Virginia (Jill) Teige is a sixth-year graduate student in the Cohen lab. She completed her bachelor's degree in chemistry in her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University. While at Indiana University, she was twice awarded the Klinge scholarship for excellence in science and dedication to outreach and education. She has taught chemistry to students from 1st grade up to junior level in college, and remains dedicated to community outreach through the BEACON Project. She designed and built the first generation of BEACON nodes, and is now working to analyze the information gathered thus far. To date, she has been active in every node deployment, and has earned the moniker "Node Woman" from the BEACON participants.
Alexis Shusterman is a second-year graduate student in the Cohen lab. She graduated from Brown University in May 2013 with a degree in chemistry and a passion for science communication, for which she was recently awarded second place in the American Chemical Society's 2014 Chemistry Champions competition. At Berkeley, Alexis has remained active in community outreach via BEACON school visits, Bay Area Scientists in Schools, Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, and after-school tutoring at Berkeley High School. Supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, Alexis works on the deployment of the second generation of BEACON nodes and continues to analyze the data collected so far.
Katja Seitz Weichsel worked on the BEACON project from spring 2012 through fall 2013. She studied physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and started working in atmospheric chemistry during her diploma thesis at the Institute of Environmental Physic in Heidelberg. First she studied atmospheric trace gases of the free troposphere at Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. During her PhD thesis at the same institute she changed subject to study the halogen emission of seaweed at the Irish West Coast. After completing her PhD she did a postdoc in Heidelberg, but spend time at UEA, Norwich to study the results of her thesis using a 2D model. After working on gases so close to the detection limit for years, she was quite happy to work with high concentrations on the BEACON project.
Catherine Newman has been collaborating with and advising the BEACON team since spring of 2014. She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2010 and currently works as a Bay Area-based freelance industrial product designer and developer. More information can be found at: http://catkaynew.com.