She also co-hosted Take Part Live with Jacob Soboroff on Pivot TV from August 1, 2013 until April 17, 2014.
She officially joined the online political and social commentary program The Young Turks as an occasional panelist in May 2013.
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is an American science communicator, journalist, producer, television host, and podcaster.
Santa Maria wrote her first blog for The Huffington Post in March 2010 before joining the publication as its founding science correspondent and host of the Talk Nerdy to Me web series from October 2011 until April 2013.
Santa Maria originally entered college with the intention of studying vocal performance and jazz studies; she auditioned for the second season of American Idol but ultimately did not receive a ticket to Hollywood.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy from the University of North Texas in 2004, before graduating with her Master of Science in biological science with a concentration in neuroscience from her alma mater in 2007.
In the clinical neuropsychological setting, she assisted in development and research of computer adapted guides for educational management of students with both neuropsychological dysfunction and visual impairment.
In 2009, Santa Maria moved to the Los Angeles area to begin a career in science communication, after previously having worked in academia.
Additionally, atheism and politics are popular topics of conversation.
Santa Maria wrote the foreword of atheism activist David Silverman's book, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, published in December 2015.
She is a former host of Take Part Live on the Pivot (TV channel).