"Science vs Football"
Materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez never connected with her brothers' love of football until she unexpectedly ends up writing a book about it.
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Why not put a cheerleader in the room?
Darlene Cavalier, a former professional cheerleader, had always felt like science wasn't for people like her. But then a chance conversation leads her to learn more about science, and even more about cheerleaders, than she ever imagined.
“At night I'd be teasing my hair, and putting on hairspray, and telling these cheerleaders in the locker room about this portable ultrasound machine that was developed by the army.”
Science cheerleader
Darlene Cavalier is the founder of Science Cheerleader.com, a site that promotes the involvement of citizens in science and science-related policy featuring the Science Cheerleaders, current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders-turned-scientists and engineers. The Science Cheerleaders perform at events across the nation to playfully challenge stereotypes, inspire the 3 million little cheerleaders in the U.S. to consider careers in science, math and engineering, and encourage "regular" people to tap their inner scientists and get involved in "citizen science" projects (research projects in need of volunteers). She is also the founder of ScienceForCitizens.net, a Web site, that connects everyday people to science through recreational activities as well as formal research.
Cavalier has held executive positions at Walt Disney Publishing and worked at Discover Magazine for more than a decade.
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