Very excited to have found this site - I love the concept!
I work in the wine industry by day. I have an undergrad degree in biochemistry (UBC) and an MS in Food Science (Cornell).
In my downtime, I focus on a lot of techie stuff - robotics, electronics, programming, CAD, and dabble in Adobe Illustrator (a few too many interests perhaps?).
The exclusivity of scientific research has always been frustrating to me (who can afford to pay $40 - 50 per research article??). This exclusivity, coupled with the "anti-intellectual" message a lot of scary yet charismatic politicans spread is truly frightening at a time when scientific research is needed more than ever.
I am on board with your mission to engage the public in scientific research - time to put a little money wher my mouth is!