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The Fleet Science Center presents New Science

New exhibit opening Saturday, October 29, highlights queer intersectional identities in STEMM

October 20, 2022

The Fleet Science Center will debut New Science, a new exhibit that tells first-person stories of intersectional queer identities working in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) professions. The exhibit, which features 19 profiles of individuals who reflect a vital sea change in queer representation in STEMM, aims to recognize and amplify the significant contributions of groups historically underrepresented in the sciences and, in the process, diversify the faces and lived experiences of modern science.
The New Science exhibit was made possible through an IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grant, awarded by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) with a goal to increase the visual representation of women and gender minorities in STEM across museum content. The Fleet Science Center joins 27 other recipients around the U.S. working to showcase greater gender diversity in exhibits, displays and materials as part of their broader efforts to advance diversity, accessibility, inclusion and equity. 
For more information on the exhibition and for the full profiles featured at the Fleet Science Center, please visit www.fleetscience.org/exhibitions/new-science

What: The Fleet Science Center to host New Science, a new exhibit highlighting local, queer intersectional identities in STEMM.

Who: The exhibit features 19 local STEMM professionals: 
Organic Chemist Nathan Dao, Chemical Glycobiologist Meg Critcher, Cancer Stem Cell Biologist Emily Diaz, Developmental and Molecular Biologist Luca Caputo, Microbiologist and Systems Biologist Asama Lekbua, Bioinformatics and Computational Biologist Sabah Ul-Hasan, Microbiologist and Cell Biologist Matthew Martens, Behavioral Ecologist A-Bel Gong, Biophysicist and Biologist Amanda Wacker, Neuroscientists and Neuropsychologist Jiwandeep Singh Kohli, Environmental and Ocean Scientists Avery Wallace, Phylogenetics and Molecular Epidemiologist Jen Havens, Neuroendocrinologist and Pharmacologist Eulalia Coutinho, Biophysicist and  Chris Garza, and Translational Scientists Fabiana Izidro Layng.
Spaceflight Engineer and Science Communicator Dana Bolles, Particle Physicist Jessica Esquivel and Chief Technology Officer Nicole Jackson are featured in the Fleet. They are also featured as part of the New Science exhibition in the California Academy of Science in San Francisco.    
When: Opening Saturday, October 29, 2022.  
Where: The Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. 
Why: Queer and intersectional identities are revolutionizing how science gets done. For centuries, science has been a world of walls. Race, gender, sexuality, wealth, and more defined who could participate.  Still today, queer representation in STEMM lags behind societal progress—especially where identities of women and gender minorities intersect with Black, Indigenous, and other person-of-color identities. These faces reflect a vibrant future. New science welcomes and benefits us all.   

About IF/THEN®

IF/THEN® is part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies®’ commitment to fund game-changing advancements in science and nature. IF/THEN® seeks to further advance women in STEM by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional role models, IF/THEN® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers by: (1) funding and elevating women in STEM as role models, (2) convening cross-sector partners in entertainment, fashion, sports, business and academia to illuminate the importance of STEM everywhere, and (3) inspiring girls with better portrayals of women in STEM through media and learning experiences to pique their interest in STEM careers. To learn more, visit www.ifthenshecan.org or follow IF/THEN® on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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