Science Friday

Brain fun, for curious people

Meet Science Friday

Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. We started as a radio show, created in 1991 by host and executive producer Ira Flatow. Since then, we’ve grown into much more: We produce award-winning digital videos and publish original web content covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars.

SciFri Staff

Danya AbdelHameid

Narrative Podcasting Intern

Danya AbdelHameid is Science Friday’s fall 2019 narrative podcasting intern. She’s most interested in telling stories about the complex, messy ways that science interacts with culture, history, and society, but she’s really into glaciers and ice sheets, too.

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Charles Bergquist

Director and Contributing Producer

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.

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Andrea Corona is a science writer and Science Friday’s fall 2019 digital intern. Her favorite conversations to have are about tiny houses, earth-ships, and the microbiome.

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Danielle Dana

Executive Director

Danielle Dana is Science Friday’s executive director (a.k.a. scary boss). She’s also a huge Mets fan and Giants fan. She hates zucchini, unless it’s zucchini bread.

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Elah Feder

Development Producer

Elah Feder is a development producer for Science Friday. She co-hosted and produced the Undiscovered podcast. She’s also Science Friday’s resident Canadian.

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Jennifer Fenwick

Director of Institutional Giving

Jennifer Fenwick is the director of institutional giving at Science Friday. She enjoys creating new recipes and gardening anywhere she can find a patch of dirt.

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Ira Flatow

Host and Executive Producer

Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Science FridayHis green thumb has revived many an office plant at death’s door.

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Xochitl Garcia

K-12 Education Program Manager

Xochitl Garcia is Science Friday’s K-12 education program manager. She is a former teacher who spends her time cooking, playing board games, and designing science investigations from odds and ends she’s stockpiled in the office (an in various drawers at home).

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Luke Groskin

Video Producer

Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.

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Katie Feather

Associate Producer

Katie Feather is an associate producer for Science Friday and the proud mother of two cats, Charleigh and Sadie.

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Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

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Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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Johanna Mayer

Digital Producer

Johanna Mayer is a digital producer at Science Friday. When she’s not working, she’s probably baking a fruit pie. Cherry’s her specialty, but she whips up a mean rhubarb streusel as well.

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Valissa Mayers

Office Manager

Valissa Mayers is Science Friday’s office manager. She will happily tell you she’s a foodie, a feter, and a Converse Chuck Taylors collector.

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Diana Montano

Events Producer

Diana Montano is the Events Producer at Science Friday, where she crafts live events to delight and engage audiences in the world of science.

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Annie Nero

Individual Giving Manager

Annie Nero is Science Friday’s individual giving manager. She enjoys listening to music through giant headphones.

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Daniel Peterschmidt is a digital producer and composes music for Science Friday’s podcast, Undiscovered. His D&D character is a clumsy bard named Chip Chap Chopman.

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Beth Ramme

Controller

Beth Ramme is Science Friday’s Controller and handles all things financial for the organization. She is passionate about supporting families of children and adolescents who live with serious mental health conditions.

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Christian Skotte

Co-Director & Head of Digital

Christian Skotte is the co-director & head of digital at Science Friday. He’s into board games, bourbon, and big ideas.

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Christie Taylor is a producer for Science Friday. Her day involves diligent research, too many phone calls for an introvert, and asking scientists if they have any audio of that narwhal heartbeat.

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Lauren J. Young is Science Friday’s digital producer. When she’s not shelving books as a library assistant, she’s adding to her impressive Pez dispenser collection.

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Tony Zisa

Business Manager

Tony Zisa is Science Friday’s business manager. He enjoys red wine and cheese and maintains a vegetarian lifestyle except for consuming vast quantities of meat and fish.

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Ariel Zych

Education Director

Ariel Zych is Science Friday’s education director. She is a former teacher and scientist who spends her free time making food, watching arthropods, and being outside.

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Sci Fri Board

Richard D. Firestone is an independent consultant, with expertise in Information Technology and Radio and Television Production. He was the first long-term Director of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and the Producer of Live Events for NPR.

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Ira Flatow

Host and Executive Producer

Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Science FridayHis green thumb has revived many an office plant at death’s door.

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Martha J. Fleischman is President and owner of Kennedy Galleries, IncShe currently serves as a board member of New York Public Radio, Democracy Now!, the Advisory Board of the New York Festival of Song, and is a Trustee for the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

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James M. Gentile is the Dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has been, or continues as, a consultant to numerous national and international public and private colleges, universities, foundations and corporations.

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Marilyn Hoyt is an active writer and trainer.  A member of the national faculty of the Ecology Society of America’s SBI institute, she also chairs the Audit Committee of New Knowledge and is a member of the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – NY as well as its Professional Advancement Committee.  

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Julie LaNasa, in addition to launching her own firm, Collaborative Consulting, is currently a trustee with The Leakey Foundation. She and her husband, John Kunzweiler, live in Tiburon, California.

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Mary Smart has been on the Science Friday Board since 2004. She is also a board member with the Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern University, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and the National Forest Foundation.

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Camilla Smith serves on several national and community boards including the National Public Radio Foundation, the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She and her husband, George Smith, have five children and eight grandchildren.

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