DragonflyTV

Scientist Profiles


  • Scientist Profile: Frog Scientist

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces biologist Dr. Tyrone Hayes, who discusses how chemical pollutants, such as pesticides, endanger amphibian populations, and keep them from growing normally. Also available in Spanish.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Food Scientist

    Corey Scott has the best job of all because he gets to eat his research! He is a Nutritionist for General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. Corey looks closely at the nutritional composition of fruits and vegetables.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Web Developer

    Web developer Idit Harel's interest in creating something out of nothing was sparked by watching developers build her tiny Isreali hometown. After working at the MIT Media Lab, Idit went on to invent MaMaMedia, a website where kids can write online stories, create digital art, make their own animated characters, and more. MaMaMedia now serves 4.5 million kids in 36 countries!

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Hurricane Researcher

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces meteorologist Jason Dunion, who researches the inner mechanisms of hurricanes. He also discusses the differences between hurricanes and tornadoes.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Ethnobotanist

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces ethnobotanist Dave Morris—a member of the Choctaw Nation—who studies how the indigenous populations of Arizona used and interacted with and continue to use and interact with plants. Also available in Spanish.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Space Suit Researchers

    This team of researchers is studying how to manage the temperature of astronauts to allow for extended exploration in space. They develop clothing that keeps space explorers comfortable as they travel through new frontiers.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Forest Canopy Researcher

    When Forest Canopy Researcher Nalini Nadkarni was young, she studied dance and biology. Now she puts on climbing gear and spends her time high up in the forest canopy of Washington State. The canopy is one of the last frontiers on Earth, and Nalini is studying how some plants in the canopy--called epiphytes--survive without having their roots in the ground. (Spanish version also available)

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Criminalist

    In this video profile, Jose Almirall, a criminalist with the Metro-Dade Police Department in Miami, Florida, uses forensic science to solve legal disputes. Explore a career in forensics.
    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Game Designer

    Microsoft game designer David Ortiz discusses the math and science that go into creating video games. Xbox game designer David Ortiz wanted to be a professional football player or a doctor when he was a boy. Once he got to college, he became interested in computer science and design. Now he takes a sports idea like football and makes it into new video games. David works to turn game day plays into life-like computer animation.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Cheetah Conservationist

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces zoologist Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. She discusses how she must work with humans, domesticated animals, and other wild cat populations in her work to conserve Namibia's endangered cheetah population. Also available in Spanish.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Urban Play Researcher

    Having fun is her work. Corliss Outley is an urban play researcher. In this role, Corliss hangs out at inner-city parks and recruits kid assistants to help her with her data gathering. These kids help Corliss determine what kinds of activities city kids like best and what things they would like to change about their neighborhoods. Corliss shares this information with educators and community leaders who can help adults and children improve and create new urban play environments.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Nanoparticle Safety Scientist

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces chemist Dr. Christy Haynes who, with her team of graduate (and one undergrad) students, investigates how nanoparticles interact with our immune system. Her research will help improve every day safety as we use products containing nanoparticles. Also available in Spanish.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Cow Vet

    Who does a cow call when she's sick? Large animal vet John Fetrow, otherwise known as Dr. Moo! John works at the University of Minnesota's Cow Transition Management Facility, where he researches the birth cycle of cows. He is an expert on common cow diseases, what kinds of food and care cows need to remain healthy (including "cow pedicures"!), and even the best kind of bedding for sleepy cattle!

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Aquatic Biologist

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces aquatic biologist Dr. Carlos de la Rosa, who researches insects in the waters of Kissimmee River in Florida. His research will help to restore the health of this river and make it a safe home for the insects he studies. Also available in Spanish.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Octopus Trainer

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces marine biologist Lisa MacCartney, who works with octopi at the Underwater Adventures aquarium in the Mall of America. MacCartney also monitors the aquarium's water quality and interacts with visitors.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Marine Biologist

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces marine biologist Michelle Jefferies, who works with and researches sea otters at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium. Also available in Spanish.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Shark Scientist

    Steve is an aquarist and elasmobranch (shark and ray) expert at the Aquarium of the Pacific. He loves his job because he gets to scuba dive often and handle animals everyday. Steve says volunteering as an aquarium helper is a great way to get your feet wet in the marine sciences!

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Bat Biologist

    Erin Gillam is a biologist who uses a virtual bat, which is a technology that mimics real bat sounds and calls. This tool lets her track the how insects react around bats. This research can be very helpful for farmers looking for ways to manage insects populations on farms.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Motorcycle Engineers

    Bruce Roberts always loved solving the "puzzles" given to him in math classes. He now enjoys daily mathematical challenges as an engineer for Harley Davidson Motorcycles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Along with his math skills, Bruce uses the latest cool computer programs to dream up the safest, fastest, and best designs for these powerful "bikes." Rick found a new appreciation for math, using it every day to test motorcycle components.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Scientist Profile: Paleontologist

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces paleontologist Gary Takeuchi, who digs in the Los Angeles area for bones, fossils, and other remnants of prehistoric life. His finds help him to describe what L.A. looked like millions of years ago. Also available in Spanish.

    Grades: 4-6

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