September 29 is World Heart Day! Mackenzie Tannhouser has an amazing Heart Day story, as she is not only a heart transplant recipient, but now she works to help people with cardiovascular health conditions as a biomedical engineer. Mackenzie received her heart transplant at age 17, giving her a second chance at life and inspiring her to pursue a career in a STEM related field. Mackenzie is also an advocate for young women who are considering STEM careers.
In this week’s episode of Degrees of Science, meteorologist Camille Hoxworth sits down and talks one-on-one with Michaela McCown, a Professor of Environmental Science at McLennan Community College. She is also the Chair for the City of Waco’s Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board and in her “free time” she trains for the Ironman Race! In our conversation we talk about why sustainability is so important in everyday life and some practical ways to be more sustainable in our everyday lives.
In this week’s Degrees of Science Chief Meteorologist Brady Taylor talks one-on-one with Dr. Jessie Christiansen, who has one of the coolest job titles in all of science. She is a Planet Hunter for NASA’s Exoplanet Science Institute. Dr. Christiansen is also deeply involved with promoting STEM education for underrepresented kids and minorities. On top of all of that she was named as a 2022 TED Fellow.
In this week’s Degrees of Science, Meteorologist Brady Taylor talks one-on-one with former NASA Astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris. Dr. Harris, who was born in Central Texas, was the first African American Astronaut to perform a space walk. Dr. Harris served on two space shuttle missions and spent 18 days in space. After his Astronaut career, Dr. Harris has worked to promote the growth of STEM education for underrepresented kids.