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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Bob Cieri

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Bob Cieri works in Dr. Colleen Farmer’s lab at the University of Utah. He is interested in the evolution of breathing in reptiles and birds. His current research uses computational fluid dynamics, x-ray videos, and traditional physiology techniques to explore unidirectional lung airflow in monitor lizards. Finding out why different animal lineages developed distinct organ systems and types of breathing will help us understand what kind of evolutionary pressures led to the amazing diversity of organismal life we enjoy today. Past research examined the sudden development of modern behavior in humans around 50,000 BCE.
Bob is striving for a career that combines research, teaching, and science communication to explore how the natural world works. Passionate about opening science to underrepresented groups, Bob works on the Touch Science project, which builds traveling science toolboxes for visually impaired students.

Bob loves to travel, learn about history, and explore Utah’s incredible deserts and mountains.