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AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors to Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists

 

DALLAS AND SAN DIEGO, November 17, 2021 – Lyda Hill Philanthropies is pleased to announce that seven women scientists and engineers from their groundbreaking IF/THEN® Initiative have been selected to host a panel to inspire children to embrace STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) careers, among other activities, at San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition on Saturday, November 27, 2021. These women are among 125 in a multitude of scientific careers from across the country who were chosen to be AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN® Ambassadors.

 

The panel program, STEAM Superstars, will offer attendees, particularly families, an opportunity to meet and hear about the career paths of women scientists and engineers who are incorporating art and other unconventional methods to teach and communicate science. These real-life heroes include:

 

 

In addition to the panel, the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors will present a mini fashion show, complete with sashays down a runway, depicting how they dress in their everyday careers with a superhero twist. There will be surprises given to attendees after the event. Dr. Earyn McGee, the seventh IF/THEN® Ambassador, who is a biologist who specializes in lizards, will amplify these activities throughout Comic-Con.

 

IF/THEN® is a bold initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies with a goal to activate a culture shift among young girls by opening their eyes to STEM careers. The three-prong strategy includes (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. This program is encapsulated in the vision statement: “IF she can see it, THEN she can be it.”

 

For the first prong of the initiative, Lyda Hill Philanthropies has partnered with AAAS to administer the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador Program, which includes the recruitment and selection process, professional development, and the “She Can Change the World” public engagement initiative.

 

A popular recent exhibit, #IfThenSheCan, featured more than 120 life-size statues of women STEM stars, including the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors participating in the panel. The bright orange sculptures, created by 3D scanning and 3D printing, were designed to inspire children to consider the myriad careers associated with STEAM education. It was a dramatic display at Dallas’ Northpark Mall and drew crowds of young students. Visit the virtual tour of the exhibit to see the statues of the seven women scientists: https://ifthenexhibit.org/virtual_tour/.

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 LYDA HILL PHILANTHROPIES®

Lyda Hill Philanthropies® encompasses the charitable giving of founder Lyda Hill and includes her foundation and personal philanthropy. As one of its priorities, Lyda Hill Philanthropies® funds transformational advances in science and nature. To learn more, please visit https://www.lydahillphilanthropies.org/.

ABOUT AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances; Science Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! (www.eurekalert.org), the premier science news website, a service of AAAS. For additional information about AAAS, see www.aaas.org.

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