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Member Spotlight: Jason Wood

Tuesday, March 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gabi Barragan
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The Member Spotlight Q&A is part of an ongoing CASSS series, in which we invite members to meet other members of the CASSS Community.

This month, we turn our Member Spotlight on Jason Wood, Market Manager at 908 Devices and Member of CASSS's Associate Directors and the Technology Task Force Committee. 


Q: How long have you been with your current organization and/or position?

I've only been at 908 Devices for a month! But have a long and storied career in Pharma/Biotech, mostly in LC-MS analysis of biologics.

Q: What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS?

The people, to be honest, both within the CASSS organization and its members. I felt such a strong sense of camaraderie that I thought, “I need to work more with that organization."

Q: Where did you grow up?

Niagara Falls, NY, born and raised! And yes, that’s Niagara Falls, NEW YORK. There is an American side to the Falls, not just a Canadian one. You’d be surprised how often I get asked about that! One person (before he completely knew) said, “You don’t look Canadian.” I’m still not sure what that means...

Q: What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?

 

People probably don’t think of me as a gamer, but I love board and video games. I'm currently playing a game called Divinity Original Sin II. And I’m a bit of a tinkerer, so I’m that husband who actually does do projects around the house, painting, electrical work, and gardening. I’m currently building a legit wine cellar in my basement with cooling and everything, which leads to my other hobby, wine!

Q: What's your favorite type of food?

Oh, I just like to eat. That reminds me, I probably need to renew my gym membership! But I wouldn’t say I have ONE particular food I like, except for maybe the occasional cravings I get for the amazing Polish food my grandmother would make me.

Q: Do you speak any languages besides English?

I took two years of German in college, but sadly I’ve forgotten most of it!

Q: Do you have any children? Pets?

No kids yet (yet!) just one crazy old dog. He’s coming up on 17, but still runs around like a puppy, just for very short periods of time.

Q: What’s your favorite type of music?

Oh, THAT is a fun question. Strangely, I’m a fan of the 80's Goth/Industrial/Punk movement, think Peter Murphy, Sisters of Mercy – that type of thing. These days I’m a weird mix of electronic (Dead Mau5), jazz, and some of the romantic-era classical, like Bruckner or Belioz.  

Q: What was the last movie you saw in the theater or book you read and loved?

I never get to the theaters anymore. We tend to stay in and rent movies there days. The last book that I read and really enjoyed was Ready Player One; great book! But the movie (which I did actually see in a theater) was horrible. Too bad, too.

Q: What famous person do you admire and why?

Oh, that’s an easy question: Nikola Tesla, [for his] his curiosity of the world, his "not backing down" in the face of aversion. He was a helluva man! I wish I was half as smart as him  just an incredible talent.

Q: What’s your favorite destination to travel to?

Not an easy question. When I lived on the West Coast, I think Hawaii and Japan were my two favorites. Now that I’m back on the East Coast I’m going to spend more time exploring the Caribbean; we are planning our first trip to Puerto Rico in April of this year. 

Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?

I don’t like raw tomatoes! I know that sounds weird, and I don’t know if it’s a flavor or texture thing, but I just don’t like them; cooked, sure. I make a mean tomato sauce to be honest, but never raw. My friends and family think I’m weird. 


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