Guion Bluford, Jr.

For millennia, humans have stood on our planet and gazed up at the stars; very few have had the unique perspective of traveling towards the stars and looking back down at Earth from above. This month’s featured scientist, Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr., has a special appreciation for our beautiful planet since he has logged 688 hours looking … More Guion Bluford, Jr.

Juan Botella

A large part of being a successful scientist is being interested and excited to share what you have learned. Sometimes you share this information with other scientists at conferences and special meetings, but it’s equally as important to share your knowledge with people in your community. After all, the policies, actions, and decisions that can protect … More Juan Botella

Maria Sanford & the Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs

Have you ever asked yourself how a national forest or park gets designated? Who decides to protect the land? Why is the land so special? This process is often a long battle between groups who want to use the land for different purposes, and there is no better example for this than our country’s first … More Maria Sanford & the Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs

Florence Bascom

Florence Bascom (1862-1945) is widely considered the first female geologist in the country and was the first woman to be hired by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) agency. The youngest of six siblings, Florence was born on July 14, 1862 to parents Emma Curtis Bascom and John Bascom. Both of her parents were teachers … More Florence Bascom

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau Born in 1910, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher. A pioneer in both diving and ocean exploration, when Cousteau and his teams embarked on his ship, Calypso, … More Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Eugenie Clark

Eugenie Clark was an American Ichthyologist, better known as a biologist devoted to the study of fish. She was popularly regarded as “the Shark Lady” and recognized for both her research on shark behavior and her study of fish in the order Tetraodontiformes. She was a pioneer in scuba diving for research purposes and was internationally regarded as an authority in marine biology, using her fame to promote marine conservation. … More Eugenie Clark

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was a renowned botanist, educator and inventor. In his early years, he studied botany at Iowa State Agriculture College. Carver was notorious for his work educating poor southern farmers in alternative crops to cotton. He recognized it was both sustainable and profitable for poor farmers to plant an alternative crop, such as sweet … More George Washington Carver

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai notably said, “Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth, to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own.” Wangari Maathai was a brilliant environmental and political activist, writer … More Wangari Maathai

Florence Merrium Bailey

Florence Merrium Bailey was a renowned ornithologist, naturalist and author. Her main passion was for birds and observing them in nature. However, during her lifetime many bird studies were made using collections and skins of dead birds. Bailey was horrified by the killing of birds and was one of the first to advocate live bird studies. She became instrumental in what we know as bird-watching today. … More Florence Merrium Bailey

Debra Fischer

Debra Fischer is a professor of astronomy at Yale University and an expert planet-hunter. Fischer searches for new planets outside of our solar system, known as exoplanets, in a quest for new multi-planet systems and other forms of life. In 1999, she and her team discovered a new complex planet system that included the star … More Debra Fischer