Media Resume

November 12th, 2007

Objective: To secure a challenging position in which I can apply my unique combination of academic training, broadcast experience, and science education expertise towards developing entertaining science based programming for adults and children with a specific emphasis on promoting women’s interests in science.

Related Work: This Week in Tech (TWiT) Network - Host and producer for Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour, co-host for various live programming, new content creator, and assistant producer for the network. Also, host and producer for Science News Weekly, weekly 5 minute run-down of the week’s science news on the online video network, TWiT.tv. Green Tech Today - This Week in Tech’s Top 25 Green Tech Innovators Series. I hosted and produced the series in 2010-11 with Becky Worley, ‘Good Morning America’s’ technology correspondent.

Specialty Studios - Freelance project for Specialty Studios as Creative Director, Writer, and Host (2009-11). We created two series about coral reef ecology for use in Australian and New Zealand Schools:

Climate Change and Coral Reefs
Exploring Coral Reefs: Reproduction and Survival

The Science Channel - December 2008 to present — Producing and hosting short segments for their international science variety program, Brink. May-June, 2008 — I contracted to act as the field reporter for the Science Channel during the World Science Festival. I was responsible for leading on-camera interviews with prominent scientists from around the globe.  

Revision3 - February 2008 to present — I host and produce a segment called “Rad Science” for an internet video podcast called PopSiren. I choose topics, research and write scripts, coordinate with the executive producer and director, organize props and basic graphics for the shoot, and am the on-screen host. You can view clips here, here, and here.

Pixel Corps – May 2007 to present — I am the host and producer for the audio program, Potential Energy, and a high-quality internet video program called Food Science, which is currently licensed by OnNetworks. I choose topics, research and write scripts, plan computer graphics, coordinate with the executive producer and director, purchase all props for the shoot, and play the on-screen host. I am also an occasional expert/guest on the This Week in Media audio podcast and the MacBreak video podcast produced by Alex Lindsay of Pixelcorps. You can view the Food Science demo-reel here.

KDVS 90.3 FM – 1999 to present – Hosting and producing my own radio program, This Week in Science, taught me the invaluable skills of verbal presentation, time management, and interviewing. I also manage the sister website to the radio program, gaining experience in writing about science for a general audience and communicating with our listeners.

The Skeptologists - May 2008 — I played an expert/skeptic in a pilot for an alternative/docu-reality television program called The Skeptologists. The pilot is currently in production. The promo is available here. This Week in Science Network - May 2008 — I am the director of the This Week in Science Network, the development of which is based on the popularity and focus of my audio podcast, This Week in Science.

MacBreak - January 2008 — On-site host for the 2008 MacWorld Conference. I located companies at the conference who had products with an interesting scientific twist, and led on-camera interviews for MacBreak, a popular internet video podcast. You can view clips here and here.

WNBC-TV – January to February, 2006 – I was hired as a temporary producer for the medical/health desk ‘Live at 5’ news segment. I scheduled interviews, field produced, researched, wrote, and edited scripts, chose B-roll and worked with editors to produce stories, and oversaw the activities of an intern. I also worked closely with the reporter and head producers to choose and schedule the stories we ran.

September to December, 2005 – I was chosen in a competitive application process to spend ten weeks as an AAAS Mass Media Fellow working at WNBC-TV in New York, NY learning the craft of science/medical writing for television. I pitched and researched stories, wrote scripts, and produced pieces for the evening news medical/health segment. I also performed the organizational tasks of the producer while she was out of town.

WIDSI (‘Watch It. Don’t Squash It.’) - 2005 - After-school educational science program for grades 1-5 in West Sacramento, CA elementary school, in which I developed and organized biological science presentations and activities for children grades 1-5.

Campus News Service – January to July, 2003 – At the University of California, Davis News Service, as an intern I worked on the production of short television broadcast news stories about UC Davis for a local public television station. I researched and wrote scripts, logged videotape, and scheduled interviews.

Summary of Skills: • Production Experience (Television) • Production Experience (Radio) • On-Air Talent/Hosting (Radio, Television) • Science Writing (Television, Radio, Web, Video Podcasting) • New Media Production/Talent (Blog, Audio and Video Podcasting)

Relevant Interests: President of the Northern California Association for Women in Science, 2006: active member since 2004 National Association of Science Writers: active member since 2005

Education: • Ph.D. in Physiology with an emphasis in neurophysiology from UC Davis, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (NPB) – December, 2006. • B.S. in Wildlife Management from UC Davis, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, June 1996. References available upon request. My headshots (1 and 2) for those who are interested.


