An award-winning scholar, inventor, author and educator, Ainissa Ramirez is known as a “science evangelist” who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. She will deliver the keynotes address for Alma College’s 20th annual Honors Day.
Ramirez, author of Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists and co-author of Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game, will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in the Remick Heritage Center.
Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket is required.
Honors Day activities continue Thursday, April 7, as Alma College students share their original research, creativity and talent in morning and afternoon sessions at various locations around campus. The 2016 winners of the Ronald O. Kapp Honors prizes will be announced at 4:30 p.m. in the Remick Heritage Center lobby.
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Before taking on the call to improve the public’s understanding of science, Ramirez was an associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Yale University. Technology Review, the magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named her one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators for her contributions to transforming technology. She has been profiled in The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, CBS News, CNN, NPR, ESPN and Time Magazine as well as scientific magazines.
Ramirez received her training in materials science and engineering from Brown University (Sc.B.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.). Prior to being on the faculty at Yale, she was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, N.J., where she did award-winning research. She has authored more than 50 technical papers and holds six patents.
She now focuses her energies on making science fun. She gave an impassioned TEDx call-to-action on the importance of understanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), which generated widespread enthusiasm. At Yale, she was the director of the award-winning science lecture series for children called “Science Saturdays” and hosted two popular-science video series called “Materials Marvels” and “Science Xplained.”
She has served as a science advisor to the American Film Institute, WGBH/NOVA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and several science museums. Currently, she is writing a book on the role of materials in history and co-hosts a science podcast called “Science Underground.”