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Latina Tech Founder Lorena Soriano Reimagines STEM Inclusivity

by Beverly Aarons


Picture this: you’ve just got the job of your dreams — high pay, great benefits, and you’re doing exactly what you always wanted. But after a few months, you begin to notice some strange things. You’re never invited to lunch by your coworkers, people distrust you for no reason, and it seems that everyone loves your ideas but only if spoken by someone else. Sounds like a nightmare? It is a nightmare. And for many Women of Color working in STEM, this scenario is more daily reality than aberration. The good news? This reality is about to change. Lorena Soriano, the founder of every POINT ONE, PBC, is on a mission to consign exclusionary and hostile workplace cultures to the waste bin of history. During my telephone interview, Soriano, who lives in Seattle, shared her plans for creating a new reality in STEM. 

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Materials Scientist Ainissa Ramirez Explores How Technology Has Changed Us

by Beverly Aarons


No one in Seattle is meeting in large groups, but Town Hall Seattle is up and running again — virtually. And materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez informed, awed, and amused an audience of about 40 people on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The author of The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, Ramirez describes herself as a science evangelist on a mission to make science approachable, tangible, and relatable to the average person. I didn’t know quite what to expect in the digital format but I was not disappointed. Ramirez delivered little-known historical facts and discussed the impacts of scientific innovation on the human mind, body, and behavior — all with wit and humor. 

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