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Science communication and translation, hosting and presenting, emceeing, script writing, radio and television production, voice over work, axe kicks...
  • Broader Impacts Productions
    Owner/Producer, present
    Science storyteller using video, social media, and metrics analysis to help people better understand the broader impacts of scientific research.
  • Freelance Science Presenter, 2012 - present
    I want to help you tell the world about your science.
    Producer/Host, 2009 - 2012
  • Science Channel
    Contributer, 2009 - 2010
  • University of California
  • WNBC
  • Revision3
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Dr. Kiki to everyone except Google+. I bring the science.

Kirsten Sanford, PhD (a.k.a. Dr. Kiki) is dedicated to making science a part of everyone’s lives.

Dr. Kiki holds a B.S. in Conservation Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology from U.C. Davis, and is a specialist in learning and memory. She is also the founder and host of the popular This Week in Science radio show, a weekly program broadcast from U.C. Davis and avidly followed by thousands of fans worldwide.

In 2005, Dr. Kiki was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science & Engineering. Following the fellowship, she worked as a television news producer at WNBC in New York City with noted health and science reporter Dr. Max Gomez.

In late 2007 and early 2008, Dr. Kiki expanded her communications work into online video, starring in both On Networks successful series Food Science and Revision3's variety show PopSiren. She also appeared regularly on Revision3’s Systm, and hosted several episodes of MacBreak during the PixelCorp’s coverage of the 2008 and 2009 MacWorld conference. 

Additionally, Dr. Kiki hosted Potential Energy and Green Tech Today, podcasts about alternative energy concerns and solutions, and was a regular guest on both This Week in Media and This Week in Tech. She contributes to and to her own blog, The Bird's Brain.

Dr. Kiki's Science Hour, an acclaimed science interview program on noted technology pundit, Leo Laporte's, ran from 2010-2012.

Dr. Kiki’s new media efforts initiated her entry into television in 2008. She co-hosted the pilot for a skeptical reality TV show called The Skeptologists. She was also reporter-at-large for the Science Channel and a contributor to their show, Brink, and has appeared on CBS’s The Doctors.

In 2013, Dr. Kiki hosted programs for Google and the Google Science Fair involving noted scientists and political activists.

She has also written for Scientific American and

In her spare time, Dr. Kiki has dabbled in sailing, gymnastics, martial arts, hula hooping, and yoga. She enjoys bird-watching, cooking, reading fiction novels, watching movies, dancing to loud music, and a nice glass of red wine… not necessarily in that order or at the same time.


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Many thanks to the amazing +Emily Lakdawalla for joining TWIS this week!

We had a great show, and a great conversation with Emily about the New Horizon's mission to Pluto and beyond.

Check it out at the link below!

Oh, and, while you are there, please consider supporting the shows that TWIS produces!

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Did you catch @elakdawalla on @TWIScience this week? Check out the interview now: #support #science
Make time for SCIENCE News! What happened in science this week?http://twis.orgDr. Kiki, Justin, and Blair explore the world of science news with a few of the week's popular stories: New Horizons w/ Emily Lakdawalla, Listening For Aliens, Solar Heartbeat, Old Americans, Aged Damselfly Doings, Spotted! Black Leopard, Print Your Horn, Undersea Farmers, Space Skin, Space Foam, Boa Deaths, Losers Harass Ladies, And Much More...Watch live here on Googl...
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And pentaquarks!!! We talk about them, too.

Watch the show, and enjoy!

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Check out @TWIScience! This week we talk with @b0yle about #PlutoFlyby, and discuss spider sex: #subscribe
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This week we talked sailing spiders, mammoth genes, and dolphin brains...

among many other things.

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It will be an important shift for humanity if we can stop viewing disastrous weather events as "acts of God" rather than understanding that they are the result of human-caused climate change. We can do have control over our environmental impacts.  
A line in this article struck me full force: "The new paper in the Lancet argues at length that climate change deaths are preventable, and we ought to stop pretending they’re acts of God."

Throughout our history, weather, terrible storms and droughts that have left people dead and towns demolished, have been looked at as "acts of God" - things completely beyond our control. Well, the times have changed, and climate change is ramping up to produce even more terrible storms... super storms and mega droughts.

The difference is that now we know we are responsible. Climate change is our responsibility. Our fault. The storms, the droughts are no longer something God is raining down upon us. The story has changed, and it is now time for us to take responsibility for our actions. People's lives are at stake. What are we going to do?
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One hour to show time!

Join us and our special guest, +Emily Lakdawalla !
Join @elakdawalla tonight on @TWIScience to talk Pluto and New Horizons! 8pm PT: #space #science
The kickass science and technology radio show that delivers an irreverent look at the week in science and technology.
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This is a great episode. Don't miss it!

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Have you seen the TWIS interview about sea-star wasting disease? It is fascinating.

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Sea-stars are dying. Why? Find out now. Watch this TWIS interview w/ Dr. Ian Hewson from Cornell: #science
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This should interest +Ramez Naam and +David Brin 
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For my latest column in The New York Times​ I write about "brain nets." Joining brains of animals together let them do things better than they can on their own. Not quite the Borg, but spooky nonetheless.
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A new episode of TWIS!

Check it out... it's worth your time. Because it's SCIENCE!

Oh, and don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube, and share the link with your friends.
Dolphin brains, smart killer squirrels, & world robot domination! All on This Week in Science. Watch now! #TWIS
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