In the season three premiere of Yes! Science! in the new live-studio audience talk show format, Pallas the Librarian interviews Arianne Hunter about her career path as a scientist. Pallas and Arianne also make fluffy foam slime and discuss the books that inspired Arianne, “Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style” by Randy Olson and “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Arianne obtained her B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Anthropology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she was a member of the Division I Women’s Basketball Team. After graduation in 2014, she joined the Chemistry/Biochemistry Ph.D. program at The University of Oklahoma where she is a fully funded “Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Department of Defense Scholar” and “Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellow.” Her research is focused on the development of synthetic methods to rapidly and efficiently construct pharmaceutical drug molecules in hopes of making them more affordable for the general population. During her graduate studies, she has won multiple awards and scholarships, with the most notable being the Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 Award for her community impact in the State of Oklahoma. She is passionate about communicating science to the general public and gives scientific talks to teenagers in middle school and high school and also 50+ aged adults who continue to have a passion for learning. Arianne truly believes to solve the diverse set of scientific problems plaguing our society, we must have a diverse set of minds contributing solutions.
Thank you to Walker Terrace for hosting us and Clarity Coffee for providing our audience coffee. We’re in the process of setting up our April and May shows, so stay tuned for more Yes! Science! Pallas and I are both happy with how well our first episode went. Now that we have an episode out to show people, we believe it will be easier to get guests, get sponsors, and get more people to join us.
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