Brains, Boobs, & Beer

Brains, Boobs, & Beer

Interviews with women and men in STEM who often enjoy beer!


April 1, 2023 82 mins

In this episode, Heather chats with colleagues and cohorts, Isaac & Philip.  The three of them talk about their early nerdery, current chaos, and future hopes.  They enjoy some good brews while learning a little more about each other and offer advice to others in STEM careers.

*Reminder that this podcast is not affiliated with any company or organization. The opinions expressed are those of the host and guest(s).*

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In this segment, hear the mini biography of Maria Telkes.

Wikipedia Article

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October 29, 2022 84 mins

In this episode, Heather catches up with good friend of the podcast Ashley who has had some AMAZING changes and experiences in her life since the last time they sat down and recorded.  Take a listen and hear how change IS a GREAT thing!

Reminder: this podcast shares the opinions of the host and guest and is not associated with any particular corporation.

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Just wanted to take a moment to express and offer some suggestions - especially to the men out there.  The women in your life are probably not ok and they need your help.

Places to get started supporting and advocating for women's health rights:
Keeping Independent Clinics
Bans Off

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In this episode, Heather catches up with her long-time friend, Jill, a partner in a law firm.  Perhaps a bit outside of STEM, but they grew up together. They were in several STEM classes together - although they met in an Industrial Technology or Shop class via a minor mishap.  Listen to Jill talk about her journey to where she is now as an attorney and the lessons she has learned along the way.  She also shares about her husband, ...

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In this segment, Heather shares the mini bio of Katia Krafft who was a brave daredevil of a volcanologist.  Hear how she pioneered the study of volcanoes alongside her husband Maurice.

Thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by the recent volcanic eruption near Tonga and the subsequent tsunamis.

"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" by Rachel Isnotofsky<...

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January 15, 2022 52 secs

Just wanted to send everyone some love - hope you are all safe, happy, and healthy as we start a new year!

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September 9, 2021 12 mins

In this installment, hear the mini-biography of renowned zoologist, Joan Procter.  This woman loved amphibians and reptiles and shared her passion at both the British Museum and London Zoo.  She was the creative and technological designer with the architects who built the Reptile House at London Zoo.  Although plagued by chronic illness throughout her young life, she was a forerunner in the idea that enclosures and exhibits should ...

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In this episode, Heather chats with José, a biologist and Ph.D. student studying all kinds of bats.  Step aside, Hollywood - this is the REAL Bat Man!  Listen to how José was drawn into studying biology and particularly the often misunderstood bats...spoiler alert: it started with many snakes.  He shares how his home country of Nicaragua has a huge diversity of animals, including over 100 species of bats which can range in size fro...

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Back from a bit of a break!

Here is an entertaining interview with Heather's coworker in Supply Chain, Justin.  When he isn't tracking logistics and such for personal care products, he is a life coach trying to help inspire people to be their best selves.  He focuses on what the individual needs and emphasizes the importance of self-care and self-love.  In his free time, he enjoys adventures, anime, video games, ...

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In this episode, Heather catches up with former colleague Jeffrey who has branched out on his own during the pandemic and created his own beauty consulting business!  Hear about what triggered his interest in beauty and skincare, some of his work adventures, and his experiences working in the small, medium, and large corporations before becoming his own boss.    He shares his belief that sharing knowledge and education is priceless...

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April 10, 2021 58 mins

In this episode, Heather sits down virtually with a fellow beer nerd, Jessica M.  Hear how Jessica studied arts and what skills have translated into her STEM career working for a chemical company.  Both host and guest share about skills they work on in corporate America and come to realize, they can learn from each other!

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February 20, 2021 70 mins

Laugh along with Heather in this episode as she interviews the hilarious women and couple, Britt and Beda!  Beda is a biologist who works in pharma and Britt is a visual artist in graphic design.  They share some of their experiences (good and bad), excellent advice, and discuss their adventures during the pandemic.

Links from the episode:
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
Martha's Vineyard (su...

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February 13, 2021 58 mins

In this episode, Heather is joined by two talented and creative folks she met in the beer industry.  Mac is an actor/marketing/graphic design/Tiki guru, and Val is currently the head brewer for Trademark Brewing in Long Beach, CA.  Hear how they both journeyed through AZ to arrive in CA and later meet at Firestone Walker in Venice Beach - in what became a beer romance! *cue awwwwws here*

We talk careers, GABF awards, pande...

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January 24, 2021 9 mins

In this installment, Heather shares the mini-bio of Navy Admiral and computer scientist, Grace Hopper.  Grace is credited with creating great strides when it comes to computer languages and coding as well as having popularized the term "debugging".  For any of you computer coders out there, you can thank her for helping you "talk" to computers.

"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers W...

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December 21, 2020 44 secs

Your host, Hoppy Heather, wishes you a very safe and happy holiday season!

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December 12, 2020 86 mins

In this episode, Heather interviews Shannon, who is a comedian, animal communicator, and medium.  Shannon talks about how her talent for animal communication arose and her experiences using that skill.  She has communicated with all kinds of animals, from cats and dogs to a tiger and an elephant! Hear entertaining and touching stories from this real-life Dr. Dolittle.  Learn more about what she does and the classes she offers on he...

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November 22, 2020 9 mins

In this installment, Heather shares the story of Patricia Bath who broke glass ceilings her entire career as an ophthalmologist.

"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" by Rachel Ignotofsky

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November 1, 2020 50 mins

In this episode, Heather chats with her father, Steve, about the Movember Foundation and how they both believe in and support each November.  Steve also shares his experience with prostate cancer and how being active in monitoring health made a huge difference in his cancer treatment.

Want to learn more about Movember or how you can help get involved?  Visit their website:

If you want to ...

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