Virginia (Jill) Teige is a fourth-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.
Katja Seitz Weichsel joined the BEACON project in spring 2012. 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 is now happy to work with high concentrations.