What is science to you?: 
Most importantly, science is a process. It constantly changes, allowing for new knowledge and understanding to replace outdated theories. That's exciting! I also think that science is important in the decisions we make everyday and that it can enrich our understanding of the world around us.
I hold a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in resource conservation and management and a minor in biology from Carroll University (Waukesha, WI). Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs pursing my M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. When I am not in class or at work, I am likely to be found behind the binding of a good book, hitting the tennis courts, hiking around the Cities, cooking new foods, or dreaming of my next travel experience.
What technology do you use every day?: 
Clocks, computers, the internet, cars, microwave, radio, cell phones, iPod, TV, DVD, light bulbs, and more, more, MORE! There is much for which to be thankful.
Technology that drives me crazy: 
QWERTY keypad cell phones. The buttons are too tiny! My clumsy fingers always hit more than the letter for which I'm aiming. And "universal" remote controls that aren't really universal. I have three "universal" remotes at home. Yes, three.
How do you use math in your daily life?: 
As a student of science, I use math often for class. I also use statistics in my job. Any time I bake, balance my checkbook, take out a loan, or compare prices, I'm also using math in my daily life.
Technology I love: 
Touch screens, especially the ones that actually feel like you clicked a button. Ingenious. And my KitchenAid. It's kind of old-school technology, but cooking and baking have never been the same.
I would invent: 
Transporters, like in Star Trek, that beam people to wherever they want to go. Being able to eliminate traffic, time spent commuting, and the exhaust from vehicles would be a pretty sweet invention. I could retire quite comfortably after patenting such a system.
I wish I were an expert in: 
People! Especially interpersonal relationships and communication. Understanding how we think as individuals and as groups is crucial both in the work that I do and in my everyday personal life.
Dream jobs: 
I would love to be a "science translator." That is, I want to work in science education and communication with everyone from children to policymakers. My back-up plan, however, is to open and run an outdoor adventure camp in the mountains of Colorado, especially for teenagers who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to experience a high ropes course, kayaking, camping, or rock climbing.