Leigha


Where you can find me
What I do (my job): 
Performer Public Programs (SMM) + Social Media & Adult Programs Coordinator (NISE Net)
Where I do what I do: 
Science Museum of Minnesota + NISE Network
Interests
I wish I were an expert in: 
Theoretical physics, being a sea turtle or some kind of whale, how to be filthy stinking rich and giving most of my money to charity and causes I believe in, what happens after we die, sewing my own clothes, painting.
All about me
I serve the Science Museum of Minnesota as an actor in the Public Programs department, performing short, science-related plays and presenting live science demonstrations for the public. Blowing fireballs? Check. Detonating controlled hydrogen explosions? Check. Taking my standard British dialect out for the occasional spin? Check. It’s all in a good day’s work. I serve the NISE Network as the Social Media Coordinator (have you friended us on FaceBook? Followed us on Twitter? Declared your official colleague-ery on LinkedIN? Bought any swag from the NISE Net Nano Shop on Café Press? Killed some sciencey time on Science Buzz or Nano Buzz?); work with the Public Programs team on general programs (Alice in NanoLand!) Adult Programs (Science Cafés! Forums! Satirical 1950s educational videos!); and sit in on Exhibit meetings from time to time to add my two cents regarding the societal and ethical implications of nano. If there was an appropriate title that somehow approximated NISE Net Catch-All, I’m pretty sure I’d have it. And that’s all part-time. The rest of the time I am a voice-over artist for national television and radio commercials, and a proud member of the Screen Actors’ Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In my free time, I…wait – what free time?
Science in my life
What is science to you?: 
Science is like my 7th Grade Social Studies class - something that I wasn't very good at in school, and barely squeaked by with a passing grade, but now as an adult something I wish I had paid more attention. Because it is mighty fascinating, and frankly, really, really relevant to being an adult. I need to know certain elements of physics to not drive my car like a jerk. I need to know where Libya is.
I would invent: 
A machine that would wake up for me in the morning. I'm really bad at that.
How do you use math in your daily life?: 
To fully grasp how much faster I'm driving than everyone else in this pokey state.
What technology do you use every day?: 
My toothbrush. So much better than twigs and sodium bicarbonate!
Technology that drives me crazy: 
Stuff that is supposed to uncomplicate things and make life better/easier/faster, but really just ends up cluttering our lives more. Like an egg separator. Do we really need those?