laurie Angley. Together they create food and beverage items at Starbucks that will become the next consumer favorite.
Episode 4: TGen
In this podcast, Dr. Austin speaks with TGen's Manger of Education and Outreach, Ms. Julie Euber, and Research Scientist, Ms. Amanda Courtright-Lim, as they give advice on how to apply to research positions as an undergraduate student.
In this podcast, Dr. Austin interviews Special Agents Erin Gibbs, Sabrina Thompson, and Lori O’Brien about their roles in the FBI. For more information on FBI careers and its Honors Intern Program, please visit: https://www.fbijobs.gov/
Episode 2: International Sales
Join Dr. Ara Austin as she interviews Dr. Martha Medina, who is currently the Vice President of International Sales at 21st Century Healthcare. Dr. Medina shares how she uses her chemistry knowledge to influence her buyers internationally, and she gives advice to our students who may be better suited for careers outside of traditional bench science.
Join Dr. Ara Austin as she interviews forensic scientists Krista Placko and Sarah Fredricks from the Mesa Police Forensic Services Division as they give relevant career advice to our ASU students pursuing science degrees.