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March 2018 Related Resources: Women in Science

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Wanting to dig deeper into one of our selections? We research related resources -- articles, videos, and more -- to help you expand your knowledge beyond the pages of our selections.


This book trailer for Lab Girl provides some background and some fun images of Hope Jahren throughout the years! 

Get to know author Hope Jahren with this interesting interview from The Guardian

PBS News Hour talks with Hope Jahren about how it was impossible to keep her research and her life separate in Lab Girl

NPR dives in with this interview with Hope Jahren to learn more about how “her passion for science started as a little girl spending hours in her father’s lab.” 

A TEDx from the fall had this awesome 17-year-old speaker about the image of scientists! She's basically a baby Lab Girl

Learn more about slide rules, which Jahren says “there is nothing more perfect in the world than” it (7). 

Jahren mentions the mass emmigration from Norway to Minnesota, especially in her community. Check out the timeline of these events and the effects of it on the state at large. 

Jahren’s mother enjoys planting “independent plants,” or plants that require little maintenance. Bob Vila provides a list of 15 “no-effort plants” for your landscape and Hobby Farms has a list of low maintenance vegetables for a no-hassle garden, just like Jahren’s mother would love! 

Jahren’s mother was an honorable mention for the 9th annual Westinghouse Talent Search. According to Wikipedia, “the Society for Science & the Public began the competition in 1942 with Westinghouse Electric Corporation; for many years, the competition was known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. In 1998, Intel became the sponsor after it outbid several other companies. In May 2016, it was announced that Regeneron would be the new title sponsor.” You can see how this competition has grown and encouraged STEM in the public through the Regeneron Science Talent Search website

Wondering what in the world this mass spectrometer is and why Jahren is so excited to have not one but two in her lab? This video breaks it down for all of us to explain mass spectrometry and its practical uses. 

Naming a new discovery is a very serious (and interesting) process. This articleexplains how some discoveries have received their interestign names and the New York Times shares how some products we use everyday were named. 

Jahren wrote her thesis on hackberry trees. The Arbor Day Foundation has some stunning photos and information on this “one tough tree”.

Learn more about Dutch Elm Disease and how to identify it. 

Learn how to read tree rings to learn how old a tree is and the different characteristics of various trees. Trees can also reveal extreme weather cycles.

Jahren mentions the “oldest surviving family of plants on Earth is the Equisetum” or the horsetail. Learn how the fossil of this plant tells about evolution and adaptation over the years. 

Hope Jahren talks about the power of science in this great interview.

Jahren explores many plants native to the southern US-check out a list of some of the plants she might have been working with. 

Check out some examples of plant fossils, just like Jahren! 

Who knew that soil could be so interesting?! Check out how soil forms and how it changes. You can even learn why Georgia soil (or clay) is so red! 

Make your own Hungarian potato dumplings, just like Dumpling! 

Want to know what Stuckie, the mummified dog, looks like? You can learn all about him hereThis video takes you on a tour of the museum and the exhibit. 

Thinking about visiting Monkey Jungle on your own? Explore their website and see if it’s an adventure you and your family would like to go on! (They still open at 9:30 am, just like in the book.) 

These aren’t the monkeys that painted in Monkey Jungle, but it’s still fun to watch them paint! You can see the painting monkeys in the Amsterdam Zoo in action in this video. 

Jahren states that any plant that can survive in the desert is alive only because the desert hasn’t figured out how to kill it yet. She specifically mentions the resurrection plant, which “knows how to grow without being green” (143). You can see a timelapse of the plant growing (only a few seconds) here! 

Booktuber Girl About Library talks about her five favorite quotes from Lab Girl in this great video. 

Get to know Hope Jahren a bit more with this interview with Mike Flatow

Jahren explains that trees harden during the winter in order to survive the cold temperatures. Learn more about the process of hardening here

Antarctica wasn't always a land of ice. Millions of years ago, when the continent was still part of a huge Southern Hemisphere landmass called Gondwana, trees flourished near the South Pole. You can learn more about the antarctic trees and vegetation hereThis video also explains about trees and vegetation (or lack thereof) in Antarctica. 

Jahren’s interest in trees that can “grow in the dark” made us interested in what trees we can grow in low to no light (and even in a small apartment). Check out these 5 Overlooked Plants That Can Survive The Dark (Almost)

Jahren and her husband visit Fort McHenry with Jahren’s coworker Bill shortly after their wedding. Check out Fort McHenry for yourself! 

While pregnant with her son, Jahren had to stop taking her medications that helped with her mental health. At that time, she underwent ECT. Learn more about this procedure and remove some stigmas you may have. 

Do trees have memories? Jahren and National Geographic both seem to think so! Check out this interesting article that talks about how plants and trees remember!

If you’re using Lab Girl for further discussions, Penguin Random House has a great list of questions you can use! 

