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Joan Marie Verba - Keeping hope through decades of challenges

Season 3, Episode 4 | July 27, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah talk to Joan Marie Verba about her early days in tech using Fortran, and how refusal to accommodate her allergies has prevented her from having a lifelong career in tech. She talks about pushing forward and not taking no for an answer as she continues her decades-long journey into tech.


Joan Marie Verba

Joan Marie Verba earned a bachelor of physics degree from the University of Minnesota and attended the graduate school of astronomy at Indiana University, where she was an associate instructor of astronomy for one year. She has worked as a computer programmer and as an editor. She currently works as a writer, a publisher, and a web developer.

Show Notes:

In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah talk to Joan Marie Verba, a web developer, former astronomy teacher, and prolific science fiction writer, about her early days in tech using Fortran, and how refusal to accommodate her allergies has prevented her from having a lifelong career in tech. She shares the story of her recent job offer that actually turned out to be a scam that's being investigated by the FBI. But she's not done searching for her next place in tech. She's pushing past the challenges until she finds that next job.

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