9 Responses to “Media Resume”

  1. Mike Harmata on November 20, 2007 3:37 pm

    I just saw the teflon and Maillard reaction casts. It was great to see some nice chemistry for the general population. We need people like you. Good luck. Mike Harmata

  2. Lucas Stephens on July 24, 2008 2:17 am

    Hi Kirsten, your work is great. Have you been following developments in aether science? Sounds strange maybe. I have followed the work of Harold Aspden for several years, and although my background is Art not science, it has been a thrilling scientific adventure unfolding before my eyes. It seemed everything was so well understood….hmm but mistakes in science have incredible consequences. In the last couple of years the “alternative science” has seemed to take off…weeee. An Artist colleague and I are planning a symposium for the discussion of Art and Science to be held in Ottawa, in 2010, maybe of interest? would you like to get involved at some level? If so drop me a line, best wishes Lucas Stephens

  3. Arlene Goldberg-Gist on July 24, 2008 3:08 pm

    Dear Kirsten:

    I’m with Chemical & Engineering News magazine in Washington, D.C. (produced by the American Chemical Society), and I am writing a short item about you and your interesting and apparently successful quest to bring science to the general public. It will be part of our Newscripts column (see link above). I’ve seen your “Food Science” videos, which I happened upon at home on cable TV, and all that you’ve posted on the Web. I’m not a chemist (editing and production group), but I was impressed by the chemistry graphics in your videos. I realize you’re in Russia, but is there a way we can speak on the phone? If not, could you e-mail me something about chemistry in your shows … or something about chemistry in general? I look forward to your reply.

    Sincerely,

    Arlene Goldberg-Gist
    Senior Editor
    Chemical & Engineering News
    American Chemical Society

  4. brad on July 31, 2008 10:11 pm

    Kirsten,

    seriously, what you’ve done is awesome. i look forward to following your work….if i can…lol

  5. spot on August 1, 2008 11:38 pm

    You’re programming is great! PopSiren and The Food Science are both outstanding. Simple, direct and delivered with CHEER. My kids love them and I love them. Thank you.

  6. Sergio Perez Leyva on April 22, 2009 12:29 am

    Hi Dr. Kiki:

    What ever happened to the Potential Energy podcast? I really liked that show. I understand that with lower oil prices the interest may diminish but the issues and information you touched on are still paramount.

    I’ve been a fan for a long time on many of your shows, keep up your great work.

  7. Prof. Daniel Cox on April 27, 2009 2:57 pm

    Hi, my organization ICAM for which I gave you the link above, is developing an online science museum aimed at making science cool for 15-30 year olds. I have appreciated following your tweets - the tweet link for ICAM is @icami2cam and for me @dlcox1958. Keep up the good work!

    Daniel COx, PhD, Professor of Physics ,UC Davis

  8. Todd Laurence on November 29, 2009 10:52 am

    The star Kochab, an orange giant in Ursa Minor, (little dipper)
    went supernova in the past. The light-energy should reach us
    in this decade.

    Senior researchers at Princeton University, School of Applied
    Science, verified all details.

    Todd Laurence
    NYN2
    646-330-7282

  9. Dean Jones on April 27, 2010 12:41 am

    Hi Kirsten,
    I have recently discovered your podcast on I-tunes.
    I absolutely love it! It is very informative and entertaining as well.
    I find your voice and personality adorable. After listening to your podcast today, I decided to take a look at your resume on-line. I am very impressed with what you have done and what you are striving for. I believe it to be a wonderful and important pursuit to make science more accessable to the masses.
    I also find it interesting that you have specialized
    in animal intelligence as I very recently read ,and
    loved, the book “Alex and Me” by Irene Pepperberg; about her research on the intelligence of African Grey parrots.
    I do have a confession to make: the main reason why
    I looked up your web-site was to put a face to the voice that I hear on the pod-cast. After putting all the pieces together……. I think I’m in love! Keep
    up the good work.

    Sincerely,
    Dean

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