“Get Inspired: Four Brilliant Women Scientists” talk at University of Northern Iowa, March 26, 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 weeks … Read more

BioArt: Drawing Attention to Biotech

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a great Leonardo Art-Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) at UC Berkeley. These events feature 4 20-minute presentations by 4 different artists and/or scientists. At the UCB event, one of the presenters talked about bioart. That’s art that is made from living tissues or one-celled organisms. The artists literally grow the art, shaping it as it develops. Sorta like landscaping, but with bacteria. Very tiny landscaping. Anyway, SymbioticA in Australia does some very funky work in this area, like these worry dolls: Why create objects from living tissue or organisms? Artists have always drawn … Read more