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The Athens Science Café Team is dedicated to sharing its collective passion for science with the Athens, GA community. Team members are primarily Athens, GA  residents with backgrounds in a variety of scientific fields and the desire to communicate scientific knowledge to scientists and non-scientists alike. The Team is comprised of a Core Group, responsible for event planning, marketing, finances, fundraising, and membership, and a Programming Board, responsible for discussing, suggesting, and deciding on Café topics and speakers.

The Athens Science Café Core Group:

s halmo Stephanie Halmo, Director

Stephaie is a PhD student in the biochemistry department at the University of Georgia. She studies the molecular mechanisms responsible for the development of congenital muscular dystrophy and also researches problem solving among biochemistry undergraduate students. In her spare time she likes to dance, volunteer at local schools, and eat ice cream. You can email her at shalmo27@uga.edu or connect with Stephanie on Twitter and Instagram through the handle @shalmo.

amanda Amanda Shaver, Fundraising Coordinator, ASO Liaison 

Amanda is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia. She enjoys dancing, crafting, and playing with her dog Mr. Peabody. High on her list of accomplishments is eating a whole block of cheddar cheese in one sitting without negative consequences. Amanda currently serves an Associate Editor for the Athens Science Observer. You can email her at Amanda.shaver@uga.edu or follow her on Twitter @AOShaver. View ASO blog contributions from Amanda Shaver.

John Spiekerman, Financial Administrator

John is a Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia. John’s research focuses on pearl millet, a vital crop grown predominantly in Africa and the India. He is a co-founding member of the Athens Science Observer, where he currently serves as Editor in Chief. He loves pizza, coffee, playing music, reading, and running… exactly in that order. Feel free to contact him at jspieker@uga.edu. View ASO blog contributions from John Spiekerman.

image1.jpeg Jennifer Cyr, Website Administrator, Art Director

Jenn is an MS student in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia, where she studies immune trade-offs in tissue-regenerating rodent species. Jenn loves to dance, draw, hike, and demolish large quantities of food in her spare time. She’s also in love with dogs and spends plenty of time with her pampered pooch, Ziggy. Feel free to check out a few of her ASC poster designs, personal research website, or to contact her at jennifer.cyr25@uga.edu or on Twitter at @jennlcyr!

k miazgowicz Kerri Miazgowicz, Events & Membership

Kerri Miazgowicz is a graduate student at UGA in the department of Infectious Diseases studying how environmental variation impacts arthropod-borne disease transmission. When she isn’t in the lab or the field hanging out with mosquitoes, she will undoubtedly be found climbing on a rock, mountain biking, running, or relaxing in a hammock. You can get in touch with Kerri via email at  kerri.miazgowicz25@uga.edu !

Hilde Oliver, Marketing & Social Media

Hilde is a PhD student in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia, where she studies how extreme melting of Greenland’s ice sheet is impacting marine ecosystems. Hilde is a huge fan of Korean food, yoga, and campy movies. Hilde currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Athens Science Observer. Follow her on Twitter @Hilde_Oliver or shoot her an email at hildeoliver@uga.edu. View ASO blog contributions from Hilde Oliver.

 v knight Victoria Knight, Marketing & Social Media

Victoria is a Master’s student studying health and medical journalism in Grady College at the University of Georgia. She also works as a graduate assistant for WUGA-FM (hyperlink: https://wuga.org/), the Athens-area NPR member station, where you can sometimes hear her on the radio in the afternoon. She likes to report stories focused on cool science and health stuff going on in Athens, the state of Georgia, and around the world. A few of her favorite things include eating queso, running long distances, and cheering on the Tennessee Vols. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram (@victoriaregisk), visit her website, or email her at vrknight@uga.edu!

 m colona Max Colonna , Events & Fundraising 

Max is a PhD student in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia, studying the the altered metabolism of breast cancers. He is very passionate about public outreach to improve dietary options and choices in underserved communities. His hobbies include bass guitar, Liverpool FC, and IPAs. Feel free to email Max at maxwellbaca@uga.edu.

The Athens Science Café Programming Board:

  • Amanda Shaver
  • Graham Grable
  • Hilde Oliver
  • James Hataway
  • Jason Wallace
  • Jenn Cyr
  • John Spiekerman
  • Kerri Miazgowicz
  • Nicholas Batora
  • Paige Copenhaver
  • Rishi Masalia
  • Stephanie Halmo
  • Max Colonna
  • Victoria Knight
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