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Spotlight: Women in Science

Date & Time

Thursday, June 2, 2011
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Galapagos Art Space

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 science’s most visionary women. It’s a science happy hour featuring cutting edge science and one-of-a-kind talks that promise to entertain, engage, and enlighten.


  • Faith Salie

    Faith Salie is a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. A veteran of public radio, she co-hosts the podcast RelationShow, which often takes an irreverently scientific look at love, sex, and relationships. More »


  • Joy Hirsch

    Neuroscientist Pioneering neuroscientist, Joy Hirsch, has focused her research on developing ways to image human brain activity during performance of complex behaviors. Her ground-breaking studies of language, emotion, attention, and cognition are internationally known for advances in our understanding of how separate neural systems interact during these functions. More »
  • Jean Berko Gleason

    Psycholinguist Jean Berko Gleason is one of the world’s leading experts on children’s language and one of the founding mothers of the field of psycholinguistics. She created the famous Wug Test, which reveals how children learn the rules of language, such as how to make singular words plural. More »
  • Priyamvada Natarajan

    Cosmologist, Theoretical Astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan's research is focused on exotica in the Universe—dark matter, dark energy and black holes. She is noted for her key contributions to two of the most challenging problems in cosmology: mapping the distribution of dark matter and tracing the growth history of black holes. More »
  • Corina Tarnita

    Mathematical Biologist Corina Tarnita applies her knowledge of mathematics to study evolution and evolutionary dynamics. Part of her work focuses on understanding how population structure affects the outcome of evolutionary processes. More »
  • Tal Rabin

    Cryptographer Manager and research staff member of the Cryptography Research Group at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, Tal Rabin’s research focuses on the general area of cryptography and, more specifically, on multiparty computations, threshold and proactive security. More »