DragonflyTV Real Scientists
Meet 60+ scientists profiled on the PBS series DragonflyTV

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Scientist Profile: Aeronautical Engineer

Scientist Profile: Aeronautical Engineer

David Urie has wanted to help humans fly ever since he was a kid. As a teen, he designed model planes. His latest invention is the SkyTrac, a kind of body surfboard for parachute jumpers. More...

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Scientist Profile: Aquatic Biologist

Scientist Profile: Aquatic Biologist

Find out why Carlos de la Rosa, an aquatic biologist, sees insects as the key to restoring the health of the Kissimmee River in Florida. More...

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Scientist Profile: Audio Engineer

Scientist Profile: Audio Engineer

Meet Joseph Pompei, an audio engineer who's figured out how to "steer" sounds by aiming them only where he wants the waves to go with his "Audio Spotlight" device. More...

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Scientist Profile: Bat Biologist

Scientist Profile: Bat Biologist

Erin Gillam uses a virtual bat to track the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat. She hopes to discover how these fuzzy fliers can limit the insect population and help south Texas farmers. More...

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Scientist Profile: Bike Helmet Designer and Tester

Scientist Profile: Bike Helmet Designer and Tester

Mike Lowe and Brian Sidwell design bicycle helmets and test how well they survive a crash using wind tunnels, crash test dummies, and even anvils. Watch these "hard-headed engineers" in action. More...

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Scientist Profile: Bio Engineer

Scientist Profile: Bio Engineer

Tammy Reid Bush helped create the LEAP seat, an office chair that uses motion measurement devices to determine the most comfortable and supportive seating for each person. More...

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Scientist Profile: Biologist

Scientist Profile: Biologist

Microscopist Liz Stryjewski is exploring how to grow plants in space with LEDs. Examine the role of red light in "un-Earthly" photosynthesis. More...

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Scientist Profile: Biomedical Engineer

Scientist Profile: Biomedical Engineer

Tejal Desai designs tiny, nano-sized capsules to transport medicine in the body to the exact spot it is needed. Her work could change how diabetes is treated in the future. More...

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Scientist Profile: Cheetah Conservationist

Scientist Profile: Cheetah Conservationist

Known in her African village as "the Cheetah Lady," Laurie Marker founded a conservation fund to research, breed, protect, live with, and lecture about this sensitive and highly endangered cat. More...

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Scientist Profile: Chimpanzee Researcher

Scientist Profile: Chimpanzee Researcher

Ian Gilby likes monkeying around. He studies the hunting and meat sharing behaviors among chimpanzees in Gombe, Africa, as a way to help humans conserve the chimpanzees' natural habitats.
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Scientist Profile: Cilia Scientist

Scientist Profile: Cilia Scientist

Rich Superfine is a physicist, but his work advances biology by helping scientists learn how lung cilia function — work that helps improve treatments for Cystic Fibrosis and other diseases. More...

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Scientist Profile: Cow Vet

Scientist Profile: Cow Vet

Who does a cow call when she's sick? Large animal vet John Fetrow, otherwise known as Dr. Moo! Meet this expert on common cow diseases and the best ways to care for cattle. More...

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Scientist Profile: Criminalist

Scientist Profile: Criminalist

Jose Almirall is a forensic chemist who helps solve crimes. Discover the many ways he can analyze just a piece of glass to identify culprits and bring them to justice. More...

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Scientist Profile: Dairy Scientist

Scientist Profile: Dairy Scientist

Making ice cream is a science for Phillip Tong. He spends his days finding ways to improve the process and coming up with tasty new flavor ideas. More...

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Scientist Profile: Dog Handler

Scientist Profile: Dog Handler

Meet Dr. Ben Ho, one of the leading rescue workers in the nation. Find out how he trains dogs in search and rescue (SAR) techniques to help find missing hikers and victims of natural disasters. More...

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Scientist Profile: Earthquake Scientist

Scientist Profile: Earthquake Scientist

In 1978, when he was a college student, a large earthquake struck Colombia. That's when Jose Restrepo decided to study earthquakes and to engineer structures more resistant to an earthquake's shock. More...

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Scientist Profile: Eco-Friendly Materials Scientist

Scientist Profile: Eco-Friendly Materials Scientist

Nanotechnology, soybeans, and...skateboards. Meet Anil Netravali, who developed a "green" skateboard that won't clog landfills. More...

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Scientist Profile: Engineer

Scientist Profile: Engineer

Lonnie Johnson's inventions include the Supersoaker. Find out how an experiment in his bathroom turned into the most powerful water gun in the world. More...

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Scientist Profile: Entomologist

Scientist Profile: Entomologist

Meet “Betty Bug,” an entomologist with a soft spot for cockroaches. Who needs sci-fi when you have cockroaches to study? More...

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Scientist Profile: Food Scientist

Scientist Profile: Food Scientist

Corey Scott has the best job of all because he gets to eat his research! This nutritionist looks closely at high-volume vegetables, studying their nutritional composition and antioxidant properties. More...

