Who We Are
Julie Ann Fooshee
Julie Ann is currently reading for her PhD in Science Technology and Society at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She makes up the International part of SciEngage and is also the unofficial webmaster. Julie Ann is passionate about disability advocacy and accessibility, inclusion, and science festivals. In her free time (if there is any) she rides with the UoE equestrian club and can be found in the wilds of Scotland with our ad hoc Jr Member, Ghost. Do not feed her wheat and if you give her champagne after 9pm she will try and get you into shenanigans.
Manasi Apte is a Scientist+Communicator currently based in Knoxville, TN, United States. She is passionate about storytelling in science and making science and communication enterprise accessible, engaging and equitable for all.
Originally from India, Manasi still gets annoyed with daylight savings in the united states, finds the fall season extremely beautiful and refuses to eat any variety of Mangoes except for Alphonso. In her free time (and COVID19-permitted), she can be found with her family meeting her extensive circle of friends, traveling, enjoying delicious food while discussing documentaries, podcasts, books and Indian regional cinema :)
Geoff Hunt is the Public Outreach Program Officer at the American Society for Microbiology. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 2003 with a degree in biochemistry, and got his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University in 2009. Geoff then worked at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, first as the Senior Science Fellow and then as head of the Public Outreach Department. More recently, Geoff was the Director of LabX, a public engagement program at the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to (or as part of) his day job, Geoff has been known to perform the occasional science rap.
Stacey Baker was born on a farm, and in some ways she’s never really left. Her rural upbringing has empowered her sense of community, and inspired her passion for community engagement. For several years, Stacey organized Family Science Days as part of the AAAS annual meeting, building connections with local community organizations across the United States. Her life is micromanaged by her cat companion, Pegasus, who enjoys vocalizing her feelings. Stacey is also a rock climber, bookworm, and coffee enthusiast.
Julie Ann's assistance dog and occasional meeting seat-filler and serotonin provider. Born in Texas he looks deceptively small on camera but is much larger in person. His favourite foods are bacon, peanut butter, and eggs. Ghost enjoys long walks in Holyrood Park, exploring the Highlands, and barking at racists.
Pegasus uses her adorable feline looks to get away with murder, sometimes literally. She lives with Stacey and gives her opinions frequently about how she runs her life, it is suspected she is a mob boss . If you do not give the treats she thinks she is owed, you better watch your back. But then she hits you with those blue eyes and you are suckered in all over again.