My Parents Raised Me to Be a Science Denier, So I Educated Myself

My Parents Raised Me to Be a Science Denier, So I Educated Myself

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Sarah Olson
Sarah Olson is an undergraduate student at Oregon State University where she is majoring in microbiology. Sarah works at a bookstore curating their science and math sections, and reviews popular science books on her blog readmorescience.com. She was a recipient of the National Association of Science Writer's prestigious undergraduate travel fellowship in 2018 and has written for a number of science media outlets. Sarah is a top writer in Feminism on Medium, where she regularly writes about the intersection of religion, women's issues, and science. She currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon with her fiance. You can connect with her at saraholson.net and on Twitter and Instagram at @ReadMoreScience.
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Today’s podcast guest is Rosalind Picard, a researcher, inventor named on over 100 patents, entrepreneur, author, professor and engineer. When it comes to the science related to endowing computer software with emotional intelligence, she wrote the book. It’s published by MIT Press and called Affective Computing.

Dr. Picard is founder and director of the MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Research Group. Her research and engineering contributions have been recognized internationally. For example, she received the 2022 International Lombardy Prize for Computer Science Research, considered by many to be the Nobel prize in computer science.

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Matt Fuchs
Matt Fuchs is the host of the Making Sense of Science podcast and served previously as the editor-in-chief of Leaps.org. He writes as a contributor to the Washington Post, and his articles have also appeared in the New York Times, WIRED, Nautilus Magazine, Fortune Magazine and TIME Magazine. Follow him @fuchswriter.
Hidden figures: Five black women that changed science forever

Dr. May Edward Chinn, Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD., and Alice Ball, among others, have been behind some of the most important scientific work of the last century.


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Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts is a health and science writer based in Chicago.