Caltech Historian of Science Erik M. Conway

I Always Like Learning New Things

Erik M. Conway is the historian of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. His most recent book, Exploration and Engineering: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Quest for Mars, was published in 2015. Before taking part in a Zócalo/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County panel titled “Are Americans Turning Against Science?” at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, Conway spoke in the green room about his reef aquarium, becoming more of a people person, and why he’d enjoy being an astronomer in another …

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Pew Research Center Director of Science and Society Research Cary Funk | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Pew Research Center Director of Science and Society Research Cary Funk

I’ve Worked on Lots of Challenging Projects and, Actually, I Liked Those Challenges

Cary Funk is the director of science and society research at Pew Research Center, where she has co-authored a number of reports on public trust in science. Her recent studies …

Science Journalist Usha Lee McFarling | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Science Journalist Usha Lee McFarling

I Feel Like I’m Driving Into Paradise Every Day

Usha Lee McFarling is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, who has covered a wide variety of science news, including astrophysics, seismology, neuroscience, medicine, and climate change. She is currently a regular …

New York Times Bestselling Author Edan Lepucki | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Author Edan Lepucki

Twitter Wasn’t Really My Format. I Never Shined; I Just Got Angry All the Time.

Edan Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17, and the guest editor of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019. Her fiction and nonfiction have been …

UCLA Sociologist Jeffrey Guhin | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

UCLA Sociologist Jeffrey Guhin

I Do a Lot of Things That Are Very Dorky

Jeffrey Guhin is an assistant professor of sociology at UCLA. His first book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is a comparison of two Sunni Muslim and two Evangelical Christian high …

California Coastline Commission Member Effie Turnbull Sanders | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

California Coastline Commission Member Effie Turnbull Sanders

I Climbed Trees, and Got Dirty, and Was Extremely Competitive in Everything I Did

Effie Turnbull Sanders is the environmental justice commissioner and member of the California Coastal Commission and executive director of the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z). Before joining …