Michelle Jamer in front of a river with woods on the other side. Photo provided by Michelle Jamer
Michelle Jamer in front of a river with woods on the other side. Photo provided by Michelle Jamer

Michelle E. Jamer is a physicist focused on magnetic materials and improving the materials currently used in magnetic memory. She has a new outreach program to encourage girls to further their education in the sciences and magnetism called GLAMM. To learn more about the GLAMM initiative, please visit the website (https://www.usna.edu/Users/physics/jamer/OUTREACH.php), follow the instagram (@glamm_2019) or follow the twitter (@GLAMM2019)

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Yes! A miniature schnauzer named Alf!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

I have magnets all over my house…mainly gifts from people who know I like magnets.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Hablo un poco de espanol!

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

I’d probably teach physics at the high school level.

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?

I’d really like to fly

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

Listen to Gang of Youths! They’re amazing.

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

I’d probably take a spin class and then go hiking with my dog.

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

Coffee, Seltzers, and watching The Office on repeat.

15 What beverage gives you life?


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

The Outsiders

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

A musician

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

I like solving problems in unique ways. I also love what I do and I love the challenge.

19 What got you excited in science?

My physics teacher in high school was an inspiration to me!

20 What excites you about science now?

I like discovering and learning new things every day!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Eating ice cream out of the carton.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can play the guitar fairly well.

23 What is your favorite game?

Probably poker. Or gin rummy.

24 What is the last book you read?

The Paper Magician Series by Charlie N. Holmberg

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

“Right or wrong, this is our data.”

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

Definitely bungee jumping

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

Keep your head down, and don’t let any noise from others disrupt your goals.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Laying in a blanket and watching the Office

29 What is the last thing you watched?

An episode of Parks and Recreation

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

I have a sample holder for some electrical measurements in my purse right now.

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

Catcher in the Rye

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Macaroni and Cheese

34 What is your favorite day of the year?


35 What is your favorite plant?

I like the aloe vera plant

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Polonium was discovered by Marie Curie and she named it after her homeland of Poland!

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Clean Laundry or Pumpkin Spice

39 What is your favorite sound?

The sound of my doorbell when Indian food gets delivered.

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I like how driven I am to get things done. It really helps tackle my to do lists.

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

Probably getting hooded after completing my Ph.D. I knew I accomplished something cool.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A crete myrtle

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

I like all the parks with trails! Perfect for hiking. And there’s really good Indian food.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Richard Feynman thought that James Clerk Maxwell’s discovery of the laws of Electricity and Magnetism was the most significant event of the 19th century.

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

Radhika Barua!