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Too Creative for Science?

Ahna R. Skop, genetics department, University of Wisconsin, Madison
11 a.m.-noon | Monday, Nov. 16

Have you ever wondered what it is like to grow up in a family of artists and then end up a scientist? What does thinking like an artist offer the scientist? Can the blending of art and science encourage a more diverse population of students to pursue science, and improve the public understanding of science? Skop will give a glimpse into her life and how she has impacted science, education and the public with her two passions: science and art.

As an affiliate faculty member in life sciences communication in the Division of the Arts at Wisconsin, Skop mentors both scientists and art students in her lab, and also serves on the board of the Wisconsin Science Museum, where many of her art-science collaborations are on display. Her honors include being named a Remarkable Women in Science by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS; a Kavli fellow by the National Academy of Sciences; and the first-ever Inclusive Excellence Award by the American Society for Cell Biology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2019, was awarded the honor to serve as an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador for Women in STEM. Her science and art have been featured by Apple, The Scientist, USA Today, Smithsonian, PBS.org, NPR and Science magazine.

Please register to attend by 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

This event is part of the fourth-annual Science Communication Week presented by the Kansas Science Communication Initiative.

Monday, November 16, 2020 at 11:00am to 12:00pm