From boxes to galaxies: Dr. J. Garrett-Walker on emerging queer identities and the liberatory power of chosen names

By Riley DeHority and Sam Zlotnik While identities are often viewed through the lens of binaries and boxes to check, Dr. J. Garrett-Walker is not a big fan of this approach: “Science is all about putting people in boxes. Personally, I hate boxes.” Dr. Garrett-Walker is a developmental psychologist at the University of Toronto whoContinue reading “From boxes to galaxies: Dr. J. Garrett-Walker on emerging queer identities and the liberatory power of chosen names”

Multi-talented software engineer discusses creativity, teamwork, and inclusion in tech

Galacia Pokos has always loved creativity and teamwork and, contrary to common misconceptions, these passions set them up perfectly for a career in computer science. After initially studying art and game design in college, they put their many skills to use in the tech field. Galacia currently works as a software engineer at a cyberContinue reading “Multi-talented software engineer discusses creativity, teamwork, and inclusion in tech”

Environmental scientist grows wildflowers and prairie grasses next to highways

According to Indigo Underwood, “there’s a lot of areas that can be great little habitats, but are just being overlooked.” These “great little habitats” can even include the edges of interstate highways, where Indigo has been growing grasses and wildflowers native to their local prairie ecosystem. In a recent interview, Indigo told us all aboutContinue reading “Environmental scientist grows wildflowers and prairie grasses next to highways”

Astronomer uses computer models to study dark matter in distant galaxies

“It’s no secret that scientists have got an issue because we don’t know what dark matter is, which is kind of a gaping hole,” explains astronomer Stephanie Campbell. Stephanie is a PhD student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. For their doctoral research, they build computer models that can measure the amount ofContinue reading “Astronomer uses computer models to study dark matter in distant galaxies”