The makers, creators, artists, scientists, engineers, and doers behind Beakerhead.
You’ll have a hard time finding someone more passionate about science, math and art than Mary Anne Moser. And this passion manifests in more energy than a particle accelerator.
Before launching Beakerhead, she worked as a journalist, an award-winning designer and communications director, and over her career has started a publishing house, a renowned science communications program, and a nation-wide Iron Science contest. She has a number of publications to her credit, including books published by MIT Press and the Banff Centre Press.
In every new venture of hers, you’ll see something emerge where culture and science intersect. She holds a B.Sc. in Zoology, M.A. in Communications and an interdisciplinary Ph.D.
You might recognize Jay Ingram; he’s been on TV, a lot. Jay is a science broadcaster and writer; he was the co-host of the Discovery Channel’s science show, Daily Planet, for 16 years. Jay was the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks for 13 years and raked in plenty of awards during this time including the ACTRA Award for Best Host.
A writer to the core, Jay wrote for the popular children’s magazine Owl and for a more adult audience as a science columnist at the Toronto Star consecutively for over a decade. Jay has written fourteen books (he’s working on his next one now). Three of his books earned him Canadian Science Writers’ Awards and several reached the bestseller’s list.
Jay is a member of the Board of Directors of Beakerhead and plays a hands-on role in the science communications training programs offered by Beakerhead. where he worked with a mix of international scientists, communicators and artists to advance the discipline.
Now living in Calgary, Jay has been channeling his energy into Beakerhead which he co-founded with Mary Anne Moser. Fun fact: sometimes on weekends, he can be spotted playing a Frisbee game that involves two trees, a trampoline and a complicated set of rules. Only one can play at a time. Only one ever does.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Claudia Bustos is a nerd who loves to make things happen. When she hears “that’s not possible” she gets down to work. Prior to joining the Beakerhead team, she worked as a strategy coordinator with the Edmonton Heritage Council.
Before that, she developed science-based programs for TELUS Spark and launched the digital media studio workshops and their popular Adults Only Night series. She did a stint as a primate scientist with Operation Wallacea, including spending enough time in the rainforest to host a botfly. Back in the day, she learned a ton at the Univeristy of Windsor, where she obtained her B.Sc. in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience. She is also really into lurking around heritage buildings.
Carolyn started with Beakerhead as a volunteer, and has now joined the team officially! Professional experience maker by day, and cute puppy wrangler by night (and also by day), she brings high spirits, creative problem solving, and oodles of organization to the table.
In her role as Beakerhead Education Manager, she has the pleasure of personally smashing up science, art, engineering, and math and brings it all with her to class!
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Tera is an award winning social media manager with her digital finger on the pulse of the Beakerhead world. She brings a decade of experience to the team via her various online personas and is always on the lookout for the best way to show Beakerhead off to the local and international crowds! In her free time you can find her on the local arts scene, or promoting the latest and greatest Alberta events. Look for her at Beakerhead events with camera and phone in hand while attempting to juggle her coffee. Lots and lots of coffee!
Beakerhead’s annual September program is shaped by a Program Council made up of:
Jasmine Palardy, Manager Marketing Operations, Axia
Mary Anne Moser, President and Co-founder, Beakerhead
Paul Magnuson, Director, PK Sound
Jim Gilliland, Regional Director, Southern Alberta, Williams Engineering
Claudia Bustos, Director of Community Engagement, Beakerhead