Women in STEAM who inspire! 500 Women Scientists’ Edition
Jasmine Drake is a forensic chemist and Assistant Professor at Texas Southern.
She’s committed to ensuring forensic science is equitable and free of bias toward communities of color.
- She is a Governor-appointed commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission!
- She researches how drug policy affects people of color and fragile communities at unequal rates.
- She is passionate about hands-on STEM education. She trains educators and law enforcement officers.
- “She has taught us really cool real-world, justice-focused applications for chemistry, which is a hard science that is usually seen as inaccessible and unattainable.” – Lauren
- Find Jasmine on the Request platform!
Seanna Leath is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.
She studies community psychology with a focus on building resilience and wellness among Black girls and women.
- Seanna explores factors related to the healthy identity development of Black girls and women in family, educational, and community settings.
- Seanna has talked about Black motherhood on the podcast Ebony’s Bones!
- She is the first in her family to attend college, and she identifies as LGBTQIA.
- “Dr. Leath’s work centers the wellness of Black girls, and that is absolutely revolutionary.” - Lauren
- Find Seanna on the Request platform!
Rose Bear Don’t Walk grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
She’s a Tribal foods consultant and a Salish Ethnobotanist. She studies how her tribe can use native plants as food to fight chronic disease.
- Rose is helping her community identify and rekindle their connection with traditional Salish food plants like Camas and Bitterroot.
- She teaches through hand-on activities like foraging, recipe creation and food sharing!
- She has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu!
- “Rose taught me the importance of plant life to sustaining health and wellbeing” – Gabriela
- Find Rose on the Request platform!
Kelly Montgomery is a chemical biologist and artist!
She is helping us better understand why tau proteins fold the wrong way and clump together in the brains of people with Alzheimer's Disease.
- Kelly loves to tell stories through art and photography. She taught herself how to use Illustrator and Photoshop!
- She co-founded JKX comics to help more people understand science and want to become scientists themselves.
- She was born and raised in Detroit, MI but has always dreamed of living in sunny California.
- “Kelly inspires me with how she is using her self-taught creative talents to amplify diverse women in STEM in the form of free science comics.” - Lauren
- Find Kelly on the Request Platform
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