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A city of science.

Engaging, educating, and entertaining adults in Chicagoland

Illinois Science Council (“ISC”) is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the public about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in our everyday lives.

ISC serves as the science & tech complement to the region’s arts & culture offerings by raising understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects. We complement student-oriented STEM outreach by offering programs aimed at adults. Through the wide variety of programs we offer year-round, we showcase the scientists and research of the area’s institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation’s true “City of Science.”

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“Get involved one on of our teams and use your talents to help us plan events, spread the word, and more”


Managing Editor

“Write for our blog — we’re looking for passionate experts with something cool to say.”


Social Media Editor

“We always need people to help us execute our events. It’s a great low-key way to meet people and boost science.”


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Meet Our Editorial Team

This is the core council team. We’re reviewing article submissions, editing, and creating and managing events for the community.

Get to know our writers

molly evans

Molly Evans, Ph.D.

Managing Editor

Molly is a postdoctoral fellow in the Lucks Lab at Nortwestern University

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Vidhya Sivakumaran, Ph.D.

Managing Editor

Vidhya received her PhD in biochemistry at Virginia Tech. Following post-docs at Johns Hopkins and Loyola University Chicago, and a stint as the CSO of Kids Science Labs, she became a content specialist at Intelligent Medical Objects.

sarah anderson

Sarah Anderson, Ph.D.

Managing Editor

Sarah received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University and is now a health, environment and science reporter at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Bill Carroll

Assistant Editor

Bill Carroll is a retired mathematics and astronomy high school teacher. Currently, he volunteers at the Field Museum in insects and education outreach and with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, and he teaches a math literacy class for adults through Literacy Chicago.

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Sammy Keyport

Assistant Editor

Sammy Keyport is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago in the Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology program. Sammy works in Dr. D. Allan Drummond’s lab studying how cells sense stress.

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kelsey ryan

Kelsey Ryan

Assistant Editor

Kelsey is the Manager of Conservation Communications at the Shedd Aquarium.

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Ekaterina ‘Stella’ Tsotsos

Social Media Editor

Stella graduated from Brown University in 2019, where she majored in materials engineering. She’s hopped from lab to lab, researching biodegradable polymers, garnets with funky magnetic properties, and now stainless steel for a nuclear power company.

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