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Rad Scientists

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Rad Scientists

Note: This event is an exclusive benefit for our donors in recognition of their generous support.

Meet the trailblazing scientists of the Exploratorium—and find out what’s coming next in science and education at the museum and around the world.

Please join us on September 19 for an evening of conversation with these bold and brilliant senior scientists. Take a deep dive into their research, hear what they are most excited about right now, and get to know these talented women transforming STEM learning in extraordinary ways.

Gather for a lively panel discussion and Q&A, with introductory remarks by Sakurako and William Fisher Executive Director and CEO Lindsay Bierman, then continue the conversation at a reception with the scientists:

Isabel Hawkins, PhD
Joyce Ma, PhD
Hilleary Osheroff, PhD
Heike Winterheld, PhD
Desiré Whitmore, PhD
Julie Yu, PhD
Kristina Yu, PhD


Scientists at the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a world-renowned destination for hands-on learning at the intersection of art, science, and human perception—but it is much more than a collection of engaging exhibits. Since 1984, we’ve also pioneered a teacher professional-development program that influences how science is taught in classrooms across California and beyond.

The vision and research of the Exploratorium’s senior scientists inform all our exhibits and teacher programs. Their work spans genomics, machine learning, human relationships and perception, viruses, astronomy, the California-mandated Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), laser physics, molecular biology, the cultural roots of STEM, and more.

The impact of their work reaches hundreds of thousands of people each year through exhibits, special exhibitions, public programs, educator workshops, and grant-funded projects. These accomplished women are the force multipliers of the Exploratorium’s creative science pedagogy, which reaches learners around the world and helps educate the scientists of the future.