About Us

The mission of EXPLORE Utah Science is to uncover science stories that matter to Utahns. EXPLORE was founded under the belief that the public needs to know about locally driven research, discoveries, and commercialization, and how these innovations could affect their health, the economy, and the future. We are proud to be the first-ever science news and information internet resource designed to serve Utah locals.


Kim Schuske, Co-founder/Producer

Kim, a research scientist-turned science journalist, has written, produced, and voiced science stories for local public radio for over four years. She has covered topics ranging from drug addiction to water rights to the science of toilets and sewers; her 2011 story, Who Will Control the Wolves, garnered a first place award from the Utah Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Her fifteen years as a researcher investigating neuroscience and development has made her keenly aware of the challenges that face scientists when communicating their work to the public.


Julie Kiefer, Co-founder/Producer

Julie has specialized in bringing science to life for the past 11 years. She heads communications at the University of Utah’s Brain Institute, and as a freelance science writer breaks down and animates complex scientific concepts in articles for the general public. Her understanding of the scientific world is based on fourteen years at the bench researching topics ranging from neurobiology to genetics to embryology.


Ross Chambless, Contributing Producer

Ross is a Utah native and an experienced multimedia journalist and educator. For ten years, Ross has produced public radio stories on science and the environment. He has also produced online media content and helped to teach science topics through a traveling exhibits program for The Leonardo science museum. Ross recently completed an M.A. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah and is currently the Planting Coordinator for Tree Utah.

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Brenda Romero-Lake, Language Consultant

Brenda has lived in Utah since she left her native Mexico over a decade ago. She teaches Spanish at Westminster College, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature at the University of Utah. She has been a member of the editorial board and editor-in-chief of the Utah Foreign Language Review. For many years, Brenda has also worked as a Spanish interpreter and translator for the Utah courts and various governmental and private agencies. She is excited to collaborate with Explore Utah Science and make their articles accessible to the Spanish-speaking community.


Programming Partner

KCPW - KCPW public radio (88.3 and 105.3FM) is an NPR and BBC affiliate based in Salt Lake City

Advisory Board

Michael Bastiani, Ph.D. - Professor of Biology, University of Utah
Uncovers the genes and molecular pathways underlying regeneration of injured neurons.

Ken O’Brien - Science Specialist, Salt Lake City School District
Coordinates implementation of the Utah science core curriculum, and professional development for science teachers.

Michael O’Malley - Marketing Director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development
Leads promotional and public relations efforts.

Thomas Parks, Ph.D. - Vice President for Research, University of Utah
Responsible for all research infrastructure, policies, and compliance at the U of U.

Lee Siegel - Science news specialist, University of Utah
Writes science communications for the University of Utah and previously reported for the Associated Press and Salt Lake Tribune.

Louisa Stark, Ph.D.- Director, Genetic Science Learning Center
Coordinates the Learn.Genetics website, and professional development workshops for K-12 science educators.


This project was funded in part by a grant from the National Association of Science Writers. Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement of or recommendation by the National Association of Science Writers, and any views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the National Association of Science Writers.