Meet the SciFest Team
Roxanne Truhn is the coordinator of the MSU Science Festival. She is passionate about connecting scientists to the public to improve trust in science. Connecting the public to the natural world is another passion, inspired by walking in the woods, listening, and learning from her mom and aunt. Science communication happens everywhere and can start at any age by anyone. You just have to be curious.
Truhn earned her BS in medical technology from Michigan State University and is a certified MT (ASCP). She has also pursued graduate coursework in business administration. She has over 30 years’ experience in science education through her work as a medical technologist, microbiology equipment sales manager, environmental educator, and science festival coordinator.
In her spare time, Truhn is the vice president of the Harris Nature Center Foundation, Okemos, MI, and is a docent for the MSU 4H Children’s Garden programs.
Katherine Hagman is an artist, educator, and creative events producer reveling in the spaces where scientific and artistic inquiry collide. Fueled by an eternal curiosity of the world around her, Katherine works alongside the MSU Science Festival to design and facilitate educational experiences in the STEAM disciplines for both public and K12 audiences throughout Michigan. She is also the founding Artistic Director of Inquiry Arts, a new initiative dedicated to fusing art, science, and culture.
Katherine received her BA in Art History and Visual Culture with a specialization in Museum Studies at Michigan State University, and recently returned to pursue a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management. In the past, she has worked with organizations such as The MSU Museum and ArtPrize to engage the public in meaningful and memorable experiences across art and culture. As an artist, Katherine explores light, shadow, space, and form while working with paper, fiber, glass, and found objects. Though on a short hiatus, she is a student at Urban Glass in New York City where she studies neon sign making, exploring its utilization in fine art.
Hazel has been a part of the SciFest team as a Student Assistant since 2019. She is an undergraduate in her last year majoring in Environmental Biology/Plant Biology with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and conducts research examining the spatial relationships of plant traits with animals that eat them (frugivores). She is very passionate about science communication, chairs MSU SciComm's Science Policy Committee, created the Michigan Science Communication/Outreach/Engagement Slack Community and increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in STEAM.
Chelsie is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student studying biosecurity in regards to African Swine Fever. Along with fellow students, she has collaborated in designing a welcoming environment that fosters all aspects of Science Communication (scicomm) in a modern, dynamic, youthful way for all. She is the founding President of MSU SciComm. Her passion for scicomm drives her to find unconventional and inspiring ways to mix science with the art of storytelling. She currently co-hosts the award-winning show, "The Sci-Files," on Impact 89FM, exploring various MSU student research topics. She is also the Digital Content Creator for the MSU Science Festival.