A person created in the woods of Northern Vermont where the cows are plentiful and the people are sparse. 

While pursuing a degree in Communications from Suffolk University, I spent most of my free time working in various retail and restaurant locations — developing a fascination for how people interact within their worlds. I had managed to fall deeply in love with denim, burritos, riding my bicycle, and putting my thoughts to paper before receiving my degree in January of 2016.

Now back in the beautiful state of Vermont, the bike is stowed away in the barn and I’m the proud new owner of a car payment. But I have come to learn that a place where gorgeous views, maple creemees, and locally made cheese are in abundance is never a bad place to be.

You can find me on Instagram @awhsam

Author's Articles

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What We’re Learning from The First Swim Across the Pacific

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Ben Lecomte is currently (right now!) in the middle of swimming 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. While this is the awesome on it’s own, what’s truly amazing is the amount of scientific data they’re picking up along the way.

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Why Wild Animals May End Up On Your Street

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These communities in Canada are helping us all reimagine what we can do to have healthy relationships with the wildlife that lives around us!

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The Surprising Life Behind Your Chocolate

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If you’ve ever eaten chocolate, then you’re definitely going to want to check this out. Most of us don’t know of the lengthy, fascinating process it goes through before it makes it to us!

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Insects Have Never Looked So Good!

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The amazing, intricate structures of insects are something that belongs in museums—oh wait, they’re already there! Photographer Levon Biss has teamed up with one exhibit to bring us closer than we’ve ever been to these tiny creatures with his Microsculptures. You’ll never look at a bug the same way after you see these.

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Here’s Where Your Mushrooms Come From!

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You can find fungi pretty much everywhere—including your plate. But how does it get there? The amazing series, How Does it Grow, brings us to one of the largest mushroom growers in the United States to find out how!

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Have You Met The Animal That Can Survive in Space?

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Tardigrades are the definition of “small but mighty”. They’re never any bigger than 1.5mm, but these creatures can survive pretty much everything!

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This Performance is “Popping” Barriers

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Bubbles have a way of instantly taking us back to the joys of childhood! Meet the family bringing the wonders of bubble making to new heights with a performance unlike any other!

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Fireflies Put on Quite the Show in Mexico

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On this edition of Saturday’s Around the World, we’re traveling to Mexico to experience the light show few have seen happening in their forests!

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What’s Up With All This Noise?

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We’re living in a loud world, and most of us are contributing to the noise pollution in some way. Although it’s rather grim to mourn our hearing, there’s still hope! Let’s learn more.

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Community Laboratories are Changing What’s Possible

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Genspace is the world’s first DIY biolab; letting members of the community from all walks of life get a closer look at the building blocks of our world. Science isn’t just for scientists, and the amazing projects and discoveries coming from Genspace and community laboratories like it, are proving this to be true.

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Your Spare Hair Could Clean the Ocean!

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Did you know you are growing a way to combat oil spills? Every day, hairdressers are throwing out pounds of hair that can be used to help clean up the environment! Clean Wave is putting that hair to good use, keeping the oceans safe and protecting wildlife.

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When Art and Science Intersect

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This isn’t a photograph of the Getz Ice Shelf, its a drawing! Zaria Forman creates large-scale depictions of glaciers, and NASA’s Operation IceBridge invited her on a trip to get even closer to them. Here’s that story and the gorgeous creations that came from it!

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What’s More Fun Than Mud?

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We’ve all played in mud at some point in our lives, but when did that stop? And why? We may all be able to learn a little something about the power of play and innovation from these mudslingers!

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When Dance Creates Opportunities

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Hussein Smko grew up in war-torn Iraq, and he’s turned his experience into an opportunity. Through his performance, this dancer is not only telling his story, but making it possible for others to share theirs.

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These Bees Make Their Own Perfume!

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Male orchid bees don’t just look beautiful, they also smell beautiful (well, to female bees anyway). These little guys are the perfumers of the forest, collecting smells in hopes of finding a mate. Here’s how they do it!

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Creating Beauty from Scraps

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Mexico’s copper artisans are some of the most skilled in the world. Their work recycles the materials of everyday objects and transforms them into remarkable works of art.

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A Sanctuary for Costa Rica’s Strays

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Territorio de Zaguates is providing care to nearly a thousand dogs that have been taken off the streets of Costa Rica. Their story is a testament to the impact the love and determination of one person can have on others.

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What Happens When Athletes and Scientists Team Up?

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To put it simply: breakthroughs. This nonprofit is making it possible for scientists to get the data they need from every corner of the planet by teaming them up with the adventurers who are already there.

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Why Are Beavers So Busy?

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These rodents are single-handedly making it possible for other species to thrive! Let’s find out how this is happening…

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Are Sea-Greens the New Superfood?

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The benefits of kelp farming are too extensive to list in full here (but one of the most important may just be that it’s cleaning the ocean—naturally.)

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Creative Growth: Where Artists with Disabilities Thrive

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Creative Growth is a space where artists can hone their crafts, express themselves, and share their work with the public. This is one nonprofit making us rethink where our community focus actually is.

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The Fishy Side of Mussel Reproduction

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These creatures have become really good actors over the years. Slowly changing their looks from generation to generation to look like… a fish? There’s a lot more to mussel reproduction than one would assume at first glance.

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How Do Space Suits Even Work?

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We’ve seen people walk on the moon in them, but how has that been possible? What is it about a space suit that enables it to protect us out there?

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Mucus Does A Lot More Than Just Leak From Your Nose

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We’re thinking it’s about time we all give this goop a little more credit for being the amazing innovation it really is!

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Is Tradition the Secret Ingredient to Great Food?

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If you want to have a really, really good tortilla, you’re going to need the best corn. Masienda is a company not only supporting Mexico’s small heirloom corn farmers but bringing the practices that enhance the nutritional powers of the grain back into the market.

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You’re Probably More Like a Crow than You Thought

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These birds probably live near you, but have you ever noticed just how intelligent they are? No? Well, you’re in for a treat.

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Why Does Human Skin Come in So Many Shades?

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The way humans have adapted to suit life in all corners of the planet tells the extraordinary story of our history as a species. Here’s the science behind it all!

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Did You Know We Can Garden in Space?

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Lettuce, zinnias, peas, and radishes are just some of the plants that have found their roots in space. But what does this mean for our future?

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Should We All Be Eating Insects?

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We know it’s a reach, but the best innovations always are! Insect protein takes fewer resources to produce, has all of the amino acids we need, and can be pretty tasty. Are bugs the food of the future? Let’s risk knowing more…

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