Beth Prusaczyk holding a burrito and nacho chips. Photo provided by Beth Prusaczyk
Beth Prusaczyk. Photo provided by Beth Prusaczyk

Beth Prusaczyk is an implementation scientist, meaning she studies how we can better translate research findings into real-world practice. Specifically, she focuses on using implementation science methods and big data to improve health care for older adults and other vulnerable populations. Read all about Beth on her website!

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Two old cats and one rescue mutt

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Does science-fiction count? I have some great vintage posters of sci-fi movies. Metropolis, Time Machine, Forbidden Planet, Twilight Zone

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I’d go back to my former profession – journalism

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?


12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Watch: The Original Twilight Zone series
Read: In the Garden of Beasts
Listen: Chet Baker Sings

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Sleep in, eat unhealthy food, go antiquing

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

French fries, music, warm weather

15 What beverage gives you life?

Coconut water

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Basic answer: To Kill A Mockingbird
More nuanced: A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

First woman in the Major Leagues or a botanist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

A belief that the point of life is to make it better for others

19 What got you excited in science?

That you could ask a question and actually find out the answer – unequivocally

20 What excites you about science now?

That you can do science that is truly connected to real-world change.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Any show about Bigfoot

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can spot a bug in a room faster and better than anyone.

23 What is your favorite game?

Sports? Hockey.

24 What is the last book you read?

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead–My Life Story by Cecile Richards

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

My old photojournalism professor told us to be rocks in a stream. Let everything wash past you. Essentially, don’t get caught up in chaos or drama or the emotions. Everything will pass.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Go under water in a submarine or other underwater vessel

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

It gets better.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Yoga or movies

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Wild, Wild Country

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?


31 What is your favorite animal?

Can’t choose – dogs and cats

32 What is your favorite book?

Flowers for Algernon

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My Halloween Movie Marathon where we watch cheesy horror movies from the ’50s and ’60s

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

It takes 17 years for 20% of research findings to ever get used in the real world. The other 80% never make it.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Fresh cut grass

39 What is your favorite sound?


40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m a good person.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

My word is NSFW but you can imagine

42 What is your proudest moment?

Getting into my PhD program

43 What kind of tree would you be?


44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Cost of living

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I didn’t take an AP course in high school, didn’t even know what that was and I’m not even sure my high school had them. You can find your way to science and be a scientist even if you aren’t set upon that track from birth.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Sara Landes @sjlandes
Christian Helfrich @helfrich_c
David Mandell @DSMandell