This is part of a series of interviews with science communicators about science communication from Julie Gould reporting for “Speaking of Science.”
Today she’s speaking to… Science Cheerleader Talmesha Richards.
Julie: Where are you based?
I am based in Baltimore, MD. I graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. For undergrad I attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics. For the past eight years I was an NFL Cheerleader. I spent 5 years with the Washington Redskins and 3 years with the Baltimore Ravens.
Julie: Where do you work?
I currently work with the Horizon Foundation, a health and wellness non profit in Howard County, MD. I am part of their grassroots initiative to mobilize support for decreasing childhood obesity.
Julie: Why have you decided to move on?
As I reflected on my 8 years as an NFL Cheerleader, I realized how much I love interacting with people and also helping them. My work in the community has fostered my desire for a career in public service at the intersection of policy, advocacy, and science.
Julie: Why does policy interest you?
Policy interests me because it allows me to combine my love for science, health, and people.
Julie: Why is it important?
Policy is important because it is can help bring about positive change in people’s lives on a local, national and international level and I want to be a part of that process.