Kristen Finch (2015 – )
Kristen Finch is a PhD student in Botany and Plant Pathology. Kristen is co-advised by OSU’s Andy Jones and Rich Cronn of the United States Forest Service. She’s interested in how different environmental-induced stress can lead to spatial differences in wood chemistry across a landscape and how these differences can be used to identify the origin of timbers. She is very passionate about forest conservation and hopes that her current work may provide useful information regarding the enforcement timber trade regulations. Kristen became a cohost on Inspiration Dissemination in 2015 after being interviewed as a guest herself. She loves getting to know graduate students through the show and spreading the message about research at Oregon State. Kristen’s favorite pastimes are playing volleyball, taking in stunning views, and singing karaoke.
Adrian Gallo (2015 – )
Adrian Gallo is a PhD student within the College of Agricultural Sciences studying carbon dynamics and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. Adrian is grateful to be advised by Dr. Jeff Hatten and the many folks in the Forest Soils Lab at OSU. Although being groomed for a future lab rat, he hopes to make science accessible to the greater community in his future endeavors. Adrian first heard of the radio show through Joey (a former host) and loved the idea of showcasing the road to graduate school as well as their research these students undertake. He enjoys a variety of music genres, any outdoor activity, and will probably lose a game of Catan but will certainly love the time spent with friends.
Lillian Padgitt-Cobb (2016 – )
Lillian is a PhD student in the department of Biochemistry & Biophysics.
Lauri Lutes (2017 – )
Lauri studies viruses of sweet cherries as an MS student with Dr. Jay Pscheidt in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. She fell in love with plant pathology when working for the plant pathogen diagnostics company, Agdia, before beginning her graduate degree pursuit. Lauri grew up in the Midwest on a small farm where many of her childhood days were spent in the fields and tending to her 4-H animals. She is passionate about global food security and science communication. Lauri enjoys exploring the beautiful PNW with her family, baking her mom’s favorite recipes, and listening to podcasts.
Scott Klasek (2017 – )
Scott is a PhD student in Microbiology studying how communities of microbes in marine sediments consume methane and change across time and environmental gradients. His advisor is Rick Colwell in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science. Scott wanted to study medicine until taking Environmental Studies classes as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. When he’s not in the lab, Scott can be found running on the trails around Corvallis, trying to grow organic vegetables in his backyard, or playing the drums for Palomino Pants Party.
Maggie Exton (2017 – )
Maggie is a PhD student in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering and is from upstate New York. Maggie is motivated to study civil engineering because of the discipline’s focus on applying scientific principles to solve the problems of society. Her research focuses on soil instability as a result of tsunami inundation, which can greatly enhance damage caused by the large wave. For fun, Maggie likes rock climbing, bicycling, live music, costumes, and scrounging thrift stores for the oddest trinkets.
Heather Forsythe (2018 – )
Heather is a PhD student in the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Heather works in Dr.Elisar Barbar’s lab where she mostly uses a giant magnet (NMR), along with other molecular biology and biophysical techniques, to study protein structure, dynamics, and interactions. Heather moved to Corvallis from Arkansas where she did research in diverse laboratory, clinical, and field settings. When not in lab, she loves dancing, hiking, rock climbing, writing, and running with her mini australian shepherd, Piper.
Daniel Watkins (2018 – )
Daniel is a PhD student in Atmospheric Science. Working with Dr. Jennifer Hutchings, he studies the response of the atmosphere to the recent declines in Arctic sea ice. When not at his computer wrestling with climate model output or weather balloon data, he can be found playing guitar, reading comic books about philosophers, or hanging out with his wife and kids. Daniel is in training to become an OMSI Science Communication Fellow, and will soon be doing science demos with museum visitors at OMSI Meet-a-Scientist days.
Marcus Weinman (2019 – )
Bio coming soon.
Joey Hulbert (2012 – 2014)
Joey grew up in the Midwest where he started at University of Kansas as an Environmental Science student. However, in 2006 he decided to study forestry when his family committed to moving to Washington State. After completing a BSc in Forestry at Washington State University, Joey began working for Oregon State University as a Biological Science Research Technician in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Then, after nearly two years, Joey decided to go back to school and began a Dual MSc focusing on Plant Pathology and Wood Science in the fall of 2012. During the two years he spent completing his Dual MSc, Inspiration Dissemination featured more than a hundred graduate students and mentored a handful of undergraduate students from around the University. After Joey completed his MSc, he decided to pursue a PhD in South Africa at the University of Pretoria where he continues to communicate science to the public and attributes much of his inspiration to his experience co-hosting Inspiration Dissemination.
Zhian Kamvar (2012 – 2016)
Zhian is a Ph. D. student in the department of Botany and Plant Pathology working under Dr. Niklaus Grünwald studying the population genetics of the plant destroyer genus, Phytophthora, in Oregon. He has had a passion for radio ever since he started in 2004 at Truman State University’s radio station: KTRM, Kirksville. Beyond being a scientist and radio host, he speaks intermediate Korean and enjoys baking, writing music, listening to the Screaming Females, and watching bad SF/Horror movies.
Matt McConnell (2014 – 2016)
Matt McConnell is a master’s student in the History of Science program at Oregon State University. He is studying the ecological collapse of freshwater fisheries at Lake Victoria, Africa. Matt has a passion for telling the stories of scientists and the work they do, and joined the hosts of Inspiration Dissemination in 2014 just after arriving in Corvallis. Inspiration Dissemination is Matt’s first radio show. In his spare time, Matt also enjoys hiking and camping, crafting beer (often explosive, not always imbibable), playing acoustic guitar, watching Pavel Datsyuk win in a shoot out, and taking sci fi and fantasy way too seriously.
Steve Friedman (2016 – 2017)
Steve is a Ph.D student in the department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, studying chromosome structure and genome evolution of filamentous fungi in Michael Freitag’s lab. He loves talking with new people and hearing about all types of science, regardless of the field of study. After graduate school, Steve hopes to continue communicating science to the public and help to ensure that the blood, sweat, and tears of graduate students around the world aren’t for naught. In his free time, Steve can be found in the mountains…his natural habitat.
Mackenzie Smith (2016 – 2017)
Mackenzie is a Creative Writing MFA candidate in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Her writing interests include the science fiction sub-genres of dystopia and cli-fi; she is currently writing a dystopian novel set in a post-plague America. Mackenzie joined ID after being a guest on the show. She’s also an avid long-distance hiker and has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.
Harrison Stierwalt (2017 – 2018)
Harrison is a PhD student in Kinesiology studying skeletal muscle physiology in obesity-related insulin resistance models. He is keenly interested in why and how exercise positively impacts disease conditions. His advisors are Sean Newsom and Matt Robinson in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. During his free time, he enjoys the outdoors backpacking, hiking, or mountain biking.
Former Practicum Students
- Casey Joyce – Practicum Student, Post Producer, Intro Jingle Writer (2012 – 2013)
- Riley Prest – Practicum Student, Post Producer (2012 – 2013)
- Jodie Davaz – Practicum Student, Post Producer (2013)
- Matthew Djubasak – Practicum Student, Post Producer (2013)
- Kimberly Kenny – Practicum Student, Media Writer (2013)