Archive for November, 2019

Science Evangelist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez – a closer look

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re taking a closer look at Dr. Ainissa Ramirez!

I have wanted to be a scientist ever since I was a little girl. I got the idea from a television program called 3-2-1 Contact, where I watched a young African-American girl solve problems. I saw my reflection in her and was transfixed. As time passed and my science career progressed, I saw that reflection less often.” – Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, in a recent article in SCIENCE.

 

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science.  She co-authored Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game (Random House); and, authored Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books). Her next book, due out this spring, is The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed Each Other.

Before taking on the call to improve the public’s understanding of science, she was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University.  Technology Review, the magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named her as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators for her contributions to transforming technology.  She has been profiled in The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, CBS News, Inside Edition, Fox News, CNN, NPR, ESPN, Time Magazine as well as scientific magazines (Scientific American and Discover Magazine).

She now focuses her energies on making science fun, and gave an impassioned called to action at TED on the importance of understanding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), which generated widespread enthusiasm. At Yale, she was the director of the award-winning science lecture series for children called Science Saturdays and hosted two popular-science video series called Material Marvels and Science Xplained.  

 

She speaks internationally on the importance of making science fun and has served as a science advisor to the American Film Institute, WGBH/NOVA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and several science museums. Currently, she co-hosts a science podcast called Science Underground, and is preparing for the release of The Alchemy of Us, which will include stories about the woman who sold time, the inventor who inspired Edison, and the hotheaded undertaker whose invention pointed the way to the computer.

“Children need to explore and to discover,” she said in the talk. “This is how you innovate; you fail your way to your answer. Scientists fail all the time; we just brand it differently. We call it ‘data.’”   — Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

 

Let us know if you’d like to bring Dr. Ainissa Ramirez to speak to your organization, campus, or conference!

 

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Feminist essayist/author Jessica Valenti – a closer look

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Happy Wednesday! We’re continuing our look at the speakers we’re getting the most requests for this spring. This week, we’re taking a closer look at author/columnist Jessica Valenti!

“One of the most successful and visible feminists of her generation.” ~The Washington Post.

 

Jessica Valenti – called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world – is a columnist for Medium and a feminist author. Her most recent book, Sex Object: A Memoir, was a New York Times bestseller.

In 2004, Jessica founded the award winning blog Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.”

 

Jessica’s articles have topped the most-read lists at The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Guardian, and The Washington Post. She’s also written for Salon, Bitch, Ms. Magazine and The Toast. 

Jessica has been interviewed on The Colbert Report, profiled in The New York Times magazine, and is a widely-sought after speaker. Jessica has been speaking at colleges and organizations across the country for nearly a decade. Her speaking style is informal and relatable, with an emphasis on making feminist politics funny, engaging, and enraging. This is a product of her writing style: “I think talking is as casual as blogging, and sometimes writing can be as casual as talking. My informal writing style is a political choice, because I want feminism to be more accessible.” she explains.

 

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Novelist/Roboticist Daniel H. Wilson- a closer look

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Happy Wednesday! This week, we want to feature roboticist/novelist Daniel H. Wilson. He’s well-known for his New York Times best-selling novels, and is about to take a great leap forward with the publication of The Andromeda Evolution.

Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Guardian Angels & Other Monsters, and The Clockwork Dynasty. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics.

Wilson hosted “The Works,” a television series airing on the History Channel that uncovered the science behind everyday stuff. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents.

 

It was Daniel’s great honor (and greater challenge!) to be selected by the Crichton family to write to sequel to The Andromeda Strain, one of the most popular science fiction novels of the 20th Century. The result, The Andromeda Evolution, will be released on November 12.

The Andromeda Evolution is both a kick-ass sequel and a loving tribute to one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. Daniel H. Wilson has taken up Crichton’s mantle and reinvented the techno-thriller, by continuing the tale that invented that genre. This is a meticulously crafted adventure story, packed with action, mystery, wonder, and just enough hard science to scare the hell out of you. So good!” – Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One

 

Please contact us if you would like Daniel to speak to your school, organization, or conference! Write us at inquiries@jodisolomonspeakers.com.

 

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