Elena Siegel | Curiosity Project

Dr. Elena Siegel’s career path took a number of unexpected turns. She was a CPA focused on business and finance. However, watching her mother-in-law’s final days in a nursing home inspired her to embrace a new field of research. Now, Dr. Siegel is helping improve the nursing home industry by finding ways for managers to better support employees and thereby improve care for seniors.

Curiosity Project

Every great discovery begins with a healthy dose of curiosity. Where does that first inquisitive spark come from, and how does it lead to exploration, discovery, and action? KVIE is partnering with UC Davis to find out. We’re profiling professors, scientists, researchers, and others at UC Davis to examine the curious spirit that led each of them to great breakthroughs or achievements in science, technology, health, and beyond. We’ll explore how the intersection of multiple viewpoints can create new ways of thinking, whether it’s a confluence of science and art, animal and human health, or something else entirely. We call it the Curiosity Project, and we’ll be sharing the fascinating stories of these people both online and on KVIE!

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