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Breaking Barriers: African American Women in Science

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102
United States

Breaking Barriers: African American Women in Science was the first ScienceMakers public program of 2012. On Friday, January 13, the four scientists and the moderator convened in Discovery Hall to present first one at a time and then as a panel about their life and work. Dinner was served directly preceding the event. The moderator, Dr. Frank Snowden, Professor of Engineering at the University of Minnesota, focused on "The Double Bind" - a paper written by Shirley Malcom and two others about the cost of being a minority woman in science. Each woman explained the impact the double bind had on them as well as their first awakenings to science.  The Science Museum of Minnesota was one of ScienceMakers' science center partners in 2012.

The participating scientists included Jeannette Brown, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Trachette Jackson, University of Michigan; Reatha Clark King, General Mills Foundation; and Valerie Taylor, Texas A&M University.

During the day program, ten students from the museum's Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center presented science projects they had been working on.  The projects ranged from wood fungus to cheek cells.  The scientists offered feedback on the students' projects as well as their scientific methods and were able to both see and try out the experiments for themselves.


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