Meet Rose Albert, Spring Intern for GASP
Rose is serving as GASP’s Community Science Intern
What is your major at UAB and why did you choose it? I chose to major in chemistry at UAB because I appreciate its explanations for the physical world. A foundational understanding of chemistry is applicable to other sciences and career pathways I am considering. I am also pursuing a Master of Public Health with a Concentration in Environmental Health because where we live is inextricably linked to our health and well being.
What do you hope to do after you graduate? After graduation, I plan to work or travel abroad before I continue my education. During this time my goal would be to learn about environmental sustainability in other countries.
What is your dream job? My dream job is to work with communities as a researcher and environmental health scientist.
What do you hope to learn while interning with GASP? I would like to learn how to communicate science to make data accessible to the general public. I am a firm believer that science is for everyone, and anyone can be a scientist. Through this experience, I hope to better listen to the narratives of those impacted by the environmental issues we are addressing.
Why is our mission to reduce air pollution important to you? Air pollution is a time-sensitive issue that is directly impacting individuals’ lives, and some at a grossly disproportionate rate. As a resident of Birmingham, I feel a responsibility to positively contribute to our community and help improve the air quality.
What is your favorite food? After two summers of working at an ice cream shop in Chattanooga, ice cream is still by far my favorite food. My top choices are coconut almond chunk, mayan chocolate, and pistachio.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy rock climbing, knitting, reading, and shopping secondhand.
Who or what are your influences? My high school science teacher was a key figure in helping me realize that I could become a scientist. His environmental science course first taught me the depth and variety of contemporary issues in sustainability, and he continually encouraged me throughout my college application process as I considered careers in science. Without him, I cannot imagine where I would be or what I would be doing right now. I am also influenced by the books I read, notably Moment of Lift, Mindset, Garbology, The Best Nonrequired Reading of 2014, The Bell Jar, and The Goldfinch.
What are some other fun facts about yourself? If I had to choose one decade of music, it would be the 70s. In high school, I taught myself how to cut hair. After school I would offer free haircuts in the back of the science lab for practice. I am from Chattanooga, TN.
Kirsten has been with GASP from the very beginning as a founding board member, then as a part-time executive director, and now as outreach director. Kirsten hopes future generations will inherit a healthy Alabama where clean air and water are valued and protected. Email Kirsten