NOAA, Public Speaking, and the Joy of Science with Dr. Tracy Fanara


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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Tracy Fanara, Environmental Engineer, Scientist, Investigator, Public Speaker & Marvel Comic Agent of G.I.R.L., about NOAA, Public Speaking, and the Joy of Science. Read her full bio below.

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0:00 Intro

1:24 Shout outs

2:21 Nic and Laura discuss the Imposter Syndrome

9:28 Interview with Dr. Tracy Fanara starts

22:23 Tracy talks about her work with NOAA

28:10 Tracy shares details about being considered for the SpaceX Challenge project

34:22 Tracy discusses more cool projects she's working on

36:53 Tracy talks about public speaking

38:19 Tracy, Nic, and Laura discuss about the joys of science

43:24 Tracy's shout outs

46:11 Outro

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Guest Full Bio
Dr. Tracy Fanara is an environmental engineer, scientist, public speaker and television host with a BS, ME, and PhD from the University of Florida’s College of Environmental Engineering. In research, Tracy has developed water treatment technology, strategies for sustainable design, aquaponics for space travel, and citizen science programs with over 1.6million users to obtain publicly available environmental data. Tracy has international media recognition due to her expertise and science communication efforts during the Florida Water crises. Tracy is now the Coastal Modeling Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she manages US coastal ocean modeling efforts to gain a better understanding of our earth systems and threats to human lives and livelihoods in a changing world. You may have seen Tracy on Science Channel, Weather Channel, Fox or CBS; in Marvels Unstoppable Wasp, or on the recent cover of Xylem YSI’s Mission Water.

Music Credits

Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa

Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Matt

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