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Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Spotlight on Women in Science

Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Strip away the trimmings of a traditional science presentation, add cocktails, and you have the WSF Spotlight. An intimate, cabaret-style setting provides an unobstructed glimpse into the minds of some of the more intrepid scientists who happen to be women. What does it take to do the work they do? Come hear stories of trial and triumph at a science happy hour featuring one-of-a-kind talks that promise to entertain, engage, and enlighten.

Admission includes one complimentary drink.

Copies of Mayim Bialik’s new book Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular will be on sale for a book signing after the event.


Mayim BialikActress, Author, Neuroscientist

Mayim Bialik is best known for her award-winning role on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory as ‘Amy Farrah Fowler’ and her role as ‘Blossom Russo’ on the hit 90’s sitcom Blossom. After starring as the lead in her own TV show, she left acting to attend UCLA, where she earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

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Sarah DemersPhysicist

Sarah Demers is the Horace D. Taft Associate Professor of Physics at Yale University. She is a particle physicist who works to understand the most fundamental constituents of the universes and the forces between them.

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Ayana Elizabeth JohnsonMarine Biologist, Policy Expert, Conservation Strategist

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, conservation strategist, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and principal of Ocean Collectiv.

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Diana ReissCognitive Psychologist, Marine Mammal Scientist

Dr. Diana Reiss is a cognitive psychologist, marine mammal scientist, and professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College and the Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology Doctoral program at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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Elspeth Cameron RitchiePsychiatrist

Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie is a forensic psychiatrist with especial expertise in military and veteran’s issues. She is currently Chief of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics for the Washington DC VA.

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Maryam ZaringhalamBiologist

Maryam Zaringhalam is a molecular biologist and an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Rockefeller University, where she used protozoan parasites as a model to investigate how small changes to our genetic building blocks can affect how we look and function.

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