Would you like to help Decoded Science showcase the efforts and successes of female scientists around the globe? What a great example to show our youth – women researchers making strides in the highly-complex field of materials science!
What is Materials Science?
Materials science is an applied-science discipline that deals with matter’s physical properties and chemistry. How can science and industry apply new and existing substances to engineering and manufacturing to better the world? From nanotechnology to waterproof paper and ultra-flexible solar cells, materials science changes everything.
What is This Series About?
Our upcoming monthly “Materials Girls” series features a female Materials Scientist, Dr. Clara Piccirillo, who will write about the latest advances by women in the field, including looks into nanotechnology, polymers, and much more. The Materials Girls series will also feature candid and collaborative discussions regarding personal challenges and successes among female scientists
Why is This Series Important?
We’ve asked Education Expert Julie Lemming to help with the explanation here:
For a variety of reasons, girls are underrepresented in the STEM fields. From an early age girls are informed that science, technology, engineering, and math careers are not for them. This message is underscored in the movies girls see, the toys many of them play with, and by well-meaning parents, just to name a few sources.
While there are many efforts underway to promote awareness of this issue, the Material Girls series is an excellent way to educate readers about successful women in the STEM fields. In a world where young girls are bombarded with discouraging messages about what they can and can’t do, this series communicates that girls CAN be successful in the STEM fields.
You can take a quick look at Decoded’s experts – many of whom are female, and see pretty clearly that this site is living proof that women can be successful in science-based fields. With this series, we’re taking that success a step further, to explore the research of other women in this particular field of science. We’re not only aiming to encourage the next generation of women scientists, but also to highlight some fascinating research.
About Our Expert
Dr. Clara Piccirillo holds a PhD in Material Science, and has been working in the fields of Materials Science and Microbiology for more than 10 years.
Dr. Piccirillo also has experience teaching sciences at school and university level. During her career as a researcher, she has written publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Biomaterials, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Journal of Applied Physics and Chemistry of Materials.
Clara is interested in the communication of sciences to the general public. She writes for several journals and websites, focusing on the links between scientific principles and their practical applications.
How Can We Make This Happen?
Individual and business sponsorships will enable us to present this article series to you, our readers. Donate here! In order to cover the entire series, with 6 monthly installments of feature-length articles including research, interviews, images, and more, we’ll need to raise approximately $3,000.00. We can do it, with your help!
All 6 installations of this monthly series will be compiled into an ebook at the end of the series.
One edition that mirrors the information available in the original articles will be made available to all our readers for a small donation.
One special commemorative edition, including additional information, images, and interviews not available anywhere else, will also be released directly to our series sponsors at that time.