Check out Jahren’s lab on her website! You can see more information about her research, her lab, and what she’s been up to lately. 

This podcast, Women’s Work, by Tsh Oxenreider is about “women who make the world go round.” There are a few episodes that feature STEM and we really think that Jahren should be a guest! 


For Finding Wonders,we explore resources related to each of the three women featured in the book.  

A student gives a review (and an overview) of Finding Wonders

Learn about Atkins’ inspiration for Finding Wonders and her choice of writing the stories as poetry rather than prose. Atkins also describes which poets influenced her writing style

Who was Maria Sibylla Merian? These websites have more information on this significant figure in history. gives a great overview of her life. Explore some of her drawings and painting from the Botanical Art and Artists website. The New York Times also featured Merian in a recent article. The Atlantic describes how Merian “made science beautiful”

There are countless great resources about Merian that author Jeannine Atkins compiled on Pinterest too! 

Watch this fun video of a caterpillar walking-which may have first inspired Merian to begin her research! This video gives an extreme close up of a caterpillar’s stroll. 

See a cocoonery in action in this video. 

How do silkworms make silk? This video explains the entire process. You can also see the entire silkworm life cycle and there is an explanation of the process here

Merian notices how intricate and diverse moth and butterfly wings can be. Researchers recently found that some mimic snakes and foxes to fool predators! You can see more detailed photographs of their stunning wing patterns in this article

In Amsterdam, Merian comes across wunderkammern, or curiousity cabinets. Learn more about these interesting objects from the Museum of Modern Art

-Who was Mary Anning? These websites have some great information for you to explore! The BBC has a fantastic timeline, videos, and photos of Anning’s life! There’s even a quiz to take with your kiddos! The Smithsonian details what an amazing fossil hunter Anning was. This video explains that the tongue twister, “She sells seashells by the seashore” is really about Anning! SciShow shares some great photos in this short video about Anning’s life.. Take a look back at Mary Anning’s remarkable life with an audio slideshow narrated by the novelist Tracy Chevalier: Mary Anning – Jurassic Woman.

Check out Mary Anning’s fossil extraction tool which she used to find the first complete ichthyosaur with her brother! 

The Lyme Regis Museum has a collection highlighting Mary Anning’s discoveries. You can even go on a Mary Anning Walks! 

Anning showed her findings to the Geological Society. Learn more about what they society is doing today through their website. 

Anning and her brother discovered the first Ichthyosaur fossil. You can see the fossil she found on display at the Natural History Museum in London, and a tour guide gives you a glimpse of it in this videoThe BBC has an extensive amount of information on these marine reptiles, including videos! Only a few years ago, paleontologists found a new species of ichthyosaur from a fossil that they thought was a plaster copy in a museum! Scientists in India found a 152 million-year-old fossil of an ichthyosaur just last year! 

There are countless great resources about Anning that author Jeannine Atkins compiled on Pinterest too! 

If you’d like to learn more about Anning, here’s a list of other books that may pique your interest. 

Who was Maria Mitchell? These websites have more information on this significant figure in history. Mitchell has her own foundation with an extensive amount of information about her life as well as programs for all ages to get involved in STEM! You can visit the Maria Mitchell Association in Nantucket. The first female astronomer in the United States, Maria Mitchell was also the first American scientist to discover a comet by telescope, which brought her international acclaim. This short video gives you a great overview of her life. 

An amateur astronomer himself, Frederick VI, the King of Denmark, decided to offer a gold medal to the first observer to see any new telescopic comet. Mitchell was the one to win the gold medal! 

Mitchell and her family were Quakers. Learn about what life was like in Nantucket as a Quaker from the Nantucket Historical Association. 

If you visit Nantucket (because you’re there for the Maria Mitchell Association), then be sure to stop by and get a tour of Mitchell’s home

This video has some of Mitchell’s most memorable quotes.

Watch whales just like Mitchell used to do with her family! 

Learn more about the comet Mitchell discovered in this short video. 

There are countless great resources about Anning that author Jeannine Atkins compiled on Pinterest too! 

Women like Maria Mitchell have been inspired to become scientists based on Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

”For over 30 years, American Girl has championed a simple truth: that every girl has the power to change the world.” Now they are celebrating women in science by unveiling an American Girl doll astronaut!

Looking for more ways to inspire your young female scientists? Check out Smore Magazine

Wondering how each of the women in this book line up throughout history? Check out the Finding Wonders timeline

Want to further inspire your girls? Maybe you should name them after famous female scientists (Maria? Mary?)

If you’ve checked out Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women, you know all three of the women in Finding Wonders are featured. But did you know there is a podcast based on the book? Check out narration of the stories and additional information. We can’t wait until they highlight Mitchell and company! 

If you’d like to learn more about Mitchell, here’s a list of other books that may pique your interest.