Lost Women of Science Initiative, Inc.

To research, produce, and release three seasons of Lost Women of Science for a total of 20 podcast episodes telling in-depth stories of overlooked women in STEM throughout history

  • Amount $499,459
  • City San Francisco, CA
  • Investigator Katie Hafner
  • Year 2022
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Radio

This grant provides support to New York Times tech reporter Katie Hafner and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center bioethicist Amy Scharf, who are producing three new seasons of their Lost Women of Science podcast series. Grant funds will allow Hafner and Scharf to produce twenty additional episodes telling the stories and cataloguing the contributions of undercredited women scientists. Each new season will feature one major, multi-episode series about a leading, underappreciated female STEM pioneer and four-to-five standalone episodes about unknown scientists about whom there is not enough information for a multi-episode arc. Season Four will highlight the life and contributions of Isabella Aiona Abbot, who discovered over 200 species of marine algae in the Pacific and was the first native Hawaiian woman to earn a Ph.D. in science. This grant will bolster Hafner and Scharf’s complementary efforts to form a research center and archive at Barnard College of Columbia University.

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