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January 2024 | Inspired by Lauren, Science and Society Specialist

Lauren holds a BA in Chemistry from Pomona College and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. In her current position at The Kavli Foundation, Lauren shares her passion for science with others by working on science communication and public engagement programs. Lauren's research background makes her well-equipped to support discovery scientists (also called basic scientists) who want to share their research. 

When asked what she would say to young girls to inspire them today to pursue a STEM degree program or future career, Lauren said: "There are so many ways to be a scientist. For the longest time I thought the only 'ways to be a scientist' were to become a professor or work in a lab. I really struggled with that, knowing I didn't want either of those careers. It was only after college that I began to see all of the incredible things you can do and ways you can be a scientist. You can work to build bridges with your community, create art in science, get other people excited about science, impact policy and how people see the world... and I want more young girls to be able to see themselves in these positions sooner."

Read more about Lauren on the Real Women, Real STEM blog page.

As someone who acts as a gateway between scientists and the larger public, Lauren aptly named her coordinating color "Dialogue." She shared: “Most of my ten years of research was spent firmly on ‘basic’ rather than ‘applied’ science and I remember anytime I wanted to share my work, being encouraged to find an application, to make it seem relevant to everyday life.” She explained that this was frustrating because “it misses so much of the wonder and inherent exploration of basic science.” Now though, she can alleviate that frustration for other scientists, helping them more easily share the wonder of their work with the public. 

Dialogue pairs well with Science and Society Specialist, also inspired by Lauren.


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