The International Museum of Art & Science is working with McAllen Public Utility, in conjunction with the IF/THEN Initiative, to address gender equity in STEM. "This is a STEMinist" is an exploration of STEM careers through profiles of women scientists, engineers and mathematicians who believe in closing the gender gap in STEM fields.
Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in investigating how humans can influence the behavior and ecology of large carnivores. Dr. Wynn-Grant received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She is a public speaker, story teller, and science communicator.
Samantha Porter is a digital archaeologist with a passion for using new technologies, such as 3D scanning and printing, high-resolution 2D imaging, to dig up knowledge about the past. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. She lives with her partner Andrew Fischer (a board game designer) and their cat Zoey in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Nina Nahvi is the Director of Animal Care at Sea Turtle, Inc. at South Padre Island, Texas. She holds a Master of Art in Nonprofit Management, a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation, and has a Veterinary Technician License. After swimming with sea turtles in Hawai'i she was inspired to go after her dream job of rehabbing and releasing sea turtles.
Dr. Danielle Twum is a cancer immunologist. Danielle is from Ghana, West Africa. In graduate school, she developed a passion for scientific communication for lay audiences when she participated in a TEDxBuffalo event, giving a talk entitled ‘Guardians of Your Inner Galaxy’. Translating scientific jargon into every day, accessible language, her talk was an introduction to the fantastic inner workings of the immune system.
Dr. Yamina Pressler is a soil scientist, writer, educator, speaker, and artist who is on a mission to make soil a household name. As an educator and scholar at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Yamina shares her enthusiasm for soil science and ecology with undergraduate students while studying the many ways that soil organisms control how soils form and function. Yamina holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University.
Christina Molano is the Assistant Water Laboratory Manager for the City of McAllen Water Lab. She holds an Associates in Science for Chemical/Environmental, a Surface Water B Operators License, and a Laboratory Analysts Section C License. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family in Santa Rosa, TX.
Helen Tran has spent over a decade curious about the role of design and architecture in chemistry. Helen is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Interacting with scientists and building friendships around the world is one of the most exciting part of her job. Helen holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Chemical Engineering minor from UC Berkeley.