Second-place winner Clare Fieseler is the team lead for the Scientists with Stories Project. She is a Ph.D. student in ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2010, she received a master's degree from Duke University. She has collaborated extensively with conservation groups, tackling issues related to coral reefs and climate change. Before choosing a career in science, she worked in film production at National Geographic Television.
The Scientists with Stories Project started as an idea, formulated by students frustrated by the chasm between scientists and the public. This idea has been implemented on the small scale at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Its goal, however, is nationally relevant: empower the next generation of scientists to not simply distill facts but share the wonder and relevance of science beyond the ivory tower. Audio, photography, and web video lend themselves to narrative structure and public dissemination. Fieseler proposed in collaboration with her peers, an instructional initiative for STEM curricula that empowers students to master digital media, share research through narrative, and serve community needs.