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Miss Cientista 2008


OK, OK, eu sei que este blog parece machista às vezes. Mas, se você perceber bem, não é machismo, é meta-feminismo. É o reconhecimento de que a melhor maneira de tratar com estereótipos é fazer ironia dos mesmos.


Assim, dado que o Miss Brasil aconteceu ontem (não, eu não assisti...), o SEMCIÊNCIA lança o concurso Miss Cientista 2008. Obviamente copiei a idéia de alguns outros blogs. Comente aí embaixo se você quiser sugerir nomes e links. Aqui vai aqui nossa primeira candidata:


Dr. Kirsten H. Sanford


November 12th, 2007

I’ve been interested in science for as long as I can remember, but it was somewhere in the middle of graduate school that I realized I didn’t want to be a scientist for the rest of my life. Somebody could have told me that a little earlier! But, nevertheless, the journey I have been on that allowed me such a realization also helped me to recognize that I am good at teaching, and that my experience in science research enhances my capacity for helping others to understand it. I want to help inform people about science and the important place it holds in our society. So, I have decided to become a science journalist and media personality, and in doing so infiltrate print, broadcast, and internet mediums with science.

In 1999, I started a radio show called This Week in Science with a good friend. The friend has since moved on to different pastures, but I have maintained the program and brought it to more people than ever before by turning it into a podcast. I have even more plans in store for this little radio show. Can you say video-cast? In 2006, I worked at WNBC-TV in NYC as a producer for the medical/health reporter, Dr. Max Gomez. TV is quite a different world from radio, but my whistle is whetted. I’m definitely going to pursue more science television programming employment options in the future. I started this blog this year as well so that I could practice and sharpen my writing skills, and share my thoughts with others.

I finally received my PhD in Physiology with an emphasis in neurophysiology in December of 2006 from UC Davis. My area of specialization is avian leaning and memory, and my dissertation topic was on spatial memory in non-storing songbirds. Don’t tell me any jokes about bird brains, please. I have heard them all.

In my spare time, I also study tae-kwon-do, and received my black-belt in 2005. When I’m not kicking or looking at brains, I enjoy hula hooping to dance music turned up loud. Occasionally, I will even add fire to the mix with my extra-special fire hoop. I am a six year veteran of Burning Man, and will be making the annual pilgrimage to the desert again this year. I hope that you enjoy this blog, and if you have the time and inclination, my radio show as well. If you would like to see my science media resume, click here. If you would like to see my CV, click here.

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