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Scientist Profile: Forest Canopy Researcher

Scientist Profile: Forest Canopy Researcher

Meet Nalini Nadkarni, who studies plants that grow on other plants (epiphytes). She created the "master caster" to explore the forest canopy. More...

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Scientist Profile: Frog Scientist

Scientist Profile: Frog Scientist

Tyrone Hayes researches how chemicals in the environment, such as pesticides, keep amphibians from growing normally. His findings help people see the need for improving the environment everywhere. More...

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Scientist Profile: Galactic Astronomer

Scientist Profile: Galactic Astronomer

Meet Marianne Takamiya, who works atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea using the powerful Gemini telescope to look at other galaxies. More...

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Scientist Profile: Game Designer

Scientist Profile: Game Designer

Meet Xbox game designer David Ortiz, who works with coaches and players in the NFL to turn game day plays into life-like computer animation. More...

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Scientist Profile: Glue-ologist

Scientist Profile: Glue-ologist

Muscles were important to Leslie Hamming when she was a triathlete. Now mussels are. Mussels are a kind of clam. They make an amazing glue that Leslie is trying to mimic. More...

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Scientist Profile: Hurricane Researcher

Scientist Profile: Hurricane Researcher

As a boy, Jason Dunion often tape-recorded himself as a weather person going after nasty storms. Now, as a researcher for NOAA's Hurricane Division, he flies directly into the center of hurricanes! More...

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Scientist Profile: Hydrologist

Scientist Profile: Hydrologist

Meet hydrology technician Vidal Mendoza, who collects data to rate how much water is flowing in Texas rivers. Find out what he likes most about his career. More...

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Scientist Profile: Inventor

Scientist Profile: Inventor

Before he finished high school, Ryan Patterson invented a sign language translator glove. It senses ASL hand movements and sends the data to a device that displays the words on-screen. More...

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Scientist Profile: Jock Doc

Scientist Profile: Jock Doc

Dr. Joel Boyd is an orthopedic surgeon, head team physician for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, and has represented the U.S. hockey teams in Sweden, Germany, and Japan. Investigate sports medicine. More...

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Scientist Profile: Marine Biologist

Scientist Profile: Marine Biologist

Michelle is a marine biologist specializing in otters. Watch a typical day for her at California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium, and discover what it’s like to work with these smart animals. More...

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Scientist Profile: Marine Geologist

Scientist Profile: Marine Geologist

Meet Carol Reiss, an underwater geologist who studies how plates move to better understand earthquakes. See how she takes sediment samples and what she's learning from them. More...

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Scientist Profile: Mars Rover Engineer

Scientist Profile: Mars Rover Engineer

Dr. Ayanna Howard uses artificial intelligence (AI) to make robots "smarter" so they can travel into space and other hazardous locations. Take a look at her SmartNav robot, which is headed to Mars. More...

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Scientist Profile: Medical Modeler

Scientist Profile: Medical Modeler

Danny Smith creates models of the human body. See how he uses different kinds of plastic to mold arms, legs, and other body parts. More...

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Scientist Profile: Meteorologist

Scientist Profile: Meteorologist

Along with being a professor of meteorology, Howie Bluestein is an expert "stormchaser" who has actually flown directly into the eyes of 6 different hurricanes! More...

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Scientist Profile: Mineralogist

Scientist Profile: Mineralogist

Mineralogist Elizabeth Arredondo studies the amount of water in garnets and other minerals for clues to how the Earth formed. Watch how she identifies unknown minerals and why she says her job “rocks.” More...

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Scientist Profile: Motorcycle Engineers

Scientist Profile: Motorcycle Engineers

As an engineer for Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Bruce Roberts uses the latest cool computer programs to dream up the safest, fastest, and best designs for these powerful "bikes." More...

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Scientist Profile: Mud Scientist

Scientist Profile: Mud Scientist

Laura Triplett studies how clear cutting of forests by early settlers and today's large developments affect the environment and the water quality of Minnesota's St. Croix River. More...

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Scientist Profile: NASA JPL Researcher

Scientist Profile: NASA JPL Researcher

Lloyd French invents space robots. See his cryobot, designed to melt into the subsurface of the ice, take pictures and samples, analyze the data, and send it all back to Earth. More...

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Scientist Profile: NASCAR Engineer

Scientist Profile: NASCAR Engineer

Ryan Newman is a race car driver and engineer. He uses his knowledge of vehicle design and physical forces to improve his chances of winning his next race. More...

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Scientist Profile: Nanocar Engineer

Scientist Profile: Nanocar Engineer

Jason Guerrero uses chemical reactions to create the smallest cars in the world: nanocars! One day nano-sized vehicles might transport molecules and make it easier to build things at the nanoscale. More...

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Scientist Profile: Nanoparticle Safety Scientist

Scientist Profile: Nanoparticle Safety Scientist

Christy Haynes studies the effects of different nanoparticles on our immune system. She hopes her research will lead to "design rules" for nanoparticles that will guarantee their safety. More...

