Twitter is an amazing tool for socialising and keeping up to date with people you often would have never have met. We’re on there there too, and so are so many other wonderful women, and organisations for wonderful women. So we’ve gone ahead and complied a small list of 5 female scientist you should be following.
Joanne is a lecturer and teacher at the University of Illinois where is teaches students in Masters in Science Teaching Program at the School of Integrative Biology.
Alongside that she writes for Scientific American, hosting a number of science shows, and is an advocate of STEM. With a massive following of 55,000 on Twitter, she has been named on Mashable’s on ’25 Twitter accounts to make you smarter” and “one of 15 Twitter accounts for amazing science facts.”
2. Carolyn Porco: @carolynporco
Leading the Cassini mission, which is currently orbiting around Saturn, Carolyn was the imaging scientists for the Voyager missions that went out to the outskirts of the solar system. She’s co-authored more than 120 papers on astronomy and planetary science. She’s also written for, amongst others, the Sunday Times, New York Times, The Guardian and American Scientist.
If that wasn’t badass enough, in the 1997 movie ‘Contact’ she was as a consultant and was also asked to join the film production crew for J.J. Abrams’ 2009 movie Star Trek.
3. Heather Williams: @alrightPET
Currently working University of Manchester as a Senior Medical Physicist and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) specialist, Dr. Heather Williams is also a STEM ambassador and the director of Science Grrl, a UK-based organisation and network that’s dedicated to celebrating and supporting women in science by running events and programmes to help young girls pursue careers in science and technology.
4. Sylvia McLain: @girlinterruptin
Sylvia McLain has been a field biologist, an inorganic chemist, as well as a physicist. Her life outside of science is also kinda awesome. She has taught English in China, worked in a fishery and been a bicycle mechanic. So basically she’s smarter than we can ever hope to be. At the moment she is a biochemistry research fellow and a blogger for Guardian Science.
5. Karen James : @kejames
A staff scientist at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine. Her aim is to use her work to approaches to help scale up environmental research, conservation, restoration, and management. She also is the co-founder and director of UK-based charity The HMS Beagle Trust.
So go on now, follow these wonderful women and have a great sciencey time!