Jeanne Antill, Producer
I began my career in the print industry but quickly moved into interactive media. As Usability Director at Logica, Inc, I designed interactive TV prototypes for telecom customers in Italy and Australia.
While VP of New Media at Putnam Investments, I led a team of UX designers and human factor engineers to produce the first-ever shareholder website for over $200 billion in assets under management. As Creative Director at Avid Technology, I lead global marketing and advertising initiatives for Oscar Award-winning products and produced product promos with Ben Affleck and Chris Moore.
In 2005, I turned my creative focus to the health industry and produced interactive media and strategic marketing programs for Harvard School of Health, Mass General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute before joining the Strategic Projects team at the Museum of Science.
Karine Thate, Program Manager
After studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, I took a 7-year detour through the corporate world, selling everything from soda to shampoo! I eventually realized how much I missed the world of science and found my way back.
I spent the next 5 years teaching middle school science in North Carolina – working hard to inspire our next generation of scientists. A move to Boston landed me where I am today – working as a museum educator at the Museum of Science, Boston.
My role on the QSTORM project is to develop presentations and demos about the team’s research and to share them with public audiences.
When I’m not sharing cutting edge science research with our museum visitors, you can find me outside enjoying all that nature has to offer. I spend most of my free time hiking and camping all over the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Check out our Q&A with Karine…(Click here to expand/collapse)
Q. Where are you from?
Q. How did you get introduced to the QSTORM project and what were your first thoughts about it?
Carol Lynn told us the grant had been funded and shared some background on this area of research and the goals for the QSTORM project. A short time later, we participated in a conference call with the project PIs which really helped my understanding of this project. I think it sounds like ambitious and exciting research!
Q. When did you decide to go for a career in science and why?
I always enjoyed science while in school, but my first job after graduating was in the corporate world doing market research. After a few years, I realized that I really missed science and made a career change into science education.
Q. What excites you most about biological research?
I think it’s amazing how much we already understand about the incredibly complex biological world – and I love that we keep pushing the boundaries to figure out even more!
Q. How did you end up at the Museum of Science?
After spending 5 years teaching middle school science, I wanted to explore science education opportunities in other settings. The Museum of Science seemed like the perfect place to do that!
Q. What is it like having Carol Lynn as a manager?
I learn so much from Carol Lynn on every project. She is very creative and has a great vision for what the final product should be.
Q. What are your main interests or hobbies outside of your museum work?
I love spending as much time as possible outside, year round – hiking, camping, running, biking… mostly, hiking. I hike A LOT.
Q. What quirks are you known for?
I am addicted to and obsessed with Nutella. Best food ever!
Q. How would your friends describe you?
Q. What are you most passionate about in life?
Spending time well. Enjoying what you do at work and at play.
Q. How do you cope with obstacles and failures along the way?
Reflection and analysis. Figuring out what to do next, making a plan, and then following through by doing it.
Q. Where do you find inspiration when challenged with a difficult problem?
I first try to take some time on my own to think things through, and then if I’m still stuck, I’ll ask friends or colleagues for advice or talk it through with them.
Q. Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
I hope I’m still working in the world of science museums – it’s a great place.