People

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Adam Blaustein Rejto is a painter, musician, and unemployed biochemist living in Brooklyn. They are the founder and director of The Compassionate Knowledge project at Hampshire College’s Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Alexis Takahashi (aka ATAK) is a multiracial organizer who loves plants, sushi, and disrupting capitalism. Her personal superpowers are cat whispering and laying in trees.
Allie Lalor is a recent graduate with a degree in Environmental Science. She is based out of Capitola California but spends much of her time traveling as a seasonal field researcher (such is the unstable job life...). She hopes to study political ecology in her future research career to explore the many interconnections between capitalism and climate change, and how to dismantle them. In her free time she's either reading, working in a ceramic studio, or bonding with cats.
Andria Chiu Tattersfield (dri) is a genderqueer, multiracial Taiwanese American physics student who loves exploring the intersections between science, art and activism. They facilitate educational workshops at their on-campus diversity & inclusion center and organize open mics wherever they can, and are always looking for more ways to build community through art and imagination. They are struggling to figure out how to pursue their love of science outside of mainstream, harmful institutions and practices; until then, they'll keep filling their poems with science metaphors and doodling in physics class.
Andy Su (they/he) is a rocket science engineer turned community organizer. They are working towards becoming a high school physics teacher to work with youth in envisioning a liberatory future in the stars.
Anna Khatt is a non-binary dragon of all trades whose political convictions are best described by her D&D alignment of chaotic good. You can't find her in the office, but you can find her in the studio throwing clay, on the mats training jiu-jitsu, or in the lab... of the musical variety, mixing self-acclaimed classics. She tutors in languages & sciences by day, and coordinates workshops & events for Free Radicals by night.
Art Li is middle school science teacher who is trying to figure out how to balance science education with social justice. When he is not forgetting to do his laundry or clean his room, Art likes to play video games, board games, and cook food for his friends.
August Guang is a genomics data scientist at Brown University and healing coordinator at the Providence Youth Student Movement. Both their research practices and organizing work are guided by the belief that crisis and uncertainty are a gift (credit to Chhaya Chhoum) and that we must be involved in shaping how change happens.
Chrystal Li is a former environmental/ocean science major who now does design and creative coding for a living. She spends her free time drawing, questioning everything, and appeasing her cat, Hiccup.
fèini yĭn is a loving crab/crabby lover and child of immigrants living on lenape land currently known as philadelphia. as a science journalist, they aim to bring forth perspectives not traditionally heard in science stories and expand society's definitions of words like "expert," "scientist" and "facts." they have a dog and strong fine motor skills, which they put to use in embroidery, origami, veggie chopping and other persnickety tasks. kids at school used to taunt them with the nickname "chinese barbie" but joke's on those bullies because that's a badass (and accurate) character assessment!
Kalei Trujillo is a USC alum with a degree in Biology and East Asian Languages and Cultures who is currently a wandering soul. After returning to the United States from a three year stint abroad as an English teacher in Japan, she wants the next step to be as fulfilling as the last. When not job searching and working as a project manager for all your favorite Free Rads, she likes to dream, read fiction, eat everything, and climb.
Kelly Jiyoon Park is a medical student and science fiction enthusiast based in Los Angeles. She is passionate about reproductive rights, mental health literacy in immigrant communities, and not actively contributing to the medical industrial complex. In her free time, she enjoys choral singing and having strong feelings about social justice, books, and the internet.
Kris Chan is a nonbinary Hong Kong American with love for their friends, family, and lovely red truck named Truck. They were interested with science as a young age, but didn't really interact with the politics of science until their second year of college. With their final thesis about doctors utilizing synthetic hormones to alter the genitalia of fetuses in-utero, they were determined to find out how to spread more information about gender and sex with biology as a tool, rather than biology defining what society thinks gender and sex are. They also volunteer as a member of Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, and enjoy learning languages when they're free (currently learning: Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean).
Linus Kuo is a researcher, aspiring educator, gamer, and an on again, off again cellist.
Mara Freilich is a scientist, organizer, artist, and bookworm. When she was very young, she was afraid of the ocean but she is now a professional ocean and climate scientist, working on her PhD in Massachusetts. She develops her wonder at the natural world by spending time outdoors hiking, backpacking, biking, and kayaking. She works to involve scientists and scientific inquiry in movements for justice and on envisioning the roles that science will play in a more just future.
Mariah-Rose Marie M is an artist, poet, amateur naturalist, capsaicin enthusiast, and nomad-heart. She is interested in creating a future where all life is valued, variation is celebrated instead of persecuted, and the socially constructed borders between nations, races, classes, sex, and gender are dissolved. In the meantime, she’s enthusiastic about producing art, writing, and music to help us get there. When she is not brooding about the sixth mass extinction, she can be found enjoying music, trying to pet random cats, cooking, gardening, or training in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu.
