A couple of weeks ago, Huffington Post launched its Science section. I invited Cara Santa Maria, the science correspondent at Huffington Post to tell us more about this new endeavor. Bora Zivkovic: Hello, welcome to the Scientific American blog network. The launch of the brand new Science section at the Huffington Post created quite a lot of buzz two weeks ago, so I'd like to take this opportunity to ask you, as their science correspondent, to tell us more about the project, its history, and its future. But it is probably best to first introduce you - can you tell us something about yourself, your beginnings, how you got into science, what kind of research you did, how you got into journalism, and how you ended up at Huffington Post? Cara Santa Maria: Thanks so much for having me. I had an opportunity to complete a practicum with a clinical neuropsychologist, and the more I learned about brain damage and dysfunction, the more I wanted to know about the electrophysiological, neurochemical, and network-level underpinnings of brain-behavior relationships. So, I went on to earn a graduate degree in biology with a neuroscience concentration. While in school, I worked at the Center for Network Neuroscience, where I was the chief cell culture technician and managed the culture facility. I also did some research in the area of cell-cell communication and network organization.
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The openness that occurs when I'm standing in front of someone, touching her face, is the inspiration for the Lipstick. Pay close attention too, because I'll be doling out makeup lessons throughout the conversation. Yes, she has a lip ring and the kind of skin that, at 31, still gets her carded, but it's her passion for her job that comes across immediately.
Cara Louise Santa Maria born October 19,  is an American science communicator,   journalist, producer, television host, and podcaster. Santa Maria wrote her first blog for The Huffington Post in March before joining the publication as its founding science correspondent and host of the Talk Nerdy to Me web series from October until April Santa Maria was born and raised in Plano, Texas ,  the younger of two daughters. Her parents, a school teacher and an engineer, both came from Catholic families and converted to Mormonism together as adults, raising their children in the religion, and for a while Santa Maria attended church daily before classes. Santa Maria was a vocal jazz performer and auditioned for the second season of American Idol , but was not selected. She then decided to pursue psychology. Santa Maria taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates as well as high school students in Texas and New York. In a interview in Skeptical Inquirer , when asked how she became interested in science, Santa Maria said:.