Despite all their specialized knowledge, sometimes scientists need some friendly help when it comes to communicating with the general public. That's where Caroline Dougherty steps in. She graduated from UNC Asheville in 2010 with a degree in multimedia/new media, concentrating in interface design and a minor in literature. Her official job title is science information designer, but don't think of her as graphic designer; she is more of visual translator.
“I love that I get to work with so many different people, on different projects -- about topics that are happening right now.”
Dougherty works for UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC), which supports national-level research organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).