Mario De Leon loves math. He was born and raised in Guatemala until the age of 9, and has lived in Los Angeles as an undocumented immigrant ever since. Mario believes that math is beautiful and that we are simply out of love with math due to modern formal education systems, colonialism, and capitalism. Mario believes in the power of math and science in the hands of the working class to radically reimagine what math education can look like for the benefit of all beings. When he’s not contemplating the meaning of life, Mario likes to hang out with his cat, Pi.
Mario Pizarro Rojas (They/He) is an undocumented scientist currently working on a Masters in biochemistry at Cal State LA. Their research interest involves creating novel therapies for illnesses that can be easily affordable and accessible to marginalized communities. Mario also is continually fighting to make STEM more accessible for undocumented students. Their passions outside of science and activism include drinking excessive amounts of boba and coffee while scrolling away through twitter.
Nicoletta Christina Browne is a trans dyke geoscience educator and musician currently based in Santa Barbara, CA. She started out doing geology research, which included a stint doing fieldwork in Antarctica studying dikes (#dykestudyingdikes), but soon found that her passion lay more with education and community outreach, and presently teaches classes at Santa Barbara City College. Having transitioned in grad school and been basically the only out queer person in her department, she has a lot of not-so-nice things to say about white, cishet feminism (and white-centric queer activism) and generally believes earth scientists could stand to be more political. Outside of science, Nicoletta also plays the cello and drums, hosts a womyn/queer/POC-centric folk and Americana radio show, and watches way too much yuri anime.
Sasha Karapetrova is a solar engineer, commercially-licensed driver, extremophile lover, and certified best friend. When brain space isn’t dedicated to queering gender performativity, transnationalism, and all things molecular biology related, Sasha loves frolicking in rural Russian fields, visiting museums in the snowy Eastern Sierra, and skating down the street to play pick-up soccer in Chicago’s Jackson park. Catch Sasha doing more Baba Yaga witchcraft on the gram @sashawasha23!
Shubha Rajan (she/they) is a writer, designer, theater nerd, and science/tech enthusiast stumbling through their mid-20s who helped build Free Rads' new, revamped website. For most of 2019, Shubha will be living on Duwamish land attending Ada Developers Academy, a year-long training and internship program for women and non-binary individuals to break into tech. In Shubha's free time, you'll most likely find them designing radical games, taking pictures of wildlife, stargazing, or drawing She-Ra fan art. Twitter: shubha_rajan
Sophie Duncan is a queer robot beep-booping her way through grad school one rusty, robot heartbeat at a time. She likes plants (ALOT ALOT) and dabbles in the sophisticated science of caring for pet-rocks. When she’s not making weird things with glue and paper, she thinks about how shooting stars are the universe’s garbage. or something.
Sophie Wang (aka shuf) is a second generation Chinese American invested in making science more equitable by opening up conversations around how it interacts with society. She sparks these conversations through multimedia forms ranging from comics to experiential exhibits, drawing from her postgrad training in Science, Technology, and Society and her many years making art of widely varying quality. In her free (radical) time, she recommends the Remembrance of Earth’s Past scifi series to strangers, watches an embarrassing amount of Dota 2, and does development work for nonprofits. You can follower her at @wangshuf.
Taylin Im Taylin Im is a queer Korean American from Southern California with a soft spot for New England currently in medical school with a strong interest in LGBT+ health and reproductive justice. She holds a bachelor's degree in Health and Human Biology and will almost always take a picture of food before eating it. In between writing about food, playing the piano, and looking for the next Netflix series to finish, she spends a lot of time thinking about baby humans and animals.
Ti Do My 9-5 is to decolonize education as an aspiring teacher focused on liberation. I'm also in the anti-gentrification movement with Chinatown Community for Equitable Development. Building and working in community not only nourish my being, so does flatuent humor, dirt, doggos, hikes, books, and so many other things. Though, the most important thing for you to know about me - is that I'm trying to reclaim and liberate my mind and body.
Wil’ Prada is an undocumented filmmaker and astronomy enthusiast. You can follow him on instagram: @wilwill51
xiili sarkela is a research scientist and maker based in occupied Lenape lands (princeton, nj). xiili works at the intersection of fungi, microbiology, fashion, and justice. kye is involved in collective practices of bioremediation and harm reduction to build the world we want beyond/through the toxic realities of environmental racism. kyr project hyphaenate: “Becoming” Inspired Design for the Future of Fashion imagines and conjures a future where we grow our own clothing and practice becoming alongside our nonhuman skin.
Yiran Liu is a smol human with big feelings. She daydreams about how anti-oppressive, community-based science can mitigate, rather than perpetuate, social and political inequities. Her favorite human-made wonders include live music, spicy food, fuzzy socks, and compassion. She is a grad student in the bay area.
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