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Author: Hoppy Heather

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Interviews with women and men in STEM who often enjoy beer!
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In this segment, Heather shares the mini bio of Katia Krafft who was a brave daredevil of a volcanologist. Hear how she pioneered the study of volcanoes alongside her husband Maurice.Thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by the recent volcanic eruption near Tonga and the subsequent tsunamis.Sources:"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" by Rachel IsnotofskyWikipedia: Katia Krafft
Happy New Year, Nerds!

Happy New Year, Nerds!


Just wanted to send everyone some love - hope you are all safe, happy, and healthy as we start a new year!
NEW SEGMENT OF THE PODCAST!Heather is trying out a new segment for the podcast where she shares an abbreviated life story of a fellow nerd in history.This first historical nerd is Rosalind Franklin whose work on DNA was overshadowed (and perhaps exploited) by two men named James Watson & Francis Crick.Sources:"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" by Rachel Ignotofsky
In this episode, Heather interviews former colleague Alex B. who has started her own blog regarding the cosmetics and personal care industry. She shares about her experiences at small and large companies and the different roles she has held. She also divulges some excellent wisdom in regards to communication with your management and visibility in your workplace.When she isn't busy working, she enjoys travel and recounts her latest trip to the UK with her family - which she organiz...
Happy New Year nerds!Your host, Hoppy Heather, just wanted to take a moment to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you listeners and supporters out there.Get ready for Season 2 with new guests and new nerds to connect with to help build your network!
In this episode, Heather chats with colleagues and cohorts, Isaac & Philip. The three of them talk about their early nerdery, current chaos, and future hopes. They enjoy some good brews while learning a little more about each other and offer advice to others in STEM careers.*Reminder that this podcast is not affiliated with any company or organization. The opinions expressed are those of the host and guest(s).*References:Thin Man Brewery - makes the Minky Boodle that Philip dr...
In this segment, hear the mini biography of Maria Telkes.Source:Wikipedia Article
In this episode, Heather catches up with good friend of the podcast Ashley who has had some AMAZING changes and experiences in her life since the last time they sat down and recorded. Take a listen and hear how change IS a GREAT thing!Reminder: this podcast shares the opinions of the host and guest and is not associated with any particular corporation.
Just wanted to take a moment to express and offer some suggestions - especially to the men out there. The women in your life are probably not ok and they need your help.Places to get started supporting and advocating for women's health rights:AbortionFunds.orgPlannedParenthood.orgKeeping Independent ClinicsBans Off
In this episode, Heather catches up with her long-time friend, Jill, a partner in a law firm. Perhaps a bit outside of STEM, but they grew up together. They were in several STEM classes together - although they met in an Industrial Technology or Shop class via a minor mishap. Listen to Jill talk about her journey to where she is now as an attorney and the lessons she has learned along the way. She also shares about her husband, a teacher, and a couple of active boys who keep...
In this installment, hear the mini-biography of renowned zoologist, Joan Procter. This woman loved amphibians and reptiles and shared her passion at both the British Museum and London Zoo. She was the creative and technological designer with the architects who built the Reptile House at London Zoo. Although plagued by chronic illness throughout her young life, she was a forerunner in the idea that enclosures and exhibits should be designed with the well-being and needs of th...
In this episode, Heather chats with José, a biologist and Ph.D. student studying all kinds of bats. Step aside, Hollywood - this is the REAL Bat Man! Listen to how José was drawn into studying biology and particularly the often misunderstood bats...spoiler alert: it started with many snakes. He shares how his home country of Nicaragua has a huge diversity of animals, including over 100 species of bats which can range in size from 3 grams/6 inches to 200 grams/3 feet! Y...
Back from a bit of a break!Here is an entertaining interview with Heather's coworker in Supply Chain, Justin. When he isn't tracking logistics and such for personal care products, he is a life coach trying to help inspire people to be their best selves. He focuses on what the individual needs and emphasizes the importance of self-care and self-love. In his free time, he enjoys adventures, anime, video games, and building model kits. He is also one of the most stylish g...
In this episode, Heather catches up with former colleague Jeffrey who has branched out on his own during the pandemic and created his own beauty consulting business! Hear about what triggered his interest in beauty and skincare, some of his work adventures, and his experiences working in the small, medium, and large corporations before becoming his own boss. He shares his belief that sharing knowledge and education is priceless when it comes to the health of an organization...
In this episode, Heather sits down virtually with a fellow beer nerd, Jessica M. Hear how Jessica studied arts and what skills have translated into her STEM career working for a chemical company. Both host and guest share about skills they work on in corporate America and come to realize, they can learn from each other!
Hear about this woman chemist trailblazing her path as the first female scientist hired at Johnson & Johnson.Sources:
Laugh along with Heather in this episode as she interviews the hilarious women and couple, Britt and Beda! Beda is a biologist who works in pharma and Britt is a visual artist in graphic design. They share some of their experiences (good and bad), excellent advice, and discuss their adventures during the pandemic.Links from the episode:Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority ParticipationMartha's Vineyard (surprise, no wineries)
Episode 28 - Mac & Val

Episode 28 - Mac & Val


In this episode, Heather is joined by two talented and creative folks she met in the beer industry. Mac is an actor/marketing/graphic design/Tiki guru, and Val is currently the head brewer for Trademark Brewing in Long Beach, CA. Hear how they both journeyed through AZ to arrive in CA and later meet at Firestone Walker in Venice Beach - in what became a beer romance! *cue awwwwws here*We talk careers, GABF awards, pandemic, horror movies, Tiki life, and beers.Links from the conver...
In this installment, Heather shares the mini-bio of Navy Admiral and computer scientist, Grace Hopper. Grace is credited with creating great strides when it comes to computer languages and coding as well as having popularized the term "debugging". For any of you computer coders out there, you can thank her for helping you "talk" to computers.Sources:"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" by Rachel - Grace Hopper
Your host, Hoppy Heather, wishes you a very safe and happy holiday season!