Meet The Hive

What is the LDOS “Hive”?

While some radio shows have writer/editor "staffs," we consider the Loh Down on Science to be run by a "Hive." The term was coined to invoke a community mentality where the ideas of the writers and editors are copacetic with that of Sandra Tsing Loh, our Queen Bee and program host. (Sandra's note, delivered in eerie third person: "From LDOS' first day with the fine grad students at UC Irvine (Zot Zot!), it was clear that Sandra was in exceptional company. The LDOS Fellows' mastery of everything ranging from the subtle differences of "absorption" versus "adsorption" to the intricacies of Google drives made them hyper-capable of organizing themselves. Sandra typically just brings doughnuts.") This form of "Hive" mind management enables the Loh Down on Science to continually produce radio-ready scripts that are both scientifically accurate and a loads of fun to hear. Buzz Buzz!

* denotes writers who are current managing editors of the Hive.

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Hunter Allison
Degrees Physics Ph.D. in Summer 2021 (Hopefully!) Research I used very short x-ray pulses to take ultra slow-mo videos of
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Jaclyn Beck
Degrees PhD, Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI, expected 2022 MS, Computer Sciences, UW Madison, 2012 BS, Computer Science, Northern Michigan University,
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Brenna Biggs*
Degrees PhD Physical Chemistry, University of California, Irvine (expected 2021) M.S. Physical Chemistry, University of California, Irvine (expected 2019) B.S.
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Krista Fruehauf*
Degrees PhD, Chemistry, UC Irvine, 2020 Expected BS, Physiology, UC Santa Barbara, 2015 Research Polymer hydrogel nanoparticles, polymer protein interactions,
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Chloe Groome
Degrees PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, expected 2022 MS, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, 2018 BS, Physics,
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Evelyn Hoover
Degrees MD/PhD expected, UCI, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, 2022 BS, Texas A&M University, Microbiology, 2013 Research I study host-pathogen interactions.
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Alex Jarnot
Degrees PhD Chemistry (expected 2023) MS Chemistry (2018) BA Chemistry (2017) Research I study the chemistry of wildfire smoke and
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Kellen Kartub*
Degrees Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2019 expected BA, Chemistry, Wellesley College, 2014 Biography As a Southern California native who spent her
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Victoria Lim*
Degrees M.S., Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2020 expected B.S., Chemistry, Belmont University, 2015 B.S., Mathematics, Belmont University, 2015 Research Computer-aided drug
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Margaret Lugin*
Degrees Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2019 expected M.S., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2016 B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, Minor in French, University of
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Jessica Monterrosa Mena
Degrees Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences: Environmental Toxicology, UCI, 2021 expected BA, Chemistry, Williams College, 2014 Biography Jessica is a graduate
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Maria Montchal
Degrees PhD, Neurobiology and Behavior, UC Irvine, expected 2019 MS, Neurobiology and Behavior, UC Irvine, 2017 BA, Psychology and French,
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Quang Pham
Degrees: Ph.D., Materials and Manufacturing Technology, UCI, 2020 expectedMS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCI, 2018BS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University
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Preeta Pratakshya
Degrees Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2022 expected B.S.- M.S., Chemistry, NISER, 2017 Research Structure and assembly of cephalopod proteins Development of
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Maureen Purcell
Degrees PhD, Social Ecology, UCI (expected 2021) MA, Social Ecology, UCI (2019) BA, Environmental Science, UCI (2012) Research Communication strategies
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Racine Rangel
Degrees Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine, Expected 2022 M.S., Marine Biology, California State University Long Beach, 2018 B.S.,
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Bahareh Sorouri*
Degrees Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine, 2022 Expected BS, Genetics, UC Irvine, 2017 AA, Biology, Chemistry, and Physical
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Sasha Vyatskikh
Degrees Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, UCI, 2021 expected M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Skoltech, 2015 B.Eng., Manufacturing, Bauman Moscow
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Kendra Walters
Degrees PhD, Biology, University of California - Irvine, 2021 (Expected) MS, Biology, University of California - Irvine, 2019 BS, Biology
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Bryce Wilson
Degrees Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2021 expectedMS, Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2018BS, Chemical Engineering, UCSD, 2016 Research Development of optical mechanotransduction
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Ted Yoo*
Degrees Ph. D., Materials Science, UCI, 2019 expected BS, Physics, Cal Poly Pomona, 2013 AA, Culinary Arts, Southern California School
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