Webinar: Chat with a Scientist - May 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
The New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences invites NYC students to a virtual series called Chat with a Scientist, which spotlights the diversity of STEM professionals and their careers, and creates a casual space where youth can engage with and learn from real scientists. In this event, you’ll meet two scientists and learn about the role robotics and automation play in the development of vaccines.
Our goal is to provide young people with relatable role models, raise awareness of the breadth of STEM careers, and spark a lifelong love of science.
These events are geared towards NYC middle school students and families, though all are welcome to join.
Who you'll meet:
Alexi Palmer, MHSc
- Hometown: Bronx, New York
- Your current job: Senior Associate Scientist, High throughput Clinical Immunoassay and Diagnostics, BFA Automation Group
- Why you love science: I love science because it is constantly developing and recreating itself. Science is multifaceted and has many different areas of interest.
- Where you went to school: Fairleigh Dickinson university (B.S. Biology), Touro University (M.S Public Health), Eastern Virginia Medical School (Ph.D. Health Administration)
- Favorite activities/hobbies outside of work: I like to hike, read, hangout with family/ friends, and binge watch Netflix/Hulu series in my free time.
- Hometown: I find this question so amusing because my response is always quite complicated. I was born in Queens, New York, but most of my upbringing was split between Queens and a small county in Virginia that my family is from called Halifax County. Both places are so different, and the lessons that I learned from each place is also very distinct.
- Your current job: I am currently an Associate Scientist in the BFA Hamilton Robotics and Automation Group. I have the ability to work on various different vaccine projects by creating sample master dilution plates and assay plates using the Hamilton Robot.
- Why you love science: During my formative years as a student I had often had a quite difficult relationship with science because I found it to be challenging, but in high school I was in my AP Biology course, and my class read the book The Hot Zone. That allowed me love and appreciate the inquisitive nature of science.
- Where you went to school: I went to The College of New Rochelle for undergraduate and I am currently enrolled in Drexel’s University for my master’s degree.
- Favorite activities/hobbies outside of work: During the pandemic, I think we can all say that we spent a lot of time alone, but through that time I was able to discover my love for hiking and running. I have never been interested in either before but I realized that my time in nature is where I felt most at peace.