Emily Grumbling studied Film and Chemistry at Bard College, and has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Arizona. As a student, she examined the chemical properties key to photography, hand-processing her own experimental 16-mm films and experimenting with photoactive molecules. As a scientist, she captured images of electrons and analyzed their symmetry to better understand the nature of matter.  Now in science policy in Washington, D.C., she's worked on issues ranging from environmental policy to cybersecurity, big data and privacy.  Her artistic practices of painting, drawing, and writing are often inspired by scientific phenomena. When she's not formulating new theories about reality or pondering the irreversibility of time, Emily occasionally learns new tricks on aerial silks and teaches herself how to code.