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Scientist Profile: Neurobiologist

Scientist Profile: Neurobiologist

Erich Jarvis is a real bird brain — a highly skilled neurobiologist who studies song birds to learn how the brain controls, generates, and learns complex behaviors, such as language. More...

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Scientist Profile: Ocean Scientist

Scientist Profile: Ocean Scientist

Meet Dick Yue, inventor of the Robotuna — a mechanical fish that moves through the water just like the real thing. He hopes to find new, efficient ways to get boats, ships, and submarines moving. More...

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Scientist Profile: Octopus Trainer

Scientist Profile: Octopus Trainer

Lisa MacCartney studies the behavior of "KG," a giant pacific octopus at Underwater Adventures in the Mall of America. See how she's trained him to crawl into a bucket to get weighed. More...

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Scientist Profile: Paleontologist

Scientist Profile: Paleontologist

Gary Takeuchi's childhood was a muddy one; he was always digging in his backyard. Today, he digs in the Los Angeles area for bones, fossils, and other remnants of prehistoric life. More...

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Scientist Profile: Primate Scientist

Scientist Profile: Primate Scientist

Primatologist Lisa Parr studies whether chimpanzees recognize other chimps the same ways humans do. What will her work will tell us about human primates? More...

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Scientist Profile: Renewable Energy Scientist

Scientist Profile: Renewable Energy Scientist

Growing up in the Navajo Nation, Sandra Begay-Campbell was into math and science. Today, as an engineer, she brings solar and wind energy to people who lack alternatives. More...

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Scientist Profile: Research Scientist

Scientist Profile: Research Scientist

Una-May O'Reilly designs mobile robots that function without the help of humans. Her research in artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually give human faces and personalities to robots. More...

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Scientist Profile: Robotic Life Scientist

Scientist Profile: Robotic Life Scientist

As a kid, this ground-breaking robot designer was inspired byStar Wars. Now Cynthia Breazeal is a professor at MIT and builds sociable robots. Meet her latest, Leonardo. More...

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Scientist Profile: Robotic Soccer Scientist

Scientist Profile: Robotic Soccer Scientist

Manuela Veloso is an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher who programs small robot dogs to play soccer in international World Cup competitions. Her goal? Increasing the learning abilities of 'bots. More...

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Scientist Profile: Shark Scientist

Scientist Profile: Shark Scientist

Steve Blair loves his job because he gets to scuba dive often and handle animals everyday. Find out how volunteering at an aquarium helped this expert on sharks and rays get his aquarist job. More...

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Scientist Profile: Solar Vehicle Engineer

Scientist Profile: Solar Vehicle Engineer

Travis Lee's challenge? Build a race car that goes as fast as possible using the least amount of energy. His answer? The Borealis 2, powered by the Sun. More...

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Scientist Profile: Space Research Scientist

Scientist Profile: Space Research Scientist

Andy Liu is studying how humans adapt to the topsy-turvy, zero-gravity atmosphere of long space flights. He hopes to have one of these experiments performed on a future space flight. More...

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Scientist Profile: Space Suit Researchers

Scientist Profile: Space Suit Researchers

Meet a research team developing clothing that keeps astronauts comfortable in the intense cold and searing heat. More...

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Scientist Profile: Toyologist

Scientist Profile: Toyologist

Katie Broughton's job is all fun and games. See how she used nanomuscles (tiny hair-like wires) to create realistic blinking eyeballs in a doll. More...

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Scientist Profile: Urban Play Researcher

Scientist Profile: Urban Play Researcher

Having fun is her work. Meet Corliss Outley, whose research laboratory is inner-city parks. Find out how she's working to improve urban play spaces. More...

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Scientist Profile: Volcano Scientist

Scientist Profile: Volcano Scientist

Karin Block is an igneous petrologist (a volcano scientist) who studies the history of rocks beneath New York. Before that she worked with music artists, such as Will Smith and the Backstreet Boys. More...

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Scientist Profile: Weather Scientist

Scientist Profile: Weather Scientist

Robbie Hood is a hurricane huntress — aka weather scientist — for NASA. Her main job is studying the birth of hurricanes, so people on land can prepare for the storm. More...

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Scientist Profile: Whale Scientist

Scientist Profile: Whale Scientist

Marine biologist Ed Lyman helps rescue humpback whales — an endangered species — caught in fishing lines or hit by boats. Watch him at work. More...

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Scientist Profile: Wildlife Biologists

Scientist Profile: Wildlife Biologists

Find out why wildlife biologist John Beckmann and dog handler Aimee Hurt are on the hunt for black bear, grizzly bear, wolf, and mountain lion scat (poop) in the area surrounding Yellowstone. More...

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Scientist Profile: Wind Research Assistant

Scientist Profile: Wind Research Assistant

Ameri Gurley gets blown away by her own research. This wind researcher studies how house placement can reduce exposure to flying debris during a tornado or hurricane. More...

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