1in10 Success Stories: Bushra Anjum

I am a Health IT data specialist currently working as the Analytics Manager at a San Francisco based startup, Doximity. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science at North Carolina State University in 2012, then served in academia (both in Pakistan, my birthplace, and the USA) for a few years before joining the tech industry. I joined Amazon and worked for Prime, where I was a backend engineer for four years. Then I became curious about the world of startup, which brought me to Doximity. 

1in10 Success Stories: Annabelle Lalinco

I am a graduate student getting a doctoral degree in Chemical Education at Iowa State University. I grew up in Fresno, California, and moved east for graduate school, drawn to Iowa State’s graduate program. Given my intersecting interests in chemistry, communication and education, The Science Communication Project led by Dr. Dara Wald and others was a particular draw.

1in10 Success Stories: Roscoe Giles

I'm a professor at Boston University in electrical and computer engineering, but my trajectory was through theoretical physics. I went a long way as a theoretical physicist, getting a degree from the University of Chicago and then grad school at Stanford, where I was the first Black person earning a Ph.D. in Physics—followed, starting six months later, I’m glad to say, by many more. I then came to MIT for a while and switched to computer engineering in the mid 1980s.

1in10 Success Stories: Loretta Cheeks

Down, down, baby. Down, down, the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet, baby. I’ll never let you go. Chimmy, chimmy, coco pop. Chimmy, chimmy pow. 

As a child, I remember playing this game where the rhyme, rhythm and clapping hands were my instruments during play in the park. Play, a form of communication, is an integral part of human behavior. However, as we advance chronologically, the culture says “play is for kids”—to be taken seriously, don’t play. If you want play as an adult, become a part of the audience―go see the play. 

1in10 Success Stories: Arlene Evangelista

I met Dr. Holmes in an MTBI workshop in 2013, and also did some Professional Development workshops with her, focused on development as a scientist. For a few summers, Dr. Holmes conducted workshops with MTBI, helping students learn how to play and improvise in a collaborative setting. I saw first-hand how much the MTBI students enjoyed the play in the sessions and how the games built ensembles and created community within the group. Dr. Holmes invited MTBI students into conversations as a way of building community.

1in10 Success Stories: Nicholas Gross

I have a Ph.D. in physics and have been focused on science education and communication for the last two decades. What I like best about science is sharing it with people, sharing the understanding of the world around us through the lens of science. This made working with Raquell a good and easy fit for me. I began working with her early in the development of improvscience.

1in10 Success Stories: Dorcas Brunson

I met Raquell Holmes in May 2010, three months before improvscience was born. Raquell had been given a grant to explore combining creativity and science. She began leading workshops to analyze the ideas she was shaping into a company.

1in10 Success Stories: Dr. Sandy Serizier

Dr. Holmes met Sandy at Boston University in the National Science Foundation sponsored program, GK-12, that prepares graduate students to become K-12 educators. Cynthia Brossman, director of LERNet, brought me in to coach students in how to perform as teachers.

1in10 Success Stories: Ilija Dukovsky

I am a scientist, having switched from Statistical Physics to Biophysics. I grew up in Northern Macedonia and came to the US in 1996 to attend the University of Amherst. After earning my PhD, I worked in industry for nine years. I am now a research scientist at BU, teaching graduate seminars in Bioinformatics.

1in10 Success Stories: Dion Paul

I first met Dr. Holmes at the SuperComputing Conference (SC13) in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was leading a workshop as part of the Broader Engagement program. This workshop would change my life. I was fascinated by how Raquell brought science, play and improvisation together, and experienced how looking through this lens allowed people to seamlessly engage with one another.