Our tagline is “exploring stories of human curiosity”. We want to make science more accessible and less intimidating. This is done by sharing narratives that include scientists’ backgrounds, humor, work, and struggles. We strive to humanize the “scientist” so that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) can become relatable and welcoming.
Regina’s childhood was divided between living in Lynden, WA and several summers in California. She attended Western Washington University (WWU) for her undergraduate education and completed her PhD in Physics in 2011 from Washington State University (WSU) with a focus in Astrophysics, studying globular cluster systems.
Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff currently teaches physics, astronomy and science communication at WWU where she is also the STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist and strives to make science accessible to all.
Spark Science Crew:
Suzanne Blais – Co-creator, Director, Producer & Master Editor – Suzanne has worked at WWU for almost a decade and is the Manager of Digital Media Production and Development. She has over 30 years of media and teaching experience.
Nathan Chapman (He/His/Him) – Student Lead Blogger
Nathan is a senior physics and math major at WWU with a minor in astronomy. He is currently assisting in research with Dr. Brandon Peden in theoretical Bose-Einstein condensates. After finishing the math and physics programs at WWU, Nate plans on pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics, then after that, a doctorate in physics, specializing in general relativity. At the end of it all, he wants to become a professor and help the world learn science.
Sarah Francis (she/her/hers) – Graduate Student Blogger – Sarah is a graduate student in the geology department at Western Washington University, and she is studying a tiny glacier in the North Cascades for her master’s research. Sarah hails from central Iowa, and has spent the past four years exploring the mountains and making the Pacific Northwest her home. Sarah dreams of a career in field science and science communication.
Andra Nordin (she/her/hers) – Audio Engineer & Social Media Assistant – Andra is a senior studying geology at Western Washington University with minors in energy policy & energy science. She works on-campus at Western as a Student Ambassador and serves as Co-President of Society of Economic Geologists. Andra hopes to attend graduate school in geology and work in the alternative energy industry following school. She loves hiking, Star Wars, tabletop games, and music!
Julia Thorpe – Audio Engineer
Zerach Coakley- Audio Engineer
Past Crew Members:
Natalie Moore (She/Her/Hers) – Chief Audio Engineer & Assistant Producer – Natalie is a senior geophysics major at WWU with minors in mathematics and astronomy. She’s played many roles in her 6 years of radio involvement including DJ, producer, music manager, and outreach specialist. She loves live music, bar games, and especially BB the doggo. She laughs at most jokes so hanging out with her will make you feel really funny.
Jonathan Flynn (He/His/Him) – Student Reporter and Blogger –Jonathan is an environmental science student at Western Washington University and an aspiring science communicator. He is also the science editor at the Planet Magazine. He intends to be the second journalist to ever go into space.
Tori Highley (she/her/hers) – Production Assistant & Audio Engineer
Season 1-3 Co-host: Jordan Baker *He will return for one-off episodes in the future
Jordan grew up in Lynden but calls Bellingham home now. He started taking improv classes at the Upfront Theatre in January 2013 because his wife made him (he loves it now). With no high school diploma or self-esteem, he found himself in the service industry cutting up dead animals for a living for a decade but is now in the home inspection business. Jordan is excited to be in the Main Stage Ensemble at the Upfront in Bellingham, WA.
The image below is of Regina and Jordan in Lynden Middle School (eighth grade) in the early 90s’. Jordan has known Regina’s husband, Jake since Jordan was eight years old.