Kat is a Political Science Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at The University of Alabama. She obtained her M.A. from Youngstown State University in American Studies and her B.A. from The University of Arizona in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies. Kat focuses on the intersections of religion, politics, and science, and the use of rhetorical strategies on social media. Her research includes projects that have examined such topics as NASA's use of social media, the effect of religious fundamentalists on American science policy, and how Islamic fundamentalists are appropriating "creation science" from fundamentalist American institutions to craft an Islamic creationist narrative. Kat, along with CraftLass, is a founding member of the Geek Girls Night Out team, and is also a poet and blogger. You can find out more about Kat, along with links to her research, poetry, and blog at www.kathrynrobison.com.
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Kassy wears many hats (both literally and figuratively). While beginning a career in the music industry, she discovered a dormant passion for physics during an audio engineering class at The New School (now New School University). In music, she used a lifetime love of computers to pick up skills in audio editing, web and graphic design, and whatever else was needed for the job at hand as well as learning about songwriting from some of the most knowledgeable people. Coming back to her childhood love of space, she was inspired by her frustration with Congress to write “Bake Sale for NASA,” a song explaining why NASA deserves more funding. Upon release, she made her first podcast appearance right here and soon became the “Fifth Beatle” of the show, filling in as a guest panelist repeatedly until she covered IAC 2014 for the podcast and just never left. When not busy recording, prepping for, or editing this podcast she can be found working on several music projects (including an album inspired by the shuttle program), designing as a freelancer, editing/publishing/writing for Geek Girls Night Out and other sites, or bugging strangers about why they should care about space around Hoboken, NJ.
Follow Kassy on Twitter: @craftlass