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I had a terrific time this past Saturday with the high school students in the DC Environmentors program. These folks pair a scientist-mentor with a high school student interested in science, especially environmental science. The students work on science projects for local, state and national science fairs.
I was incredibly impressed by these students. They’re smart, creative and expressive. They are also very quick learners! They learned the concepts around effective presentations more quickly than most adults I’ve taught! Here’s what they had to say about the workshop:
…March 20, 2015
Ever since I read E=mc2, A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation, I’ve been fascinated with Lise Meitner. Born in 1878 in Vienna, this Jewish woman overcame extraordinary prejudice against educated women, and the even greater prejudice against women in science, to become one of the world’s most remarkable physicists. Her crowning achievement came not when she was in her 20’s, like so many genius male scientists, but rather, at 59 years old, after a narrow escape from Nazi Germany.
Lise’s Childhood: A Love for Education
Lise’s father was a lawyer, and there were always other lawyers, legislators …March 16, 2015
From the beginning of her life, Barbara McClintock knew she was different. Born in 1902 in Hartford, CT, she was never content being a “good girl”, or later, becoming “ladylike”. She loved to play sports with the boys, and she relished learning, even those most “unladylike” subjects, math and science.
Luckily, Barbara’s parents were themselves mavericks. They encouraged her to be fully herself. When a neighbor woman tried to lecture Barbara on being “ladylike”, Barbara’s mother immediately called her and told her in no uncertain terms never to speak to Barbara again.
Barbara’s parents prized the individuality of all their …February 15, 2015
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be giving my talk, Get Inspired: Four Brilliant Women Scientists on March 26 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
When I first started researching the history of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), I assumed that it would be an easy, quick study. After all, sexism has held women back for centuries in every area, but especially in STEM. Still, I thought, Marie Curie couldn’t be the only remarkable woman scientist in the last 200 years or so. There had to have been others.
Oh. My. Goddess. After 6 …August 2, 2014
I borrowed this image from littlebighistory.com. Cool right? Recently, I got to perform at the International Big History Association conference. Funded generously by Bill Gates, this group “…seeks to understand the integrated history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity, using the best available empirical evidence and scholarly methods.” (From ibhanet.org)
So – my work fits right in, since I use the scientific history of the universe as a frame and back drop for a comedic love story in my show, The Physics of Love. (http://jenniferjoyonline.com/physics-of-love)
It was a fun performance!