Regina G. Barber
Scientist in Residence, Short Wave
Regina G. Barber is Short Wave's Scientist in Residence. She contributes original reporting on STEM and guest hosts the show.
Barber completed her PhD in physics in 2011 at Washington State University with a focus in astrophysics, studying globular cluster systems. She taught physics and astronomy at Western Washington University from 2013-2021, where she continues to hold the role as WWU's first STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist. In this role, Barber organizes programs to recruit and retain underrepresented faculty and students in STEM fields. She was also the Host and Executive Producer of the podcast Spark Science, featuring interviews with STEM professionals. For seven seasons, she mentored a student production team in science communication and storytelling.
Barber has spent the last decade combining racial and gender equity, science and pop culture into one career. In 2019, she won WWU's Womxn of Color Empowerment Faculty Award. She is also an alumna of the SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) Leadership Institute and a former Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellow.
Coming from academia, she loves the fast-paced, team-focused environment at Short Wave. She also loves TV, cartoons, robots and fandoms.