Science & Technology

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.

Albany, NY – Have you ever searched for information on the world wide web? Do you wonder where it comes from, or why it comes up in a certain order? Monika Henzinger knows. In this story she relates how a search engine works and shares the pressures and rewards of working with such advanced technologies. For more information please visit Monika Henzinger's page at:

Albany, NY – Jeanette Berringer is the zoo keeper at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. According to Berringer, there is much more to being a zoo keeper than feeding animals and cleaning cages. Berringer speaks about the technology involved in caring for animals, and how her work has brought her to the wilds of Madagascar where she studied lemurs.

Albany, NY – Emily Lescak and Ivy Hughes are Juniors at the Academy of Holy Names in Albany New York, where they are part of a three year science research course. Emily plans to study forensics while Ivy hopes to become a heart surgeon. Each week on THE TECH CLUB they will introduce us to fascinating women who use science and technology in their work.

Albany, NY – Leanne Daffner is an Art Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This story takes you to Daffner's lab at the museum to demonstrate how she and her staff use science and technology to preserve famous works of art.

Albany, NY – Lisa Daybeck is a wildlife conservator at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence Rhode Island who is always going off on expeditions to other countries to study animals. In this story, Daybeck shares some of her travel stories and explains the importance of science in her work.

Albany, NY – In the film, 'Contact', actress Jodie Foster played a woman in search of life on other planets. Foster's character was modeled on Jill Tarter, the head of SETI, The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. Listen to the real Jill Tarter share her experiences as head of SETI.

Albany, NY – Janice Huff is a meteorologist at NBC channel 4 in New York City and on cable's MSNBC. The first person in her family to attend college, Huff knew she wanted to study the weather from the age of 9. In this story, Huff shares her excitement about the weather, and her advice for aspiring scientists.

Albany, NY – How many women astronomers can you name? Not too many? Well a new planetarium show focusing on women in the field may be coming to a planetarium near you.

Albany, NY – Marine biologist and graduate student Tanya Shirer and her Buffalo State University professor Mary Alice Coffreth are Aquanauts. The two lived 60 feet below sea level for several weeks in Aquarius, which according to Coffreth, is the world's only underwater research laboratory.

Albany, NY – Dr. Anne K. Vidaver works to keep plants, and our food supply safe and healthy. She is a Professor and the former head of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Vidaver also served as Director of the Center for Biotechnology from 1997 to 2000. In this story, she speaks about the work of a plant pathologist.

Albany, NY – Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson rose from the segregated schools of Washington D.C. in the 1950's to become the first African American woman to earn a degree in physics from MIT. Years later, she was nominated by President Clinton to serve as the chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory commission. Today, Dr. Jackson is the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, where she spoke about her fascinating career.