Ada Lovelace Day – Dr. Scottie Henderson

Yes, happy Ada Lovelace Day, everybody! In case you just wandered in, today is a very good day to, to quote the site, “celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths.” (Or math, if you’re not a moon person British. Do other non-British English speakers say maths? Australians? Moon people?)

Anyhow, today I am going to profile Dr. Scottie Henderson!

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Hi, Dr. Henderson! And here’s why she’s cool:

– She’s a woman of color in the sciences, and kicks butt despite the hurdles involved in being a Native American/Latina woman scientist.

– She’s a 1992 grad of UC Santa Cruz, which means she’s a Banana Slug like me.

– She’s an invertebrate scientist, which means she’s done all kinds of neat things with insects, including studying their resistance to genetically-modified crops.

– She teaches at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA, where she mentors young women and minorities in the sciences.

– She tells her students that she was named Scottie because her dad was a Star Trek fan (which is rad whether it’s true or a joke).

– She’s presented at at least one summit organized by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc. (NOGLSTP).

Plus, look at those sweet shades. Great, right?

If you’d like to read more about Dr. Henderson in her own words, you can read her bio at the SACNAS Biography Project, which is a resource by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science created to profile Chicano/Latino and Native American scientists and increase their visibility. There’s even a specific list for women if you’d like to read about other awesome ladies (which obviously you do).

And, of course, you should definitely go to the stories page on the Ada Lovelace Day website and read about STEM women all over the world. Peace out, and hug a woman scientist today!


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