Episode 7: Nuclear Physics, Nueroscience, and Chisme

Episode 7: Nuclear Physics, Nueroscience, and Chisme

Sameera Moussa was an early 20th century Egyptian nuclear physicist who held a doctorate in atomic radiation. She was the first woman at her Univeristy to earn a PhD in her field, and the first woman to hold a university post in any field there. Her research, among other things, worked to use nuclear technology for medical purposes, she saw it as a way to make medical care affordable to all. Sameera was a prominent figure not only at her university, but in her country and at an international level. In the mid 50s, she was invited to travel to the US, and it was then, at the age of 32, that her life was cut short in a mysterious car accident.

Sound like drama? It totally is.

Bonus Episode: Decolonising Science 101

Bonus Episode: Decolonising Science 101

Surprise - you get a bonus episode! While the Femmes of STEM examines science and science history through a feminist lens, there's another framework near and dear to my queer, brown heart: postcolonial studies! How do postcolonialism and science intersect? Very deeply, it turns out. So in this bonus episode of the podcast, instead of our usual feature on a historical woman in science, we deviate from format to talk theory with Alexis Takahashi of the Free Radicals Collective. Let's get to it!

Episode 6: Bugs and Stuff

Episode 6: Bugs and Stuff

Maria Sibylla Merian was a 17th century middle class woman who studied bugs (and stuff) at a time when butterflies were considered demonic creatures and beetles were believed to spontaneously appear from the ground. Her fascination with bugs began at an early age (she had her very own silkworm farm at age 13!) and would be the subject of her painting, writing, and lifelong studies.

If a proper young lady being interested in hell bugs doesn't catch your attention, stay for the dirt on her stint in a 17th century hippie commune and her unchaperoned (GASP) transatlantic travels!

Episode 5: The "Woman" Paleontologist

Episode 5: The "Woman" Paleontologist

Mary Anning is a 19th century paleontologist responsible for the discovery of Dino-Age creatures such as ichthyosaurs, pleisosaurs, and pterosaurs. She hung out with and provided invaluable fossil specimens to classic White Dude Scientists like Georges Cuvier & Richard Owen, but despite her discoveries, Mary Anning didn't get sh*t. Meaghan Emery-Wetherell and Amy Atwater consider themselves her revenge - by running the super funny, super NSFW blog Mary Anning's Revenge.

Join us to learn about Mary's life, Amy's nose, Meaghan's indifference to humans, & why the ever-constant title of "woman scientist" v plain ole "scientist" can be both empowering and problematic.